Mizumi Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas…. what a crazy, interesting, evocative, and mischievous place to visit. It’s one of my favorite places to people watch and remember why I am where I am now and not where I used to be. Brandon’s grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin live in Summerlin, just outside of Vegas, and we were finally able to take a weekend trip out there to spend time together and with them. We had so much fun with everyone and it was truly the trip we needed to just get away and not work for a few days — both of us are complete workaholics. Spending time away gave me a really great appreciation for everything I do and reminds me that I need to keep my life outside of work a priority as well. Life is too short not to live it fully and enjoy and embrace the present moment.


Brandon and I had a really amazing evening out together and we shared a delicious meal at Mizumi in The Wynn hotel. It is a beautiful Japanese restaurant with a waterside view and an absolutely amazing ambiance. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at or written about a restaurant of this caliber. It was truly a refreshing breath of air to see this type of service and particular care and attention to detail that Mizumi takes with each plate.
We started with drinks. I had a The Dream (champagne, elderflower liqueur and preserved edible hibiscus) and a Mizumi Cloud (lemongrass, yuzu, gin and ginger liqueur). Both drinks were delicate and flavorful. The slight sweetness of the elderflower liqueur gave the champagne a refreshing flavor. The Mizumi Cloud was sweet, but tart, and gave the gin an enlivening elegance.


We decided to get a selection of hot and cold items instead of ordering sushi rolls.


Shiromi Usuzukuri, thinly sliced white fish (snapper), ponzu, miso flakes, momiji oroshi, scallion oil


Yellowtail Sashimi and Jalapeño Gelée, crispy onion, cilantro oil, ponzu


Robata Platter, sea bass, organic Jidori Chicken, beef tenderloin, shishito peppers, shiitake mushrooms


Crispy Brussels Sprouts, toasted almonds, green onion, balsamic soy reduction


Hokkaido snow beef 5 Pieces 2oz Hot Stone

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Seared Foie Gras with Kabocha Puree, Micro Green and Pomegranate Salad, Chestnut Foam Pomegranate-Balsamic Reduction


Kurobuta Katsu Panko Breading, Apple Slaw, Curry Sauce and Tonkatsu sauce


Liquid Lemon-Yuzu Cheesecake, Graham Walnut Streusel, Sour Cherry Compote, Sugared Walnuts, Morello Cherry Sorbet


Mizumi Chocolate Mask, White Chocolate, Hazelnut Dacquiose, Chocolate Mousse, Praline Puffed Rice, Vanilla Ice Cream


Coffee and Espresso


Everything was delicious and presented so well with the descriptions given on each plate. My favorites were the Shiromi Usuzukuri and the Kurobuta Katsu, but everything was really fresh, executed with extreme attention to detail, and the service was impeccable. It was an evening to remember.


Another highlight of the meal was the Hokkaido Snow Beef. This beef is literally melt-in-your-mouth tender. You cook the snow beef table-side on a hot stone, so even when Brandon isn’t working, he’s still cooking on his night off.


This meal was everything that the decadence, details, and drama of Las Vegas could serve up and we were completely satisfied with our whole meal experience. It was truly a memorable dining event and I am so glad I could spend it with such a special person. We were also fortunate to go to see Le Rev at The Wynn after dinner, which was such a wonderful Vegas experience and our first Vegas show.  I am so grateful to have these memories to share.





Kinnara Thai Food in Van Nuys

Two Saturdays ago, Brandon and I were lucky enough to get out for a date, which never happens because he never has Saturday off. When you date a chef you’re pretty much condemned to mid-week meals with one another, if you’re lucky,which isn’t so bad but when we do actually get to go out for a weekend night meal, it’s definitely a special occasion. Brandon made the trek out from Ventura (where he lives) to meet me in the valley after my long day of yoga studio duties, yoga practice, and yoga teacher training and we decided to get some local Thai food. Just a couple of blocks away from my house is Kinnara. Kinnara is a modern inspired Thai restaurant with an interesting elegant atmosphere, especially for being situated in a pretty dingy strip mall on Sherman Way, in Van Nuys. Kinnara moved to its new location, not very far from its old one, which is a larger more modern space next to a Starbucks. The restaurant had a modern appeal from the moment you walk in–the modern bar top awaits you and as you peek into the small dining room, people are dressed up or down to have a flavorful weekend meal.
We sat in a little bit of an awkwardly situated small table in the corner, but it wasn’t unbearable. Looking over the menu there were so many options for us to choose from. I was pretty indecisive about the whole thing, so it was nice to have someone choose a couple of dishes for me. We decided that we would have panang beef, lemongrass fried rice with chicken and shrimp, and lastly the 101 noodles. The food was served promptly and everything was prepared well. The lemongrass fried rice was served first; it had a lovely semi-strong flavor of lemongrass with a subtle spiciness, the chicken was a little over-cooked, which I find often happening in these type of dishes, and there were about 2-4 shrimp in the whole dish. I really enjoyed the flavor and it made a good bed for the panang beef. The tender beef was floating in a spicy and sweet sauce with all the familiar Thai flavors and lots of delicious coconut milk.  The 101 noodles was a strange dish of sticky noodles and minced beef with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and shitake mushrooms. The shitake mushrooms were the highlight of the dish and once you added some extra spicy Thai chilies and a little of the panang sauce, it was appetizing.  Overall, for a tasty Thai meal in Van Nuys, at a very reasonable price, Kinnara made for a lovely time together eating some familiar flavors on a weekend evening.