Written by vampirefan on 01 Jan, 2006
John and I went with the Afternoon Tea each. I went with pekoe tea. John likes fruit teas and asked our waiter for a recommendation. He just looked at John and said, “Just go for the normal tea”. I was shocked and would have loved…Read More
John and I went with the Afternoon Tea each. I went with pekoe tea. John likes fruit teas and asked our waiter for a recommendation. He just looked at John and said, “Just go for the normal tea”. I was shocked and would have loved to slap him, but I guess that would have been considered rednecky. He deserved it though.
The tea is served in a single pot and you are given an antique strainer. You get cream and sugar is in lumps instead of packages. That was the only highlight of the day. Our food arrived on a beautiful china 3-tired serving platter. We had 4 scones, 3 sandwiches, and an assortment of cookies, and a chocolate covered strawberry each. Let me describe to you each of our courses.
The “scones”. Maybe because I spent time in England I think of scones as a sweet or shortbread biscuit. We had a plain and raisin “scone” each. What we actually had was a lump of cookie dough, baked to death, and then left sitting for 3 days. I managed to get the raisin scone down, but I couldn’t break off or cut the plain one. It was just not edible. This thing was so hard if you hit someone with it, it would kill them! Of course it would be the perfect weapon, because not even Gill Grissom would think of death by scone!
We had 3 finger sandwiches each consisting of pimento cheese, cumber and cream cheese, and chicken salad. I am not a fan of pimento cheese so that went to waste. Our chicken salad had a freezer burn taste to it. The cheese and cumber on wheat was quite appetizing and I would have rather had 3 of those.
Our pastries were nothing more than cookies. We had 3 peanut butter cookies that were so hard they couldn’t be eaten, the cookie bar was still frozen solid, and the mini strawberry tartlet was likewise still in the process of thawing out. The strawberries were at that point of eat it or throw it out and the chocolate must have been microwaved chips because it was lumpy. And our pot of tea was barley more than a cup full. Heck they do better with the tea pot at IHOP.
I don’t think anything was fresh here. The food was atrocious and wasn’t worth $15 for both of us, much less for one. The staff wasn’t the least bit pleasant. I had called a few days before and asked for some group information on the restaurant for a travel article I am writing. I also asked if I could see their banquet room to take some pictures. I was told no problem someone would be glad to assist me and just let the hostess know when we arrived. I did and was told someone would be with me. No one ever came. To make matters worse we were nauseated for the rest of the day. In fact when we went to the Freemason Abby we couldn’t even enjoy our fantastic food there because we still didn’t feel good after our “meal” here.
Like I said the place is adorable and I love 1800s houses, but the food and service were not up to par for all the praises heaped upon them. The area surrounding them seemed a little shabby. I guess they are trying to make the area more fashionable since a group of condos is going up right across from them. They have a wall full of articles written on them. Somehow I don’t imagine mine will be on their wall of praises. If you’re still interested, despite my warning, you may visit them at www.thepaintedlady.com.
Written by vampirefan on 28 Dec, 2005
I had been, for some time now, wanting to do like many others and get away for Christmas. Like many others, I started to dread Christmas and all the merriment that went along with it. I knew that I shouldn’t think, “Oh, no, it was…Read More
I had been, for some time now, wanting to do like many others and get away for Christmas. Like many others, I started to dread Christmas and all the merriment that went along with it. I knew that I shouldn’t think, “Oh, no, it was just Christmas” on the day we celebrate the Lord’s birth.
I had once been this highly organized person who had cookies ready to go, Christmas cards out by November 15, the house decorated by November 1st, and presents done and wrapped in plenty of time for Christmas. Instead I haven’t decorated for Christmas in 3 years, I am lucky if I have cards out December 1st, and I am pillaging and plundering like the Vikings on the Capitol One commercial for last minute gifts. My cooking is also been limited to Pillsbury slice and baking cookies. Thank goodness for them.
As I became older, I started thinking Christmas was back around before I even had time to put away my Christmas cards from the previous year. I used to think it was due to my becoming less and less organized. Then I realized that it was due to the fact that by mid summer, stores already had Christmas ornaments sandwiched in between beach towels and suntan lotion. The taunts of “only 150 shopping days left before Christmas” were maddening. So it was the retailers who forced me into this “oh my gosh it is summer and I am not nowhere even ready for Christmas” syndrome. Right now I am sure some doctor is working on the symptoms and the pill companies are coming up with a pill to cure you. This in turn has left me disorganized and stressed out.
This year I decided no more. No longer would I be weeping in October at the thought of not being ready for Christmas and no more wondering how I could get Scotty to beam me up and all the places I needed to be Christmas. One day I decided to look around and see where the Lion King would be playing. I was ecstatic when I saw it would be in Norfolk at Christmas. I quickly purchased my ticket and reserved my room at the Marriott. I knew this Christmas would be different. Only problem is now I have used up my quota of John seeing the Lion King and I plan on being in NYC November 2007 for the 10th anniversary. Seriously if any igougo pals would love to meet up in NYC to see the Lion King, let me know.
