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7 Inauguration-Inspired Vacations

7 Inauguration-Inspired Vacations

Travel like the president during the inauguration weekend

While most Washington, D.C.-area hotels are fully booked for the inauguration weekend, those who want to celebrate the inauguration can do so with a presidential-style vacation.

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Those with tickets to the inauguration but who still need a presidential-worthy place to stay can book the American-style package at the Park Hyatt Washington. The four-night package includes a stay in the Presidential Suite, a private chef’s dinner at Blue Duck Tavern, help choosing which outfits to wear to inaugural balls, and tickets to a concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

If you’re headed to the presidential swearing-in ceremony and parade but are without a room and hefty pocketbook, staying in New York City is an alternative. A three-hour train ride away, Manhattan hotels are offering less-pricey options. The Westin New York Grand Central’s Presidential Perks package starts at $450 for the Secretary of State option, which includes a basket of President Barack Obama’s favorite snack foods, like salted caramels and trail mix, and a $44 in-room dining credit (in honor of the 44th president).

For those seeking to just travel and eat like the president for a day, hotels on the West Coast are opening up their presidential suites — many of which have hosted the current and past presidents — and are offering the ultimate venue to host an inauguration viewing party.

Lauren Mack is the Special Projects Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.


Easy Meals to Make on Vacation in Any Rental Kitchen

One of the biggest joys of summer vacations is packing up your friends, family, and a cooler full of goodies for time spent in a beach house, lake house, or mountain house. And thus begins the game of rental kitchen roulette: how to gracefully execute crowd-pleasing meals when you’re never quite sure until you get there what the state of your rental kitchen will be in terms of equipment and cooking staples.

Travel Tips & Tricks How to Cook on Vacation In my own game of this roulette over the years I’ve experienced kitchens that have lowered my self-esteem by having sharper knives than my culinary school training suggests mine should be, whose available tools are plentiful and as niche as even a spaetzle maker but then I’ve also experienced those whose available heat sources for cooking top out at a toaster oven.


Souped-Up Spreads

Dress up any nut butter of your choosing by swirling in a second ingredient and using it as a sandwich spread, or a dip for celery or apples, or turn it into an easy DIY dessert.

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Nut Butter Spreads, Dips and Desserts

Peanut Butter

Nuts and apples are a classic duo. Bring the pair into the 21st century by swirling apple butter into peanut butter. Spoon into oatmeal in the morning for a nice flavor boost.

Crushed yogurt-covered pretzels stirred into peanut butter provide the salty-sweet combination that you've been waiting for. Your taste buds will thank you.

A pinch of ground cinnamon and a few raisins are all you need to reinvent that jar of peanut butter sitting in your pantry. Mix it all together and use apple slices to transport it to your mouth.

Tahini

Almond Butter

Do you love waffles? Us too. Top them with a combo of almond butter, ground cinnamon and maple syrup, and watch your affection grow.

Stir shredded coconut into almond butter as a nod to the classic candy-bar combo. Use it as a dip to make use of whatever's hanging out in the fruit bowl on your counter.

Almond butter + chocolate chips + crushed toffee. Need we say more? You can also add a scoop of ice cream for good measure.


5 Easy Meals for a Vacation Rental with a Kitchen

I can get as worked up as the next person about how a vacation isn’t really a vacation if mama still has to cook.

But I also see our vacation budget and get worked up over how I’d rather get away and have to cook than stay home and cook anyway.

We especially love the totally free getaway we have in my parents’ lakehouse, and try to go there at least once a year. I’ve developed a basic meal strategy that allows me to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible while I’m supposed to be vacationing, and also feed my family.

Things to Consider About Vacation Meal Planning (Or . . . What’s Important to Dana When Meal Planning for a Vacation Rental)

I struggle with the whole “using/following a recipe” thing on any day of the year, so on vacation I don’t even try. These ideas are all ideas. Not recipes. The goal is to throw “this” and “that” into a crockpot or onto the stove and have dinner done with little effort and minimal mess.

Pre-cooked-at-home meats are key. I generally stay away from bringing raw meats on a trip because they require much more effort, attention and time when cooking, but also because they can be messy in the cooler. No matter how much I trust their packaging, I don’t want my bag of grated cheese sitting next to raw chicken for hours in the ice chest.

I also just feel better about already-cooked meats being in the ice chest for longer than I’m willing to leave raw meats in there. If we make an unplanned stop along our way, I’m not worried about our food being in the cooler for an extra hour.

