From Fells Point to France to DC and Back-Great 2013 news

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We are off and running like no new year in recent memory. Cheers to all and thanks for following @citypeekpatti and on FB www.facebook.com/CITYPEEKpatti . Here goes:

We are only 3 Weeks away from one of the Biggest Wines Events to come into the DC area in over a Decade. Announcing, for the first time in over a decade, the Unions des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) is bringing its exclusive Bordeaux Tasting to The Willard in conjunction with Pearson's Wine & Spirits:
Thursday, January 24th, 2013 from 5-8pm

LOCATION: Willard Intercontinental Grand Ballroom -1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW  Washington, DC 20004

PRICE: $99 and also Valet Tickets offered at $15 (reg $31) BUY TICKETS HERE

For a list of Chateaux attending click:

here http://www.pearsonswine.com/topics/UGC-2013-g4426422qn

Like Pearson's on Facebook now for weekly specials and tastings at www.facebook.com/PearsonsWS.

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Have you checked out the casual, sophisticated, low key vibe of Willow Fells Point lately?  Well, this willow is NOT weeping! Quietly opening a few months ago, Willow is the latest darling of Fells Point owned by partners and childhood friends, Rich Rosen and Ryan Perlberg (of Stuggy's Fells Point and Rye fame) and who are part of a team reponsible for revitalizing the block located next to Jimmy's. Willow Fells Point (the name was chosen because of willow trees' resilient and independent qualities, methinks like the owners) is a gem in the heart of Fells Point and can be described serving a combination of Latin and Tex-Mex infused foods and cocktail pairings. It is decorated with what used to be called shabby-chic and I call sophisticated, low key elegance. It is a warm, comfortable vibe. Feels like you might be entering someone's living room to hang out and relax with friends. 

I suggest you give it a try starting with their fabulous cocktails developed by Beverage Director of the group, Doug Atwater who is a skilled creative cocktail scientist! (Yes, you can quote that CITYPEEK just named him that!)

Wash down the sips, called 'abbreviations,' which compliment the food offerings, with shot infusions, like the 'Dirty Ginger' featuring strawberry tequila with rhubarb bitters, and the aptly named 'Tequila Cube,' a tequila-drenched sugarcane cube down with the fabulous Happy Hour offerings (5-7 pm). Try their tableside-made guacamole and choose your ingredients-real-time, served with fresh, house made chips ($8). As the wait staffer mixes your fresh guac at your table, chat, create a bond with them. You see, this is a restaurant that takes its relationship with its patrons very seriously. This is extremely well-priced spot that locals return to 2 even 3 times in a week.

I also suggest the chicken nachos and bbq shrimp quesidillas. Well there is always tomorrow. This is an extremely well-prices spot that neighbors can return to 2 even 3 times in a week. And do NOT leave without trying the s'more cookies ($8)!  OMG! Run, don't walk. Open every day til 2 AM. Tell them CITYPEEK Patti sent you!

From GM Nick @ Talara: Harbor East "WILL BE CLOSED SUN 1/6/13-WED 1/16/13 FOR RENOVATIONS. We will be offering several discounted menu items, cocktails, beer, and wine of the next few days in an effort to deplete inventory before closing to minimize waste and spoilage. Please stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for an update of Daily Discounts. This SATURDAY 1/5/13 we will have Happy Hour All Day! This will NOT be our normal Happy Hour Menu but an array of menu items and drinks at discounted prices. Please call us at 410-528-9883 if you have any questions."

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Congratulations to our friend Cafe Gia on their article by Cool Progeny http://coolprogeny.com/2013/01/02/urban-dweller-profile-little-italy/

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MY THAI is BACK!! After its original Charles Street location was destroyed by fire December 2010, one of my favorites thai houses, My Thai, reopened in its new  6000+/- sf location at 1300 Bank Street at The Tack Factory, just next to Heavy Seas Alehouse. convenient to Harbor East, Little Italy, Fells Point and the Inner Harbor. 

Developed by husband and wife team of Brad & Pui Wales, Baltimore City restaurateurs since 2007, and son,  Jirat Suphrom-In, who is a developing Thai chef following his mother Pui’s techniques, the new location offers the best of the perennial favorite with exciting new changes in a sleek, fresh space.  The restaurant features a stainless steel and wood appetizer grill bar with seating for 15 where guests can watch chefs at work. The location serves both lunch and dinner and also has private party space for up to 25 people.  

The menu still includes favorites such as Drunken Noodles, Beef Ka Pow and many types of curries, but also some exotic Thai delicacies such as liver, brain and silkworm.  Asian influenced drinks include: sake, Leyche Pear Martinis, Singha & Chang Thai beers, Chinese beers and the addition of draft beers not offered in the previous location.  Being next door to Heavy Seas, methings we can find some local craft brews on tap!

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