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AmaWaterways to Host Culinary Cruise


After a successful sailing in fall 2017 with master chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Joanne Weir, AmaWaterways is continuing its partnership with the celebrated chef by presenting a special sailing: Taste of Bordeaux- Culinary Cruise Hosted by Joanne Weir.

The 7-night cruise will depart on July 26, 2018 and take guests through the Bordeaux region of France along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Shore excursions will immerse guests in French culture, food, and wine, including visits to vineyards and chateaux for wine tastings and a wine festival exclusive to AmaWaterways guests. On board, guests will have the opportunity to engage with Weir through her culinary presentations. Optional pre-cruise stays in Paris or a post-cruise tour of the Loire Valley are also available.

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New Food- & Drink-Focused Itineraries Through Great Britain


Avanti Destinations and VisitBritain have come together to promote the local flavors of Britain with five new customizable food and drink itineraries, a perfect match for the culinary enthusiast.

The five new multi-region itineraries are focused on Cornwall and Devon, Edinburgh, London, and Yorkshire—the four regional food hubs designated by VisitBritain for having both heritage and undiscovered food and drink experiences. The new itineraries range from seven to 13 days, plus four new 4-day options focused on one of the four food hubs, which can be added to any other Avanti Great Britain itinerary or booked on their own.

The new itineraries are intended to be suggested itineraries and are all completely customizable to fit preferences for accommodations, length of stay, additional destinations, experiences, and transfers. The itineraries are:

  • The 8-day London & York: Bite of England, which includes a Borough Market tour, a Mayfair chocolate tour, and a Historic Pubs of Docklands tour. In York, guests will experience a cheese and tea pairing workshop, a Harrogate walking food tour that stops at a beer and coffee house featuring locally sourced products, the oldest pub in Harrogate, and a historic “sweet shoppe,” as well as a fish and chips eatery, an artisan ice creamery, and Yorkshire tapas. Rates start at $2,899 pp dbl land-only and include first-class rail and daily breakfast.
  • The 7-day London & York: England in a Glass where guests participate in an afternoon tea lesson, a City of London Gin Distillery tour and tasting and a Meantime Brewery tour and tasting while in London. In York they’ll take part in an afternoon tea tour with scones, cakes and exotic treats, and go on a tour and tasting at two-three breweries in the Yorkshire countryside. Rates start at $2,199 pp dbl including first-class rail and daily breakfast.
  • The 4-day Taste of Edinburgh takes guests on a Food Safari walking tour featuring food and drink from vegetarian haggis, scones and unconventional marshmallows to single-malt Scotch and Scottish gin, plus a tour and tasting at Pickering’s Gin Distillery. Rates start at $685 pp.
  • The 4-day Taste of Cornwall/Devon features a Catch & Cook fishing experience, a St. Austell Brewery tour and tasting, and a client’s choice of a private driver or a rental car. Rates start at $1,555.
  • The 9-day London, York, Edinburgh: Taste of British Classics takes guests on a Borough Market tour and a Historic Pubs of Docklands tour in London. While in York, guests enjoy a cheese and tea pairing workshop; and in Edinburgh they’ll have a tour and tasting at Pickering’s Gin Distillery, a Seafood and Scotch full-day tour to a village on the famous Loch Lomand to sample beechwood-smoked salmon, plus visit Glengoyne Distillery where single-malt is made. Rates start at $3,455 pp including first-class rail between cities.
  • The 13-day London, Cornwall, Cotswolds, York, Edinburgh: Great Flavors of Great Britainoffers guests private transfers from London to Cornwall to Cotswolds to York, as well as first-class rail between York and Edinburgh. On this itinerary guests will go on a Mayfair Chocolate tour, a Borough Market tour, enjoy tastings at Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, go on a Catch & Cook fishing trip, and go on private tours of Glastonbury Abbey and Robin Hood’s Nottingham, plus take part in a cheese and tea pairing workshop, and a private Yorkshire breweries tour, an Edinburgh Food Safari walking tour, and a Seafood & Scotch full-tac tour to Lock Lomond. Rates start at $7,699 pp.

