Cafes and Restaurants Perfect For Cold Winter Days

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Cosmic Blooms

It’s cold outside so it is natural that we migrate towards foods and drinks that will help warm us up. And as such our body will seek restaurants that will offer these belly warming offerings. We are here to help you find those places that will give you that warm and toasty feeling with every spoonful.

It is not a secret that the best way to warm someone’s heart is through flowers. We know that, you know that, she knows that, he knows that, they know that, everyone knows that. It’s a no brainer. But what warms your extremities in the cold winter days, other than sweaters, coats and gloves that is? Rich, hot and spicy comfort food and drink does.

We can’t think of winter without thinking about hot cocoa. They go together like bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly, Tom and Jerry and Bonnie and clyde. Here are some of our favorite places to indulge in some chocolatey goodness. If you find yourself in Northern Arlington, we highly recommend you stop by NiceCream Factory in the Clarendon area and try their brand spanking new Nutella hot chocolate. I mean COME ONE! Who can say no to that?! And get that drink to go and it will serve as a hand warmer if you want to explore the neighborhood on foot. And if you have some dietary restriction or just prefer to eat/drink healthier, then go to Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights (right across from Giant) for their yummy hot chocolate (and their even yummier cupcakes). You won’t be disappointed.

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Delightful Expression

Now hot chocolate is not the only beverage approved by the winter committee, all hot beverages are: like tea. And there is no place like Teaism for it. This is not a place where you simply drink your tea. This is a place where your experience it. They have a ton of choices and we promise you’ll love it. This place doesn’t only offer teas, despite it’s name, it offers a wide variety of soups, entrees, breakfast food and dessert. Just go there, we can’t say enough about the place.

Speaking of soups, the official belly warming choice of the cold season, we offer you some of the great choices around the area. Let’s start with Pho. Helloooo abundant supply of hot broth, noodles and your choice of protein and/or vegetable. If a bowl full of Pho doesn’t warm you up from head to toe, not sure what else can. Pho 75 in Reston VA is the place to be.

In the event that a bowl of Pho doesn’t quite do it for you, we suggest restaurants that offer spicey selections like Indian, Thai, and Ethiopian food. For a great Indian food with its aromatic spices and seasonings, Rasika on West End will not fail you. And for that hot Thai cuisine that will make the warmth travel from your tongue to you toes, Beau Thai is where it’s at. If you’re feeling adventurous and looking for that warm spicy bite, Meaza in Falls Church has got your back.

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Exquisite Beauty

Another safe and sure bet to keep your belly warm and happy, is a good ole home cooked meal feel. Hot pot pies, country fried chickens, grilled cheese and tomato soup, mashed potatoes, mac n’ cheese and so much more…Mouth watering yet…well Ted’s Bulletin In DC AND Reston  AND Gaithersburg AND Fairfax has all of that AND breakfast food all day long. Now if that doesn’t warm your heart and your belly and your toesies, not sure what else can.

Here you are. Delight your heart with out flowers and you belly at these locations. Then we suggest you stop by YOUR favorite florist, MyFlorist, and pick up you favorite arrangement so you can put a warm smile on your face and on your loved ones’. And on the plus side of all this is that these places would be a great option to take your honey on a Valentine’s date. It’s less than a month away, and remember a warm and happy honey is a warm and happy you, Wink wink. Now we leave you here, as all that talk of yummy food has our bellies rumbling. Stay warm and stay happy dears!

 

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.