Cindy Pearlman

Correspondent

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Cindy Pearlman is a correspondent who covers Las Vegas for Forbes Travel Guide. Pearlman is a senior entertainment writer for the New York Times Syndicate and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, where she interviews Hollywood’s biggest and brightest in “The Big Picture.” Her beauty and style column appears daily at NBCUniversal’s StyleGoesStrong.com. She is the co-author of several books, including The Black Book series (The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets, The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets) and The Beauty Cookbook. She lives in Chicago and Las Vegas with her husband, Ron, stepdaughter Sabrina and their two large dogs.

  • On September 23, 2013
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    What are the private dining rooms like at Javier’s?

    Javier’s, an upscale Mexican food restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino, offers two striking spaces for guests who want to dine with friends in privacy. The lush private rooms that look like part of a Moorish-Spanish mission with punched-tin globe chandeliers and dark beams offset by walls inlaid with either iridescent blue abalone shells or shimmering mother of pearl. Both feature massive central tables set with candles that are flanked by regal wooden armchairs studded with metal. The private rooms can be booked for parties of either 22 or 35 guests. Guests in these private rooms can enjoy a limited menu created in advance or order off the menu. The private rooms are far enough off the main restaurant floor so that it feels like you’re enjoying your hand-shaken margaritas, seafood quesadillas or filet mignon in opulence and seclusion.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    Is Javier’s a good place for group dining?

    Javier’s at ARIA Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is a perfect choice for group dining. The upscale Mexican restaurant has an energetic, fun atmosphere and the dishes are perfect for sharing. The wait staff was more than sufficient enough to handle the needs of larger groups with various palates. What could be more fun than starting off a party with some of the specialty margaritas, such as the cranberry-flavored Laguna Rosa margarita, and a round of appetizers like guacamole, queso fundido or taquitos? Some of the entrées like the crispy carnitas ribs are made for two, and the combination plates — which include tacos, nachos and enchiladas — encourage sharing. It’s also fun to stay afterward for a post-meal drink or one of the two desserts: fried ice cream and out-of-this world caramel flan.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What are five things to know about Javier’s?

    Javier’s is one of the newest restaurants on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip at the chic, star-studded ARIA Resort & Casino. Nestled on the main floor of the super-hip luxury hotel, it’s a winner for many reasons including:
     
    1. It’s more than just Mexican. While the menu is centered upon upscale Mexican offerings, you’ll also find fresh wild scallops, Dungeness crab, fresh fish offerings, Maine lobster and even short ribs osso buco style.
     
    2. Javier’s is a family-run business. It’s had time to perfect its traditional recipes that are a huge hit at Javier’s in California and Mexico. The entire menu is still inspired by founder Javier Sosa and his wife.
     
    3. Service here is quick. Those who have a busy night planned on the strip can stop in for a satisfying quick meal of shrimp and Dungeness crab nachos, taquitos or Javier’s chopped salad. It’s easy to have a drink and a bite at the bar before hitting the Strip.
     
    4. Try the mole. Even if you’re not a fan of chocolate mole sauce, it’s a must try here at Javier’s. The mole verde contains no chocolate; it’s a green sauce that is made from scratch out of 23 different herbs and ingredients every single day. You’ll taste an intriguing blend of nuts, spices and herbs. The mole verde is served with a braised chicken breast, along with rice, refried beans and warm tortillas.
     
    5. This staff is top notch. Manager Omar Sosa is a true superstar and made sure to make every diner feel welcome while stopping to chat or make recommendations. He even stopped back to make sure we were happy with everything much later in the evening. Along with his waitstaff, he made patrons feel as if they were eating gourmet food in a welcoming family atmosphere.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What are five things to know about Allegro?

    Allegro is a fine dining Italian experience on the Las Vegas Strip inside the chic, popular and star-packed Wynn Las Vegas. The restaurant is mere footsteps off the vibrant and always exciting casino floor. Here are five things Forbes Travel Guide editors think you should know about it:
     
    1. You will be delighted by chef Enzo Febbraro, a larger-than-life presence literally (he’s tall, bald and quite commanding in a fun, welcoming way) and the way he greets diners with charm and humor while getting feedback from them and asking about special needs. Here is a chef who doesn’t hide out, but steps out of the kitchen to explain his menu of classic Italian favorites.

