Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day Happenings

If you don't have plans for celebrating tomorrow's holiday, here are some ideas:

  • Cork is having a champagne tasting at 3 p.m at a cost of $50 per person. Reserve your spot in advance by emailing

  • The Playbill Cafe has a special Valentine's Day dinner menu from $25 to $35 per person. All meals include salad, entree, chocolate cake and a half bottle of champagne.

  • Even jaded anti-Valentine's folks can appreciate the Romeo and Juliet chocolate drinks at ACKC.
If you're looking for a last minute gift, it's easy to find something great without having to leave the neighborhood.
  • ACKC is selling its offering heart-shaped gift boxes for their fabulous chocolates. They also have an assortment of gift items such as chocolate body paint and scented candles.

  • Another neighborhood chocolate retailer is Localat on Florida Avenue. Perusing their Valentine's Day offerings online made me drool.

  • Flowers on Fourteenth can put together a gorgeous bouquet far more interesting and fresh than the bundle of roses you were going to grab at Whole Foods.

  • Our area abounds with great wine stores. Some to try: Best Cellars, Modern Liquors, and Bell Wine & Spirits. All of these stores have informed staff who will help you find something you will like. If, however, you're looking for further guidance, the Washington Post published some recommendations recently. See suggestions for sparkling reds here and port suggestions here.

  • Finally, for gifts and cards, Pulp can not be beat. You will find both touching and hilariously crass cards in their selection. Pulp always has gift standbys such as bath products and scented candles. As well, you'll find some cute holiday-specific items such as a book of love poems by Nikki Giovanni, love rats (just go take a look if you're curious), and Boo-Boo Kisses bandages.

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