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The only thing worse than making holiday plans for yourself (and maybe your significant other) is having some sort of a publication to run where even if you’re attempting to ignore said holidays, it is expected of you to provide tips and guides for the general public as to how to plan/survive said holiday. ESPECIALLY if that holiday is Valentine’s Day. So this year, we take the beloved BYT Guides route of least resistance, where we crowd-source answers from some of our favorite chefs, mixologists and food writers in DC for a round up of what to do and where. Everyone got asked the exact same questions:

  • (How) Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
  • What, in your opinion, is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)?
  • What, in your opinion, is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC?
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make?
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single?

And a whole slew of them kindly answered. And while you’ll notice certain patterns (that window table at Komi is prized romantic property in this town), it definitely can help get you on the right track five days before DDay VDay. Enjoy.

Fritz Hahn, bar reviewer, the Washington Post Weekend Section and Going Out Guide.


  • (How) Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I don’t really like Valentine’s Day — in terms of days to avoid, I put it up there with New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. Everything is crowded, service is harried and (a high percentage of) customers have unrealistic expectations about what the night is going to be like. If you love someone, you have 362 other days to celebrate that. I’d rather go out to dinner the week before or the week after Valentine’s Day, when you can actually spend time with your date/significant other, talk to them and enjoy their company. This year, I’m going to be getting drunk in London while an ex-member of Arab Strap performs. Maybe I’ll go to Nando’s first.
  • What, in your opinion, is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? I love the booths at Proof, which allow you to shut out everything else and focus on your date. The menu never disappoints, the cocktails are inventive, the wines always delight. Komi is also a personal favorite.
  • What, in your opinion, is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? First date: Room 11. It’s not too big, the wine selection is well-curated, the cocktails are excellent. If you want to enjoy the weather, there’s that wonderful patio. (In winter, the roaring firepit is fun, especially with a glass of the bar’s own glogg.) 100th date: You really should have a favorite spot by that point, but I love the buzz at the bar at Bistrot du Coin. Grab a spot at the zinc, order a bottle of wine from the ever-changing reserve list on the wall, and just enjoy.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? I’d start with a bottle or two of Cremant d’Alsace, a lovely sparkling wine from the French/German border, and make Flammenkuche, the traditional Alsacienne tart topped with bacon, onions and fromage blanc. (I do cheat, though, and use dough from Vace instead of making my own.)
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Drinks with good friends at American Ice Company, followed by Chad America’s ever-popular Rock and Roll Dance Party at the Black Cat. I find myself there most years, whether coupled-up or single, and always run into friends of all relationship statuses. (Doesn’t everyone love beers and scratchy old jump blues records?)

Todd Kliman, food and wine editor of Washingtonian, their restaurant critic and author of “Wild Vine”


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I do — although a lot differently from the way I used to. My son was born on Valentine’s Day, so what used to be a night for my wife and me is now a day for all three of us. He’s the gift that keeps on giving.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? I think any meal can be romantic, depending. A cheeseburger with the right person, at the right time, in the right setting, can be incredibly romantic. Sushi, to me, is one of the most romantic meals, in general, because you tend to eat it more slowly than you do other meals. You tend to share more with sushi, too. And it’s very sensual, especially when it’s sashimi and the fish is of very high quality. Sharing, lingering, sensuality: what more can you ask of a place to eat? The most romantic restaurant in DC, to me, is Komi. No good restaurant in the area is more personal, more intimate, or more soulful.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? 100 dates? If you’ve logged that many dates, you’re doing something wrong. First date bar … I would want to know that my date does not have champagne appetites, that she’s not into the seeing and being seen, that she’s not accustomed to being pampered and indulged, that she can let her hair down and mix it up with all the variously sloshed people around her. So, probably a place like Madam’s Organ, in Adams Morgan, or the Quarry House, in Silver Spring.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Bouillaibaisse, a bottle of chilled white Burgundy, and a chocolate fondue.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Go get drunk at a bar, and prattle on endlessly to the bartender and all your compatriots about how it’s such a mindlessly corporate, overly commercialized holiday, and why should anyone, anywhere, need to be told when to be romantic?

