Romance Recipe: Al Fresco

Blog-HeaderAugust evenings are just about the loveliest. And the loveliest of the evenings are meant to be enjoyed with those we love. So this week we will give you everything you need, to have a romantic evening al fresco. Yes, you have a plethora of restaurants with outdoor dining that you can take your honey to for a romantic evening out. But how much privacy do you think you’ll get, among the other patrons only 2 feet away from your elbow and pedestrians zipping past you on the sidewalk. We think that you can be as romantic as you want in the privacy of your own backyard, patio, balcony, or rooftop.

The Food:

When you are planning your meals, think simple. Remember that this is outdoors and you don’t want to keep going in and out of the house or apartment to get your 6 course meal. The idea is to sit back relax and enjoy each other’s company and take in your beautiful surrounding not stressing over the complicated meal.

If you feel you must cook for your honey, because, let’s face it, nothing says “I want to take care of you this evening” than actually getting down and dirty with ingredients and producing a yummy meal, we suggest this simple recipe for two of Bistro Roast Chicken we found on My Recipes. Honestly, yummy chicken made this simple should be illegal, but here it is:

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2 chicken leg quarters (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 whole garlic heads

Preheat oven to 375°.

Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Loosen skin from thigh and leg by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine basil and next 5 ingredients (basil through pepper). Rub herb mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken on a broiler pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone.

Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil; place on broiler pan with chicken. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450° (do not remove chicken from oven). Bake 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 180°. Cover chicken loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin. (or eat that too we don’t judge).

But not all of us can work in the kitchen without it ending up with our house smelling like smoke and an impromptu visit from the fine gentlemen from the fire department. For those of us that are charred food experts there are God sent delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless that will bring you food from just about any restaurant of any cuisine in any part or your city. Just download the app, choose your dishes (including dessert), time your delivery and bam you’re food if on it’s way and you didn’t have to slave over a stove and you have to do is dish it onto a plate and make it look pretty.

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The Drink

You will be out on a warm evening so you need something refreshing and light. We suggest a nice cool and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Get an ice bucket and stick a bottle or two (or four, again no judgment here) in to chill and make sure to take the bottle(s) out in the bucket. Nothing as unappetizing as a warm white wine. And no matter what you do, do not ruin a good wine by adding ice in your glass…just don’t. We love the Robert Mondalvi Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc, but to be completely honest you can’t go wrong with a good Chardonnay or even Rose.  Just chill them, always chill them.

And since there are apps for the food delivery, remember that your wines can also be delivered to your door and yes there are apps for that like Drizly and Minibar. Isn’t the modern days we live in just marvelous? No more going to sketchy looking liquor stores or fighting the checkout counters of grocery stores anymore. With click and click-click and clickety-click, bam bottles at your door.

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The Mood:

Lighting is what’s important when setting up a romantic environment. Yes, even outdoors. You need to fish out your christmas lights and hang them on your trees or anything you can wind them on. Get battery operated tealights you can float in a vases full of water and just spread them round your table, floor and anywhere and get lanterns to hang especially to illuminate your way back into the house. Make sure all the lights are soft and in only one color. Either golden twinkles or red but don’t go crazy with a whole bunch of different colors. It could make it look a little tacky and no-one wants that. We are going for elegance and romance.

Never forget the Dukes of everything romance and that is flowers. You need a small centerpieces to put on your table to tie everything together. Choose an arrangement that is in a small container that sits perfectly in the center of the table and will allow you to look at your honey. And just like the the food and the drink, flowers are only a few clicks away from showing up at your door.

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The Movie

When done with your evening romancing your love, and you’ve talked about everything and anything but you just don’t want to end the night yet, it’s time for an activity that required very little talking, and that is watching a movie. For an evening like you just had we recommend Kate and Leopold. This old fashioned romance in a modern world will conclude your evening with an exclamation point.

 

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Romance Recipe: Hawaiian Style

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Aloha! Ahhhh…summer and summer vacations and all the romantic opportunities during these vacations…so many possibilities. Last week we went all continental and showed you how to romance your honey the italian way. This week we save you from all the spaghetti and wine carbs and replace them with fruity fresh drinks and seafood yum yums and show how to make it steamy…you know, like the Hawaiian volcanoes.

