Thanksgiving In Washington D.C.

The weather has started to shift and autumn is clearly upon us.  But don’t let that get you down! After all, my favorite fall holiday is just around the corner!  Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate every blessing, friend and family member.  Not to mention, the delicious turkey holiday spread.  It is my favorite way to kick off the season and fortunately Washington D.C. knows just how to celebrate.

 

What is Thanksgiving without a themed parade?  Luckily, you have a few parades to choose from within the D.C. Metropolitan area.  The Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade and the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade are two great ways of spending the day having fun with friends and family.  Festivities are kicked off with an annual race for kids at Fountain Square in the Reston community.  After the kiddo’s cool down from their athletic endeavors,  the parade gets going.  It includes the celebrated Washington Redskins Marching band, 50-foot balloons, and amazing colorful floats.

 

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If you are looking to enjoy a delicious feast after a long day out and about at the parades, retreat back to Georgetown and spend Thanksgiving in The Grill Room. Enjoy as Executive Chef Frank Ruta’s prepares a family style and plated dinner.  As a special token, each family will receive a signature hot cocoa mix to enjoy during the holiday season, made especially by our Pastry Chef, Aggie Chin.  Continue to get in the holiday mood with seasonal fall cocktails like a Rye Toddy and Hot Apple Cider. I’m ready to curl up by the fireplace just thinking about it!

This year, I am thankful for my supportive team at Capella D.C.  To which I share a million laughs with, share my difficulties with, but above all, gain my support and strength from.  I learn something great and new every single day from this dynamic group.

I would love to see photos of what you are all thankful for as well.  Just tag @CapellaDC on Instagram and Twitter so that I can share it with our community.

Sending warm wishes to everyone this holiday season from the Nation’s Capital!

Horseback Riding In Saint Lucia

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There are so many activities for guests to experience when visiting Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina.  For example, just a few minutes drive from the hotel is a lovely stable where guests can go to experience horseback riding in Saint Lucia.  Recently, I had a chance to try this popular activity for myself.

Having only been horseback riding one other time in my life, I definitely have no real idea what I’m doing.  But the guides’ directions made up for everything I lacked in experience. They were so comfortable on horseback that they could do it backwards!

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We rode a trail alongside the banana plantation.  I was still a little nervous so we kept the pace steady and slow.  The experience is truly tailored to the participants skill level and I can’t wait to increase mine– galloping along would have been amazing.

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We reached a clearing where we let the horses graze.  As they ate we explored one of the most stunning beaches, Roseau Beach!

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I was truly blown away by the beauty and serenity of this location. And as if that wasn’t enough, we had all of Roseau Beach to ourselves.

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Of course we had to take advantage of this and jumped into the crystal clear water for a dip.  Meanwhile, the horses continued to graze on the grassy knoll above us.

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When the time came to leave it was difficult to part with such beautiful surroundings.  But the fun was far from over because we got to ride the horses back to their stables. 

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Back at the stables we were able to feed the horses their favorite apples and say our goodbyes.  It was so much fun to create such lovely memories, especially along such endearing creatures.  Added bonus, I definitely improved my riding skills, thanks to the knowledgeable and helpful guides.

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Horseback riding on the beach is one of those activities that truly has it all. It is adventurous, romantic, and   just plain fun!  Also, it is an activity that can work for any age and skill level, making it ideal for groups and families.

Don’t forget to ask your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant about all the different activities St. Lucia has to offer so they can guide you to the perfect Saint Lucian experience!

Get Fit For Summer At Breidenbacher Hof

Summer is always a great time to focus on creating a fitness routine.  After all, instead of sitting bundled up in our homes, everyone is outside enjoying the sun!  If you haven’t found a program yet, don’t worry, there is still time.  Here at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel, we have established a relationship with Daniel Philipp-Personal Training company that provides personal training services to guests looking to stay fit while on the road.

I have had the pleasure of working out with trainer, Alexander Rauhof, who has definitely helped me keep my summer fitness goals on track.  And today you are in luck!  Alexander has agreed to share some fitness secrets with you.  These will help you address your full-body with specific attention to the core, upper body and lower body.  Let’s do this! Time to get fit for summer!