Adam Bernbach: Bar Manager – Proof and Estadio


  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? I think Restaurant Eve in Alexandria. Walking it’s side corridor entrance off a quaint street in Old Town, through it’s warm-toned, intimate dining room, supping on brilliantly-conceived & lovingly-prepared dinner & cocktails, Eve is pretty much as romantic as I can imagine.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? For a first date or a 100th, I think of the corner seats at the Birreria Paradiso bar in Georgetown. It is very intimate without being precious. With the Paradiso beer list, there’s an exploratory vibe, encouraging a shared experience. I, personally, can thank Birreria for a beginning a very happy relationship.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? As to the question of what I would cook for my SO on Valentine’s Day, I think the idea of my attempting a “romantic” dinner would cause fits of laughter from my girlfriend. I think the most home-y stuff like baked ziti with roasted vegetables is romantic.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Single or otherwise, I’d recommend Chad America’s Valentine’s Day Rock n’ Roll Dance Party at the Black Cat. It’s the best Valentine’s Day tradition I know of.

Amanda McClements, editor and publisher of Metrocurean

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? – I love Valentine’s Day but not for its gushy romantic side. I love throwing a big cocktail party (or going to a party, like this year). And I send cards. Halloween and Valentine’s are my preferred card holidays.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? – I’ll go high and low on this one: on the high end, Komi for its languorous pace, intimate vibe and obscenely good cooking; and on the low end, Ethiopian. Eating with your hands is so sensual. So is raw beef if you’re into that kind of thing.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? – I love Comet Ping Pong for a first date spot. The pizza’s great and playing ping pong is the perfect ice breaker. 100th date I’m going to Columbia Room where it’s intimate and the cocktails don’t mess around.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? – Southern comfort food: roasted oysters, fried chicken, fluffy buttermilk biscuits, salted watermelon (his favorite) for dessert.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? The idea that you need to be coupled to have fun on Vday is bollocks. Host a party, go to a party, do whatever strikes your fancy with friends. Just don’t play the bitter card. I mean really, you gonna let a Hallmark holiday make you bitter?

Justin Bittner, Executive Chef at Bar Pilar


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s one of the busiest days of the year, so I’m always working.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Something cooked at home, it’s more intimate.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? The bar at Proof.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Some type of seafood, like grilled mackerel.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Get drunk (by yourself or with friends).

Dan Searing, bar manager ROOM 11

(photo from: express night out)

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Champagne, seafood and chocolate!
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Proof. The best of everything and a staff to help you enjoy it.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Room 11 as others have, including the author of a book on dating and one of our favorite local blogs but I love sitting at the bar at great restaurants like PS7s or Birch & Barley.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? It has to be something she would love and that I won’t mess up. Since I tend to challenge myself too much sometimes in the kitchen I’d opt for something simple for this special occasion. She loves a nice piece of fish so I’d pick out something tasty and sustainable at a reliable seafood purveyor, broil it simply with butter and herbs and pair it with a wine I know she’ll enjoy like a Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Don’t mope! Get out there and be positive today of all days. Relax and have some drinks. Avoid nice restaurants and instead go to a bar that’s often too crowded, like the Passenger, and see what happens. If possible, dance.

Alison Reed, Pastry Chef at Café Saint-Ex


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I’m usually working or drinking whiskey with friends.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Komi, table by the window.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Bar Pilar.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Rich buttermilk chocolate cake with chocolate sorbet, pomegranate anglaise and candied peanuts.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Eating and drinking with friends, or watching Gossip Girl (if it’s a Monday) ;).

Chef Frederik De Pue: Executive Chef of Smith Commons and Owner of 42º Catering


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I start off with a great breakfast somewhere in a luxury hotel. Then, depending on the day either get to work, or if it’s the weekend, drive to NYC and spend the day in Soho, followed by dinner at a nice restaurant.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Most romantic meal for me is pretty much everywhere! Its something that is celebrated between two people so I would go somewhere where I can spend the evening without being rushed through dinner.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? For the best bars in DC I would say Park Hyatt, Jefferson Hotel and the Public House at Smith Commons are all places where you can sit back, relax and are able to hear each other talk.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? A case of 150 Kamamoto oysters with vintage champagne. Then finish with a nice chocolate dessert and more vintage champagne.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Shoot yourself 🙂 Hahahhahahahaha No seriously, get together with a group of friends and go skiing for the weekend. Have fun!

