Barreling The Crescent City Cocktail At The Rye Bar

The Rye Bar Photo Contest

The Rye Bar Photo Contest

November is here and there is a lot of activity going on at Capella Washington, D.C.  I had a front row seat for the much-anticipated creation of The Rye Bar’s brand new winter barrel aged cocktail, Crescent City.  This chic concoction will also be showcased for locals during DC Cocktail Week 2013 runs November 7th-17th.

Wondering how we barrel this cocktail?  Watch the process here:

The Crescent City Cocktail consists of the following:

Remy Martin VSOP

Few Rye Whiskey

Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Génépi des Alpes

House Made Apple Bitters

 

I hope you enjoyed the video!  If you like what you see, be sure to sign up for The Rye Bar photo contest where you can enter to win your very own miniature barrel aged Crescent City cocktail for your pleasure when visiting with your friends and family.

We all know The Rye Bar is superbly stylish, but the guests and signature cocktails are really what make it beautiful!  Your challenge:  Style an outfit that you would be proud to rock to The Rye Bar at Capella Washington DC.  Once you’ve put on your ultimate ensemble and ordered your Crescent City Cocktail, take a photo and submit it by clicking here.  You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission end date.  Then you and everyone else can vote for your favorite entries, and from those we’ll pick one winner!

I can’t wait to see your photos!  Be sure to use the hashtag #TheRyeBar and #DCCocktailWeek when you arrive!

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Experience Capital Bikeshare DC

Capital Bikeshare DC

One of my favorite new activities in Georgetown is bike riding!  Capital Bikeshare has over 200 bike stations across DC, Arlington, Alexandria, VA and Montgomery County, MD, making it easier than ever to get around the city.  My first bike ride came about after an extremely long day at work, I had to find a way to let loose!  I walked around the corner of Capella Washington D.C. and rented a shiny red bike at $7.00 for 24 hours.  Afterwards, I realized I could have rented a bike for 3 days for just $15.00!  I headed down the hill to the Washington Harbour and Potomac River.  The fall weather was perfect, and all around me were beautiful sites of joyful couples, friends relaxing in the lush green grass, children walking their dogs, and young professionals enjoying cocktails and dinner by the water.

Capital Bikeshare DCMy bike ride continued back up into the heart of Georgetown.  I remembered I wanted to check out a new designer consignment shop on Wisconsin Avenue.  0.2 miles later I arrived at Ella-Rue and picked up a gorgeous bracelet on sale for $18.00!  Back on the road, I biked passed more fashionable haunts including Hu’s Wear, Cusp and Hugo Boss.  I also discovered some great new restaurants, like the brand new El Centro by Chef Richard Sandoval, featuring some of the best Mexican comfort food and Tequila in the city.

After journeying around M street and Wisconsin shopping and dining district I felt the need for speed.  I took a right onto Rock Creek Park Trail, one of the best places to hike and bike in the Washington, DC area.  It was so refreshing having the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature and escape the city life for a while.  The bike by the way was amazing and I was pleasantly surprised how well it is designed, with many built-in safety mechanisms.

Fortunately there happens to be a bikeshare station right next to my house, so after I returned from the trail, I simply parked the bike at the station and walked my way home.  The next morning I still had time left on the 24 hour rental, so I decided to bike to work!  I have to say it was a wonderful way to start the busy day.

I can’t wait for you to experience Capital Bikeshare during your visit it is an amazing way to experience the city.  Be sure to ask your Capella Washington, D.C. Personal Assistant where the nearest station is located!

Fall Comes To The Grill Room At Capella Washington D.C.

Fall at the Grill Room

September is a bittersweet month.  It’s not easy saying farewell to gorgeous summer days, weekends by the Potomac River, and classic summertime dishes and cocktails in Georgetown.  But as the autumn leaves arrive and the seasons begin to change so do my taste buds and I begin to crave the richer warmer dishes and cocktails that warm the soul.  Fortunately my timing is impeccable as Capella Washington D.C.’s Chef Jakob has begun to create the fall menu for The Grill Room.