So back to my original train of though. How did this Christmas with just me and my hubby work out? Despite the few snafoos…very well thank you. Granted we did have bad food, closed botanical gardens, rain, and John got shaving cream in his eye. But over all it went very well, I wasn’t stressed, and I am ready to face the New Year much more organized and ready to have a great Christmas next year. Only next year I hope to spend it at historical Williamsburg. It is rumored to be quite spectacular at Christmas.
I found Norfolk to be quite a charming city. I am very proud to be a G.R.I.T. (girl raised in the south) so I enjoy sharing the beauty of my home state of NC and the beautiful states that surround me. So I am very glad to share Norfolk with you.
There is so much to see and do in this wonderful city. There is a rich military history here, and it would be a perfect place for military reunion planners. There is Nauticus, the National Maritime Center. Here you will find a science center, interactive theaters, traveling exhibits, and next-door climb aboard the Battleship Wisconsin. There are Civil War Trails, the Armed Forces Memorial, the MacArthur Memorial, Hampton Roads Navel Museum, and Fort Norfolk to name a few.
Down on the waterside you will find restaurants, shopping, boats tours, and museums. Throughout the city you will find art museums, beautiful churches, historical buildings, and botanical gardens. For family fun make sure to check out the Virginia Zoo. For the shop-a-holic you will find a variety of stores from antiques, one of a kind boutiques, or stop in at the MacArthur Center. Here you will find more than 60 stores including Nordstom, Dillards, Pottery Barn, and Forever 21. And in November and December take a whirl around their outdoor ice skating rink. Foodies will find everything from ethnic selections, Nuevo cuisine, new twists on old favorite, real down south cooking, and the always-welcome comfort food.
Take a break and enjoy the surrounding cities that make up the area known as the Hampton Roads area. Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Newport News are all within close range. Go out abit further and discover historical Williamsburg.
Norfolk is an up and comer to the cruising scene. Several cruise lines are bringing their ships into this port city including Holland America, Carnival, and Radisson. For more information on that go to www.cruisenorfolk.com. If you’re cruising from here, then this is the perfect place for a pre or post stay.
In 2007, there were will be a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing at Jamestown. Celebrations are scheduled throughout the year in the surrounding areas. For information on that please go to www.jamestown07.org.
If you are looking for a cruise package, short weekend jaunt, or any other vacation then make sure to visit Norfolk. This city is such a gem and I am sure you will agree with me once you visit her. For more information go to www.norfolkcvb.com. You can thank me later!
The Lion King is the tale of a young cub named Simba and his journey though life. Disobeying his father and going to a forbidden section of the land, his father searching for young Simba is crushed by a heard of moving wildebeests. Simba thinks…Read More
The Lion King is the tale of a young cub named Simba and his journey though life. Disobeying his father and going to a forbidden section of the land, his father searching for young Simba is crushed by a heard of moving wildebeests. Simba thinks he caused his fathers death and in shame, leaves his family and journeys into the forest. He has help along the way from his friends Timon and Pumbaa. He finds out that it was actually his evil uncle, Scar, who really killed his father. Eventually he returns home to his mother and friend Nala. He takes his fathers place as the Lion King and continues the circle of life as those who came before him.
The show is absolutely wonderful for the whole family. This cast was simply amazing and brilliant. The music from the show is one of my favorite albums. I listen to Circle of Life and They Live In You all the time. I just don’t have enough lexis to tell you how astonishing this show is. If you ever get a chance to see it, make sure you do. Nothing you will ever see again can compare to the splendor of this show.
Even though the cast as a whole was phenomenal, there were a few exceptional performers. Phindile Mkhize, who is from South Africa, was mind-boggling as Rafiki. Dan Donahue as Scar and Thomas Corey Robinson as Simba’s dad, Mufasa were brilliant. As a side note and Broadway trivia…Heather Headley played the adult Nala in the original Broadway cast of the Lion King. In 2000 she once again wowed audiences as Aida in Disney’s Aida at the Palace Theater in NYC along side Adam Pascal as Radames, who was the original Roger Davies in the 1996 initial cast of RENT. Adam can currently be seen reprising his role in the movie version of RENT in movie theaters.
I do have a few complaints about the show. My first is in regards to the dress of people at the show. Here in Charlotte people still dress for a night of Broadway. Men are characteristically in suits while ladies don evening gowns. I always look forward to dressing up for my evening out. This is not the movie and it is my pet peeve for anyone to show up in blue jeans. If you can afford $70 for a ticket you can afford to wear a nice dress or pants. Also Chrysler Hall seemed too undersized for the show. The show starts off with the cast coming from the back of the house. Here, only about half of the cast went down the isle. From where I was sitting I could see one of the elephants trying like crazy to get through the door. During the first number, Circle of Life , the stage just seemed too crowded.