The Drink

Well, obviously, we are going with the authentic hawaiian signature drink: Mai Tai. First we need to appreciate the esthetic aspect of this deliciousness. The bright yellows and oranges and the dark amber are a representation of the very hawaiian sunset. This drink is a treat for the eyes and for the taste buds.

Here’s a great recipe for one  tall glass of the real mai-tai:

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1.25 oz  Light rum like Captain Morgan Light Rum

1 oz  Your favorite mai-tai cocktail mix (one with mostly passion fruit is important)

1 oz  Fresh pineapple juice

.5 oz  Orange juice and

3.25 oz  Dark Rum

To get that layered sunset look, make sure to pour each ingredient in the order listed. If you really want to go all out with the authenticity of the drink use Hawaiian rum Koloa Rum in both the dark and light. Then make sure to garnish with a wedge of cored fresh pineapple with rind on (because texture), an orchid loom (because so pretty) and a tiny umbrella (because you simply gotta, it’s the law…of mai-tai).

The Food

It’s still beach season so we want you to keep the gorgeous beach bod you worked so hard for the whole winter. So, even while you are having romantic meals, you can keep your it light without forgoing yummy flavors. With that in mind we present to you Shrimp, pineapple(because duh) and avocado on a bed of Arugula.

Here’s what you need to serve 2:

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2.5 tbsp Olive oil

.5 Lemon juice (or lime)

1 Clove of garlic finely minced (plan on some mints for after dinner of obvious reasons)

1 cup  Grape tomatoes, halved

1  Avocado sliced in wedges

.25  Ripe pineapple cored and cut in cubes

as much arugula as you want

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First, in a bowl, mix half the lemon (or lime) juice, garlic, 3/4th of the cilantro and salt and pepper and let the goodness marinate in the refrigerator. While the shrimp is making friends with flavor explosions, mix all the remaining ingredients (minus the arugula) in another bowl and let those yum-yums make friends.  Now take the happy shrimps and saute them in a hot pan for a few minutes till they turn pink showing they are cooked. Lastly, pour the content of bowl #2 onto a bed of arugula and top it off with the shrimp in the pan. If you are not drooling right now, then wait for desert.

As we all know the Hawaiian Islands are volcanic in origin. Volcanoes mean hot lava. Hot lava means hot Chocolate Lava Cake. And that means decadent ooey, gooey, hot and melty chocolate that erupts from custardy cake. Yup we just drooled. For a very easy recipe go here. You’re welcome.

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Tropical Arrangments

The Mood

You have a porch? A back yard, a front yard, a balcony, a veranda, an outdoor space where you can set up a table and two hairs on (but away from prying eyes)? Excellent. Get yourself these items: 2 hula skirts for him and for her, tiki torches (can be artificial or the real ones you light on fire), tea lights, 2 leis, hanging decorations like brightly colored tropical birds etc, and orchid to put in the lady’s hair and most importantly call your florist for a tropical flower arrangement to add that exclamation point to your island decor. We recommend flowers like hanging heliconias, birds of paradise, a variety of orchids, anthuriums all put together and accentuated with broad-leafed tropical leaves. We urge you to find a florist that has tropical flowers and knows how use them, because not all have them regularly. And remember exotic doesn’t necessarily mean tropical in the world of flowers; exotic is subjective, tropical is not.50First-Blog

After dinner and a wonderful conversation, cuddle up with your honey and watch some RomComs like 50 First Dates, or Forgetting Sarah Marshal, Or South Pacific, or Blue Hawaii while sipping on your yummy mai-tai and munching on Macadamia nuts and slices of pineapple.

And with that we say Mahalo for spending time with us and a Hui Hou. Aloha!

