Wow. Can we just say WOW?Â No beating heart has been left behind with this year’s Valentine’s Day specials.Â I mean, even AT&T has gotten in on the action.Â We have food, drinks, lingerie, chocolate, jewelry, parties …Â And believe me, there are just as many offers for singles are there are for doubles.Â So, here we go…
**AT&T | ALL THE SINGLE LADIES:
If you are feeling blue this Valentineâ€™s Day, AT&T wants you to put down the cookie dough and pick up your phone. Join AT&T and discover new ways to enjoy being unattached this February 14th.
Take AT&T quick quiz to find out the best way to tackle February 14th through technology.
Question: How do you approach Valentineâ€™s Day?
a)Â Â Â Â By watching a romcom with my best friend in our pajamas or going to a karaoke bar and belting Celine Dion songs
b)Â Â Â Â Itâ€™s a made up holiday designed to sell chocolate, stuffed animals and flowers. No thanks!
c)Â Â Â Â Â Ugh! Worst day of the year, I want to hide under the covers.
**”Happy I’m Single” HourÂ (J&G Steakhouse):
Sweeter than a box of chocolates, our XOX box arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day! Topped with XOX and heart sugar decorations, each box contains the perfect mix of flavors for your special someone: Valentine’s Day favorites Red Velvet and Chocolate Marshmallow as well as classics Dark Chocolate and Vanilla. Sealed with an XOX Kisses and Cupcakes sticker.
- $10. Tickets available at http://events.r20.
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- 21+ over. Dunes cash/credit bar.
- Free cupcakes baked by The Sweater Set.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2011. 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at The Dunes Gallery, 1402 Meridian Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20010.
**Lost Society: Lost in Valentines Day:Â Show your adoration for your sweetie thisÂ Valentine’s Day by enjoying a romantic cocktail and affordable eight-course meal at new boutique steak-house LostÂ Society. The U-street hotspot is offering a prix-fixe menu and their signature “Valentine’s in Oaxaca” cocktail to DC-lovers for the most romantic night of the year. The Oaxaca cocktail ($10) is a blend of Belvedere vodka,Â strawberries, ginger and cilantro. Sure to transport diners to the dreamy beaches of Mexico, the cocktail will beÂ offered on Valentine’s day only. The romance-centric 8 course prix-fixe menu features a complimentary secret firstÂ course, an oyster escabeche, wild mushroom soup with truffle puree, duck breast prosciutto with tangerine andÂ pistachio, braised oxtails with pan roasted asparagus, lobster fried “not rice” quinoa, roasted bistro filet with fries andÂ a delectable dessert of chocolate cake with black pepper icing. All this topped with a glass of complimentaryÂ champagne. Lost Society’s special is $65 a person. VisitÂ lostsociety-dc.comÂ or call 202.618.8868 for reservations and additional information. Lost SocietyÂ is located at 2001 14th St NW, D.C.
**Lunaventi Valentine Lingerie Party | L2 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH:
Still hunting for Valentine’s Day lingerie?Â Take a sneak peek at exclusive pieces hand crafted by Argentine designers Alicia Fuhr and Jane Pain.Â Having successfully launched in Europe and Australia in addition to their native South America, these labels emphasize lingerie as works of art using high quality materials such as Italian satin and Columbian Lace.Â Their designs have been featured in international fashion magazines such as Elle (UK), Cosmopolitan (Italy), Marie Claire and Glamour.Â 3315 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington DC, 20007 (T) 202 965 2001
Move over candy hearts and chocolate kisses,is giving a very special Valentineâ€™s Day gift to DC residents this year. The areaâ€™s first location, nestled in the Dupont Circle neighborhood just steps inside Washington Hiltonâ€™s lobby off of Connecticut Avenue, will host a three-hour grand opening event on Tuesday, February 14. Providing guests with a caffeinated jump start to the romantic holiday, all guests will be among the first in the city to try the new products, plus enjoy special Valentineâ€™s Day surprises.