I like to bring things that work well in the slow cooker OR on the stove. I can’t guarantee I’ll remember to start the crock pot before leaving for whatever fun thing we’re going to do that day.

We grab a good-sized bag of salad and some other veggies that either cook fast or don’t need to be cooked so we can add them to every meal.

It’s worth packing a crockpot if the place where you’re staying doesn’t have one.

Our Favorite Easy Meals for a Vacation When I Have to Cook

Pre-cooked ground beef (still frozen) goes into the crockpot with a packet of chili seasoning and some other canned goods. (FYI, a jar of spaghetti sauce works if you forget the tomato sauce . . . ) Serve over corn chips and sprinkle with cheese. This is great to leave in the crock pot all day or quick to make on the stove.

2. Frozen meatballs in spaghetti sauce

The “name” of this “meal” pretty much tells you everything you need to know. Throw homemade or store bought frozen meatballs into the crock pot with a large jar of spaghetti sauce. All day on low or four hours on high, and you have a meal at dinnertime. Making the pasta is the only other thing to do, or just eat it without pasta like we do.

You could also get some sub rolls and shredded mozzarella for meatball subs.

3. Smoked sausage in barbecue sauce

Sometimes we cut up large sausage links and sometimes we use the mini smoked sausages like it’s a party. It’s a vacation, which is basically a party.

4. Some version of lasagna

There’s two hour crockpot lasagna (recipe here) and skillet lasagna (recipe here). Those two recipes use the same ingredients so you can decide at the last minute which works best for your day. We’re also a big fan (when it isn’t so crazy hot we’re avoiding the oven) of getting a frozen lasagna from the store. Everyone loves them and they’re basically zero work. Just pay attention to how long they take to cook to see if they’ll work within your day.

I buy the pre-made pizza crusts at Costco or Aldi. They don’t have to be refrigerated and come with small packets of pizza sauce. We bring pepperoni, black olives, and shredded mozzarella for a super-easy, always-successful meal. This isn’t a crockpot recipe, obviously, but it’s a fun activity making fun food and cooks quickly in the oven. It’s also nice that the only ingredient in the meal that has to be kept cool while traveling is the mozzarella.

6. Sausage and Potatoes

You can do this in the crock pot or in the oven. In the crock pot, just mix a package of frozen hashbrowns with sliced smoked sausage and cook on high for four hours. In the oven, dump the frozen hashbrowns on the bottom of the cookie sheet (use one with an edge so any juices are caught and don’t run into the oven) and cover with slices of smoked sausage. Cook at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. My family loves this. I use the extra wide foil to cover the cookie sheet, and this means there is NO cleanup. So yay for that.

These are our go to meals for vacations-with-a-kitchen. There are so many other options depending on what you already have in your freezer, but these are the easiest for us. Many of my super-fast-and-easy recipes would also work, as would some of my freezer meals.


From ice cream to tikka, this Inauguration Day menu celebrates both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

After a wild four years filled with twists and turns, Inauguration Day is officially here. On Wednesday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the 46th president and vice president of the United States. The first female (and black, and South Asian-American) vice president is certainly cause for celebration. But the historic day doesn’t just mark the start of a new presidency, it’s also a time for culinary change as well (something tells us there's going to be a lot less fast food, for one).

As indoor dining continues to be banned in states across the country, venturing out for special Inauguration Day lunch menus and bottomless brunches might be a nonstarter. If that’s the case, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the swearing-in from home.

To get you started, we crafted a menu inspired by a few of Biden and Harris’ favorite dishes. From the president-elect’s classic American comforts, to Harris’ complex dishes that pay homage to her Indian heritage, these recipes are a great way to honor the incoming president and vice president-elect.

Mango Lassi

Starting your Inauguration Day festivities off with a refreshing beverage is a must. And a mango lassi is a great way to celebrate Harris’ Indian heritage, as well as Biden’s affinity for sweets rather than alcohol. Lassi, a popular yogurt-based drink, has many variations, including salty ones. But this sweet take on the beverage blends mangoes with yogurt, milk and ice for a velvety smooth concoction.

However, it’s been one heck of a year, so if your Inauguration Day drink of choice is one of the boozy variety, we don’t blame you. If you want to drink in style like Harris, opt for a nice bottle of chardonnay, which the VP-elect has been linked to on a few occasions. Not a fan of wine? Perhaps you’d enjoy a Harris-inspired cocktail instead.