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Lunge forward with your right leg.  Land on your heel, then your forefoot.  Lower your body by flexing your knee and hip on your front leg until the knee of your rear leg is almost in contact with the floor. Then return to the original standing position.  Repeat this exercise with your left leg afterwards.  Do 10 repetitions on each side to reach best training results.

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Lie on your back in neutral spine, with you knees bent and feet on the floor.  Your legs should be hip distance apart and your arms extended along your sides.  Press your arms and feet down on the mat to lengthen your spine, then push your hips up.  You have reached the perfect bridge position when your weight lies on shoulders with your knees, hips and shoulders in line.  Your abs and hamstrings should be engaged.  You are perfectly executing this exercise the moment you feel the tension within your entire body.
Pause at the top of the bridge to challenge yourself.  It gets even more intense lifting one leg off the mat.  Try the same for the other leg and repeat the whole process 10 times on each side.

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Make sure your hands are directly beneath your shoulders with the rest of your body extended out in a line.  The tops of your feet can either be flat on the floor or you can curl your toes if you prefer.  Your shoulders should be located directly above your hands,  your heels pushing back in plank pose resembling a high push up position.  Hold that position for 50 seconds.

Alexander recommends that you repeat every exercise 10 times a day.  You can expect to start seeing results in just a few weeks.  Remember, the next time you are at the Breidenbacher Hof, our Personal Assistants would love to book you a professional fitness lesson, so you can take your fitness level one step further.

Top 5 Things To Eat At Rheinkirmes

Dusseldorf’s biggest summer event is without question the Rheinkirmes. For the 115th time, the Rhine meadows will be transformed into an unique amusement park. A huge summer festival completed with traditional beer tents, spectacular modern rides, live bands, rustic food, candy stands and about four million visitors of all ages enjoying it. It is amazing!
The 9-day fair ties together traditions, culinary experiences and modern entertainment.  There is so much to do and see, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  One of my favorite parts is the food!  So I thought it would be fun to share my top 5 things to eat at Rheinkirmes with you.

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Tradition / Brauchtum – Kirmes Skyline

#1 Battered Fried Fish
If you like fried fish you will love the German Backfisch. You have the option between the fish on a roll or with fries as a side dish. Don’t forget the remoulade – it pairs perfectly.  This is a must eat at the fair!

#2 German Sausage
No trip to the Rheinkirmes is complete without some sausage.  Bratwurst is served on a roll along with a traditional side of sauerkraut.  Of course you can’t forget the mustard!  It is available in a wide range from spicy and coarse to sweet or hot, and everything in between.

#3 German Potato Pancakes
There is nothing like eating a freshly made Kartoffelpuffer (aka German potato pancake) with apple sauce.  It’s the perfect mix between sweet and hearty.  Don’t forget to order #4 along with it!

#4 Alt beer
Dusseldorf is the center of one of the most interesting beer regions of Germany. So, you don’t want to miss the Alt beer of Düsseldorf. We have three tradional breweres at the fun fair Füchschen, Uerige and Schuhmacher.  Every local has a favorite, so be sure to try them all and choose your own allegiance!

#5 Roasted almonds
You better buy two, because they just taste that delicious. The perfect mix between crunchy and sweet and you can just snack them while strolling through the attractions.

 

I Look forward to hearing your feedback about my top 5. By the way, food isn’t the only treat to discover!  A Rhine river cruise during the fireworks is my absolute favorite and a definite must-see. Next time you are staying at the Breidenbacher Hof, just ask your Personal Assistants and they will take care of all arrangements.

Die 5 kulinarischen Highlights der Rheinkirmes

Düsseldorfs größtes Sommerfest ist die Rheinkirmes. Zum 115. mal, wird das Rheinufer von Düsseldorf in einen einzigartigen Freizeitpark verwandelt. Ein riesiges Sommerfest mit traditionellen Bierzelten, spektakulären Fahrattraktionen, live Bands, herzhaften Leckereien, Süßigkeiten und über vier Millionen Besucher aller Altersgruppen. Es ist großartig!
Die 9-Tage andauernde Kirmes vereint Traditionen und kulinarische Köstlichkeiten mit Unterhaltung. Da es so viel zu entdecken gibt, fühlt man sich leicht überwältigt. Das beste an der Kirmes ist das Essen! Daher teile ich heute mit Euch meine 5 kulinarischen Highlights der Rheinkirmes.

