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My friends call me the "grammar goddess." Really. ;-) I own a freelance writing, editing and tutoring business. Previously, I served three years as food editor for The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, which kindled my interest in food writing. My other areas of expertise in writing include features, community news, architecture/construction and engraving/personalization. I have a frightening number of cookbooks and watch too many DIY, HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Antiques Roadshow (BBC and PBS versions) shows. And I tweak nearly every recipe I make.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Great stuff on TV: 'Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia'

There's a new television show on Cooking Channel: Tripping out with Alie & Georgia

I found it hysterically funny as well as informative after watching the first-ever episode.

Stars Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark had a goal: to "do Vegas" and still keep their dignity.  And they wear really cool outfits in the process.

They did Las Vegas in a way that they wouldn't regret, both in terms of food eaten, drinks drunk or money spent at the casino.

Though they did do one thing I wouldn't.

No matter what, I'm not taking a high-wire lesson at Absinthe. But I will watch the circus there. And maybe have a small glass of absinthe while I'm there. I hear it's not usually made with wormwood anymore.

Best line: "You're not afraid of heights are you?" "I don't think I've ever been high enough to know." (Alie)

They gave some great tips:

  • Stay in one of the cool boutique hotels off the strip.
  •  Hang poolside and relax before heading out to the strip.
  • There's a monster buffet at Caesars Palace with the equivalent of nine restaurants and has amazing food: the Bacchanal Buffet. 
  • Go to downtown Vegas: It's really cool.
  •  Try new things, like getting a lesson in poker before trying your luck at the casino or learning how to walk on the high wire.
  •  Don't forget to try food in the fanciest-looking diner I've ever seen, The Peppermill, that has a server who looks like Giada de Laurentiis. It also serves humungous pancakes. 
Incidentally, the second best line, from Georgia, regarding the aforementioned pancakes: "I want to cuddle up underneath this."

After their trip, the ladies brought their culinary experiences back home and reinvent the food and cocktails for a party at home. 

Recipes they made for the party included:
But don't take my word that this is a fabulous new show, see it for yourself. You can stream the premiere episode of  Tripping out with Alie & Georgia free right here.


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