Blog World Expo – Dinner with Kontera


Mike Glover from Kontera Technologies was kind enough to invite us to dinner at one of Las Vegas most famous and most expensive restaurant. Located in The Forum Shops at Caesars, Spago is synonymous with fine food and celebrity clientele. Spago is a place to see and be seen. The indoor patio is great for people watching. Inside, the restaurant offers a dramatic, yet warm interior that is very much in keeping with the California-style cuisine of Chef Wolfgang Puck.

Spago features seasonal American cuisine with influences from locales spanning the globe. Executive Chef Eric Klein creates a daily-changing menu featuring a variety of fresh, innovative dishes including specialty dishes such as the Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon, Handmade Sweet Corn Agnolotti and USDA Prime Nebraska Corn Fed CΓ΄te de Boeuf.

Oyster and Crab Claws


This was a great opening. Both the oyster and crab were super fresh.

Pasta with White Truffle and Truffle Oil


This dish taste as expensive as it look. That may explain why Executive Chef Eric Klein came out to shave the truffles onto the dish himself.


Pan Seared Sea Scallops


This was Sarah’s main course. It was served with sweet Maine shrimp risotto, tomato confit and shellfish broth 35. It was not the best scallops I’ve ever tried but it was very close.

Australian Waygu Beef, New York Cut


Australian Waygu is the almost the same as Japanese Kobe beef. The 5 oz New York cut of beef was served with confit fingerlings, creamed spinach and a Bordelaise sauce. This was one of the most tender steaks I’ve ever tried. It was also one of the most expensive. At $74, it cost more than the 22 oz USDA Prime Nebraska Corn Fed CΓ΄te de Boeuf.

The Desserts



Spago Creme Brulee and 17 layer mocha cake. The cake really had 18 layers. Yes, I counted it. Both desserts were very good and finished off the meal with a bang.

I want to thank Kontera for taking us out to dinner. They are great ad network for me and I higher recommend you join them. We look forward to meeting Kontera again in San Fransisco.

64 thoughts on “Blog World Expo – Dinner with Kontera”

  1. Dan says:

    mmmm… now you’re making me hungry.
    Sounds like a good trip John πŸ˜‰

    1. Yeah, I could sure dive into those Oysters and Crab Claws!

      1. me to I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOove crabs

    2. Oh more than hungry…he is making me mad πŸ˜› He could of tell us before the dinner so we could prepare some questions for Mike, damn it John…I wanted to ask him when in the heck are they going to let me know if my app has been accepted or denied πŸ˜›

      1. awesome meal and thats so nice of kontera! but i wonder how much money john has made them over all to deserve such an extravagant meal!

        1. Oh i think the dinner was paid from what John made them earn and also the tip for the waiter or waitress was included πŸ˜› But in any case that is very kind from the owner of Kontera to socialize up to some level with the publishers of kontera

      2. Katherine says:

        I have responded to SEO Optomization and he is quite happy with the results from kontera.

  2. drt says:

    Sorry, it’s OOT. πŸ˜•

    Just wonder if anybody knows why the Feedburner readers’ number is always low on Friday night? Right now, John’s number is only 9102 and Shoe’s number is only 6068. Yeah, I noticed that those numbers will return after the weekend. But why?

    1. Steve says:

      Yes – I noticed this earlier on Shoemoney’s page… It is quite likely that feedburner counts hits in the last 24 hours, and since it’s Friday – they drop down, and come back up on Monday. Now, having said that, I would expect that to drop on Saturday, not Friday?

      1. I think it’s Google’s messup again… Google is not even showing up on my blackberry sometimes…

        1. MoneyNing says:

          Yup it’s google that messed up. There is no google fetcher stats again.

  3. Spago is amazing. I didn’t make it there this time around, but I remember it being the highlight of my meals last year in Vegas.

  4. FabZ says:

    John! You are so lucky, attending the blogworld expo is one of the reasons but more importantly getting to dine with Kontera and all the other leaders in the blogosphere!

    Lucky you, have a great time John!
    The pictures are great, keep them coming!!

    FabZ of SmallFishBigMoney.Com

  5. If you think that this is expensive, then come to Moscow and see a really expensive food πŸ™‚

  6. Steve says:

    YUM! I have enjoyed Kontera – thanks for hooking me up John!! Haven’t quite made enough to pay for a meal like you’re receiving, but hey – I’ll enjoy it through you!

  7. Finanlly you post some good looking food… πŸ˜†

  8. vangardx says:

    huhu..i tempted..oh nyam nyam nyam..would you care to post some of the meal to me πŸ˜›

  9. 30 Day Man says:

    Enjoying the pics from BlogWord John – cheers.
    Did you guys get a discount for pimping their food and service?

    1. John Chow says:

      No discounts that I know.