Melissa McCart: NBC editor for The Feast Washington

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I don’t like pink. Roses are my least favorite flower. I’m not a sap. I’m really not a big valentines day person. That said, I’ll always give it a nod. Amanda has said she would want to have a party sometime, which would be fun (Calling metrocurean. . . ). I’ll tell you what I don’t do: no red,or valentiney underthings. No going out to dinner; it’s worse than New Years Eve. Beyond that, anything goes. I like spontaneity.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Most romantic meal. . . Aside from lounging in bed on a snowy Sunday with something decadent to eat, coffee, music and the obvious exploits. . . Being tucked in a corner at just about any restaurant that’s not obscenely loud and the lighting is right. As far as dining, I like anything that you have to open up, slurp, pick apart, spread etc. Bouillabaisse, mussels, artichokes, oysters, crostada. . . I like the challenge of having to navigate table manners with someone when things are kind of messy. It’s more fun.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Room 11, Tabard Inn, anywhere where I’d know the bartender and know we’d be taken care of.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? I don’t have a significant other. It would probably involve meat (I’m not friends with any vegetarians, oddly, nor would I likely date one.) I think it would be dependent on what he’s like. I’d probably stick to my repertorie of what I do well. My two favorite times a guy has cooked for me was when a guy made what he loved to cook most (he was nervous. and charming. It was lovely). The second was when someone made me a three course mexican dinner that was really well thought out and impressive– more of a show, less intimate than the first one. (who would have thought I’d love roasted jalapeno soup? I did.)
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Last year I had the best Valentine’s day I’ve had in awhile. I was with a friend and was planning on ignoring it, when someone asked us to join her at a dinner party, hosted by a handful of people we didn’t know. They were delightful and generous and great conversationalists. It was fun to cook with new people. It was kind of magical. I’m guessing that won’t happen this year but I’m sure something interesting will arise. And if it doesn’t, that’s fine too.

Sebastian Zutant, wine manager for PROOF and ESTADIO

(photo via starchefs)

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I sit in my red room and listen to Frank Sinatra, covered in rose petals. Then I snuggle up and watch Love Actually. At least that’s what I would do if I didn’t work.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Anywhere, could be a McDonalds. As long as I am with my wife, Lauren and just her.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? In Virginia: Dave and Busters Inside the city: Bedrock Billiards (but they don’t have wine there and girls love wine)
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Chicken cutlets, broccoli with cheese sauce, and macaroni and cheese, followed by a pint of Everything but the from Ben and Jerry’s. (Lauren’s all-time faves)
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Go to a swingers party with another single friend and pawn yourself off as a couple.

Owen Thompson, president of the DC Craft Bartender’s Guild, and mixologist at  Cafe Atlantico/MiniBar


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? My fiancee and I have a tradition of dining at Komi every year for Valentine’s Day, neither one of us really dig the present thing or the Hallmark aspect of the holiday but we do enjoy setting time aside for an amazing meal here.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)?Of course my second answer follows closely the first, I think Komi is one of the most romantic meals in D.C. the small dining room and amazing staff always make me feel at home. It’s also a great barometer for dates, if I ever dated a girl who didn’t love the prospect of sitting down to a meal like this it’d be all over.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? The first time I grabbed a drink with my now fiancee it was actually at Pharmacy Bar, which worked out great for me. Pharmacy is the kind of place you can relax have a beer and actually hear the other person talking. I think it’s important for you to pick a bar that you like going to by yourself because that will both put you at ease and also clue you in as to whether your date enjoys the same kind of places.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? I very rarely cook the same thing twice so it would depend on what particular book I was reading my way thru at the moment. Right now I’ve been cooking a lot out of the Momofuku book and I’ve also been learning to make bread so I’m sure the dinner would pull from those elements.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? If you’re single I think the best thing to do is to ignore the whole damn day, people get wrapped up in the idea of needing to have someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with but I think they’ve got it backwards. If you have someone this is a day where you should take some time out of your hectic life and do something fun that the two of you really enjoy. If you’re single, crack open a beer, call some buddies and do the same thing you’d do any other day.