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Take a Bite Out of Vegas

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A Great Catch
This fall, CATCH Las Vegas restaurant—with locations in LA, Dubai and Playa del Carmen—will open its doors at Aria Resort & Casino. It will feature globally inspired high-end seafood selections such as the catch roll, truffle sashimi, Wagyu on a rock and Cantonese lobster. There’ll also be a curated wine list and what they are calling “visually stunning” handcrafted cocktails. CATCH will open in the hotel’s barMASA and Tetsu restaurant space, which closes this month.

It’s Getting Hot in Vegas
The immersive HELL’S KITCHEN Restaurant has opened its doors at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Guests of the dining venue will feel transported to the studio set of the TV show, with the bustling kitchen being the centerpiece of the eatery, and with chefs donning the exact uniforms from the show—red and blue jackets with coordinating bandanas. The show’s signature fiery pitchfork marks the entryway to the restaurant, and a life-size video screen of chef Ramsey greets guests upon arrival. There are floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Strip and the hotel’s iconic fountains, and the menu features recipes from the TV show (think lobster risotto). We’ve heard that the cocktails are not-to-be-missed, including the gin-based “notes from Gordon,” garnished with a scroll printed with a surprise note from the celebrity chef himself.

Eats by the Pool
Pool season in Vegas is here, and with it comes cool experiences at The Cosmopolitan’s Pool District. There are Dive in Movies—transforming the resort’s 65-ft. digital marquee into a colossal movie screen—which guests can enjoy with a speciality cocktail in hand and movie snacks; and the Overlook Grill, serving American staples along with uniquely curated brunch selections including a detox green bowl salad and an avocado toast benedict, as well as a “done adulting” margarita and “bikini bod” cocktail. The fun takes place at the resort’s Boulevard Pool, which overlooks the Strip and offers fab views over the Vegas

Korean-Inspired Eatery at Park MGM
Los Angeles celebrity chef Roy Choi will bring a Koreatown-inspired concept to Las Vegas this fall. The soon-to-be-named dining venue at Park MGM will be a celebration of L.A.’s Koreatown district featuring immersive spaces that feel comfortable and familiar, while creating an eclectic environment for guests. Park MGM will also feature a new pool oasis with three pools, an oversized heated spa, 12 cabanas, lounge areas and multiple bars. Guests will be able to order craft drinks such as mix-and-match craft beer buckets and a Bacardi dragonberry rum-spiked frose topped with ripe strawberries, as well as light bites such as a watermelon & arugula salad.

A Sangria Feast
ALEXXA’s, a modern bar with a unique twist, has debuted inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, with a sangria-focused element, global small dishes and live music. ALEXXA’s bar, connecting to HEXX kitchen + bar, and with doors opening directly onto the Las Vegas Boulevard, features nine sangria options to choose from, including sparkling sangria, cider sangria and seasonal sangrias. A selection of curated cocktails made with fresh juices are also available.

A Room with a Brewski
The Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino has announced a property-wide partnership with the Las Vegas brewery Tenaya Creek to create the city’s first Bed & Brewski hotel room package and experience, which will offer private tours of the brewery exclusively to hotel guests. Guests who book this experiential package will be greeted with a 6-pack of their chosen brewski upon check-in, as well as a ticket to privately tour Las Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek Brewery. Package starts at $221; minimum 2-night stay.

Become a Master Chef at Wynn
Guests can try their hand at everything from cake decorating to learning how to cook Frank Sinatra’s favorite dishes with the Wynn Master Class series. These behind-the-scenes workshops are led by master chefs, sommeliers, bakers and artisans, and take place at locations across the hotel. Upcoming is Cooking, Sinatra Style, during which executive chef Luke Palladino and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert, will host a cooking demo at the Sinatra restaurant (Encore) on how to prepare some of the entertainer’s favorite dishes, his way. There’s also an upcoming outdoor grilling class with the executive chef of SW Steakhouse (Wynn), who’ll be joined by Wynn’s executive director of wine to share tips on choosing grill-friendly wines.

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