Screen On The Green At The National Mall

Screen On The Green

Summer has finally arrived and there’s no better place to be than the Nation’s Capital!  Every year I count down the days until summer along with all of the activities it brings.  One of the most popular summer happenings among the locals and visitors alike is Screen on the Green, a chance to watch classic films hosted by HBO and Comcast on a gigantic movie screen on the National Mall overlooking the United State Capitol Building.

Screen On The Green

This complimentary outdoor event goes a little something like this: Gather a few of your friends on Monday night and head to the Mall around 5 or 6 pm to get a good seat.  Bring a blanket (no chairs) and a picnic basket for dinner and some dessert. Next, watch the sunset over the Capitol Building as you anxiously wait for the movie to begin.  My favorite moments are gazing up at the stars while the movie is rolling and seeing all the happy faces surrounding me.  This event makes for a fantastic summer evening and perfect way to enjoy this beautiful landmark, attracting over 15,000 people to each showing since 1999.

The schedule is out for this summer; take a look at the lineup:

July 21 – The Karate Kid (1984)

July 28 – Lover Come Back (1961)

August 4 – Key Largo (1948)

August 11 – A Soldier’s Story (1984)

Screen On The Green 2

The best way to get to the National Mall is by Metro.  The closest stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza.  Public parking is very limited in this part of the city.  On-street parking in Washington, DC is restricted during the evening rush hour.

Of course, if you are a guest at Capella Washington, D.C. you Personal Assistant can arrange both the picnic supplies and the ride.  For more information contact your Personal Assistant at 202-617-2400 or e-mail pa.dc@capellahotels.com.

I will be sure to share my visits to Screen On The Green on Twitter, but you can also follow the hashtag #SOTG2014 for updates.

 

Summer Cocktails: Thyme Silver Fizz

summer cocktails

Summer is the best season if you ask me. There are so many things to experience in Dusseldorf when the sun is shining and I really love being outside and enjoying action.  Do you know what the best part is?  The evening!  It is still warm and you can sit outside with some friends barbecuing, playing games and, of course, enjoying summer cocktails.

As you may already know, our bar team at the Breidenbacher Hof is famous for its extraordinary and delicious cocktail creations.  Of course, they also create special drinks for every season.  Yesterday, I tried their latest creation for summer: the Thyme Silver Fizz.  Believe me, it is the perfect start into a wonderful barbecue night with friends.  It is refreshing, a bit fruity and because of the thyme, it has a Mediterranean flair and reminds me of being on vacation!  You will know what I mean, when you try it for yourself.  So I asked our Assistant Bar Manager Philipp for the recipe to share the good taste and vacation dreams with you:

summer  cocktailsThyme Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl lemon juice

2 cl sugar syrup

Soda to fill up

Ice cubes

1 sprig of thyme

 

Preparation

Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. Then, one after another measure the Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and mix everything in the shaker. When you are done, fill the drink into a nice glass through a sieve and fill it up with the soda. Use the sprig of thyme for garnish – and voilà!

At our Capella Bar, the drink is served with thyme salt, which gives the cocktail a special touch. It depends on what you prefer, but whether with or without the salt it is definitely my new favorite cocktail and I am sure it will be yours too.

 

Enjoy shaking and the great refreshment afterwards!

Erfrischender Sommergenuss in der Capella Bar

summer cocktails

Sommer ist die beste Jahreszeit wenn ihr mich fragt. Es gibt so viele Dinge zu Erleben in Düsseldorf wenn die Sonne scheint und ich liebe es draußen zu sein und verschiedenste Aktivitäten zu genießen. Wisst ihr was das Beste am Sommer ist? Die Abende! Es ist noch bis spät warm draußen und man kann lange mit Freunden im Garten sitzen grillen, spiele spielen und natürlich Sommercocktails genießen.

