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First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest

erc Platinum
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Here's a little sumpin' sumpin***  for Insiders. No Facebook sign up required, no tweetin', no liking, you don't even have to be human
  
  (heck, even Dr. Chuckleboomboom's dog   
   can win, if he knows how to spell). Be the first to correctly answer;
  
  
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       Who is Erc standing next to? 
  
  Shot live tonight in Washington DC and completed in time for erc and the Mrs. to get back to the Mayflower in time for the 10 o'clock news and in keeping with their holiday tradition, doze off with the New Year's activities playing on television in the background. Hint: this restaurant and chef have been mentioned several times in Insiders and is a sister of a Massachusetts Insider.
  
  Start googling, hack into the C.I.A.s face recognition program, do whatever it takes, but be the first to post the correct answer and
win an autographed, slightly read, copy of our forum's own novelist Anadyr's latest spy thriller (profchiara writes non-fiction, foxglove writes tech manuals, like Radiation's Effects on Wolves - hint, it makes them thirsty) about that womanizing, assassinating, hard drinking, spy Andy Reid (the author
  
swears, it's not an autobiography) in 
.
  
  
  
  *** Winner - properly naming this beer reference (I had one today at Bub and Pop's) earns a Special Bonus prize.
  
  If you guess wrong, thank you for trying, you win my gratitude for playing; if you won't even play, because you're too cool for school, then, I have cleared it with Marriott; you will have to cancel all of your 2015 reservations by at least one day in advance of check in.
  
  This contest is run by a wholly owned subsidiary of The Greater Team. We can tell you in advance, that your gripes, complaints, suggestions, or whining is greatly appreciated and will be passed along and reviewed per our usual procedure
  
                           Happy New Year 2015 to all Insiders
  
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   CONTEST - PART TWO
  
  As Roseanne Rosanna Danna used to say,  .
Since I can't stay up late enough to award a west coast winner, I'm going to Part Two of the Contest (hey, no complaining, at least it's not Ceelo in a Bubble Bath Discovery Doors Contest that to this day still gives ssindc the willies).
  
  
  We just finished a lovely New Year's Eve dinner at Ris. You've read about it several times here on Insiders and it lived up to it's reputation. The chef Doris LaCoste is our very own rinny54's sister.


  Chef Doris (Ris, thus the name of her restaurant) LaCoste of the very popular, well run Ris restaurant. Once again Ris ranks among the top restaurants in the Washingtonian's survey and it always scores highly on TripAdvisor. Conveniently located on L St. near GW and several Marriotts, this is an excellent stop prior to a show at the Kennedy Center (actually, a very pleasant spring walk).
 
  ps- tonight's meals; Portuguese fish soup (monkfish, shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, sausage, vegetables and a tasty broth) and the grilled shrimp special (pomegranates, jasmine rice, pumpkin seed, sweet potatoes, spinach and a tasty bisque) were like previous meals here - superb. Check it out, if in town.


  Contest Part Two:
No Sweat, we're used to contest rollout hiccups, so this, like the PlusPoints program, is my 'beta' test :-).
  
  In keeping with the food theme (actually one of the author's nostalgic favorites, he liked it almost as much as nuhusker loves his Marriott burger
  
   be the first to correctly provide the name of this item
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  from Marriott's original business
Hot Shoppes, currently being served at the Marriott DC flagship hotel, the Marriott Marquis in their Anthem casual dining restaurant (for $17, ouch) and you win the Insiders prize. As always, thanks for playing along.
  
  Any of you wanting your contest application fee refunded, please send $5 (for activating your account) to;
  Erc's Nigerian Prince Insider Scam
  310 Bearcat Drive Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
  
  Happy New Year's to All Insiders
  
  
  
  

 

 
 
 
 

  

 

  
  

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    OMG,

    I couldn't even wait to read part two, and I don't care about the beer, you are standing next to none other than Doris, owner of Ris restaurant in DC, and sister of our own rinny54. Sublime and I am jealous!  Lucky you, you have obviously enjoyed a wonderful New Years meal.  Congratulations to the Erc's.  I will enjoy another meal there in early Feb.  Happy New Year, and at the Mayflower too.  Oh my!

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    Oh man, you posted the answer!  What kind of film flam contest is this anyway?  Okay, so long as we're all having a good time and it's a wonderful life, no worries mates.  Sweet dreams.

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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    Well, I don't have much of a clue what's going on here, but as England's foremost burger officianado, I know a "Mighty Mo" when I see one. Though it does look very similar to a Big Mac.

     

    So what prize is being supplied by Erc's Nigerian Prince Insider Scam, the highly reputable supplier of Princes to discerning upper up-scale hotel patrons? Not another Prince, I hope. I've just put the last one I received at Christmas on eBay...

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    erc Platinum
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      Holy cow! There hasn't been this much controversy since the Tell Arne Contest!


    I received a 6 am wake up call from The Mayflower Head of Security, Jay F. saying, more than Dr. Chuckleboomboom's dog's sweat had hit the fan!