    2. You can also watch your own personal version of Top Chef with only the most capable team at work because the restaurant features an open kitchen where chef Febbraro rallies the troops and keeps things running smoothly. It’s a meal and a show.

    3. Although this is an Italian restaurant, its traditional menu will leave you satisfied, but not feeling heavy like you need a nice long nap. The chef’s philosophy is to limit the butter and cream and serve well-thought-out portions.

    4. For diners who aren’t looking for a large meal, the expansive appetizer menu including housemade pizzas, bruschetta, baked clams, beef carpaccio and ravioli will satisfy. Larger groups can order some interesting specialty drinks and appetizers and then return to the casino fun. It’s a way to satisfy those who want fine dining with those who can’t wait for the next pull of the slots.

    5. This restaurant has an upscale sparkle reminiscent of a New York Italian hot spot. This has quickly become a place to see interesting people and be seen in Las Vegas while enjoying gourmet Italian food from a chef who knows his stuff.
  • On September 18, 2013
    Cindy Pearlman answered the question: Cindy Pearlman

    What are five things to know about Allegro?

    Allegro is a fine dining Italian experience on the Las Vegas Strip inside the chic, popular and star-packed Wynn Las Vegas. The restaurant is mere footsteps off the vibrant and always exciting casino floor. Here are five things Forbes Travel Guide editors think you should know about it:
     
    1. You will be delighted by chef Enzo Febbraro, a larger-than-life presence literally (he’s tall, bald and quite commanding in a fun, welcoming way) and the way he greets diners with charm and humor while getting feedback from them and asking about special needs. Here is a chef who doesn’t hide out, but steps out of the kitchen to explain his menu of classic Italian favorites.

    2. You can also watch your own personal version of Top Chef with only the most capable team at work because the restaurant features an open kitchen where chef Febbraro rallies the troops and keeps things running smoothly. It’s a meal and a show.

    3. Although this is an Italian restaurant, its traditional menu will leave you satisfied, but not feeling heavy like you need a nice long nap. The chef’s philosophy is to limit the butter and cream and serve well-thought-out portions.

    4. For diners who aren’t looking for a large meal, the expansive appetizer menu including housemade pizzas, bruschetta, baked clams, beef carpaccio and ravioli will satisfy. Larger groups can order some interesting specialty drinks and appetizers and then return to the casino fun. It’s a way to satisfy those who want fine dining with those who can’t wait for the next pull of the slots.

    5. This restaurant has an upscale sparkle reminiscent of a New York Italian hot spot. This has quickly become a place to see interesting people and be seen in Las Vegas while enjoying gourmet Italian food from a chef who knows his stuff.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    Is Allegro a good place for group dining?

    Forbes Travel Guide editors say Allegro is an excellent spot to bring a large group, as the Wynn Las Vegas restaurant has an expert wait staff that is extremely conscious of the needs of parties big and small. Large groups can share a large variety of appetizers including pizza, shrimp and calamari. Plus, diners with a wide variety of tastes will be satisfied, as the restaurant offers pasta dishes, plus meat and fish entrées along with a variety of vegan selections. The lengthy menu of fun cocktails (including mocktails) is a great way to start your evening. Those in your party hankering for some gambling action will just have to take a few steps before they’re back at the blackjack tables after dinner, while those who want to linger can enjoy dessert and an after-dinner drink. The restaurant also offers a late night menu from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., which is a satisfying way to end an evening with friends in Vegas.
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  • On January 9, 2013
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    What is Winter in Venice like at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino?

    The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino co-hosted the 2012 Winter in Venice festival with sister property The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino from Nov. 18 to Jan. 6. Inside The Palazzo, the stunning red and white décor let you know that you needed a little Christmas.
     
    If you ventured into the shopping area and the multi-story waterfall called The Palazzo Waterfall Gardens, majestic white crystal-and-pearl peacocks were on display and available for photo opportunities. The garden included ice branches and a truly breathtaking 20-foot frosted birch, as were the crystal “ice” ponds that shimmered in the distance.
     
    In the lobby, “elves” gave away hot apple cider while characters, including white vine-covered Christmas creatures on stilts, prowled the casino floor. The ice-skating rink by The Venetian waited for guests next door, and the other Winter in Venice festivities were held there including a culinary competition, a 65-foot LED Christmas tree, strolling musicians and live bands.
     
    The 50-day celebration also included Grammy-winner Chip Davis’ “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas,” playing in The Palazzo Theater for six weeks.
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