Basmati Rice

Not only is Harris the first female vice president but she’s also the first black and Indian-American person elected to the position. She grew up eating South Indian food, which she told actress Mindy Kaling in a 2019 video. The former state senator said she ate a lot of rice and yogurt, potato curry, dal and idli growing up. If you want a guaranteed smile, watch the video of actress Miny Kaling and Harris cooking masala dosas together (Harris admitted it was her first time!).

One easy way to honor her background during Inauguration Day is by making Basmati rice, which is a staple alongside Indian curries. After preparing basmati rice, you can use it in dishes like hyderabadi biryani, a one-pot meal that mixes basmati rice with meat and traditional South-Asian flavors like ginger and masala powder.

Roti

Another popular Indian food to serve with curries is roti. To make the unleavened bread you’ll need just three common ingredients: whole wheat flour, water and vegetable oil. Perfecting roti takes a lot of patience and practice, but you’ll know you got it right if the bread puffs up like a pillow when it’s cooking. For a complete Inauguration Day meal, serve the bread with the dhal and tikka masala below, or butter chicken and a dollop of cucumber raita.

Dhal

One thing that has kept Harris sane throughout her robust political schedule is cooking. She’s even found time to teach her colleagues a thing or two in the kitchen. For New Jersey state senator Cory Booker’s birthday, Harris gifted him a virtual lesson on how to make lentils.

So, what dish could be more fitting to make in her honor than dhal? In this recipe for dhal makhani, black lentils and kidney beans are slow cooked to perfection. The earthy dish is naturally vegan and can be made to any consistency you prefer.

Lobster Tikka Masala

Cooking any type of Indian cuisine would be a great way to honor our first Indian-American vice president during Inauguration Day, but what is Harris' favorite dish? In a question and answer video, Harris said her favorite South Indian dish is idli with a “really good sambar.” But her favorite North Indian dish is “any kind of tikka.”

Tikka masala is commonly made with chicken or paneer, but this elevated version uses celebratory lobster in their place. To make tikka masala you’ll need a variety of common Indian spices on deck, like garam masala and turmeric. Maybe you even store them in repurposed Taster’s Choice containers like Harris herself.

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

While Harris enjoys more complex meals that pack in a variety of spices and seasonings, Biden keeps things simple with favorites like pasta and cheeseburgers. Former President Barack Obama famously said “pasta with red sauce, he can go deep on that” about Biden.

If you want to get really Biden-centric, make this recipe with angel hair pasta (his favorite) and serve with turkey meatballs or air fyer chicken Parmesan (we think Dr. Biden would approve of these healthy spins on the Italian-American classics).

Classic Cheeseburger

Charcoal Pit is a Delaware icon Obama and Biden even made a surprise visit to the burger and milkshake joint in 2014. If you visit one of its two locations in Biden’s home state, you’re almost guaranteed to run into someone who knows him personally. Celebrate the small-town president-elect by enjoying a cheeseburger during Inauguration Day. Pair it with a black-and-white milkshake and you’ve got Biden’s go-to order.

Roast Chicken

Although Biden and Harris have different food interests, one thing they both can get behind is a good roast chicken. Although Harris prefers her bird prepped the day before with a little bit of lemon, garlic, salt and pepper, this recipe does the trick if you’re cooking the chicken on Inauguration Day.

Tuna Melt

April 2020 probably feels like a bajillion years ago, but during the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic, Harris was there to add some joy with her viral tuna melt. The VP-elect taught Virginia Senator Mark Warner how to *correctly* make a tuna fish sandwich on FaceTime.

Follow along with Harris as she talks Warner through the process - or just use this easy sheet pan tuna melt recipe.

Kheer

When you think about dessert in relation to the Biden-Harris ticket, your mind probably wanders to ice cream. But if you’re looking to throw a little Harris flare into your Inauguration Day dessert, kheer, or rice pudding, is a great way to do so.

The popular Indian dish is a creamy, sweet blend of milk, sugar, nuts, rice and cardamom. If you have leftovers, kheer also works well as a breakfast dish.

Ice Cream

It’s no secret that Joe Biden likes ice cream. "I don't drink. I don't smoke. But I eat a lot of ice cream," Biden said in 2016. Indeed, his campaign spent $10k on ice cream in April (though it turns out it wasn’t all for him much of that was spent to treat donors to his favorite indulgance).

So to honor Biden’s love of ice cream and Harris’ Indian heritage, why not whip up a batch of this creamy ginger ice cream?