 

 

 

 

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Romance Recipe: Italian Style

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It’s August, it’s hot and humid and steamy and heavy and smoldering. Much like an Italian summer romance in the hilly landscapes of Southern Italy among the grapevines, olive trees and terracotta brick homes. This is the time of the year romance is at its peak heat. And when we think about the ultimate fantasy of romance, we can’t not think about the richness of red wine, the sultry food, and the smoldering good looks of Raoul Bova. In short, we think Italy, with all its the culture, history, romance and sensory overload of everything combined. Think of the art and history of Florence, the breathtaking balance between the old and new of Milan, the whimsy and fairy tale you can conjure up reclining on a gondola and being serenaded in such a romantic language, the rich food the south of Italy offers that will make your taste buds explode with fireworks and the absolutely breathtaking rugged yet welcoming beaches of Sardinia that  will take your summer romance to the stratosphere.

Perhaps this year is not the year you can travel to Italy and experience it first hand…le sigh or rather il sigh-o. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring it to you, right? Right! And we will tell you all you need to  bring Italy home.

The Wine

WineGet a fine Italian red…wine ahm. Like a Chianti, meaning produced in the Chianti region in beautiful Tuscany. It is a dry red wine with a bit or tart cherry flavor to it. And if you want to have that authentic Italian wine look, stick the bottle in a straw basket or  fiasco. Our favorite is the Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro. Try it. And when you open the bottle quickly inhale the bottle’s first breath. That’s air from Italy.

The Food

Now that you have your wine, plan your meals to complement it. Our suggestion is a four course of the simplest Italian feast you can imagine.

For your Antipasto (appetizer) we recommend Prosciutto e Melone, that’s Italian for Prosciutto (a dry cured Italian ham that is very thinly sliced) and melons (that’s English for a yummy fruit).  Just slice the melon in wedges and wrap with prosciutto. The saltines of the prosciutto and the sweet juicyness of the melon will feel like you have a summer party on your taste buds.

Spaghetti

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For your first course all you need is spaghetti (preferably bucatini) fresh ripe tomatoes (on the vine), a handful of fresh basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic and onions (yellow is best) salt and pepper and Parmigiano reggiano to make a summer favorite Pasta con Pomodoro e Basilico (pasta with tomato and basil, but it sounds sooooo much better in Italian). First, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil in medium heat then throw in chunks of the ripe tomatoes with salt and pepper. Once the juices from the tomatoes start to bubble, throw in the basil. You don’t want the sauce to dry and the basil to wilt completely, you still want it a little watery. While preparing your sauce make sure to start cooking your pasta in hot boiling water and check periodically that you don’t over cook it. You want it al-dente, meaning you want it to stick to your teeth when you chew it. Right before the pasta is at the desired cooking level transfer it into the pan of your sauce and let it cook with it. This will help everyone in the pan to mingle and get to know each other and become friends and the pasta will continue to cook to the right al-dente. When serving add shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.

For your second course we recommend Pollo alla Cacciatora (chicken cacciatore or hunter style). Our favorite recipe is the one Mario Batali so deliciously created here <—- seriously, you want to go to there and cook up that deliciousness. We would never steer you wrong.

For dessert, and in all honesty, in the world of romance this is the only meal that matters, we suggest you get your Bialetti percolator (this is the only way god intended for good italian coffee be made) and make yourself a deliciously strong cup of coffee (because you do not want to go into a food induced coma just yet). We like Lavazza Qualita Rossa for espresso. And make sure you stop by , in our opinion the best bakery in the Washington DC metro, Tivoli located in Ballston, and get yourself some of the decadent yumminess that they offer ahead of time and keep refrigerated till it’s time to indulge. Get the Tiramisu. Get it!

The Entertainment

TuscanMake sure to get some of the most romantic Italian movies to watch with you honey. Yes you can get Under the Tuscan Sun or Roman Holiday. But if you want to venture beyond the obvious try Il Postino, Bread and Tulips, Marriage Italian Style (or anything with Sofia Loren really). And if none of these movies with their music and sing-song italian language, high drama that is so typical of everything Italian don’t make you feel like you are in that exquisite Mediterranean country, then add the important finishing touches.