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., the public grand opening event will kick off with a ribbon cutting hosted by executives from Hilton Hotels & Resorts and The Coffee Bean & Tea LeafÂ® as well as dignitaries from both DC and California, where the coffee retailer is based.Â Throughout the morning, guests are invited to mix and mingle with neighbors while sampling a variety of signature coffee blends, whole leaf teas and breakfast treats.
**With Love From Fiola | Culinary Sensuality | “Sette Sensi”:
Seven Course Tasting Menu for the Senses $125 per person (not including tax + tip) Available February 10th, 11th, 13th, & 14th
**Martin’s Tavern: Serving up one of the most famous aphrodisiacs, Martin’s Tavern’s Oyster Shooters are sure to set the mood for the evening,with two shucked oysters, chilled Absolut Peppar and other fixings.Dates can score bonus points by requesting the Proposal Booth where JFK proposed to Jackie. Martin’s Tavern is located at 1264 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
**MatÃ©: To really heat things up with that special someone,MatÃ©’s Heat of the Moment Martini will have guests falling in love in no time. This spicy “Love Potion” features a mix of Skyy Passion Fruit Vodka, OR-G Vodka, limes, jalapeno, simple syrup and sour mix. MatÃ© is located at 3101 K St., NW.
**Degrees: While enjoying the classic lounge setting or cozying up in front of the roaring fireplace, guests can sip Degrees’ GINger Obsession, a mix of Domaine Canton Ginger Liqueur muddled with fresh cucumbers and Hendricks Gin, served on the rocks and topped with sparkling water.. Degrees is located at 3100 South St., NW inside the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown.
**Bangkok Joe’s: is spicing things up with Hot Lips, a sizzling love potion of Skyy Raspberry vodka, Triple Sec, sour mix and strawberry purÃ©e, rimmed with salt & Thai chili powder. Bangkok Joe’s is located at 3000 K St., NW.
**Mie N Yu: A surefire way to impress a date, Mie N Yu’s First Kiss is a color-changing champagne cocktail which mysteriously turns from dark purple to bright pink in the blink of an eye. Mie N Yu is located at 3125 M St., NW.
**CafÃ© Milano: There’s nothing more romantic than a trip to Italy, and dinner at CafÃ© Milano will give diners a chance to make that getaway a reality.From February 10th through the 14th, anyone who orders their special prix fixe menu can enter to win round trip airfare for two to Italy. Diners can also enjoy familiar favorites from their regular a la carte menu. CafÃ© Milano is located at 3251 Prospect St., NW.
**Pizzeria Paradiso: Known for their extensive beer selection, Pizzeria Paradiso is celebrating the holiday of love with a”We Love Beer” Valentine’s Day Celebration. All beers on draft have been brewed with flowers or chocolate, offered at half-price from 5-7pm. The popular pizza spot will also offer special Valentine’s Day pizza pies. Pizzeria Paradiso is located at3282 M St., NW.
**Bistro FranÃ§ais: This award-winning, family-owned French restaurant will offer a special, romantic three-course menu from expert French Chef Gerard Cabrol for $45 per person throughout Valentine’s Weekend from February 10th through the 14th. Their popular a la carte menu will also be available. Bistro FranÃ§ais is located at3124 M St., NW.
Citronelle: Consistently named one of the best restaurants in Washington and helmed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Richard, Citronelle will offer their special frozen “Sweetheart” cocktail – a sweet mix of strawberry or vanilla vodka, white crÃ¨me de cacao, strawberries, vanilla ice cream and ice. Citronelle is located at 3000 M St., NW.
**Bookhill Bistro: For a romantic meal in a charming bistro ambiance, Bookhill Bistro has a special Valentine’s Week menu for couples from February 9-11 and 14-19. Perfect for two at $80 per couple, the meal includes two glasses of wine, a starter, salad or soup, and two main courses with dishes like Baked Angel Hair Pasta with Prosciutto, New York Steak or Saffron Risotto with Shrimp. Bookhill Bistro is located at 1639 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
**PAUL Bakery: French sweets are the way to anyone’s heart, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, PAUL Bakery has made their Fraisier (Strawberry Cake) and Framboisier (Raspberry Cake) even sweeter by adding a touch of chocolate. These delectable cakes are available in two sizes: Moi (one heart) for $5.49 or Toi & Moi (two hearts) which are perfect to share at $9.99. PAUL Bakery is located at 1078 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
**Co Co Sala:
SWEET LIPS BOXÂ $45 | Sweet, Tart, & Nutty…whatever your Valentine may be…this fun assortment features pomegranate chocolate lips, rose white chocolate lips, & hazelnut hearts as a special edition box for Valentine’s Day!
