Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Behind-The-Bistro: Courtyard Marriott

Eat, drink, and connect: The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott can satisfy all 3 in one spot “for any business or leisure travelers who are motivated by success and enjoy the break from routine.” As a food enthusiast and an avid traveler, I had the opportunity to take a backstage pass as a panelist on Behind-The-Bistro Food Experience to see just what this cutting edge space has to offer. Whether you’re a frequent traveling executive or a family with kids, The Bistro is sure to satisfy all taste buds! 

At The Bistro, start off by giving your morning the healthy start: egg whites, savory turkey Canadian bacon, spinach, and melted havarti on an English muffin. Or another healthy choice-  warm apple cranberry oatmeal, a hot Starbucks coffee, or a grab-and-go fresh muffin or bagel.

Staying for lunch? Keep your day going with a chilled Asian Chicken salad with just the right amount of crunch in the cucumbers and peanuts, a French dip sandwich with aged cheddar and dipping jus, or the vegetarian option – the falafel wrap with the perfect amount of  tzatziki and hummus.

Working through dinner?  Not a problem. Print your boarding pass while ending the day with a mouthwatering turkey burger, topped with crisp lettuce and tomato, a spicy chicken and spinach flat bread, or don’t forget to add a classic beverage or refreshing summer cocktail with any meal and make room for dessert! 

It’s hard to pass my personal favorite:  the indulgent sweet and creamy apple tart for dessert, topped off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled in caramel.  
I liked the Lemon Drop cocktail, but I was a little disappointed when they told me it came from a mix.  The DC Bistro also offers a crab cake.

The Bistro details:
*calorie counts on every menu item
*Seasonal menus
*Vegan/vegetarian alternatives available upon request
* Children’s menu
*Equipped with WiFi, televisions, and laptop friendly sitting areas

Courtyard is currently the world’s 10th largest lodging brand with more than 900 hotels in 36 countries. So, the next time you’re traveling for business or pleasure and looking for a hotel with delicious, convenient food, consider The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott! Visit their website for more information and The Bistro closest to you!   The Bistro is offered nationally in all Courtyard by Marriott hotels.  I stayed overnight at the new hotel in the NoMa area.  Aside from hearing loud yelling from other hotel guests, the room was relatively comfortable with firm beds and contemporary decor.  Rates begin at $99.

Photos and Review by: Kathy Guzman and Lauren DeSantis

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