Vance Anderson: Bartender at Cuba Libre



  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Yes, I do. I spend it with my wife cooking for her and enjoying a romantic night at work.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Dinner at Coco Sala with my wife.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Best first date will be at Tryst in Adams Morgan with a hot cup of Chai and mini waffles with my special lady. Best 100th date would be dinner reservation with Supper Where; Underground Dining Collective with my wife.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Strawberry and Chocolate Tiramisu
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Going out with close friends…. Start Stadium and finish at Irving’s.

Nick Pimental, co-owner ROOM 11

(photo via WashPost)

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? My wife and I celebrate with Gin & Tonics, Manhattans, a bottle or two of a nice Pinot Noir, and a babysitter.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Komi. The staff and atmosphere made squab sexy.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? I would have to say Room 11. Because of Room 11’s size, if your date is not going well, you can easily turn around and start a fresh new date with the other person sitting next to you. I have seen it happen many times.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Some sort of fennel, coriander, aniseed seafood dish with plenty of wine and ice cream.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? As my colleague Dan Searing says, “If possible, dance.”

David Pressley of Ardeo Bardeo

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I “celebrate” Valentine’s Day by working hard that night at the restaurant and desperately try to get home in time to kiss my wife good night. The romanticism of Valentine’s Day is kinda lost on restaurant folk–it’s a very busy day for us.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)?Erin and I have had many romantic meals at Equinox. The food is outstanding and the service is always very unobtrusive.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC?If I took my wife to a bar for a date, she would kill me.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Our favorite meals at home are “picnic nights.” We buy cured meats, cheese, olives, bread, pate, pickled vegetables, etc. and just in the living room to enjoy a cook-free meal. The cleanup almost non-existent and neither of us have to spend any time in the kitchen.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? I have no advice for single people. I haven’t been one for a long time and even when I was, I wasn’t very good at it!

Jonathan Fain, Bar Manager at Saint-Ex


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well, two years I broke up with my girlfriend on V-Day. Last year I went to New York with my current girlfriend and before I left the very romantic dinner, I ended up over a toilet the whole night. I have not had very good luck on this day.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Restaurant Eve. It’s the best place to go if you want to feel special and impress your mate. Best service I have ever received. Let them know if it’s your anniversary.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? I love bars that have a casual feel but really good food. I think Bar Pilar is great for this. You feel like you are hanging out, not sitting down to a real dinner. Gate 54 is also a good spot. It’s quiet and not as formal as going to a sit-down place. I have seen one guy come in for at least 50 first dates at Gate 54.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? First, I’d open a great bottle of wine and kick her out of the kitchen. I like to also have munchies on the table to help with that (pita chips and some sort of dip). Second, unplug the smoke detector. If you’re like me, you only cook twice a year in your kitchen. So on that note, I cook my grandmas homemade hollandaise sauce served over steamed broccoli, wild rice, French butter garlic bread, and oven poached lemon garlic salmon. I will say this year it’s going to be different. This is my second year with my girlfriend and she has had this twice.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? At a bar with lots of people. This city has tons of people without dates. And if you are fun, I’m sure you won’t go home alone. Every year I have been single on V-Day has always ended up in good times with friends and some times with a new friend.

Nycci Nellis, Publisher, TheListAreYouOnIt.com & Co-Host, Foodie & The Beast (radio/tv)