Or, if you’re not up for making your own ice cream, just pick up a tub of Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks ice cream, which is purportedly Joe’s favorite - in one tweet he joked that it’s a performance enhancer. Of course, you could skip all this trouble and make another favorite of Joe's: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


Kellyanne Conway’s Inauguration Style: The Internet Has Strong Feelings

Kellyanne Conway is certainly enjoying Inauguration Day and is wearing a lot of red, white, and blue for the festivities, presumably to show her patriotism for the United States of America.

At an inaugural event at Union Station on Thursday evening, the Trump adviser turned out in a red, one-shoulder mermaid-hem gown, with a floral flourish at the shoulder.

She accessorized with an ear cuff.

But Conway’s inauguration look will likely be the outfit that people remember.

Conway, who turned 50 on Friday, stepped out in a $3,600, wool A-line coat from Gucci, with brass cat-shaped buttons. She wore a red bucket hat, gloves, and a red purse to complete her outfit.

Conway described the look as “Trump revolutionary wear,” attempting to put an American spin on a piece inspired by the city of London and designed by an Italian fashion house.

It was a look that was almost as polarizing as, well… her boss.

The roasting on Twitter immediately started once photos of the Trump adviser surfaced.

Kellyanne Conway dressed as the era Trump wants to take America back to. #InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/Vrmc1Bq3Nz

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 20, 2017

Is nobody going to comment that Kellyanne Conway basically ripped off the Battle of Yorktown costumes from #Hamilton? #worldturnedupsidedown pic.twitter.com/uoFmwaO0uy

— Jessica Marie (@JessieMcV123) January 20, 2017

I see @KellyannePolls has channeled 1976 airline steward today.

— Grumpy Doc (@GrumpyDoc77) January 20, 2017

Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Trump Revolutionary Wear’ reminds me of Bolshevik Constructivist fashion. How fitting for the Russian stooge president. pic.twitter.com/sF2qrCbuTs

— Matt Zeta Baen (@MattZetaBaen) January 20, 2017

But some people were really feeling the look:

@LisainDallas @KellyannePolls they are ridiculing this…everything from paddington bear to revolutionary war.
I think it’s fantastic

— LB. ❄ (@skis416) January 20, 2017

Hot take: I’m obsessed w Kellyanne Conway’s outfit

— Sandy Barnard (@barnardworld) January 20, 2017

@MyPresidentme @KellyannePolls Like a Revolutionary soldier, which she is, and a beautiful one at that.

— Trust in Trump 2016 (@bluebirdissong) January 20, 2017

@KellyannePolls You look so beautiful today! What a perfect outfit for Mr Trump’s/your/America’s big day.

— MendyOK (@MendyKiser) January 20, 2017

@KellyannePolls You look FABULOUS . LOVE your outfit & the cat/lion buttons. You are rockin’ it . pic.twitter.com/JThrSzU0yK

— Yep Isaid (@isaidit1970) January 20, 2017

Let’s just say Kellyanne’s coat is just another item on a long list of things Americans can’t agree on.

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Sri lankan meal plan 7 with recipes.

For those of you who like to try a different kind of Sri Lankan menu.

Rice, green gram(mung)-coconut mallung, a spicy beef curry, ash plantain white curry and a sweet and spicy mango curry completes my menu number 7.

With three vegetarian dishes and a single meat dish, this Sri Lankan menu should get you started with a good, wholesome lunch.

Sri Lankan meal plans you can now try.

Here are the menu plans already on the blog.

These menus are meals I have made for my family and can be customized to add or replace as you need.
Menu 1
Menu 2
Menu 3
Menu 4
Menu 5
Menu 6

What type of rice dish can I serve for this menu?

I would suggest red rice or plain white rice, if you are serving for family friends or want or visitors you can make yellow rice or ghee rice.

Sri Lankan Meal menu 7.

The following menu is my attempt in offering you Sri Lankan meal plans that you can try at home.

You can certainly choose and adapt to the Sri Lankan menu to your family needs.

In addition to the curry recipes given below, you can add other dishes of your choice or change the menu.

As always, I would suggest starting with the dish that takes the longest to cook, in this menu, it would be the beef curry.

A spicy beef curry.

Quite honestly this beef curry does not have a proper recipe, it was one of those days where I just added all the ingredients and let it simmer down to correct consistency.

You can use my slow-cooked beef curry or no curry powder beef curry for the main meat dish.

Sweet and spicy mango curry.

Smaller in size and slightly sour but still a good mango to cook as they are firm but due to the mango being small, I cooked some of them whole.

If you are not keen on making sweet and spicy mangoes, you can try the Sinhalese-style Mango curry.

If you want to serve a different type of mallung or vegetarian/vegan salad this mung dhal mallung would be it.

