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 November 27, 2012
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    What are the five best things to order at Mizumi?

    Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas has a menu that deserves a slow read because it’s large, innovative and interesting. Five of the best things to order are:
     
    1. Baked sweet miso-marinated black cod ($34). It’s a substantial piece of fish served with stuffed baby eggplant, sumiso sauce and pickled ginger.
     
    2. Seafood inaniwa pasta ($35). The uni butter sauce is a rich, delicious glaze over scallops, king crab, octopus, roasted tomatoes and lime. Just make sure to order an interesting appetizer because the portion is small.
     
    3. Angus beef sirloin and black truffle teriyaki ($35). Sizzling meat drenched in truffle teriyaki is flanked by green beans, baby corn, maitake mushrooms and baby carrots.
     
    4. Shrimp and vegetable tempura ($28). Even if you don’t indulge in fried foods often, this is worth the calories. Shrimp and seasonal vegetables including sweet potatoes, asparagus, zucchini, cipollini onions, shiitake mushrooms, Japanese eggplant and carrots are golden and served with delicious spicy dipping sauces. Those who want to skip the shrimp can order vegetable tempura ($20), which offers the same seasonal veggies plus extras including green beans, lotus root, baby corn, summer squash and kabocha squash.
     
    5. Robatayaki (various prices). This dish is best as an appetizer because it consists of skewers of highly spiced meats and veggies with dipping sauces.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What is the service like at Mizumi?

    Diners at Wynn Las Vegas’ Japanese restaurant Mizumi can count on top-notch professional service. Almost immediately upon being seated, our waiter greeted us and took fast drink orders. He took the time to explain several sake choices, and the difference between cold and hot sake, without lingering too long. Quickly, we had our drinks and the waiter was back with a full menu and available to explain some of the more exotic dishes. He also had several recommendations for those who were unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine.
     
    The waiter returned frequently enough to refill drinks and serve appetizers, but did not hover. The only disappointment was that one of the appetizers we ordered never arrived; it wasn’t an issue, though, as several other appetizers quickly arrived in its place. The waiter returned to make sure we were pleased with our main courses and then didn’t wait long before the plates were cleared to take dessert orders. Since Mizumi’s menu lends itself to ordering a variety of appetizers and shareable dishes, you’ll be pleased at how quickly the plates from the last course are cleared to make room for new taste sensations.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What are the table settings like at Mizumi?

    The table settings at Wynn Las Vegas’ Mizumi reflect the chic, elegant style of the urban Japanese dining experience. Each place is set with a round, white plate with no embellishments; a pair of chopsticks; and a large, clear glass. This setting is accompanied by a traditional silver fork and knife for those who don’t feel comfortable with chopsticks. The table has a luxe pearlized top with gold edges that adds to the glamour of the Mizumi experience.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    Does Mizumi have any special views?

    Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas offers tranquil views of the hotel’s Tryst lagoon, Japanese gardens and waterfalls through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. You can enjoy the artfully illuminated water from nearly any seat in the house, or you can sit outside at the “floating pagoda table” to feel like you’re actually in the koi-filled water while eating. Call (702) 770-3320 to make reservations for special seating.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What’s the best table at Mizumi?

    The most stunning spot is certainly the private pagoda table on the restaurant’s back terrace that seems to float in the tranquil Tryst lagoon. It seats eight, and will definitely require a reservation. That’s not the only great seat in the house at Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas though. In-the-know diners also reserve indoor tables overlooking the lagoon for tranquil water views through floor-to-ceiling windows. For those who favor action over tranquility, just step up to the sushi bar (again, reserve your spot). And if you have an aspiring chef in the party who wants to see how the food is created, reserve a group dining spot in the teppan room to see how the chef produces these amazing dishes. Larger parties, and the few lucky children who visit Mizumi, especially enjoy those seats.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What is the price range for a meal at Mizumi?

    Wynn Las Vegas’ Mizumi offers a large menu with a wide variety of prices, from the $30 you’ll pay for a dragon roll to the $180 tag on the uni sashimi box. In general, appetizers range from $7 to $27, robatayaki costs $5 to $50 and sushi ranges from $9 to $60. Main dishes range from $18 to $65.
     
    The average price for the larger specialty sushi plates is around $50, though you can find smaller plates for $24. Soup costs $7 while the salads range from $15 to $18. Small skewers of different meats and vegetables, robatayaki style, range from $4 to $8. Dinner entrees range from $36 for the catch of the day to $65 for the Wagyu ribs. The popular baked sweet miso-marinated black cod costs $34, while the seafood inaniwa pasta is $35 for a very small portion of scallops, king crab, octopus, roasted tomatoes, shiso, lime and uni butter sauce.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What are the private dining rooms like at Mizumi?

    Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas has several interesting options for those who like a more private dining experience; you won’t even notice you’re at one of the busiest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The private dining areas are aplenty at Mizumi and include a sake bar that seats 14 and a sushi bar that seats 16. There is a teppan room with robatayaki and teppanyaki grills that seats 48 and an outdoor private pagoda table that seats eight.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    Is Mizumi a good place for group dining?

    Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas is an excellent choice for group dining because the menu is conducive to ordering many dishes and sharing. Larger groups will enjoy a lengthy sushi menu or even the toro tasting plate with toro scallion cut roll, shimofuri with golden osetra sushi, oh toro sushi and chu toro sushi. Other favorite shared dishes include vegetable tempura, Wagyu beef tartare and spicy king crab and taro tacos. Sushi is served in two pieces while sashimi features three pieces, which makes it perfect for a quick pass around a table.
     
    The restaurant has an experienced waitstaff that can help larger groups navigate their choices. The atmosphere is hip, comfortable and a place to be seen in Vegas, which might appeal to larger groups of out-of-town guests wanting to experience a restaurant that will also be a memorable part of your vacation.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What is the interior design of Mizumi?

    Roger Thomas designed the stunning interior of Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas to reflect the sophistication and edge of Japan’s modern urban cities. With vibrant, crimson, contemporary interiors, the restaurant was designed to transport guests from the desert to the Far East. One of the highlights is a private Japanese garden in the back with a coursing waterfall and a floating pagoda table for dining. Inside, the eye-catching red and gold walls are lined with traditional Noh theater masks and hand-painted Japanese fans along with obi sashes to reflect iconic Japanese design themes. The restaurant has two rooms, a main dining room and a room that features open robatayaki and teppanyaki grills, plus a sushi bar. The main dining room has a view of the artfully illuminated Tryst lagoon.
  • On November 27, 2012
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    What are five things to know about Mizumi?

    Mizumi (it’s a popular female name in Japan) is a chic Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Wynn Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. Five things you should know about the restaurant are:
     
    1. The menu is rather expansive, so prepare to spend a few minutes reading it before you order, as it can be a bit overwhelming. This is the type of place to which you can return several times and never run into the same meal — though you may want to.
     
    2. Those who just want to stop in for a “mini meal” will be completely satisfied ordering some of the small-portioned dishes. In fact, many diners go for drinks and appetizers, or a wide selection of sushi and sashimi choices, before a show or a night gambling in Las Vegas.
     
    3. Rising star chef Devin Hashimoto mixes classic Japanese dishes including tempura and teriyaki with interesting fresh platters and innovative dishes like the Mizumi roll, which is packed with Maine lobster, avocado, tamago, soy paper, wasabi and yuzu mustard aioli.
     
    4. Mizumi also features classic entrees including sushi and sashimi, robatayaki and other selections prepared over authentic Japanese charcoal grills. There are also teppanyaki offerings.
     
    5. A few of the best dishes are traditional ones, such as dobin-mushi soup with sea bass, shrimp, shimeji, mushrooms, yuzu and bonito-kombu dashi. Chef Hashimoto has also created a 72-hour braised American Wagyu short rib “kakuni” with creamy satsuma potatoes, fava beans and shiitake ragout in red wine miso sauce.
  • On November 20, 2012
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    Where can I ice skate in Las Vegas this winter?

    There are those who say you can do anything in Las Vegas. Ice skating in the desert in the middle of winter when it’s 70 degrees and sunny outside is one of them. One of the sweetest ways to capture some holiday fun is to skate at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino during the Winter in Venice festival.
     
    The rink features a holiday-themed light show and some of the best seasonal tunes around, including a few crooned by Sinatra himself. The outdoor rink hovers above the water of the gondola rides (again, only in Vegas). Festooned lights plus large snowflakes float over the rink, which isn’t made of real ice but of state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly polymer. Outdoor ice skating is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
     
    Other places to skate in Vegas during the winter include The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the chic celebrity favorite that’s nestled on the top of the Strip. The hotel has turned its Boulevard Pool into an ice rink with benefits including fire pits, hot cocktails and even s’mores. On “Date Skate Mondays,” holiday movies play on 65-foot digital screens, and on “Industry Skate on the Strip Wednesdays,” the rink becomes a nightclub with DJs.
     
    At Lake Las Vegas, a 30-minute drive from the Strip, locals and tourists flock to a floating ice rink that holds up to 75 skaters and offers gorgeous views. Don’t blink twice if you see Celine Dion and family there — she lives nearby.
  • On November 20, 2012
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    What is Winter in Venice like at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino?

    The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino is co-hosting the Winter in Venice festival with sister property The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino from Nov. 18 to Jan. 6. Step inside The Palazzo, and the stunning red and white décor lets you know that you need a little Christmas, right this very minute.
     
