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  1. Belize

    We did this trip for spring break with the kids in 2016. We spent 4 nights in San Ignacio (Chaa Creek Lodge https://www.chaacreek.com/) and 4 nights in Ambergris Caye (The Phoenix https://thephoenixbelize.com/). We flew into Belize airport and took a private van to the Chaa Creek Lodge with a stop at the Belize Zoo. San Ignacio was our adventure part of the tour and we did tours to the ATM cave (highly recommended) and and all day tour to Tikal (long day). We used this tour company for both and they were great. http://www.belizeculturetours.com/. The guides were very knowledgeable and they also arranged all transportation to Tikal which can be a bit of a hassle. The Chaa Creek Lodge was perfect for us as they have a ton of activities on site and they are located right on the Macal River. They have horseback riding, canoeing, mountain biking, birding tours, creature of the night, butterfly exhibit, etc. Really a great place. They are also located 5 minutes from air strip which used to get to San Pedro. No dining recommendation for San Ignacio as we ate most of our meals at the resort since it was away from the main part of town. We did have lunch at the San Ignacio hotel before taking their iguana tour (also recommended), which was very good. There is also a chocolate "factory" in town where they teach you to make chocolate. In Ambergris Caye we had several really good meals at Blue Water Grill (https://bluewatergrillbelize.com/), Estel's by the Sea (Breakfast)(https://ambergriscaye.com/estels/), Caliente (https://mybeautifulbelize.com/caribbean-mexican-cuisine-iscaliente/), and Elvi's http://www.elviskitchen.com/). Also, a great dive bar called the Palapa Bar on pier on the water (great scenery but skip the food). We did a couple snorkel tours including one where they take you to swim nurse sharks. Let me know if you have any other questions. Have a good trip.
  2. Closed and re-opening with new concept. "Burger Restaurant To Replace Community Diner in Bethesda" by Steve Hull on bethesdamagazine.com
  3. It actually tasted better than it looked. Purchased from a sushi restaurant.
  4. Looks to be closed. Sign in front says on vacation until mid-July. Lights are dark and no signs of life. Website is also gone.
  5. Poke

    Any suggestions for Poke in or near Old Town Alexandria? Looking for some new lunch options.
  6. Well this sucks. Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors, I am filled with mixed emotions as I announce that Grapeseed will be serving its final meals this month. Sad, because I have given so much of myself and asked so much of others, only to fall short of some of my more ambitious goals. Grateful, for all the great people who have pitched in to help me as I often needed help. And Relieved, that I can finally schedule a couple of orthopaedic surgeries and start walking like a human again, get to know my family, and find a new challenge. I take great pride in what we accomplished here and even in the things I tried to accomplish and failed. Learning all the way. It has been a long, fruitful 17+ years here in Bethesda. This town was very different in 1999 when I first took over this space. 17 years of a lot of great food, serious and whimsical wines, too many memories to count, and even 6 or 7 marriages between staff members who met here at work. ( I am somehow quite proud of that) Through the years we have won awards for both our fantastic food and our wine list, and unending thanks goes to all the staff members who made that all possible over the years. From Best New Restaurant, Best Chef in Bethesda, to Best Bar in Bethesda to Best Wine List we have done things we can all be proud of. There have been so many great people, I wish you all the best. Our last service is scheduled for July 29th, and we will continue to make great food, including our usual fun tasting menu on the weekends. All of the wines on our award winning list will be offered for 33% off this week , 50% off later in the month, and be further discounted to “Best Offer” by the end of the month. We have made so many friends, and watched so many relationships blossom here over the years, I hope that you will be able stop by or make reservations for one more meal with us. (Or three, there is a lot of wine here) So please find the time to visit, pat your favorite staff member on the back and tip one back for all of us. Thank you for 17+ great, great years. Jeff Heineman Grapeseed
  7. Closing. Received the following e-mail from Ripple. Dear friends, It is with great sadness that we will be closing Ripple later this month. Despite a great sense of pride and accomplishment for everything that our team has achieved over the last seven years, the reality of a slowing business means we will no longer be able to serve our guests in Cleveland Park. We will remain open through dinner service on June 24th, and hope you will be able to join us over the coming days to share another memorable meal with us, or perhaps a glass or two of wine at the bar. We believe that our food is as good as it ever has been, and less than a month ago we received our highest rating ever from Tom Sietsema in The Washington Post Spring Dining Guide. But, unfortunately, our reviews and recent acclaim have not translated to the bottom line. We are deeply grateful for your support over the past seven years. We have made fantastic lifelong friends. Couples have met at Ripple, gotten engaged at Ripple, and even celebrated their weddings at Ripple. We have been fortunate to have a warm, wonderful staff who have built connections with our guests and provided memorable meals. Some of our staff have even gotten married after meeting here! This has always been a place about family, and we will dearly miss all of you - our extended family. Whether you found us in June of 2010, or had your first meal with us much more recently, we are forever grateful and hope we can serve you again - either at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan, or somewhere else in the future. We are grateful to our wonderful staff, some of whom have been with us from the very start. We will try to help them find new jobs - either at Roofers Union or at other restaurants. It is because of the talented chefs and servers and dishwashers and line cooks that we were fortunate enough to win Best Upscale Casual Restaurant, as well as Wine Program of the Year in 2014 from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, in addition to numerous awards for our wine and beverage program. To all the members of our team over the years, we can never thank you enough. You are the best and we wish you all the best. We have a wonderful landlord whose family operated a restaurant here starting in the 1932. We are grateful for their support. We love Cleveland Park. We grew up around here, we live around here, and we hope for the best for everyone along the strip between Macomb and Porter. We know that many of our neighbors are also suffering, and we encourage you to support these local businesses and restaurants. Our final dinner service will be Saturday June 24. Until then, we will continue to bring you the best food, produce and drinks from the finest local farmers and other sources. We are still serving an amazing menu from our extremely talented Executive Chef Ryan Ratino, and we will be offering great half price deals on many of the rare and eclectic wines on our bottle list. We have smaller snacks at the bar, and everything from a-la-carte options to a full tasting menu in the dining room. We would love to see you in the coming days - and we encourage you to stop by or make reservations for one more meal with us in Cleveland Park. In the words of Robert Hunter... "Reach out your hand if your cup be empty If your cup is full may it be again, Let it be known there is a fountain That was not made by the hands of men." With great appreciation, Ripple
  8. Wine Storage Units

    We installed a Marvel under-cabinet unit about 12 years ago and it has worked great, no issues. I think we paid about $700 for a floor model.
  9. Chicken-Fried Steak

    Southside 815 in Old Town has a pretty good version.
  10. Been here twice for lunch. Have tried the pulled pork plate and pulled chicken plate. Both are nice sized servings and come with 3 different sauces on the table. The also come with 2 sides - have tried the cole slaw, mac and cheese and potato salad. The sides in my opinion are nothing special but the meats are pretty solid. Both times have not been very busy at lunch compared to the Overwood days - hope they make it.
  11. We were here last Saturday night with 2 other couples for a friend's birthday. I didn't do the ordering but we shared nearly every small plate on the menu plus a few others. We did the family meal, which is normally for 4 and then added a bunch of dishes. Hits seemed to be the smoked cod bruschetta, feta stuffed squid, tortellini and the bison steak. Our server was awesome with helping to order the right amount of food and picking out a couple bottles of wine. We were seated in at table in front of kitchen area. Great time was had by all. Looking forward to returning and sitting in courtyard. We followed up dinner with the Catch Me; Magic Duel at the Mayflower - really good magic show.
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