 

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Tradition / Brauchtum – Kirmes Skyline

# 1 Backfisch
Falls Ihr frittierten Fisch mögt, werdet Ihr den Backfisch lieben. Als Beilage könnt Ihr zwischen einem Backfisch im Brötchen oder frischen Pommes Frites entscheiden. Ihr müsst unbedingt die Remoularde probieren – Sie passt perfekt. Ihr solltest Euch dieses Gericht nicht entgehen lassen!
#2 Bratwurst
Ein Ausflug zur Kirmes ohne Bratwurst, ist kein richtiger Kirmesausflug.
Die Bratwurst wird in einem knusprigen Brötchen serviert, mit Sauerkraut als traditioneller Beilage. Den Senf nicht vergessen! Dieser ist erhältlich in den verschiedensten Geschmacksrichtungen von würzig und grob bis hin zu süß und scharf ist für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei.
#3 Kartoffelpuffer
Es gibt nichts Besseres als einen frisch zubereiteten Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus. Er ist der perfekte Mix zwischen süß und herzhaft und schmeckt am besten mit der #4!
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Düsseldorf liegt im Zentrum einer der interessantesten Bierregionen in Deutschland. Also führt kein Weg an einem Düsseldorfer Altbier vorbei. Es sind drei klassische Brauereien auf der Kirmes vertreten Füchschen, Uerige und Schuhmacher. Jeder Düsseldorfer hat seinen persönlichen Favoriten, Ihr solltet alles probieren um auch Euren Favoriten auswählen zu können!

#5 Gebratene Mandeln
Ihr solltet Euch direkt zwei Packungen kaufen, denn diese Mandeln schmecken köstlich. Der perfekte Mix zwischen knusprig und süß, Ihr könnt sie snacken während Ihr die Fahrattraktionen erlebt.

Ich freue mich schon über Eurer Feedback bezüglich meiner Top 5. Außerdem, gibt es nicht nur Essen zu entdecken! Eine Rheinschifffahrt während des Feuerwerks ist meine absolute Krönung und ein definitives Muss. Wenn Ihr das nächste Mal zu Gast im Breidenbacher Hof seid, fragt unsere Persönlichen Assistenten und sie werden sich um alle Gegebenheiten kümmern.

How To Host A Summer Cookout

Summertime is finally here and nothing says summer like meat on the grill and refreshing drinks enjoyed with wonderful company.  If you’ve ever hosted a cookout,  you know there is a lot to plan and this is especially true when it comes to the menu.  Fortunately, the team at Breidenbacher Hof,  A Capella Hotel has a lot of experience hosting and catering these events, so I am happy to share some of our secrets.Buffet - 600pxl width_ CapellaBBHOn the Grill:

The chefs here recommend always having at least 3 options for a crowd.  People have different preferences, especially when it comes to proteins, so make sure you have something for everyone!
My top 3:
-Marinated Chicken Breast (classic)
-Pork Neck (a German favorite)
-Salmon Steaks (don’t forget a squeeze of fresh lemon!)
Make sure to use tongs when flipping the proteins and not a fork.  That way you keep the juices in, enhancing the flavors.

On the Side:

I would argue that the side dishes served at a cookout are as important as the proteins.  Make your life easy by prepping these dishes ahead, leaving more time for entertaining and socializing.
My favorites:
-German Potato Salad (another classic!)
-Spicy Noodle Salad (offers a balance to the sweetness of the marinades)
-Grilled Vegetables (This is a great way to add color to your meal. I love corn, aspargus and eggplant, but choose your favorite!)

On The Sweeter Side:

No meal, and for that matter, no cookout is complete without something sweet!  Whether the dishes are served as a side or a dessert these options offer a balance to the meal.
Try:
-Fruit Salad (refreshing with a bit of lime and mint)
-Sorbet/Ice Cream (because nothing says summer like a frozen treat)
-Coffee cake (can be made ahead and always a favorite)

Don’t Forget:

-Serve some crusty bread with dips for guests to munch on either with their meal or as it is cooking.
-Summer cocktails! Elevate this from a regular dinner by serving a signature cocktail. Might I recommend the Thyme Silver Fizz from the Capella Bar?
-Relax! A summer cookout is meant to be fun, so don’t take things too seriously. And remember, if you feel overwhelmed by the process you can always reach out to Breidenbacher Hof to cater the event!