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Q & A with Kristine McKenzie

It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops. I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) Before joining Vegas.com I worked as a writer for a tourism magazine and for the local newspaper.

Why/when did you move here?
I moved to Las Vegas in 1994. Why? I've got two words for you: Polar vortex. I hate being cold and shoveling snow isn't all it's cracked up to be, so I decided to switch gears and move to one of the hottest places on the planet instead.

When did you start at VEGAS.com, and what does your job entail?
I started working here in 2001. As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.

What are your hobbies?
Movies, going to concerts, reading, skiing. Is shopping a hobby?

Give us a random fact about yourself
I can speak French pretty fluently. It once came in handy when I ran into a group of French tourists on the Strip who were on a scavenger hunt and needed to find an English-speaking person to sing "La Marseillaise" with them. My high school French teacher would be so proud.

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