    2. I had they had to pay extra 30% to speak about them πŸ˜›

  10. Mike Huang says:

    I always envy your good food moments, John…. πŸ˜›

  11. Well you should see the food we’ve been dining out on at Angel World Expo. I know which expo I’d rather be at!

  12. Neil Duckett says:

    Steak looks fantastic, not surprising it reminds you of Kobe seeing as the Wagyu beef bred was introduced into Australian about 20 years ago from Japan. Makes me want to go out and drop the $100 plus on a Kobe steak tonight!

  13. ONwebCHECK says:

    that looks delicious! yum yum πŸ™‚

  14. soundofgold says:

    Hey John what with the Shoemoney tshirt? Did i miss anything? Was that a part of that RSS comp betw. you two guys? Else how much would he need to pay for THAT??

    1. Oh i think it’s really just friendly competition to drive traffic to both sites. “Evil masterplan” by Shoe and John… πŸ‘Ώ

  15. Sans Fransisco ? I like that better than San Francisco… πŸ˜›

  16. MoneyNing says:

    Free meals are always very nice πŸ™‚ It’s good to be a sponsor, especially when it seems like John just gets $1000 for having a very low density πŸ‘Ώ

  17. Ed Lau says:

    What’s that between the creamed spinach and fingerlings?

    1. John Chow says:

      Bone marrow. It was very tasty.

      1. Mmm. I’ve never eaten bone marrow. I’m sure my wife has – she’s from the Phillipines and seems to have eaten all kinds of funny things.

        Looks like a fantastic meal though!

  18. Etienne Teo says:

    That is one hell of a dinner, like you have named it, this dinner don’t come cheap. I must say this dinner is worth attending for.

  19. Retrolum says:

    Please stop posting these yummy food pictures. I am always getting hunger at times were it just isn’t healthy to start eating … πŸ˜‰

  20. BareFly says:

    YUM YUM! Who else is hungry? I don’t care……

  21. yuqk says:

    want to eat!!!!!

  22. Hungry! Gonna eat my leftover steak from last night…

  23. Mike says:

    That reminds me, I had some awesome sushi at this Japanese restaraunt in Calgary.. Tomorrow Im gonna blog about it!

  24. I was waiting for that. How can John Chow and food be apart from each other for long? As usual, fantastic photographs. My compliments.

  25. Etienne Teo says:

    The pan Seared scallop does look amazing and tasty!

  26. Domtan says:

    John, but you’re no longer running Kontera, why?

    1. John Chow says:

      Kontera is still running on this blog.

  27. I wrote a review about blogworldexpo but only my mom cooked a dinner for me πŸ˜•

  28. Chris MynMkr says:

    thats my tummy rumbling mmmm

  29. This is cool! I am now beginning to be a fan of John, and his food taste. I did not only like it, I even stumbled it!

  30. Shams says:

    please send the cake to Salzburg πŸ˜†

  31. Mike says:

    >>We look forward to meeting Kontera again in San Fransisco.

    After seeing the dinner bill, I think Kontera will run like hell when they see you again


  32. Wen says:

    Yammy yammy…. how i envy u, John. U have good food and great companion! 😯

  33. Kontera is definitely trying to butter you up. The way to John Chow’s heart is through his stomach. Most definitely! πŸ˜›

  34. John I will be in Vegas for webmasterworld.. I will definitely have to check it out. I ate at the one in Hollywood, and it was just OK.

  35. Phamen says:

    Yes, I wonder why you no longer run Kontera on your blog? You had another plan?

  36. Peter Carter says:

    The beef and the scallops look yummy. The pasta could have been a bit better presented but I am sure it was tasty too.

  37. John says:

    Wow that food looks amazing! I am starving right now. So thanks for making my stomach growl even harder lol.

  38. John, sorry we didn’t get a chance to talk at BlogWorld. This looks like typical Wolfgang Puck. Loved his restaurant in Palo Alto – too bad they closed it.

  39. Oysters and dessert looked sick!

  40. I’m not as interested in the food as I’m intersted in Kontera. Ever since I got my “banned by adsense for invalid clicks” Dear John letter two weeks ago, I replaced the Adsense in my forums with Kontera and the ads on my blogs with Ads-Click. Even though Google contacted me a few days ago saying it was an error and my account was re-instated, there’s no way in heaven or hell I’m dropping Kontera on my forums for Adsense. It was actually a blessing for me because I’ve made more with Kontera, Linkworth and Ads-Clicks in two weeks than I used to make with Adsense in a month. I guess I’ll just use Adsense on my newer, less estabilshed sites.

    Kontera rocks, anybody who is a forum owner, I can’t recommend it hard enough. It’s the absolute best monetizing solution of forum owners.

  41. bloggernoob says:

    great food and hotel suites that are cheap. you gotta love vegas baby. just don’t gamble too much

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