HIS & HERS HEART BOXESÂ $60Â per box | Most popular Valentine’s gift….artisanal chocolates with unique flavors such as mango lassi, cocojito, and pb & j beautifully presented in limited edition boxes. Each box holds a mixed assortment of 29 pieces.Â Select Brown or Red.
APHRODISI-BARKÂ $7 | Not only are goji berries high in antioxidants, but they are also known as the ‘Happy Berry’ for their aphrodisiac properties. Put that together with fellow aphrodisiac Dark Chocolate, sprinkle with some sparkling pearls & ‘Tantric’ Himalayan Sea Salt and you have Co Co. Sala’s recipe for romance!
CHOCOLATE MOOD TUBE SETÂ $35 |Five different Valrhona %cacao chocolates for five different “chocolate moods”! Do you want your Valentine to feel pure & simple (white chocolate), sweet & sassy (33%), smooth & luscious (40%), fruity yet deep (64%), or dark & mysterious (72%)? This set has it all to set the mood!
CHOCOLATE HEARTS $8 each |Whether it’s their cute Valrhona milk chocolate heart smiley or elegant white chocolate heart dressed in red & gold, these make great favors or chocolate tags for your Valentine’s gift! Select Milk Chocolate Smiley or White Chocolate in Red.
HOT CO CO. POP – AZTEC $4 | The most popular boutique item…the hot co co. pop just got even hotter!Â Â Now you can experience our lounge’s addictive spicy hot chocolate at home.
CoÂ Co. Sala | 929 F Street NW | 202.347.4265Â www.cocosala.com
â€¢â€¢Nandoâ€™s Peri Peri, the legendary Afro-Portuguese, flame-grilled Chicken restaurant, wants to help customers spice up their love lives this February. Nandoâ€™s Peri Peri challenges its customers to turn up the heat and take advantage of Peri Peri Is For Lovers.Â Whether there is a special someone you want to wine and dine â€“ or Nandoâ€™s is your special someone – stop into any Nandoâ€™s Peri Peri location for this delicious meal for two: one whole Nandoâ€™s chicken, marinated to perfection in fiery Peri Peri sauce; two delicious, large sides; a bottle of Cara Viva Wine; and a mouthwatering chocolate spoon cake; all for $39.99.
**Best Seats in the House for Washington, DC | Necking in the Nooks on Valentineâ€™s Day: (I’m going to have to try this out for myself!)
**Table 67 at DC Coast
DC Coast is an anomaly among todayâ€™s restaurants, as there is no TV celeb or book author at the helm, so the stories you see about chef Jeff Tunks are guaranteed to be based purely on his attributes as a chef.Â Diners come back for more and more of his perfectly executed fish dishes, which have garnered accolades by the boatload. The generous fuss-free informality of the restaurant has great appeal, yet no detail is left unturned, especially when you are seated in the secluded circular booth, number 67.Â Of the three booths at DC Coast, this particular one is hugely satisfying. Weekend of February 10-12, a $150 per couple, three-course, prix-fixe menu including two glasses of champagne; Valentineâ€™s Day, starting at $108 per couple for four courses, choosing right from the menu.