    If you venture into the shopping area and the multi-story waterfall called The Palazzo Waterfall Gardens, you’ll see majestic white crystal-and-pearl peacocks on display and available for photo opportunities. The garden includes ice branches and a 20-foot frosted birch that’s truly breathtaking, as are the crystal “ice” ponds that shimmer in the distance.
     
    In the lobby, “elves” are giving away hot apple cider while characters including white vine-covered Christmas creatures on stilts are prowling the casino floor. It’s a quick walk outside to the ice-skating rink by The Venetian next door, and to the other Winter in Venice festivities including a culinary competition, a 65-foot LED Christmas tree, strolling musicians and live bands.
     
    The 50-day celebration also includes Grammy-winner Chip Davis’ “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas,” playing in The Palazzo Theater for six weeks beginning Nov. 20.
  • On November 20, 2012
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    Does The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino offer special Winter in Venice packages?

    The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is offering special package deals during their Winter in Venice festival, which runs from Nov. 18 to Jan. 6., and overnight guests are privy to some exclusive perks.
     
    The Mannheim Steamroller Suite Package includes two front orchestra tickets to The Palazzo Theater’s “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas” by Chip Davis (the tickets alone are a $270-plus value). 
     
    The Winter in Venice Prestige Package includes special touches like an elf tuck-in for families who want a special experience for the kiddies. Other perks include a private check-in experience with champagne; nightly complimentary cocktail receptions; and complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea and coffee, and evening hors d’oeuvres.
     
    Overnight guests will receive a Passaporto di Winter in Venice that offers discounts on skating, retail, dining, entertainment and spa treatments — its total value is more than $1,000. And if you book a suite (or the Winter in Venice Prestige Package), your Premiere Passaporto di Winter in Venice will feature additional offers for a value of $1,400.
  • On November 20, 2012
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    What culinary events are part of Winter in Venice at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino?

    Many of the restaurants at both The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip are joining in on the holiday fun of the Winter in Venice festival.
     
    The biggest foodie fun, however, will take place when the resorts’ chefs compete to become the winner of the first-ever Venetian Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition. This late-night cook-off runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Nov. 29 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21, and is open to all sous-chefs and chefs de cuisine at the 30-plus restaurants inside both hotels. See chefs from SUSHISAMBA, Table 10, FIRST Food & Bar, Delmonico Steakhouse, the brand-new Rattlecan and others.
     
    These chefs will step up to create the perfect dish from mystery ingredients given to them in mobile food-truck kitchens located at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace. The best part? The food they prepare will be available for sale to the public.
     
    Celebrity chefs will head the judging; see Emeril Lagasse on Nov. 29, Mario Batali on Dec. 7 and Sammy DeMarco on Dec. 14. A surprise chef will judge the finals on Dec. 21.
     
    Meanwhile, there will be a Winter in Venice cocktail menu of holiday-inspired, spiced drinks throughout the resorts’ bars and lounges. Holiday menus and specials will be offered at select restaurants including AquaKnox, Bouchon, Canaletto and LAVO, among others.
  • On November 20, 2012
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    What is Winter in Venice like at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino?

    What happens in Vegas…feels a lot like Venice. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip is celebrating Winter in Venice, the second-annual holiday festival featuring 50 days of seasonal experiences at both The Venetian and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino.
     
    It’s a winter wonderland in the desert (although it’s 65 degrees outside) when you drive up to The Venetian and see the brand-new skating rink in front of the property, complete with a large disco ball. (Conversation dropper: It’s not real ice, but it feels exactly like it when you skate. The surface is made of state-of-the-art recycled polymer, part of the resort’s green initiatives.) Another highlight is the 65-foot LED Christmas tree. The rink is open the public and features light shows and live bands along with little elves — or friendly, knowledgeable helpers — there to tighten the laces on your skates.
     
    Mind-blowing characters including 10-foot-tall Christmas stilt walkers in holiday white and Adabella, the Winter in Venice Queen, prowl the surroundings and even venture into the casinos. Other events include a nightly parade, tree-lighting shows and a “Light of Venice” 3D light projection show.
     
    Inside The Palazzo Theater, Grammy-winner Chip Davis’ holiday show “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas” is playing for a six-week run. Other musical highlights include carolers strolling throughout the property.
     
    Another treat is a tasty one: Guests can watch The Venetian Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition on Nov. 29 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Each showdown features chefs from the 30-plus restaurants located inside The Venetian and The Palazzo; these contestants will receive mystery baskets of ingredients and must prepare their dishes in food trucks located at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace.
     
    Celebrity chefs including Emeril Lagasse (Nov. 29), Mario Batali (Dec. 7) and Sammy DeMarco (Dec. 14) will head the judging panels, with a surprise chef judging the Dec. 21 finals.