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Thanks to my mother, and her love of gift-getting, she took every holiday and made it all about the gift giving (St. Patrick’s Day included, and we are Jewish). Valentine’s Day was no exception and therefore was treated like a national holiday in our house. Elaborate gifts for us kids including roses from our Dad and an insane bauble (of course) for my mother. Now with a family of my own, Valentine’s Day is still treated like a major celebration – but it is really all about the kids. When they come downstairs on Valentine’s Day morning, the dining room table is festooned with heart shaped balloons, Valentine’s Day banners, cards, candies and heart shaped pancakes. Of course there are boxed gifts from my mom and still roses from my dad.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? The stars have to align for a romantic meal to take place and no shocker, that rarely happens. But, when my husband and I want to escape into another world (without worries about all five children, the big Bernese Mountain dog or everyday stresses) the last booth on the left at Proof certainly provides an oasis. There is something so sultry about the dimly lit restaurant and it’s constant buzz. Once ensconced back in that cozy leather booth we know we can count on incredible wines to be poured, creative dishes from Chef Haidar Karoum and a moment or two to truly concentrate on each other.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Church Key. To make the date extra special I would call ahead and see if I could arrange to have Greg Engert or any of the other talented beer aficionados there set up a beer 101 tasting.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Making a meal for someone else is the ultimate in sexy. Taking that time to plan and prepare speaks volumes. Cooking is an absolute pleasure for me and during the winter I am all about the slow and low. My Valentine’s menu would simply start with Medjool dates stuffed with marscapone. A cut of pork shoulder (locally butchered @ SubUrban Trading Co) would be stuffed with brandy soaked apricots and served (after hours in the oven) on top of a farro & wild grain salad. Nothing more than a square or two of Chocolove’s ginger crystalized in dark chocolate would finish the meal. I’d have several bottles of Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose on hand to pour throughout the meal.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate, if you’re single? Valentine’s Day is all about love for others — and –for yourself. There are so many wine dinners, cocktail lessons, beer tastings and cooking classes happening all over the city. Grab a friend or go solo and sign yourself up, pronto.

Nicolas Steffanelli of Bibiana

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? In my Kitchen Cooking
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? At home with my wife and a bottle of Bellavista.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Bardeo, took my wife there on our first date
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Risotto, whole roasted fish
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? The bar at Bibiana

Steve Uhr  manager at J&G Steakhouse

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Generally no. If I was dating someone seriously, when that time of year came around, I would have to gauge how important it was to that person. Obviously if it is important to them it would be important to me. For some women it’s the cat’s meow, for others it’s more plastic than anything.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? I had a very romantic dinner at Sushi Taro, since the renovation it is much more formal of a space and there is something very romantic about exploring new, raw things together.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Two different answers. A great first date place is PS7, great lounge space that is lively with great cocktails. For a 100th dinner date place, I would say The Source (maybe my favorite restaurant) or Cityzen or Komi, I have not been to either but I know they are very special restaurants.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? Good questions. Some oyster shucking and champagne would definitely be involved in the beginning of dinner, followed by a cioppino or something like that with lobster, clams, maybe some bass and probably some pancetta.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? For me it would be working. If I wasn’t working, I could tell I would not be in a restaurant.

Glenn Babcock, Executive Chef at Nage


  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I work a double then drink a double.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? Nage. Because no seat is near the bathroom.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? Nage. Because no barstool is near the bathroom.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? A 5-course meal– vegetarian, of course (his wife is vegetarian-ed). Or take-out.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Without pants.

Amber McDonald, DCVegan

  • Do you and How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I am a long-time supporter of Singles Awareness Day, but for the first time in several years I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with a significant other. My boyfriend has taken over the planning for V-day, so I don’t know what we’ll be doing. I only know that he always goes big, so it’s bound to be over the top. It won’t be Valentine’s Day, it will be Valentine’s Week-and-a-half.
  • What in your opinion is the most romantic meal in DC (and why)? I’m really a sucker for The Source. It’s sleek and modern. The decor isn’t as overtly sexy as places like Oya or Mie n Yu, but it still manages to feel intimate. The staff is helpful without being intrusive. The wine pairings for the tasting menu are always fantastic. And it goes without saying that Chef Drewno is difficult to best in the kitchen.
  • What in your opinion is the best bar for a first date or 100th date in DC? The Passenger. It has low lights, stiff drinks, and a killer playlist. Although they’ve yet to respond to my requests for a vegan kimchi dog, a few of their menu items are veganizable.
  • If you were to cook for your significant other on V-day what would you make? I’d love to get my hands on his grandmother’s marinara recipe. If not, I’d make a wild mushroom ragu over Pasta Valente’s egg-free fettucine. For dessert, vegan gingerbread cupcakes with Jack Daniel’s-infused Toffuti Cream Cheese frosting, as an homage to his favorite drink: Jack & Ginger.
  • What’s the best way to celebrate if you’re single? Stay in with your girls and share a toast to all the women who have stood by you. They’re amazing, beautiful people who have helped you weather more than a few broken hearts. Then order in from ZPizza and break out the Bratpack movies!

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