Fall at the Grill Room

The fall menu launch will take place on Wednesday, September 25th, but as your Capella Insider I’ve gotten a sneak peek.  Chef Jakob shared with me that he loves root vegetables and slow-braised dishes with rich flavor, just like he grew up on year-round in northern Sweden.   Each dish will incorporate these fall ingredients with the continuation of grilled meats and fish on the bone.  One dish I’m most eager to taste is the grilled Turbot served alongside a fried oyster!

Speaking of oysters, The Grill Room will be incorporating a local microbrew called, Port City Porter for his Autumn Braised Calf and Oyster dish.   The addition of this local brew will incorporate rich flavors of bittersweet coffee, dark chocolate, and a very complex malt character enhanced by yeast fruitiness.

Even better, The Grill Room will continue partnering with Stachowski’s Market, utilizing their homemade fall inspired ingredients.  Get ready for blood pudding spiced with Spanish Pepper, made with pig and beef blood.  Enjoyed with a tender suckling pig, Chef Jakob promises an absolutely delicious dish.

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for even more teasers about the new fall menu!

In addition to the new fall menu, Chef Jakob is teaming up with two Michelin Star Chef’s, Chef Hans Borén & Chef Johan Björkman on October 22nd at The Grill Room.  Together, these chefs will be offering the public two lunches and two dinners, using locally sourced ingredients to bring Scandinavian cuisine to DC!  Stay tuned with me to find out all the details and ticket information for this event.  You can also contact The Grill Room at 202-617-2424 or e-mail thegrillroom.dc@capellahotels.com for more details.

A Georgetown Staycation

Staycation in Georgetown

Living in Washington, D.C. has been one of the best experiences of my life.  I moved to Foggy Bottom, a short walk from Georgetown, back in June and I couldn’t be happier!  I love that Washington, D.C. is full of entertainment and activities suitable for everyone.  When I learned that Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown was featuring a Georgetown Staycation Package with tickets to The International Spy Museum, I knew this was an educational experience I had to try out for myself.  My friend and I checked into the hotel on Friday and enjoyed dinner in The Grill Room.  Then Saturday our adventure began.

We met Angel, our Capella Personal Assistant, in the main lobby entrance, where she had all our Spy Museum tour tickets and information ready to go!  Angel had also arranged for a taxi to take us from the hotel to the International Spy Museum, a short 2.5 miles away from Capella.

Staycation in GeorgetownThe tour itself was incredible!  We learned how espionage helped in the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI and WWII and other American conflicts.  My favorite part of the tour was the comprehensive exhibit of all the James Bond movies.  There was definitely something for everyone — from the history buff to the film fanatic.  After taking peek at all the museum had to offer, we hit up the gift shop and made our way outside where our taxi was waiting (Angel had planned ahead!).

Once we got back to the hotel we headed over to Key Bridge Boathouse.  Fortunately it was the perfect day for a picnic (prepared by the hotel), and we sat under the colorful umbrellas and watched the boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boarders set sail on the Potomac River.  I would have to say it was a perfect Saturday for getting to know Georgetown just a little better.

Staycation In GeorgetownThe Spy Museum and Key Bridge Boathouse are just two activities you can partake in while visiting Georgetown.  Be sure to ask your Capella Personal Assistant for additional ideas!

 

To book your Staycation at Capella DC click here or e-mail us at res.dc@capellahotels.com.

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week 2013 & Yellow Corn Soup

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week 2013

We might be more than half way through August, but Washington D.C. Restaurant Week 2013 is just getting started!  Beginning today, over 240 Award Winning Washington D.C. restaurants will be serving up specialty three course menus during lunch and dinner.  Each lunch costs just $20.13 and dinner is $35.13.  Restaurant week is one of the best opportunity’s to try out new restaurants at affordable prices.  Of course I’m most excited to announce that The Grill Room at Capella Washington, D.C. will be one of the participating restaurants.  The Grill Room’s Executive Chef, Jakob Esko and the rest of the team are excited to share their Contemporary American inspired menu, featuring organic seasonal ingredients with attendees.