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    Head of Mayflower security, Jay F. telling pluto77 that yes, everyone believes, that in spite of not reading the entire contest, we all know that she got the correct answer - rinny54's very talented sister, Chef Ris of Ris Restaurant.

    Erc is seen wondering what to do about those pesky Brits, brightlybob and Tommo781. The NathalieF listening to pluto plead her case said, quote, "don't get me involved in your shenanigans erc", solemnly bejacob, just returning from another New Year's Eve ballroom dancing event, offers to contact The Greater Team for their usual thoughtful perspective, but erc declines the generous offer, bites the bullet and comes up with the following judgement, bound to irritate all.

     


      
      
       Congratulations to Pluto, who did name the celebrity chef, Ris LaCoste of Ris Restaurant in Washington DC, an excellent, must visit restaurant.


       Congratulations to BrightlyBob who did correctly name the Mighty Mo. This sandwich delight was often paired with an order of fries or onion rings and was a companion sandwich to the Teen Twist, both easily washed down with an Orange Freeze and perhaps topped off with a delicious Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake - oh yeah.


    A Little Sumpin Sumpin is one of the Lagunitas signature brews. Since neither winner above was able or willing to identify the beer, the Mercedes Benz will have to be returned to The Man who once again has reared his ugly head and stuck it to us again (yeah, that's the ticket, it's The Man's doings ).


    Congratulations to tommo, well, congratulations for waking up before 10 am on New Years Day.


    And now the word from Lagos, which like the Certs vs. Points judgement, will no doubt leave few people happy; well as I've often said in this forum, "whaddaya gonna do";


    Pluto wins our respect, admiration, and awe for correctly identifying Chef Ris (actually, playing on West Coast time and having dined here before, she was the odds on favorite, and had it not been for her snarky labeling of the way above board contest, she might have been reading the thriller later this week ). Don't cry for her Argentina, she just saw the author last month and probably has the full Andy Reid boxed set.


    BrightlyBob by playing by the rules and answering the Mighty Mo question (having given all the partying Americans all night long to look up the answer) wins the thriller Scatteree. Now, of course, since shipping the book all away across the pond would cost more than the book, the ooga booga clause of the Terms and Conditions of the Contest kick in and he is now provided (per paragraph 16 section b) with two equally attractive options;

    1) you can have the book shipped to you in Canada/US when you visit your family and friends this spring (ps - remember, you were unable to use your Platinum 48 hour guarantee, so direct your anger there, not at the contestmeister)  or

    2) you can have three free beers when you, or any British Insider you name, visit Washington DC and meet with the beaten down contestmeister


    Well, ok, that wraps up the First Annual/Last Ever (boy, you can say that again!) Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest, a fun time had by all (rabble rousing is a lot easier).


    and for those 100 or so who viewed (views currently at 140, granted everyone watches a train wreck) and did not play, think about that this year when you have to cancel a day in advance of your stay.


    Also a special thanks to IAHFLYR foxglove and kharada46 for staying above the fray and sending me such thoughtful notes of encouragement; in times when the villagers gather sticks and storm the castle, your words (and a nice Mayflower breakfast - kudos for offering on New Years Day) helped me overcome this enormous struggle .





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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    rinny54 Platinum 1 Reviews
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    Yay!!  Glad you enjoyed your meal @ Ris restaurant, erc!  And so nice to see my sister, Ris.  I assume you told her that Rinny sent you :-)!  Wish I could have joined you.  Let me know when there is another Insiders meeting in DC!!!  Happy New Year to you & all Insiders!!

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    tommo781 Silver 8 Reviews
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    ps erc the time I am posting this, you are up to 208 views.  What a mega star you are!

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    One thing is certain, our friend erc knows how to create a good tiime for all.  Great contest (of course it was, I was a winner! ), and he is highly encouraged to provide an encore next year (this year being it's inaugural presentation), and yes, I do have the boxed set of Anadyr's suspenseful spy trilogy.

     

    So nice to finally see the mastermind behind the fabulous restaurant/culinary concept that is Ris.  I should have known that Rinny is not just a screen name, but in fact a real (nick)name; I would've certainly dropped it on my last visit!

     

    Hope everyone has and continues to enjoy their celebrating and best wishes for a great new year.

     

    P.S.  I would've posted sooner, but I was busy frying eggs, putting my stamp of approval on the Rose Parade and reading '10 bra mistakes you're making and how to fix them' on Huffington Post.' (A girl has apparently got to know these things.)  Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

     

    Cheers!

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  • Re: First Annual/Last Ever Insiders Only, Non-Facebook, New Year's Eve Contest
    foxglove Silver 3 Reviews
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    This contest and the ensuing discussion were just the ticket for a gray, rainy first day back at work and contemplating the prospect of a national championship game sans the SEC. Thanks. Keep on keepin' on. And a happy 2015 to all!

     

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    The thirsty wolves of Chernobyl

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