|UNLV Campus in Winter|
Photo by Jeff Speer
When most people think of Las Vegas, rarely do they picture scenes of cold, rain, and snow. However, the city is located in a desert basin at 2,030 feet above sea level and winter temperatures, though usually mild in the day, often get chilly at night with lows dropping into the 30s. And, although snow is rare in the Las Vegas Valley floor, every few years, it gets more than a slight dusting — in December 2009, the city had a 3.6 inch snowfall.
Without a doubt, this is the time of year, even in Las Vegas, to put away the salad tongs and pick up the soup ladle. Because nothing says “comfort food” like soup. Clear broths, creamy textures, or hearty combinations — soup is coziness in a bowl.
Elements Kitchen and Martini Bar
Drive a couple of miles west of The Strip on Tropicana and you will come upon a nondescript strip mall just behind a gas station on Rainbow Boulevard. There you will find Elements Kitchen and Martini Bar (4950 S. Rainbow Blvd.), one of the nicest and friendliest small restaurants in a town known mostly for the grand and impersonal.