Chef Mayra’s Pura Vida restaurant: Las Vegas’ first ever cruelty-free restaurant
Pura Vida was the first Vegan restaurant in Las Vegas. Apart from its 100% animal-free motto, Pura Vida’s food is made from wholesome, fresh, and locally sourced ingredients that support farmers. Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro is 100% owned, and operated by the world-renowned Vegan chef herself.
World-renowned chefs seem to be somewhat of a recurring pattern across many of the Vegas restaurants that litter the famous Strip. And, it is being used as a selling point to attract all kinds of foodies to Sin City. Las Vegas’ declining gaming revenues have been well documented by the media of late, so exclusive restaurants are actually a good thing for the city to get foodies’ eyes back on this major tourist city.
Unsurprisingly, the casinos and bingo halls are the ones housing these new restaurants to get more visitors through the doors as people don’t seem as keen as they once were to spend their entire vacations gaming. You see, bingo halls are nowhere near as popular as they were two decades ago, what with online bingo now offering juicy promos for new players and a selection of pop culture-referenced games to their player bases that are far easy to access that traveling all the way to Vegas for the weekend. The same can be said for Vegas casinos, as people don’t need to travel anymore, not when they can simply access games via their smartphones. And while it seems all the fun has been sucked out of gaming, it’s quite the opposite when it comes to Vegas’ culinary delights. Restaurants play a huge part in Las Vegas’ revenues now and so far they are doing a great job in diversifying the options tourists have when they come in to the city. This is undoubtedly why, aside from its amazing food, Pura Vida has prevailed in Vegas among its fledgling foodie scene.
When it comes to dishes, Fruit Empanada seems to be one of Pura Vida’s best sellers. And while Chef Mayra’s recipe for it isn’t available, here’s one that was published by the Food Network:
- 2 cups of unbleached flour
- 1 tsp. of baking powder
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. of sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. of cooking oil
- 2 cups of fresh fruits
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- cinnamon sugar
- o make the dough: mix the flour, oil, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Add enough water to make the dough silky. Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and cut with a 4-inch cookie cutter.
- To make the fruit filling: Mash the fruit using a fork and mix with it the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon 2 tablespoons of fruit on one half of a circle of dough, and then fold it over to look like a half moon. Pinch the edges with a fork to seal.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Then, bake the empanadas until brown for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before serving.