Wie ihr vermutlich schon wisst, ist unser Bar Team im Breidenbacher Hof berühmt für seine ausgefallenen und leckeren Cocktailkreationen. Natürlich kreieren sie auch für jede Jahreszeit spezielle Drinks. Gestern habe ich ihre neuste Kreation für den kommenden Sommer probiert: Den Thymian Silver Fizz. Glaubt mir, es ist der perfekte Start in einen wundervollen Grill-Abend mit Freunden. Er ist erfrischend, ein wenig fruchtig und wegen des Thymians bekommt er einem mediterranen Flair und erinnert mich an Urlaub! Ihr versteht am besten wovon ich rede, wenn ihr den Cocktail einmal selber ausprobiert. Ich habe also unseren Assistant Bar Manager Philipp nach dem Rezept gefragt, um mit Euch den leckeren Geschmack und die Träume von Urlaub zu teilen:

summer cocktails

Thymian Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl Zitronensaft

2 cl Läuterzucker

Soda zum auffüllen

Eiswürfel

1 Thymianzweig

 

Zubereitung

Nehmt einen Cocktail Shaker und füllt diesen mit den Eiswürfeln. Dann, nacheinander den Gin, Zitronensaft und Läuterzucker zufügen und im Shaker kräftig mixen. Wenn ihr fertig seid, könnt ihr den Drink durch ein Sieb in ein schönes Glas füllen und mit Soda auffüllen. Zuletzt mit dem Thymianzweig garnieren – und voilà!

In unserer Capella Bar wird der Drink mit etwas Thymiansalz serviert, was dem Cocktail eine besondere Note verleiht. Es kommt darauf an, was ihr lieber mögt, aber egal ob mit oder ohne Salz, es ist definitiv schon jetzt mein neuer Lieblings-Cocktail und ich bin sicher es wird auch Eurer sein.

Genießt das Shaken und die wunderbare Erfrischung die darauf folgt!

 

Take A Swing At Golf In Ixtapa

Golf In Ixtapa

Ixtapa is famous for our beautiful beaches, tropical nature, exquisite food, wildlife adventures and sports.  But besides this list, you may be surprised to discover golf in Ixtapa as well!  If you like golf, or would like to give it a try, I invite you to do so in Ixtapa.  With the ocean and tropical nature as a backdrop, I can promise you an unforgettable experience on each of two 18-hole golf courses in Ixtapa.

Golf In Ixtapa

The Palma Real Golf Course

The Palma Real Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1977 on the grounds of a former coconut plantation along the Pacific shoreline and Ixtapa Bay.  With the Sierra Madre mountains as a picturesque backdrop, the par 72, 6,898-yard course doubles as a wildlife preserve, filled with native birds like macaws and parrots and sprinkled with fruit-bearing trees and tropical flowers.  Palma Real Golf Course is a challenging semi-undulating course.  I love visiting it not just for golf, but to admire nature as well!

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club is a waterfront course that houses a putting green and driving range.  It was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert von Hagge, and opened in 1994 as part of the modern Marina Ixtapa development.  It is ranked by Golf Digest as one of Mexico’s best courses.

This par 72, 6793-yard course is full of water inlets, bridges and dunes, where water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes!  The par 5 18th hole is known as El Hoyo del Diablo (the Devil’s Hole) for its narrow, bunker-filled green right along the waterfront.  After the game of golf we love to stay at the Golf Club for a nice meal.

If you are tempted to give golf in Ixtapa a try, don’t miss Capella Ixtapa’s Play & Stay package, where we offer two complimentary rounds of golf for two, while enjoying three nights in a luxurious oceanfront suite.  More information and bookings: http://www.capellahotels.com/ixtapa/specials-en.html

Prueba Tu Swing En El Golf De Ixtapa

Golf In Ixtapa

Ixtapa s famoso por sus hermosas playas, vegetación tropical, exquisita comida, turismo de aventura y sus torneos deportivos. Además de los deportes acuáticos, también tenemos una larga tradición de Golf! Si te gusta el golf, o te gustaría practicarlo, te invito a hacerlo en Ixtapa. Con el océano y la naturaleza tropical de telón, en cualquiera de los dos campos de 18 hoyos tendrás una experiencia inolvidable.

