Capella DC Easter Egg Hunt

Capella DC Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is a month away, and I am already looking forward to the festivities!  What is your favorite Easter tradition?  As a child and even now, I have always loved the Easter Egg Hunt and of course, the Easter Bunny.

The Easter Bunny legend began long ago in Germany with an egg-laying hare named Osterhase.  German children made nests and left them outside for the hare to lay her eggs in, which the children would collect as a prize.  Actual Easter Egg Hunting began in America when German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s.  The festivity soon spread across the nation, and baskets replaced nests.  Eventually, the game evolved into a treasure hunt, and the prizes expanded from just hard-boiled eggs to include chocolate, candy, toys and coins.

After discovering the history behind this Easter tradition, my team at Capella Washington, D.C. felt it was only appropriate to establish our very own Easter Egg Hunt.  And not your average children’s hunt, but one especially for the adults.  Picture a city wide hunt with golden eggs, sensational prizes, Washington, D.C.’s most well-known landmarks, and of course, the unique Capella experience.

I am so thrilled to announce the launch our first annual Capella DC  Easter Egg Hunt!

Capella DC Easter Egg Hunt

The Capella DC Easter Egg Hunt Details:

  • One golden egg will be placed in a unique location in Washington, D.C. every weekend, the three weeks leading to Easter Sunday on April 20th, 2014.  Your mission is to keep a look out for the photo clue on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram the morning of, which will give you a hint to where the Easter egg will be.
  • Next, locate the golden Easter egg and take a photo at the location of you and the prize.  Share your photo with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and be sure to use the hashtag #CapellaEasterEggHunt and tag us @CapellaDC.
  • When you open the Golden Egg, you will find a contact phone number.  Once you call this number, one of our Capella service professionals will reveal your winning prize!  We are offering a wide variety of prizes – from Sunday Brunch at The Grill Room, to a luxury overnight stay at Capella Washington, D.C.

Capella DC Easter Egg Hunt Schedule:

Saturday, April 5th
Sunday, April 7th
Saturday, April 12th
Sunday, April 13th
Thursday, April 17th
Friday, April 18th
Saturday, April 19th
Sunday, April 20th

For more information on the Capella DC Easter Egg Hunt, be sure to contact our Easter events squad at 202-617-2429!  Keep a look out for the first photo hint on Saturday, April 5th at 9:00am!

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!

Father’s Day At The Grill Room

The Grill Room

Father’s Day is celebrated differently across the world.  In America, a woman named Sonora Louise Smart of Arkansas inspired the national observance of Father’s Day.  The story goes that Sonora lost her mom when she was a teenager and she helped her father, a farmer by the name of William Jackson Smart raise all her younger brothers.  Her family eventually moved to Spokane, Washington and after witnessing all the things that her Dad did for her and her siblings, Sonora decided to approach a local Church organization and ask them to help her recognize the fathers in their community.  June 19, 1910 was the first official Father’s Day celebration. (Read more here).

Yesterday, Capella Washington, D.C. hosted the first ever Father’s Day celebration at The Grill Room.  One guest I had the pleasure of speaking with was John Oliver Smith of Lima, Ohio.  He is the father and stepfather to eight children – seven boys and one girl.  As I sat with John on the outdoor terrace, enjoying a delicious Chesapeake Egg Benedict, I was reminded of how history repeats itself in many surprising ways.  John represents all the father figures, who are patriarchs that give so much of themselves to make others happy.  It was a pleasure to sit down with him and get to know his family and honor and appreciate the love our father’s bring to each and every family across the world.

The Grill Room

During our breakfast, John spoke happily to me about how the outdoor seating on the C&O canal felt very European, much like sitting along an Italian canal, or sipping coffee at a Paris café.  “The whole ambiance had a city vibe but was tucked away in such a quiet and luxurious location, with unbelievable architecture,” says John.  I couldn’t agree more and was so delighted that he was able to relax and enjoy this special day in such a peaceful and gorgeous setting.

If you were not able to be here to celebrate this past weekend, there are plenty of other opportunities.  I highly suggest looking into the Fourth of July special, with rooftop views of the firework show at the National Mall!  To see a description of this package and specials for this year, click here.

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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See you all soon!

A Visit To Washington D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

Earlier this month Washington D.C. began the spring celebration of the 101st National Cherry Blossom Festival!  Hundreds and thousands of visitors from all over the world attended this special two week event that began on March 20th and ended April 14th.  During this period I had the chance to watch each cherry bud grow into flowering pieces of art on my way to work.  It was during the days of the peek bloom when I had the opportunity to actually walk through the Tidal Basin, taking photos; admiring the beauty of the trees and interviewing a few Cherry Blossom visitors!

Over two thousand cherry trees arrived in Washington, D.C. as a gift from Tokyo on January 6, 1910.   I could see the remarkable difference between the stunning ancient tree trunks of the original trees versus the more recently planted saplings.  After speaking with one of the ladies at the help desk, she said this season was particularly wonderful because of the great weather during peak bloom.  The cherry blossom trees bloom when the weather reaches above 70 degrees.  But it is the evening time that can’t be missed, as that is when the flowers truly start to flourish.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown is located less than 3 miles from the Cherry Blossom Festival, making it the perfect destination for springtime.  I look forward to next years events!  If you join us during the Cherry Blossom Festival be sure to let your Personal Assistant help plan the experience for you.

 

Photo Credit, Sarah Corneal