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Vegas Uncork’d: forget gambling it’s all about the food and drink

Mention Las Vegas and most people would immediately think gambling, casinos, showgirls, Mariah Carey, the Bellagio fountains and stag weekends. What might not spring to mind is fine dining, vintage wines and cocktails, but that’s where food festival Vegas Uncork’d is hoping to make the difference.

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Is it Paris, London, Venice or Rome? It can only be Vegas…

Now in its ninth year and backed by Bon Appetit magazine, Vegas Uncork’d bills itself as ‘The Ultimate Wine and Food Experience’ with a four-day long extravaganza of tasting, making, scoffing, slurping and swilling at some of Las Vegas’ best-known hotels, including Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, the Cosmopolitan and the Bellagio.

I’d been to Las Vegas a couple of times before, the last time being with my mother which made for a memorable week [see article here] and have really enjoyed my visits – there is something quite unique about Vegas which makes it unlike any other place on earth. This trip, however, I was not going to spend my time sunbathing, drinking free gin and tonics while playing on slot machines or taking a helicopter to the Grand Canyon. Instead I was going to really get to know the food scene and I couldn’t wait.

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Sunbathing had to wait – there were restaurants to visit and cocktails to drink

Continue reading Vegas Uncork’d: forget gambling it’s all about the food and drink

TGI Fridays Karen Forrester on how she turned the company around

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Under Karen Forrester, the TGI Friday’s restaurant chain has undergone a big recovery – and it all began with a fire that gutted one of its flagship sites.

While most bosses would consider this an unmitigated disaster, Forrester saw the destruction of TGI Friday’s restaurant in Birmingham as a chance to start again. Continue reading TGI Fridays Karen Forrester on how she turned the company around

Welcome to my luxury leisure reviews website ALadyofLeisure.com

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Welcome to my leisure blog A Lady of Leisure! As a journalist covering the leisure sector for a national newspaper, I am lucky enough to spend a lot of my time having amazing experiences and meeting fascinating people. From visiting new restaurants, bar and breweries, sampling new types of food and drink, checking out new holiday concepts and resorts, visiting theme parks, watching sporting events and trying out the latest health and fitness trends, there is an lot to write about in the leisure sector.

However as I write for the financial section of the paper, all this tends to get sidelined in favour of writing about corporate activity such as AGMs and financial results rather than what their drinks or restaurants or films or holidays are actually like.

So here’s my solution, my new blog A Lady of Leisure in which I can write about anything and everything that interests me in the world of leisure. Continue reading Welcome to my luxury leisure reviews website ALadyofLeisure.com