Sharing the Love – A Few of our Favorite Things!

New Year’s Lunch 2018 at The Majestic

One of our primary goals for Maven & Magpie is to simply share, recommend and promote people, places, organizations, causes, companies, products, possibly a few services and all sort of events we think are worth a look – for their impact, for the people making them happen or just for fun. M&M are often asked for favorite places to go/eat/enjoy when we travel, so this is where we’ll capture & share those lists too!

Alexandria Faves (as of Dec 2017)

  • Nasime
  • The Majestic Bar – Nicki our bartender rocks!
  • Vermillion
  • Misha’s
  • Magnolia’s on King
  • Hong Kong Palace (Arlington/ Five Corners) – amazing Szechuan, no ambiance
  • Succotash (National Harbor, across the river from Old Town) – Edward Lee, from Top Chef, dirty chicken, Kentucky Winter (bourbon slushee), jalapeno poppers, fried green tomatoes
  • Cosmopolitan Grill – new location opened early 2018 on S. Henry

DC Faves (as of Dec 2017)

NY Capital Region

Food & Drink

  • Peck’s Arcade
  • Little Peck’s
  • Sunhee’s
  • Hu’s House

Saratoga Faves (as of July 2018)

Food & Drink (and this is just the tip of the iceberg!)

  • Hatties – the fried chicken, the fried okra, the cocktails (painkiller & cocojito)
  • Hamlet & Ghost  – happy hour margarita & old fashioned, and everything on the menu
  • Five Points Market – Breakfast Sandwich (say hi to Maura & tell her we sent you!)
  • Max London’s – Breakfast Pizza
  • Brook Tavern – our local fave, we love the bar  & bar food
  • Happy Hours (because this is a lifestyle here in Saratoga)
  • The Ripe Tomato – $5 apps at the bar… apparently all the time. Yum!

Hotels, because people ask us:

  • The Inn at Five Points – in our neighborhood & where we first stayed
  • The Pavilion Grand – new, nice, boutique-y, but pricey and during track season, fuggetaboutit
  • The Adelphi – because, well, history (and if you have to ask how much you can’t afford, but worth it!)
  • Gideon Putnam – historic and located in Saratoga Spa State Park, good if racing is not your jam and/or you have a car
  • Anne’s Washington Inn – a longtime fave of ours, bigger than a B&B, smaller than a hotel (car needed)
  • Embassy Suites – the wiseguy’s choice, one block off broadway
  • Hampton Inn – best location in town
  • Union Gables Inn – big, grand, classic Saratoga B&B on Union
  • The Sagamore – a classic, about 45 min away, on the shore of Lake George, historic and amazing views

Las Vegas Faves (as of Dec 2017)

Paris Faves (as of Dec 2017)

NYC Faves (as of Sept 2018)

  • Chelsea Market
  • The Highline
  • Momofuku noodle bar, Ssam,
  • The Bar at Ko
  • Xi’ian Famous Foods
  • okonomi– amazing traditional Japanese breakfast in Brooklyn (fish!)
  • gimme coffee – charming, artisanal, hipster cafe in Brooklyn (beautiful cortados)
  • Tanner Smith’s – great bar, fantastic cocktails, terrific atmosphere, high top tables, candles, windows – but dark & cozy too. Highly recommend The Cotton Club (celery, cucumber, vodka) & The Winona (Manhattan meets a bottle of smoke.

Denver Faves (as of Dec 2017)

  • Sushi Den
  • To the Wind
  • Annette’s
  • Oak at 14th (Boulder)
  • Tattered Cover

San Diego Faves (as of Dec 2017)

Lexington Faves (as of Dec 2017)

  • North Lime Donuts
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery & Tour
  • Woodford Reserve Distillery & Tour

Sydney Australia Faves (as of July 2018)

Podcast Faves (as of Dec 2017)

Product Faves (as of Dec 2017)

  • Beautycounter – skincare (My consultant, Katy, was a student of mine at Oldfields!)
  • YETI

Favorite Causes (as of Jan 2018)

Capital Region Places to Explore (July 2018)

Because everyone asks the people who are new in town where to go – and we’ve been making a list of all the places people have recommended to us. We’ll start exploring this Fall!

Favorite Quotes (as of Jan 2018)

  • To whom much is given, much is expected.
  • Discipline is remembering what you really want.
  • You always have a choice.
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe
  • Leap and the net will appear. ~ Zen Proveb
  • There is no try, only do. ~ Yoda
  • People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. ~ Brian Tracy
  • Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. ~ Sydney J. Harris