I made this as a breakfast one-bowl meal and decided to try it with a lunch menu.
The flavors of the coconut and slightly crunchy mung dhal perfectly complimented the other dishes on the menu.

You can replace the green gram salad with a spinach mallung, pol sambol or a cabbage and coconut sambal.

I would highly recommend introducing this mung dhal mallung as an option for breakfast instead of the usual breakfast mung bowl.

An unusual white curry for those of you who are not familiar with the raw plantain.

It&rsquos a healthy coconut milk based curry you can try instead of your usual dhal curry, Potato curry or any of the other regular vegetable curries you serve.

Save the recipe to your favorite Pinterest board!

Our Sri Lankan meal plan no 7.

Let me know if you cooked this meal. did you add any other side-dishes to the meal? do you have a meal plan you&rsquoll like me to cook?

Then make sure to send me a message with your meal plan so other Sri Lankan food fans can give it a try.


7. Art for All Ages

Get creative with Willmington, NC Cameron Art Museum’s Art Explorers Thursdays. The online program allows young children and their families to connect with museum education staff for stories and art activities that make use of items families already have at home. Running every Thursday morning on Facebook Live, the free, 30-minute sessions provide fun, original activities for kids to enjoy while at home.

Explore the public art on this Greenville, So Carolina virtual tour. View murals, sculptures and statues, as well as learn more about some of the history of the state and its people while you’re at it. Baseball fans, be sure to check out the statue of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose career began in Greenville before going on to play for the Chicago White Sox.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida has free online programs, including exhibit tours, digital Gallery Guides including one for families, videos of performances and artists at work. Follow #Keep KidsSmartWithArt for more at-home art adventures.

In celebration of the Monterey Museum of Art’s virtual exhibition Miniatures, the museum launched new programming as part of its ongoing Virtual Free Family Fun Day series. The Mini Masterpieces art projects feature step-by-step instruction videos and are a great way to encourage creativity this winter and spring. Activities include mini vision boards, flower power monoprints, story books and more.

The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA) has a collection of virtual classes and tours with a little something for everyone. Whether you need a boredom-buster activity for the kids or a relaxing behind-the-scenes exhibition tour, the Taubman Museum of Art has it…for free! Creative tutorials, conversations with artists, and tours of private art collections are just a few of the virtual gems you’ll find on the Taubman’s website

Mass MoCA in the Berkshires, the largest contemporary art institution embracing a variety of arts, is just now opening their digital doors.


Inauguration 2013: Hotels are still available, and not so pricey

Washington, D.C.,l seemed far too quiet Thursday for a city on the brink of what’s supposed to be a big street-jamming people party that happens every four years when a president is sworn into office. President Obama will take the oath of office Monday on Capitol Hill and dance at two inaugural balls in the evening. But the excitement and crowds have yet to materialize.

The National Gallery of Art’s east and west wings were empty Thursday afternoon, as were the Renwick Gallery opposite the White House and the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery too. The temporary White House Visitor Center at the Ellipse, just steps from the president’s home, had three visitors around 2 p.m. And no one seemed to be grabbing up presidential trinkets from street vendors either.

Where’s the giddiness and excitement that four years ago burst from every corner of the city? Barack Obama made history in 2009 by being sworn in as the nation’s first black president -- and the 1.8 million people who came to watch made history too as the biggest crowd assembled on the Mall.

History might not repeat itself in terms of visitor numbers, but that’s good news for last-minute travelers still looking for a hotel room. Washington tourism officials say hotels aren’t seeing the boost they did in 2009 during the time leading up to the inauguration, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Washington Whispters blog. That means prices are down, and minimum stay requirements have been eased.

Online travel website Hotwire reports that hotel reservations made for the period Jan. 18 to 22 averaged about $190 a night the week of Jan. 7, $156 a night the week of Jan. 14 and $82 a night this week.

Booking.com on Thursday showed room rates for a two-night stay Sunday and Monday nights at these centrally located hotels:

-- an average of $289 a night for a room with a queen bed at the Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle
-- an average of $259 a night for a junior suite at the River Inn in the Foggy Bottom area and
-- an average of $249 a night for a room with two double beds at the Holiday Inn Washington-Georgetown.

Destination DC, the city’s tourism organization, also has a tab on its website with hotel availability during the inauguration. As of Friday, the Residence Inn by Marriott was showing prices of $299 a night for the Monday-Tuesday night stay.

And for those who might come on a whim, Monday is a holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so there’s no need to take extra time off from work off either.

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