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  • 5 Reasons You Should Work in the Hospitality Industry

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    It’s midday Boxing Day, the leftovers from Christmas are going into soups and sandwiches and the room is still tense from the competitive and bitter ending of the family Christmas games (seriously, who brought Monopoly?!) and suddenly – the dreaded question surrounding New Year Resolutions. *Intense scream* To continue setting the scene, you want a new job, but you don’t know what industry you ...

  • 3 Retail Trends We Will See in 2020

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    As we approach the New Year (the only time I’ll ever have 2020 vision, and the last time we’ll hear that joke – finally .) it’s good to think ahead. Not just for resolutions, or the dread of going back to work (we can help you with that, boo, come look at our jobs) but for the societal trends. Whether you work in retail or love a good shop, it’s handy to know what to expect, or at least what we ...

  • The 5 Worst Food Trends of 2019

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    It’s time. I spoke about my favourite food trends of 2019 ( which you can read here , only once you’re done with this post!) so I figured it’s only fair I discuss the absolute worst – and I’ll not include celery juice this time, since we all know my views on that abomination from last week’s post. What a joke, btw. It’s basically green water and I can’t stand the thought of people actually ...

  • Some Days You Have to Create Your Own Sunshine

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    I live in Scotland, it is wet. It is wet and cold and oh so wet a lot of the time. But we adapt, we make indoor plans to enjoy the days nonetheless, or find fun wellies to brighten the mood around us. So why don’t we implement that into our work life? When the day is bad, we complain and let the small bad things amplify and snowball until it’s a whole load of bad and it’s awful and man I need a ...

  • 5 Food Trends of 2019

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Amy Liston1 comment

    It’s coming up to the New Year and is often a time of reflection, so what better way to reflect on 2019 than to look at the weird and wonderful food trends of the year! And if you think that I’m putting celery juice on this list then just stop right here and reconsider your choices. Celery is essentially water, go to the tap and stop lying to yourself, it doesn’t taste good okay Brad. Now, let’s ...

  • 3 Things to Do Before You Open a Hotel

    Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    So, you want to open a hotel! Or read about it, or read about anything to avoid calls and emails, I hear you loud and clear, let’s get this show on the road. Hotels are great, good food, new rooms, comfy beds, it’s like winning a fluffy robed lottery. But it isn’t all easy breezy on the other side of this amazingness – so this is what you should do before starting up one of your own: Do Your ...

  • How to Prepare Your Restaurant Staff for the Christmas Rush

    Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    I get to the airport 4 hours before departure, so if you think this blog is too early, you’re wrong, preparation is key, and I won’t be told otherwise! You can never be too prepared, and if you’re running the ship in your restaurant this year, then read on, because we have some great tips for you! (Plus, if you’re working this season and feel like you’re running around like a headless turkey, ...

  • A Vegan’s Guide to Sleigh-ing the Festive Season

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    The holidays are great; it’s the perfect time to see loved ones, buy as many fairy lights as humanly possible, listen to Michael Bublé on repeat and of course, the food. But how do you enjoy this time as a vegan when dinners are predominantly meat based, and the Christmas markets have dairy this and turkey that? It can feel a bit tough, especially when you’re wanting to make plans with people who ...

  • Top Tips on How to Smash Your Bartending Trial Shift (and not the Glasses)

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    So, you have gone through the interviews with flying colours and have landed your trial shift, the next point of the hiring process, congratulations! (Or if you’re just reading this out of curiosity, welcome!) “But what now?!” I hear you ask. Don’t worry, Xpress is here to help! The trial shift is the day that all your hard work in writing your cv, applying yourself, going through interviews (and ...

  • Top 5 Edinburgh Restaurants to Celebrate World Vegan Day in Style!

    Posted on Friday, November 1, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    It’s World Vegan Day today and we’re so here for it, which is why we have a list of our favourite vegan spots in Edinburgh! Do you think we missed any? Let us know in the comments! 1 – Naked Bakery, 24a Hill St (images: @Naked_Bakery on Instagram) Located in Hill Street, this vegan café hits the spot! With cakes, soups, toasties and more delicious treats, it’s definitely somewhere to try out – ...