DC Coast â€“ 1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 â€“ 202.216.5988
**Table 28 at Marcelâ€™s
Despite its old world-charm, Marcelâ€™s embraces the nuances of a contemporary establishment with its forward thinking cuisine, which has earned it the highly coveted status as One of the Top 25 Restaurants in the Country by Zagat. Table 28 is the stand-out seat to grab, dramatically hidden behind velvet curtains that give the impression of having the entire place all to yourself.Â Settle in and let the expert staff serve you.Â It should not be hard to pick a bottle youâ€™ll adore from a list of over one hundred Champagnesâ€¦$135 per person five course prix-fixe menu, arrangements for Table 28 to be made with MaÃ®tre dâ€™ Adnane Kebaier. Marcelâ€™s â€“ 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037 – 202.296.1166
**The Birdâ€™s Nest at Plume
Tucked away in a discreet corner of the Plume Restaurant at The Jefferson, DC, the Birdâ€™s Nest maintains a waitlist as long as the names signed to the Declaration of Independence. Â While enjoying the prized seat, surrounded by a back drop of leather bound books and a shimmering glow cast by a 110-year old chandelier, each guest of the Birdâ€™s Nest is served its dedicated finishing touch, available only to that fortunate table: The Nest is an all-edible sugar egg filled with meringue and a dollop of richly colored passion fruit sorbet, resting on a bed of wiry lemon cotton candy.Â $550 per couple, a seven-course tasting menu paired with wines. Plume â€“ The Jefferson, DC â€“ 1200 16thÂ Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 â€“ 202.448.2300
**Bar for Two at PS 7â€™s
Chef Peter Smith at PS 7â€™s kicks the bar up a notch, making it one of the hottest places in town to imbibe with your amour.Â With only 8 seats at the bar, the cocktail-culinary collaboration is a labor of love for the chef and his spirited bar servers as they present handcrafted masterpieces throughout the night. Â From genuine classic cocktails to the adventurous concoctions paired with an ambitious and playful American menu, each of the successive courses elevate the eveningâ€™s expectationsâ€¦ with no disappointments — only delights. $107 per person, 7 course prix-fixe menu paired with cocktails. PS 7â€™s â€“ 777 I [Eye] Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 â€“ 202.742.8550
[All prices listed above for dinners exclude tax and gratuity.]
**ART SOIREE LOVE MASQUERADEÂ | THIRD ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION FOR THOSE IN A RELATIONSHIP, SINGLE & COMPLICATED
Sat, Feb 11th / 9pm / $60 – ALL INCLUSIVE (admission, premium open bar, festive dessert, taxes & tips, mask, door prize entry)
Celebrate Love together, whether you are a couple or single or confused come and be part of this wonderful holiday with Art Soiree:
Exclusive Costume Fashion show by Evgenia Luzhina-Salazar and true sensation on vinyl recordsÂ DJ John Jazz with live saxophone, live trumpet, live guitar and live drums in concert!Â In a classy atmosphere of The Washington Club,Â a private social venue, the heartbeat rhythm will lure you into a world of fun, love and excitement.Â WithÂ games and prizes, the night promises to be vibrant and festive, full ofÂ surprises. Dress code:Â Cocktail attire required
Valentine’s Day at MICHEL offers a menu for lovers that will romance your partner and your palate.Â Our decadent four-course prix-fixe menu will include Yellowtail Carpaccio, Lobster, Filet Mignon, and Michelâ€™s Chocolate Heart for Two, served in addition to Michelâ€™s innovative and elegant a la carte menu.Â The restaurantâ€™s soft lighting and rich warm colors afford a glowing ambiance.Â Whether dining a deux or in a group at the signature under-lit rose onyx communal table, MICHEL is the perfect place to light that fire or rekindle an old flame.
MICHEL’s special Valentineâ€™s Day prix-fixe menu, priced at $95 plus tax and gratuities, will be servedÂ Saturday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 14, 5:30â€“10:30PM. The prix-fixe menu is a special addition to the MICHEL regular a la carte menu .
Valentine’s Day TrufflesÂ or any other sweetsÂ by BABYCAKES delivered to your sweetheart’sÂ home or office in the DC area.
At $69 per couple, valentines can enjoy this shared menu in an intimate space filled with modern dÃ©cor, making 901 Restaurant & Bar the ideal place to celebrate the most romantic night of the year.
**Empowerment Mineral Designs
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