For parking try the parking deck at Macarthur Center. It is only a few minutes walk to the center and parking is only $!!
Chrysler Hall is a 2500 seat performing arts center, which is home to the Virginia Symphony. Upcoming shows for 2006 include RENT in February, Chicago in April, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in May. All wonderful shows. So if you live in Norfolk go and buy a ticket. You want regret it. For more information or to order tickets go to www.sevenvenues.com. Or for more information on Disney’s shows or to order tickets, like I did, go to www.disneyonbroadway.com.
For guests staying on the 22nd floor and above you have access to the concierge room. Inside concierge Kirk Springer and his staff will be glad to assist guests with dinner reservations, directions, and other needs you might have. Drinks and snacks are available throughout…Read More
For guests staying on the 22nd floor and above you have access to the concierge room. Inside concierge Kirk Springer and his staff will be glad to assist guests with dinner reservations, directions, and other needs you might have. Drinks and snacks are available throughout the day and breakfast, appetizers, and desserts are served at various times during the day. There is a TV as well as desks and chairs for lounging or for meetings. The views of the harbor are eye-catching here as well. The staff here goes out of their way to make guest feel welcome. In fact Christmas Day I just went in to make sure that someone was there in case we wanted dessert later. About 40 minutes later we received a call from Kirk letting us know the lounge would be closing in case we wanted dessert. Since I didn’t sign in, he went to a lot of trouble just to find out who we were. That kind of service is priceless.
Guests can enjoy an indoor pool as well as indoor whirlpool. If you are looking to hit the links the concierge will be glad to arrange tee times for you at one of the nearby courses. There is an on-site fitness center. There are not any day spas on the premises, but the hotel can arrange a package for you at one of the nearby spas. Parking is $19 per day or $24 for valet, both are in and out as much as you like. There is also a municipal parking garage only a few feet away for $14, again come and go as much as you like. You are only 8 miles from the airport.
There are three restaurants on the premises. The Dining Room is open for lunch. The Piano Lounge is open for dinner. Shula’s 347 is open for lunch and dinner. This discriminating restaurant is part of a chain owned by legendry NFL coach Don Shula. I have a separate entry on my next journal on this restaurant. There is also a place to pick up a cup of Joe or a pastry in the morning in the lobby.
If you are holding a meeting, convention, reunion, wedding, or any other special occasion, then the Marriott is the ideal place for your needs. With over 60,000 square feet of meeting space there is something for every occasion. No matter if you are holding a small reunion for 30 or a convention for 3000, the sales staff here will be glad to help you out. They offer meeting rooms, class space, banquet halls, and are adjacent to the Norfolk Convention Center. They are currently undergoing renovations for their meeting space. Sales Director Cathy Grief took me on a tour, and from what I saw the rooms were just beautiful. I can only imagine what it will look like after renovations are over with. The meeting space is held on the 4th level. There are a number of open spaces perfect for lounging or for registrations. You can contact Cathy and she will be glad to explain their packages to you.
My only compliant is a small one and involves housekeeping. If you read my Anaheim journal then you know I am not exactly an early riser. I am more incline to keep vampire hours. John and I hung our little privacy sign on the door and planned on snoozing in late. Christmas morning we were woken by housekeeping to inquire if we would need service that day, after explaining she saw the sign. Calling me is disturbing me. Then Christmas night while John was shaving, he ended up getting shaving cream in his eye! Ouch. He was in pain and had a hard time sleeping. I had a meeting with the sales manager the next morning and then we planned on checking out. My meeting was at 10, so I didn’t plan on getting up until 9:30. At 7:30, I was awakened by the sounds of faint tapping on the door. Too exhausted to care, I stayed in bed and tried to go back to sleep. At 8:30, we were once again awakened by housekeeping.
I would recommend the Marriott to anyone. It is a wonderful hotel. The staff is great. If you need directions, the front desk even has them typed out for you so all you have to do is just follow the directions. Great idea! For reservations, simply go to www.marriott.com.
Written by emilydo on 26 Aug, 2005
It was pretty quiet when we got there. This was a different kind of beautiful, not the mountain-scenery kind of beautiful but still the kind that makes you think way back when our founding fathers might have visited this place. You could almost imagine life…Read More
It was pretty quiet when we got there. This was a different kind of beautiful, not the mountain-scenery kind of beautiful but still the kind that makes you think way back when our founding fathers might have visited this place. You could almost imagine life back in the 18th century with the horse-drawn carts. My kids spent a lot of time reading the plaques and memorials. I think they learned more from those than from books. Close