The Flowers

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Call your florist and ask for a wispy, rustic country-style flower arrangement with earthy bold colors with flowers like sunflowers, brassica, protea, bear grass, hanging amaranthus and coral roses all put together in a simple vase or a terracotta pot. Make sure to set that on your table to tie in everything together. Let some of that warm summer air freeze in by opening your window. And compile a fun play list of music with Andrea Bocelli, Ramazzotti, Paula Pausini, Tizziano Ferro and Nek. Learn some romantic italian phrases that you can whisper to your honey. Even if they sound silly say them. Some of our favorites are: “Ti voglio bene amore mia/o” which is I love you, or “senza di te la mia vita no fa senso” which means without you my life has no meaning. And here are a few pet names you can use to summon your babe: “amoruccio” which means love, or “tesoro mio” which mean my jewel or my darling.

There you have it. Romance Italian style at home. Here is all you need to bring that boot shaped romantic country home.

Re-Energize Your Romance

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We’ve all been there. Life becomes a routine and busy and we forget or neglect to nurture our relationship and fall in a rutt. Well now that the HOT weather is here, it’s high time we un-rutt and light up some much needed fire under our relationship. Everything needs dusting off and refreshing once in a while; romantic relationships are no different. We need to make sure that our significant other remembers why s/he chose us over the sea of better suiters.

Romance: n. Enchantment, passion, fascination.

Let’s use the very romantic meaning of romance to help us re-discover that sentimental, fairy tale loving, hearts doodling, goofy smile having selves. Remember those butterflies in the stomach, sweaty hands, mild palpitation of expectation you use to have right before you see your love or right before your honey sees what you’ve planned for him/her. Yes? Well we need to get that back.

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Enchantment: Think MAGIC. This where you need to come up with new fresh ways to mesmerize, bewitch even, your honey. Plan something that will make your babe see hearts and have dreamy eyes. Go all out with those little gestures that will take him/her to the point of “Overwhelmed with so much LOVE!!!” Make it unexpected. Like on a Wednesday when s/he’s least expecting it. We’re not saying get a string quartet or have Wolfgang Puck cater your meal and send her/him a wall of peonies hydrangeas and roses a la Kanye West. All we’re saying is be creative. You know him/her better than anyone, you know what makes your babe’s hear flutter and go on over drive.

Passion: Put some OOMPH in your plans. Do to please your love, but don’t think of it as an “I have to do it”. Do it because your WANT to do it. That passion will show through your efforts and will lend to the MAGIC of it all. Passion is what will take the heat from a “meh” lukewarm flicker of light to a blazing hot flame. Do those those small things things that your babe sigh with glee, just multiply it by 100 this time. And have a defibrillator handy.

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Fascination: Make him/her want more and interested and curious of what’s next. This is where you show your partner that there is more to you than the person that brings greasy chinese home after work and eats it with you with your hands because you are both too tired to get up for forks while sitting on the floor and watching bad TV (too specific?). This is where you prove that, unlike all the other fish in the sea, you have many layers and will keep your relationship new and fresh and exciting.

If all else fails, call a florist. Flowers say romance like nobody’s business. We may be biased but we think an arrangement of deep blood red roses will say your heart pumps blood that is saturated with love for your honey…Right? Right!

 

Fun & Flirty Date Ideas In D.C.

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Sometimes we all get stuck in a rut. We do the same things over and over till they lose their special something they make us feel. They become so much of a norm and a routine that they become boring. Same goes for dating…dinner, movies, coffee, yawn. With the rebirth that comes with spring, let’s revamp your date ideas. Think of things both you and your honey would love to do, things you would like to try, things you might enjoy, things that are new for both of you.

These are a few of the things you might want to try:

Take cooking classes. Whether at your local restaurant that offers lessons or you have someone come to your home to teach you, it is fun and you can make fun of each other’s cooking skills and lack there of (but in a good way). And there is nothing as romantic and hilarious as seeing your babe spastically moving around the kitchen trying not to burn the boiling water.

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Isn’t it Romantic

Go wine tasting. And in Virginia, there are plenty places to go to. Its fresh, romantic, you can pretend you are in the South of France while flirting and chasing each other in the vineyards while talking in fake french accents. Make an ordinary day at a hoity toity vineyard a fun day!

Take dance lessons. It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet, can only turn left and you make a duck face when you dance. Just enjoy the newness of it all. No need to have an anxiety attack because  it’s “step step back and step step front” and not “step back and step step OUCH!” You have your date in your arms, just focus on that. And by the end of your tango you might be passo doble-ing out with each other’s heart.

