Gaylord National Resort Cinq à Sept Out On The Town

 

Hello Neighbors,

This week we stepped away from "The Nook," and kept it classy at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We played around outside, had some laughs and giggles, and of course a fab cocktail! Come along with Jamal and I as we catch up on our summer festivities, from the On The Run Tour, our vacations, and more.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, is DC's only waterfront resort, where you'll find nightlife, events and shopping—plus access to national attractions.

World-class, four diamond Resort Hotel & Convention Center located on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington, DC. Gaylord National features a 19-story high, glass atrium with lush indoor gardens, award winning restaurants, a full-service luxury spa & salon and more. With 2,000 guest rooms and nearly 470,000 square feet of state of the art meeting space, Gaylord National is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, your corporate meeting, wedding or other special event.

To Learn More about the National Harbor, visit the website here.  

xoxo
Your Girlfriend Next Door, Andrea
Jamal Redman 

Cinq à Sept Friday: Busboys and Poets Shirlington Village

 

Cinq à Sept Friday Busboys and Poets Basil Gimlet

This Week we dipped out of the Nook and into the Sunshine.  We're Sharing a little KiKi time, With our love ShanNotstan as our special guest. Come along with us and have some laughs! 

**Don't Forget** to Enter Our Giveaway on Instagram! Ends June 13 at midnight.  For more information take a look here.

Our Drink This Week:

BusBoys and Poets 

Basil Gimlet:
Square One Basil Vodka
Fresh Lime Juice
Simple Syrup
Raw Sugar
Garnish with a lemon twist 

From Your Girlfriend Next Door

Andrea

The Next Best You TV

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Our Guest:
Shannon: Aka-ShanNotStan
Hair Stylist: Taylor and York Salon, Washington DC
Instagram: @shanNotstan

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Four Of My Favorite Things

The spring traveling season has begun...First stop Houston and Austin Texas. 

Where do I begin? I literally feel that we ate our way through the state of Texas, but who wouldn't when its the barbecue capital of America. We started off at Reef downtown Houston, named one of the number one seafood restaurants in the U.S. I found the restaurants atmosphere to be a hip and cool place for Houstonians, to visit. The food on the other hand wasn't the best to me. I tried the whole seared sea bass, paired with swiss chard and vegetables.  Unfortunately, my taste buds, didn't favor the flavor, so we opted for the Crispy Skin Snapper, Sweet and Sour Chard, Tomato Brown Butter,  which was ok.  We enjoyed three cocktails, and called it a night there. 

The next day we met friends at chacho's we enjoyed margaritas, laughs and a good time. A friend's mom even shared some of her signature recipes, I cannot wait to try.  Then it was off to experience some of Houston's night life. The weather was perfect not too hot, it was the perfect time of year to visit. 

Next up Austin, what I call "home of the creative mind" I loved so much about this place. From the food, trucks, restaurants, unique bars, like the Container Bar and Drink.Well. to the overall city atmosphere.  We enjoyed partying on the famous 6th St and celebrated with some of the best margaritas in the city at El Chile Café Y Cantina. Austin was a overall great time, and I would love to visit again someday. By the way don't forget to shop at some of the cutest boutiques in Austin, I had a chance to visit Adelante ask for the beautiful sales associate Lizzie, she has personalty plus!

Oh FYI if you plan on trying some of the best barbecue in Austin, please plan in advance. The best places sell out around noon. Franklins the top spot in the city was on my list, but unfortunately I didn't know I needed to plan a month in advance to try their bbq. Here's how to do it. As soon as you know you're visiting, call your top three spots, and place your orders. In other words, the top three places are on a one month waiting list. If you plan to place an order once you get there, be prepared to get in line around 7am, and Franklins doesn't open until 11am, and normally sell out around noon. So that's a three hour wait. I heard its worth it, but boy it cuts into your vacation time. We met a couple who arrived a 7am and left at 3pm. That's your entire day!! So its up to you. We arrived at John Mueller Meat Co. around 11am, and waited a half hour and we were pleased. 

What I know for sure is that I have the perfect person in crime. He simply gets me, there are no mistakes in life. I met my partner for a reason, and I enjoy each memory we create together.