Design,  Food and Drink

What a Girl Wants

OK boys.

It’s time to snap out of that beer-and-chips induced Superbowl fog and back into reality.

That’s right. Valentine’s Day is Sunday.  Am I sensing a little panic?  Maybe a cold sweat?

But don’t worry – I’m here to help.  And I’ll let you in on a little secret.  We’re not looking for

diamonds or a trip to Bora Bora.  What we want from you is a little effort and a bit of insight

into what's important to us.  It shows you care.  It shows you listen.  So follow the guidelines

below and show the girl you love that, yes, YOU ARE THE MAN!









Receiving flowers from a man is one of life’s simple pleasures.  Alas, all flowers are not the

same.  You may think a dozen red roses from the local grocery store is a nice gift.  But you

might as well pick up a MacDonald’s Big Mac and wrap it with a red bow.  Cheap and easy

is not the way to say “Je t’aime”.  Think unique, glamorous, one-of-a-kind … like your beloved.



Lush arrangements that are colorful and dramatic.





Michael Lanni’s creations are unique, architectural and exotic.








I’ve mentioned before how much I love Saipua’s flowers.  But they only deliver in

New York.  So if you’re lucky enough to live in Manhattan or Brooklyn, it’s time

to drop some not-so-subtle hints to your man about these incredible blooms.






Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but these days I find many women are less concerned

with jewelry houses and labels and more interested in unique, statement-making pieces. 



vivre jewelry



This catalog is my go-to source for everything chic and dramatic, especially jewelry.  Fabulous!


Bobbie Medlin

Bobbie is local, but her pieces have global sophistication. 

Her one-of-a-kind necklaces are for the the chic, risk-taking woman.


Robin Katz

For the woman who loves vintage.  This jeweler’s inventory always blows my mind.



Not all girls love chocolate, but those who do are typically fanatics.  If so, a Whitman’s

sampler isn’t going to cut it.  Washington has some fabulous chocolate shops with staff

who are knowledgeable and eager to help you select that perfect Valentine’s Day treat.






This Belgian café has a delicious menu, wine and beer, outdoor seating and delightful service.

And then there’s the chocolate.  Owner and chef Niel Piferoen creates his specialty  

pastries, truffles, etc. on site.  A true gem for the beau who aims to impress.









Artisan Confections

Virginia native Jason Andelman creates hip, modern confections.








For me the key to a romantic dinner is an intimate space, a unique menu, stellar

service and a dimly lit, sultry atmosphere,  Ask for a booth with some privacy,

but avoid no-man’s land in the back; you want to enjoy the buzz of the restaurant.




Bourbon Steak at The Four Seasons

Elegant interior, elegant cuisine, elegant service.








Sophisticated dining in a laid-back environment.






Darlington House

Fashionable and romantic – imagine Jimmy Choo as a restaurateur.





And don’t forget to tell your girl just how much you love her with a handwritten note!



This exquisite Valentine is a Delphine Studio design available through Etsy.






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