This is arguably one of the best hotel cards you can get. Your initial spending bonus will be modest, and your earning potential will be modest. But for your paid annual fee of $49 (also modest), every year after your first, you will get a free night at any IHG property in the world. This includes InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea, The Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C., InterContinental Paris Le Grand, InterContinental London Park Lane, and InterContinental Tokyo The Strings. In tandem with another IHG card, you and your partner got yourself a special getaway weekend, every year, for $98. Boom. But let’s take a deeper dive, shall we?
First thing, I’m a real hardcore food snob (and T is getting there). So hardcore, I would rather eat Zippy’s or Jack in the Box or home lunch for 364 days just so I can go to a super awesome place on day 365. There, I admit it. Now the healing can begin (by sending me to Japan)!
Prelude aside, let me introduce you to Carval Cafe, located at Waterfront Plaza (née Restaurant Row). It’s convenient for me at lunch and they serve a decent plate lunch — maybe 2 or 3 notches above your regular one.
Carval Cafe Entrance, Waterfront Plaza (née Restaurant Row). Image Credit: courtesy of Carval Cafe.
Shrimp and soft shell crab Po’Boy with side cup of tomato bisque. Image Credit: Ryan.
Chimichurri rubbed sirloin steak and shrimp on garlic mashed potatoes and salad. Image Credit: Ryan.
Kalua pig sliders with lomi tomato, sweet potato fries (salad available if you’re into that kind of thing), and a side of red velvet brownie. Image Credit: Ryan.
Remember the movie, Real Genius? There was that one guy that lived in the closet, Lazlo Hollyfeld, and he entered a sweepstakes contest as many times as he could and won 31.8% of the prizes, including the car. Yeah, that was pretty cool.