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Desert Companion

Found issue: Food

Finders, Eaters!

Tasty rarities and legit ingredients abound in Vegas — if you know where to look

• Find authentic Japanese dried ramen bowls with toppings like agedashi tofu and scallops at Nakata Japanese Market. (

• Get spicy with olive oil infused with rare Tunisian Baklouti peppers from Big Horn Olive Oil Company. (

• Dishes are fragrant with beefsteak plant — a cousin of mint — from Laos Market, a Downtown gem. (702-366-0881)

• Grab bags filled with savory kalonji at India Market. The midnight-black seeds feature a savory, onion-like flavor. (

• It’s the perfect time of year for goulash made with sweet and hot paprika from Hungarian Market by McCarran International Airport. (

• Splash out in high style with a rare bottle of 1989 Chambertin Grand Cru red wine from the retail shop at Marché Bacchus. (

• Wrap it up with a delicious chia or chorizo Mexican flatbread from tiny Tortillas de Harina Sonora on North Lamb Blvd. (702-349-3310)

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 • Want to grill something “offal”? Try the fresh lamb tongues from Afandi Restaurant & Market. (

• Toast Nevada’s spirited history with Old Sam Spiced Gin distilled in Goldfield. It’s on the shelves at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits. (

• Pick up gourmet Italian pasta on discount at Home Goods locations. Look for styles like lengthy, tubular candele or swanky black-and-white ”tuxedo” farfaline. (

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