Golf In Ixtapa

El Campo de Golf en Palma Real

Este campo de golf fue diseñado por Robert Trent Jones y abierto en 1877 en donde anteriormente era un platanar a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico y la Bahía de Ixtapa. Con las montañas de la Sierra Madre como telón, el par 72, y con 6,898 yardas, funciona al mismo tiempo como reserva natural, lleno de aves locales como los pericos y guacamayas y salpicado por arboles frutales y flores tropicales. El Campo de Golf Palma Real es un campo bastante competitivo y de formas ondulantes. A mí me encanta visitarlo no sólo por el golf , sino para admirar su belleza natural también!

Club de Golf de Marina Ixtapa

El Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa es un campo frente al mar que contiene un “putting range” y un “driving range”. Fue diseñador por el prestigioso arquitecto de paisaje y de campos de golf Robert von Hagge, y abierto en 1994 como parte de el moderno desarrollo de Marina Ixtapa. Está catalogado como uno de los mejores campos de México por la revista Golf Digest.

Es un campo par 72, con 6793 yardas, lleno de lagos, puentes y dunas, donde el agua llega a tener un papel fundamental en 13 de los 18 hoyos! El hoyo 18, par 5, es conocido como “El Hoyo del Diablo” ya que es angosto, y con un green en depresión frente al océano. Después de un buen juego de golf nos encanta quedarnos en el club para recargar con una buena comida o cena.

Si quieres practicar el Golf en Ixtapa, no te pierdas los paquetes de “Play & Stay” de Capella Ixtapa, donde ofrecemos 2 rondas de cortesía para dos personas, mientras disfrutas de tres noches en una de nuestras lujosas suites frente al mar. Para más información y reservas: http://www.capellahotels.com/ixtapa/specials-es.html  

Seafood At The Grill Room

Seafood At The Grill Room

If you are an East Coast native, I am almost positive we have at least one thing in common, the love for SEAFOOD!  It’s difficult not to love seafood when you live on the East Coast, where Chesapeake Bay crabs (my personal favorite) and many other types of seafood are so readily available and the quality cannot be beat.  I was so happy to learn that The Grill Room at Capella Washington D.C. would feature some of the most mouthwatering seafood dishes I have ever seen and I would like to share several of them with you.

Seafood At The Grill Room

For starters, Chef Esko presents the “Seafood Tower for Two”, featuring Main Lobster, Blue Point Oysters, Alaskan Crab Legs and Prawns, all served with a delicious champagne mignonette & cocktail sauce.  This first course has already won me over because it brings back memories of my childhood, when I learned how to open my first crab and lobster tail, so much fun!  The @CapellaDC Twitter followers have also been raving about the Seafood Tower, which tells me our Washington D.C. locals really love it!

Next up, the “Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.”  The dish is also served in mini crab cake slider form at The Rye Bar.  This dish is served with Piquillo Pepper Aioli & Radish Salad.  I have to tell you, my brother came to visit and when he tried the crab cake, he said it was the best one he has ever had in his life! (That says a lot coming from a boy who’s grown up in Maryland and has tasted hundreds of crab cakes in his lifetime).

For the main course, Chef Esko presents a variety of seafoods.  My personal favorite has to be the “Grilled Scallops”, served with Sundried Tomatoes, Pearl Barley, Caramelized Endives, Mustard and Sherry sauce.  Also on the menu, “Roasted Wild Rockfish” served with Parsley Risotto and Orange & Horseradish Shrimp- this is one of my go-to dishes for lunch!

With summer just around the corner, these are my picks for all the seafood lovers in Washington D.C. and guests planning to visit Capella D.C. this season.  View The Grill Room’s full menu here.

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