If you are daring enough to do something that will have your adrenaline pumping and your hearts double up faster than when you look into each other’s eyes, go skydiving or bungee jumping or parasailing. Yes, it is scary. Yes, you will think you are about to die (but you won’t). Yes, you will remember that date and each other, because of it, for the rest of your lives.

Go kayaking or canoeing on the Potomac. Just FYI, don’t make sharp sudden turn with your body while in the kayak or you will find yourself and your date IN the Potomac rather than ON it. Not good…or is it? The days are getting warmer so this will be a perfect date outing.

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Go fly a kite, no really, go actually fly an actual kite (I know we are in DC, so no double entendre indended). It’s perfectly windy this time of the year and you have the entire span of the National Mall to run around in. Bring out the kid in you and in each other. While in that whole “inner child mode” go to an arcade. Flirt, tease each other, compete, and enjoy each other’s company.

Go to DC Improv. Couple who laugh together stay together right? Right! Enough said.

The point is, have fun. Make going on a date more than just an obligation or somthing you must do because you are together. Dating is suppose to be fun and happy and flirty and something you both enjoy while you discover or rediscover each other. We would know, we have been facilitating the whole asking on date, preparing for a date, thanking for a date thing for a long long long time…you should see some of the fun flirty card messages our customers send with their flowers. So you got someone you want to ask on a date and you are not a words person? We got you back, we can help you become a flowers person. Choose any of these.

 

 

 

Romantic Dining In DC

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When planning a romantic evening to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day, the item on top of your list may be a romantic dinner at a posh restaurant. And guess what, it is most likely to be on top of the list of many many many people’s plans. If you haven’t booked your reservation by now, know that most top restaurants are pretty much booked for that evening. Unless you have connections with the restaurant’s maitre d’, you are either eating your dinner at 10pm or later or you are going to have to get creative with a Jambo slice.

One, however, must never give up. There is still some hope that there would be some cancellations or karma from something great you did in the past is coming back to reward you with a table for two at a fine dining establishment.

Here are our favorite restaurants you can look into:

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If you’re looking to recreating the “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti kissing scene with a plate of italian yummyness go to Ristorante Piccolo, Filomena Ristorante and Ristorante La Perla. Food is great and the atmosphere and decor screams romance. Desert is a must. Sweets for your sweetie.

If vous parlez francais and want to show off to your date, go to Bistro Cacao and order everything in french, also, let us know how many wine bottle you counted…you’ll see what we mean when your get there. Another choice is La Chaumiere. This restaurant is so charming, so rustic, so cosy, and so french you feel the warm and fuzzies. It also has a fireplace, just sayin’.

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If you are a pro with the chopstick and have a penchant for Kobe meat, sashimi and sake head on over to OYA. The ambiance, the slick decor, the delicious food are all recipe for romance. And if you just want to treat your honey to a celebrity designed menu (Wolfgung Puck anyone?), hop, skip and trot on over to the Newseum. Yes, the Newseum, home of the The Source (restaurant).

If the good ol’ fashion, safe and trusted deliciousness is the key to your hearts, mosey on over to the 1789 Restaurant. With a menu far from ordinary, it’s sure not to disappoint. As the environment is key, The Prime Rib, will not fail you with its sitting fit for royalty and a menu fit to satisfy the carnivore in you. Just, drooool.

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Now, these restaurants are prepared for all the love struck couples that will come to celebrate their merging heartbeats. But it is up to you to make this evening more personal and memorable. Plan ahead. How does a florist play into all this, you ask? Simple. Have flowers delivered to the restaurant. Here is a scenario: your hostess leads you to your table that is beautifully set with all kinds of glasses, utensils, plates and what-nots and right in the middle is an arrangement of flowers. Your honey probably thinks it’s part of the decor until she looks around and realises that your table is the only one with beautiful flowers, then she sees the card in the bouquet with her name on it. Imagine the look on her face. How does it make you feel? See. Let us help you.