I had the gracious opportunity to step in the kitchen during the menu planning & preparation stages to see what was cooking.  One dish that had me intrigued was the making of the Yellow Corn Soup.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the colossal amount of fresh corn on the cob, fennel, leaks and garlic just simmering away- the aroma was magical!  The colors and combination of flavors was unforgettable and blended perfectly together.  I could not help but ask Chef Jakob for the recipe, and he was kind enough to share it.

 Washington D.C. Restaurant Week 2013

And here it is, for you as well–

Ingredients:
15 ears corn
4 bulb fennel
2 bunch leek
Chicken st0ck ¾ gallon
2 qt cream
1 oz. cumin
1 oz. curry
1.2 oz. smoked paprika
1.4 oz. cayenne
4 cloves garlic
½ lb. butter

Directions:
Dice and then sweat the garlic, leeks and fennel in a pot until translucent.  Add corn and season with paprika, cumin, curry, cayenne and salt.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add enough chicken stock to almost cover the corn.  Bring to a boil.  Add 2 quarts cream and bring to a boil.  If soup is too liquidy, let it reduce until slightly thickened consistency.  Blend well and strain through a fine-meshed strainer.

For those of you who are not here with us in Washington, D.C. I highly suggest trying this recipe at home.  To all the locals, I encourage you to make your reservations and join us as we celebrate the kickoff of Summer Restaurant Week starting today through August, 30th!

For reservations, please click here or call The Grill Room at 202-617-2424.

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

Back-To-School With Capella DC

Capella DC's University Move-In Special

Working at Capella Washington, D.C. has opened my eyes to so many local activities, meet-ups, eateries, venues, historical monuments, unique people and much more.  This month I am most eager to welcome the next generation of university students as the approaching move-in weekends near.  Capella DC is conveniently located approximately ten minutes from native Georgetown Universities, and a short drive from other major colleges like American University. As a matter a fact, you can actually view the historic Georgetown University campus from the rooftop of Capella!  Each of these universities represents so much of the history of Georgetown, D.C. and our entire country.  I can’t imagine a more vibrant location to learn, experience and understand the world than right here in the nation’s capital!

Capella DC's University Move-In Special

I remember this time last year when our initial team began preparing for the grand opening of Capella DC.  News of the upcoming fall semester was spreading quickly and as the weeks went on I remember spotting local students walking the streets of Georgetown, back-to-school shopping and of course breaking for ice cream at one of the local shops on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

I know that moving to college can be slightly stressful and frantic, so here are my tips for you to think about as your semester approaches:

1.  Pack lightly and try not to move EVERYTHING you own until you have truly determined the level of space and storage you have available in your place.  There is always time to make purchases after the move is complete rather than buying everything ahead of time.

2.  Remember to have fun while moving and un-packing!  I remember the day of my college move-in my mother made a short video capturing all of our moments together.  This process might seem like a pain, but looking back I know we made great memories that I will forever cherish.

To celebrate and help you cherish this moment, I’m excited to share a very special offer, exclusively for parents and students coming to Washington D.C. this August!  Enjoy your last weekend of summer in style with Capella Washington D.C.’s University Move-In Special, which includes:

  • A welcome amenity bag that includes a Capella journal, pen, water bottle, laundry bag, first aid kit and a personalized Capella magnet with emergency numbers and direct line to your Capella DC Personal Assistant
  • Sport’s Sack
  • $50 gas card presented upon check-out
  • Daily Continental Breakfast for three in The Grill Room
  • Overnight parking
  • Upgrade upon check-in (based on availability)

Parents and family traveling to D.C. now have an amazing opportunity to stay in a hotel that is local, personalized and professionally staffed by your Personal Assistant to manage all the weekend arrangements.

For more information on this exclusive offer, click here or e-mail us at res.dc@capellahotels.com.

I look forward to hearing about your story! Share your experience and photos with me during your stay on Instagram @CapellaDC!