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Jim Begley

Jim Begley is an avid food lover who began writing about his Las Vegas dining adventures to defray his obscene restaurant spending. Follow Jim on Twitter: @splurgemonkey.

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  • Taste

    Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

    Get the recipe here!

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

    The Travel Channel star talks about his food journal and the Yoda of barbecue.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

    Because he already had his "Jim's Fried Rice" dish at KoMex Express ...

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

    "It’s almost a secret menu item.”

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

    Mizumi's braised Kurobuta pork could be a hit at your next dinner party.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

    Just because Scorch the Clown says the ribs are great doesn't make it so.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

    Chef Saul Ortiz is obsessed with spicy peppers, so of course he's into Thai food.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

    Sarah Feldberg and Jim Begley highlight the best of this year's All-Star Weekend

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

    It's not too cool outside (yet) for the classic Spanish cold soup, and it's easier than you think.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

    This neighborhood treasure is easily confused with a Caesars Palace restaurant.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

    The chef's favorite dish on his menu? Anything with corned beef.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

    Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare's gamberi e cannellini is easy to make.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

    It's much easier to make than you think.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

    The robust pozole alone is enough to get Jim Begley ready for a road trip.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

    As a kid, this chef took his dad to dinner at Daniel Boulud's place in New York City.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

    Barbecued meats, sausages and meatballs dominate this menu.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

    The chef of Andre's and Alize appreciates great Italian cuisine.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

    Freddy's on the eastside, Dita's on the west. Pick your spot.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

    Kitchen commander at Wynn's Wing Lei makes the culinary rounds.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

    This Korea Town Plaza joint will welcome you in—and keep you coming back.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

    Join the fiesta at Cardenas Market.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

    Ketchup goes on everything. Now we have proof.

  • Dining

    Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

    The Venetian and Palazzo present a series of food and wine events this month.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

    You probably haven't been to Taqueria el Palenque yet, but you should

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

    You know it's the perfect burger because it says so on the menu.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Oh yeah, and Paul Bartolotta thinks goose barnacles rock, too!

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Find your way to one of these new eateries for the best wurst.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Bid a fond farewell with every juicy bite.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Two food trucks combine to create a killer menu.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Chef Saul Ortiz's recipe focuses on avocado creaminess.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    It's fun. It's local. It's exclusive. But get your tickets for the next Farm to Strip dinner early

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    At Coco Frios #2, put the lime in the coconut ... in the parking lot

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Las Vegas' original celebrity chef offers a simple, satisfying dish.

  • Taste

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    With a few simple substitutions, you can do this dish at home.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Dried squid sauce, coconut rice and an addictive peanut pancake for dessert.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Snack from above at Level 8 Pool Cafe.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Even if you can't read the signs, just look for the fried chicken and pizza -- that's K-Jun Chicken

  • Taste

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    This version is extra meaty, with a smoky kick from shishito peppers.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    It's pizza, pizza, pizza when this Strip chef is off the clock.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Serious sushi spot is the latest addition to Chinatown's Japanese-focused corner.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    A hangover cure, an umami bomb and a cupcake that won't make it home.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Chef Craig Taylor digs the eats at First, Vintner Grill and China Mama.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Chef Ming Yu adds a Japanese influence to Wynn's Chinese restaurant.

  • Taste

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    More than 30 local restaurants participated in this year's benefit event.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    If you happen to wake up in a Boulder City ditch, you know where to get your breakfast.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    With roots in South America and New Orleans, Guia's tastes are also Vegas favorites.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    And don't forget the deep fried Twinkies.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    Find your favorite flavor at a local farmer's market.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    Huevos estrellados—fries, eggs and chorizo—coming right up.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    The executive chef of Holsteins, LBS and Pink's has some dining tips to share.