Valentine’s Day: Men’s Perspective

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Lets face it, Valentine’s Day, like anniversaries, is all about the ladies. The pressure is on the men to make the day super special. Men know that women have high expectation during this day. All the “we don’t have to do anything”, “we don’t have to go anywhere”, “you don’t have to get me anything”, “I really don’t care”s are tests. Tests men will be graded on, judged on, compared with, and tests men should want to pass with flying colors. There is, however, an element that hinders their ability to succeed. And that stumbling block are women. The big pile of complicated enigma that women are, assume men should know what they want from them without actually telling them. Because, naturally, men can read minds.

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Valentine’s Day is a day that causes men to scratch their heads and figure out what exactly women want and what they mean when they say “I don’t need anything”. It’s a day they’ll need to think of a way to up their ante and do something spectacular where their every day wooing and romancing pales in comparison. This is not August 3rd or June 5th or November 20th. This is February 14th. The day they know their honey has little hearts in her eyes and has great expectations despite of her protests. They know that she wants to receive those gorgeous red roses and teddy bears and candy at work so she can show off. They know that she wants to go to work or call her girl friends the next day to brag about what her man did for her. They also know that their plan needs to be better than their last one. Ignoring the day and not doing anything is not an option, or making up for it will be doubly expensive. Yes it is stressful. Trying to figure out what their woman wants IS exhausting.

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Here is where a good florist comes in handy. A good florist facilitates. Beautiful roses? Got’em. Cuddly stuffed animals? Yup! Balloons declaring your love? Duh! Delicious gourmet chocolates? Of course! Deliver them to her job and allow her to boast what a loving, thoughtful, romantic, and totally deserving of her heart baby she has? Totally! But, the key word here is a good florist, not one that will take your order, your money and promises you the world to only find that she didn’t receive her flowers on the right day and when she did get them, they were in a cardboard box so she’d have to arrange it herself taking the magic of all of it away. And on top of all that, they never contacted you to tell you. Do your research, know who you are dealing with. Better yet, call us. We got your back Mrs Man.

 

Forget the Arctic Air. Tips for Staying Warm This Week.

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Remember Sunday? It was a warm day wasn’t it? What happened to it? It seems that everything changed in a blink of an eye. You are probably wearing 6 layers of clothing trying to keep the cold out and the warmth closer to your body. Although, layering up this time of the year has dual purpose: one to keep us warm, obviously, and two to cover up/hide the silly Lbs that have attached themselves to us like barnacles during the holidays, but that’s a whole other blog. Have you noticed that you do more laundry in the winter than in the summer? Yeah, we did too.

There are simple ways to keep warm in these cold days. These are our suggestions:

  • Drink warm/hot drinks. Hot cocoa, hot tea, hot coffee, hot milk with cinnamon, hot anything liquid that you think would be delicious. And for the happy hours we suggest B-52 coffee (YUMMERS).
  • Eat spicy food. Add some red pepper flakes to your pizza, sprinkle some diced jalapeno to your pasta same way you’d sprinkle cheese. Try some spicy cuisines like Indian, Thai, Ethiopian dishes (there are many excellent restaurants around the city). Don’t be afraid to add a little more Sriracha to your Pho or Ramen; at the matter of fact Sriracha is perfect on everything.
  • Speaking of Pho, soup up. Hot soup in your tummy is like an internal hot tub.
  • When it’s bitterly cold outside, remember you don’t have to go outside unless you absolutely have to. You CAN stay indoors and plan fun activities with your friends and family that will keep you mobile. You can play ping-pong on your dining room table, musical chairs, charades, hide and go seek (yes even if you are a thousand years old) and other games that will keep your heart pumping. You’ll find yourself breaking a sweat.

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  • Keep busy in the kitchen. Experiment with new recipes, bake, fry, sauté, boil, broil, poach, flambé. “Slaving over a hot stove” means you will be OVER a HOT stove, therefore warm, problem solved.
  • Reorganize a room. No one declared that spring is the only time for some deep cleaning. It’s not a law. Go ahead and keep busy moving furniture around. If that doesn’t make you peel off at least one layer of clothing we want you to tell us, you’re probably doing it wrong.
  • And lastly, This is a perfect time to plan a romantic day/evening/night with your honey. If you have a fireplace, use it. If you don’t, light up some candles, rent a RomCom, cook up a delicious meal (preferably one that you didn’t experiment on during our 5th suggestion), and cuddle up and soak up the sweet warmth. And to set up the perfect mood have some flowers delivered, you will get to witness how your baby lights up like the sun when she gets the flowers you send. We can help with that. Like the U.S. Post Office, come rain or shine, we deliver, you’re welcome.

