Washington, DC (December 20, 2011) – Okay, there are only 5 more days until Christmas! Do you have everything you need? Maybe there is that last minute party tonight and you have nothing to bring? Or you just need a little inspiration to help stuff those stockings. New year’s gifts are also needed. I’ve found 9 things that you can have, almost at the click of a button and a swipe of a card. Enjoy!
1. At last—the ultimate guide for the savvy city-dweller! Packed with tips, maps, and a healthy amount of humor, Not For Tourists Guide to Washington, D.C. offers advice from local editors on everything from parking to hole-in-the-wall entertainment. Visiting or local, this book has what you need. $19.95 at NotForTourists.com
2. Zagat 2012 Washington/Baltimore covers 1,350 restaurants in Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis, the Eastern Shore and Northern Virginia. This handy guide contains Zagat Ratings & Review for Washington, DC/Baltimore-area restaurants based on the opinions of diners like you. $10.00 at Zagat.com
3. In this season of his Emmy-winning Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain continues to explore every corner of the globe and encounters the weird, wild, and downright outrageous personalities and places that help define what it means to scale the international cultural landscape. In this, he travels to: Panama, Istanbul, Prague, New York Hudson Valley, Ecuador, Harbin China, Maine, Food Porn 2, Caribbean Island Hopping, Heartland, Burning Questions, Techniques Special, and a Holiday Special. $20.99 at Amazon.com
4. Host a 2 hour private party for 50 of your closest friends at the Tasting Room, located in Chevy Chase, Reston, National Harbor or Middleburg. Prices are listed on their website.
5. Cheeses Around the World from Cowgirl Creamery. For six consecutive months, they will send you a unique collection of cheese from the world’s greatest cheesemakers. Each collection includes three artisan cheeses, selected for taste, seasonality, style and texture. Just before shipping, the cheese wheels are pulled from cold boxes, hand cut, weighed and wrapped in butcher paper. Each box includes approximately 1 1/2 pounds of very special cheeses from some of the best producers in the world. $359.00 (+shipping) for six months.
6. Affordable, delicious and always a holiday staple, Ferrero Rocher graces our palettes with smooth chocolate and hazelnut. Over the years, the Ferrero Company has flourished by following the principles of its founder, Pietro Ferrero. Rocher chocolates is an original concept, anticipating consumer demand for superior quality, taste, and presentation. Available at most grocery stores.
7. The Alex and Ani Signature Expandable Wire Bangles come in a set of Seven. The patented design allows for ease in opening and closing, without sacrificing style. Wear alone for a delicate feminine look, or mix and match with beads and crystals for a custom look. Finished in an eye catching shiny silver. $68 each at the W Hotel Store.
8. Paul French Bakery, now open in Georgetown, offers you a sweet remix on the classic yule log. La Chalet envelops you in the decadence of Gianduja chocolate mousse, praline flakes & almond sponge cake. This cake, made of the highest quality chocolate, develops in complexity and richness with every bite you take. It’s for the true chocoholic, and the perfect dessert to share with your family and friends over the holidays. Sizes available: Individual, 6 or 8 servings ($5.45, $39.95, $54.95). Located at 1078 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007. 202-524-4630, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Eos Chair by Room & Board. This unique chair was made for movie nights and great books. The generous scale of Eos is indulgent for one, and a cozy island for two. The luxuriously deep seat and plush cushions envelop you in comfort. Made in North Carolina. 1840 14th Street, NW. Directions and more are here. WAIT FOR IT! December 26: Annual Clearance Sale.
Hope this helps calms your nerves until the big day. Happy Holidays from the Washington Lobbyist.