Sunday, September 21, 2014

Planes, Trains and Cars at the Dulles Day Plane Pull 2014 at the Washington Dulles Airport

The WMATA and sponsors organize an annual #PlanePull event that is open to the public and benefits the Virginia Special Olympics. We went to the 2014 event held on Saturday 20th September 2014. The event was excellently organized and was easy to reach from the specially designated Purple parking lot with ample signs and people guiding you to buses to the event area.
25 person teams of local companies and organizations who raise at least $1,500 compete to see who can pull an 82-ton FedEx cargo jet 12 feet in the shortest time.
The Commomerative Air Force volunteers flew several aircraft to the event.
Lovely to see a still flying Pan Am aircraft.
A lot of kids activities including toy trains that took tots and aprents to different areas of the event.
You could buy a drone with a camera for less than $200
Contribute to charity with this Dunk a Cop booth
Take a tour of the Washington Dulles airport in this People Carrier
Donate to charity and get an opportunity for a opportunity to ride a fire truck
Look at some pretty cool cars and a paddy wagon.
Plenty of opportunities to watch planes. I will definitely recommend this event for everyone specially with kids. Parking for the event is free, about 15k people were expected to attend the event and it was very well organized. Food was available and was not expensive at all. On the whole kudos to the organizers, volunteers and sponsors. Tip: Take cash.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Crystal City's Sip and Salsa Event was fantastic


Sometimes good times are coincidental. I got pulled in to volunteer at the talklocal / Disruption Corp tent at the #SipAndSalsa event in Crystal City becuase my daughter had volunteered as well. I am so glad I did it. Crystal City has a very good vibe and is amazingly walkable. I love the fact that there are several below ground walkways with shops and restaurants. I have eaten at the Jaleo and the Neramitra Thai restaurant. Attended tech startup events at the Crystal Tech Fund/ Disruption Corp offices.

Of course Bozzuto manages the Concord At Crystal City Apartments and my colleagues were at the #SipAndSalsa event as well.
Along with sipping wine from Spain and Argentina, there was some amazing salsa dancing and experts teaching new comers.
The Crystal City Wine Shop had a fantastic variety of wines. I know they have a lot of craft beers which is another reason for me to visit Crystal City again.
I was so happy to meet my friend Kate from UrbanIgloo.com
The startup Bloompop was represented at #SipAnd Salsa. They do serve a few of the Bozzuto communities in the DC area.
It was fun time and the Crystal City Business Improvement District (CCBID) did a great job organizing the event. The hundreds of attendees really seem to have enjoyed the Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Achari Chicken Tacos at the Bombay Bistro Rockville


It's been a busy day and the traffic on the beltway has not been easy. As I headed towards Rockville I yearned to relax over a nice Indian meal and a Kingfisher beer.

Luckily I had an errand to run at the Rockville Town Center and Bombay Bistro was right on my way. I have eaten here before and am delighted by the new stuff that Chef Vinod keeps trying here and at the sister restaurant Indique Heights. Bombay Bistro is a block away from the Rockville Town Center and an easy walk for residents of the near by Fenestra Apartments and the upcoming Bozzuto Upton Apartments

Indian food can also be enjoyed in a tapas style eating -  Achari Chicken Taco, Stuffed bread and a samosa are a great combination. We always consider restaurants as celebratory and eat a lot. To me Indian food is home and I enjoy the Dal Makhni with a couple of rotis - not haute cuisine but still carve for dishes.

For vegetarians who want to enjoy the Achari Chicken Taco, try asking for Paneer Taco ( Cottage cheese). I had a meal once again at Bombay Bistro and applaud the chefs. Stay around Rockville, hope you have eaten at the Bombay Bistro.


Monday, June 02, 2014

Inchin's Bamboo Garden Opens in The World Gate Center Herndon`


A new restaurant called the Inchin Bamboo Garden has opened at the World Gate Center in Herndon. The World Gate Center has a lot of choice in restaurants and when I worked in Herndon, had an opportunity to have lunch at restaurants at the World GateCenter like Tara Thai, Matsutake Japanese Restaurant, Tur Turkish Cuisine, Kalpasi Indian Cuisine and of course TGI Fridays. 

Inchin has dishes like Battle Curry Fried Rice and Vegetable Tulips !! and they are offering a free lunch on Wednesday 06/4 as a opening deal 
Address :
World Gate Center
13059 World Gate Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
Tel : 703 467-9118
Fax: 703 467-9119

Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 21 is Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee Day in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire



On Wednesday, May 21,participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants,is offering  one dollar  cup of Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee sold and the proceeds will benefit Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)



Thursday, May 08, 2014

5 Best Business Lunches in DC by Claudia M. Watts


Image by Gareth Williams

In a city of foodies, it’s safe to say the dining table is the stage where most business deals are set. Choosing the right restaurant is key - a place that is comfortable with an environment conducive to conversation and a menu that pleases your taste buds. Whether it is to impress a client, strategize with teammates, or celebrate a hardworking employee, these D.C. restaurants are ever appropriate.

With the tagline “Where the left and right agree to meat” it’s pretty clear this steakhouse is proud of its product. They have good reason to be - the lunch menu is full of mouthwatering meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. The Golden Triangle locale makes it a popular lunchtime option, so calling ahead is recommended.

Praised by both Esquire and Bon Appétit magazines, this K Street staple is one not to be missed. The environment is elegant, yet relaxed, and the lunch menu features seafood specialties like potato crusted fluke and blackened Carolina catfish po’ boys as well as other traditional American selections.

Poste Brassiere is the perfect hidden gem in the city’s most vibrant area. Located in Chinatown inside of the sexy and sophisticated Hotel Monaco, the menu at Poste is beyond delightful. If you’re lucky, you’ll get Gabby as a server. She is attentive, has an extensive knowledge of the menu, and a pleasant attitude; she’s the best server for an important meeting or to ensure speedy service!

Everything you need to know about Art & Soul is right in its name. This dining experience is a true expression of soul though the art of cooking. Choose from delicious soul food classics refined and perfected. Located around the corner from Union Station and the Hill, Art & Soul is a popular stop for those making our nation’s laws.

A newer kid on the block, Lincoln came to McPherson Square in 2011. The restaurant offers seasonal small plates, perfect for a lighter lunch! The décor is hip while remaining classic and is extremely cozy. Lunch selections are extensive and inventive (try the deviled egg bar or a seasonal mason jar). 


About the Author: Claudia M. Watts has a B.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing and is currently the owner/writer for Clan Eclectic as well as the Director of Innovation and Internal Operations for The Looking Glass, LLC. Claudia contributes to the Apartments at CityCenter blog in Washington, D.C., and she’s a writer, serial thrifter, arts enthusiast, lover of new ideas, open minds, thought-provoking conversation, and her own life.