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If none of these things help in keeping your core temperature up, we suggest you consult a doctor, no really. And while in the doctor’s waiting room, browse our site for some cheer.

Romance In The Fall

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Fall Brights

Weather is changing, colors are changing, and our wardrobe choice is changing. We are holding on to our loved ones a little tighter both because we heart them and because we could use the heat. Some autumn days can be so cold that we need to snuggle up to keep warm. And for that reason we shall call autumn the snuggle season.

There are many opportunities that the fall offers to indulge on some snuggle time while enjoying our wonderful city. D.C. offers so many places you can enjoys while admiring the breath taking changing colors of the leaves. There are numerous parks you can take a lovely stroll in and take in the scenery. Roosevelt Island, The National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, and The National Mall are some of the parks we like where you can enjoy nature and people watch and walk the trails hand in hand.

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Bejeweled Beauty

Many restaurants and cafes still have outdoor sitting available, and our city is blessed with establishments with out-door sitting, take advantage and park your cabooses at the tables and enjoy a hot beverage and share a tasty meal together. The cooler air will, again, give you a reason and an opportunity to sit close to each other.

Some fall days are nippier than other. On those days you can plan your romantic dates indoors. You can snag a couple of tickets to the Kennedy Center to one of the fantastic performances they have lined up this season. Evita anyone? A dinner and a movie date would also be perfect in the cooler evenings. A hot meal in the tummy and a rom-com on the silver screen is a cure to any rainy, windy, chilly day.

All we are saying is that, if you were looking for an excuse to cozy up to your honey without being too obvious, then the cool autumn air is providing you with one. Grab it with both hands (ha! pun!). While at it, grab yourself some out of this world arrangement of the all the colors of a pot of jewels (see two blogs down) and set up an even romantic-er mood by presenting them to her.

 

 

Romantic Hotspots for First Dates in D.C.

romance_DCGoing out on a date?  There are a lot of romantic sites in Washington, D.C.  If this is a first date or a special date (anniversary, birthday, etc.), you might really want to wow her.  But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make it romantic.

There are some amazing restaurants in Washington, D.C..  For example, there’s 701 Restaurant, Equinox – DC, Paper Moon, and The Federalist.  Depending on what you consider romantic, any of the following restaurants may be perfect for you.  Some are dark, candlelit, and traditional, while others are set up for a more lighthearted but still special date.

•    14K Restaurant & Lounge
•    A La Lucia
•    Avenue Grill
•    Barcode
•    Bistro Cacao
•    Café Milano
•    Café Promenade
•    Griffin Tavern
•    Grillfish DC
•    Kellari Taverna
•    Perrys

Another amazing idea for dinner is to take a dinner cruise on the Potomac River.  Spirit Cruises and Odyssey Cruises are just two lines that offer amazing food, fun music and other entertainment, and the great sights of the Potomac.  It’s something different, too, and if your date has never been on a dinner cruise before, it will certainly be memorable.

Another great place for dinner that’s a little bit different is the Smithsonian café.  The café offers live music and some amazing food.  It’s definitely a little romantic, too, and you can take time before or after dinner to explore some of the museum.  In fact, many of the museums and other historic sites in D.C. can be romantic.  Some of the smaller art museums can feel very intimate.

Walking through the park or having a picnic can also make for a fun, romantic date.  There are many different places to walk and talk.  The most famous is the U.S. Botanic Gardens, but there are a lot of other places that are less touristy and not as crowded.  Great Falls Park, the East Potomac Park, and the C & O Canal Historic National Park are all great options.

Another great place to go is the observation deck at the Old Post Office Pavilion.  It’s 315 feet in the air and gives you a great 360 degree view of the entire city.  It’s a very romantic place, especially at night when the stars come out.

No matter where you go for your date, let us help you get it off on the right foot with a bouquet of romantic flowers delivered in Washington, D.C.