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  1. is there room for two (maybe three) more? I am definite for 2, waiting to hear from my other daughter if she is available.
  2. I have been here twice now - and am a long time regular at Padaek. I really hope this food court can survive - even the small menu is so satisfying. While it is no longer on the menu, they have had crispy rice salad with tofu (and sour pork if you eat meat) that is so good (I believe it is called naem khao thadaeu and I don't know how I have missed this for so long at Padaek). The chef made it for me last night. The soups are as good as others noted above and are consistent with the high quality of the ones in the regular restaurants.
  3. We usually go to Le Diplomate but since none of us eat turkey, cannot comment on the traditional part of the menu... Highly recommend a visit to the Botanic Gardens Christmas train room or the National Gallery that day (although the Botanic Gardens are getting more popular for a Thanksgiving visit each year and last year we bailed on the line.)
  4. Business trip to Little Rock and Hot Springs next week (will be my 48th state!) . Any more recent recommendations in Little Rock? Traveling with colleagues on the government per diem so nothing too expensive.
  5. lizzie

    Sewing

    I sew - it's the Pennsylvania in me. And the 4H. I barter for wine and other spirits in exchange to help with Tae Kwon Do or Scout patches etc. Would love some help though with designing a not traditional t-shirt quilt (if we can make this a quilting thread too.) I want to integrate synchro swim medals and ribbons with the shirts.
  6. It is on Main St - I think it is Colombian Breeze. I have never been there - but arepas are on the menu. I think one of the biggest differences is the cheese used in the arepas. And I I often ate at La Caraquena. It was so good and will be missed. And I like the Royal - I have been there several times.
  7. Pupusas are rather easy to find but not exactly the same as arepas. Other than the Colombian restaurant in Gaithersburg, I have not found arepas in a restaurant locally, but would love to know of some. There are two Venezuelan food trucks - Arepa Zone and Arepa Crew. I have had Arepa Zone's and those are fine. I would guess there are many smaller/ not necessarily named local food trucks that at least offer pupusas. But nothing comes near the arepas de choclo from roadside stands high in the Andes near Medellin.
  8. I cannot go on that date, but if there ends up being room outside of the donrockwell community, I have lots of friends in that area who might be interested, including one couple (Denise and Bob Harter) who just are celebrating their 2 year ownership of the 1777 Americana Inn and Black Forest Brewery (http://www.1777americanainn.com/).
  9. I agree the food is basically mediocre, but last week after a fun Christmas tree run downtown and with no reservations, ten of us were seated quickly here. This is after not even being able to get in the door of Old Ebbitt or the Hamilton and a few other places. Happy hour beer and wine specials were cheap and at least for beer had decent options; service was prompt and quite friendly, and without even asking our server gave us each individual checks. Sometimes that is enough to at least balance out the ok food.
  10. My daughters and I opted to stay in DC last year and had a wonderful (about 70') day at the Christmas display at the Botanic Gardens, a few hours at the National Gallery, and then a leisurely and very enjoyable late lunch at Le Diplomate. None of us are fans of traditional Thanksgiving fare (which Le Diplomate offers) and two of us do not eat meat. It was perfect - we could order ala carte so did not have to pick around offerings more tied to the holiday. Mintwood has a fixed price Thanksgiving menu.
  11. I agree on the Island Gourmet grocery store mentioned above for quick lunches to take as a picnic. Also, take the Old Mamalahoa Highway scenic drive and stop at What's Shakin' smoothie shack. Possibly the best smoothie I have ever enjoyed and it is a scenic drive. Donkey Balls chocolate factory is fun, well, just because. There is at least one farmer's market in Kona too. When you drive up to Mauna Kea for the star gazing, take warm clothing - highly recommend a hat and gloves. It gets cold when the sun sets (and get there before the sun sets as it can be stunning being above the clouds for it. Make sure you have enough gas for that and when you drive to the volcano - the drive back is long and very dark if later in the day. My daughter and I were coasting on fumes at one point. And go on a zodiac boat snorkeling tour - much better than the bigger boats. Several leave from Kona.
  12. Colombian, not Columbian. Sorry - I lived there for a while and it holds a special place in my heart and my dictionary.
  13. I rely quite a bit on Design Sponge (http://www.designsponge.com/category/travel) Not all the cities are up to date but I have found interesting neighborhoods, restaurants, and especially, local shops in many cities worldwide featured on the website. The site itself is a great resource for design ideas and has a most fun column called "Living in" where they feature a movie and its costume and design elements.
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