Top Five: Cupid’s Arrow Has Struck! (DC)

[ 3 ] February 3, 2010 |

The Big V-Day. Yup, that’s next week. You either love or hate Valentine’s Day and if you love it you’re uber excited about making those reservations. If you hate it, you’re either walking around like the Grinch that stole Christmas or your planning an anti-Valentine’s Day gathering. Or you’re just plain oblivious. We just hope your not being oblivious if you have a mate who loves the big Heart Day, things could get ugly. This week’s Top Five is dedicated to Cupid’s Day with five places in the District making it their business to have chocolate covered strawberries and roses on February 14. Check it:

1. Bourbon Steak– For $199 per couple, guests can look forward to chilled Cape Breton Oysters and Aubry Brut Champagne @ the start of the meal, followed by Ahi Tuna Tartare with toasted sesame oil, ancho chile, Asian pear and mint, Maine Lobster Risotto with black truffles and a Chateaubriand for two served w/ traditional and contemporary steak house sides. Pastry Chef Santanna Salas has created a Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with a lemongrass consommé followed by a Warm Milk Chocolate Fondant with Nutella ice cream.

2. Cafe Atlantico– Brazilian love affair. If you can’t make it down to South America…then take a culinary tour of the tastes of Brazil. The Carnaval-inspired Valentine’s Day menu features six-courses and a Carnaval Love Potion. Dinner is $85 per person and features a Hearts of Palm Salad with passion fruit, orange, chayote, quinoa and almonds; Crab Soup with okra and curry; ‘Mocqueca’ of lobster, monkfish, coconut risotto and Duo of Beef, braised oxtail, beef tongue, truffles, polenta. For the sweet stuff: Valentine’s Day Dessert and a variety of petit fours.

3. CityZen– Enter the Sin Den. That’s what their calling it these days…@ CityZen guests may choose from a six-course tasting menu available in CityZen’s main dining room, or a six-course menu for two presented in the plush “Sin Den”, a private cabana-style sitting area. Think: Dark, intriguing locale w/ mood-enhanced lighting and sheer draping (*Cute.) Food: Intimate-size portions with the first-course being a selection of Lobster with Citrus Relish, followed by Rappahannock River Oysters and three more courses, finishing off with The Lover’s Purse stuffed with caramel, marshmallow, and Valrhona Chocolate. Sounds romantic… $350 per couple with an optional wine pairing for an additional $100. Date nights are February 12, 13 and 14 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.

4. M Bar– We thought this was cute. Make Whoopie Pie for your sweetie. Guests will learn how to make a sweet surprise for their valentine in the “Making Whoopie” Pie demonstration class at M Bar in the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel. Class is in session Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 5 pm.

5. Hello Cupcake is offering The Valentine’s Design Class on February 13, 2010 from 10 am to 12 pm. We had the opportunity to decorate our own cupcakes and we now understand why these cupcakes are a little pricey…it’s more than a notion to design over 100 per day. There’s all these hand movements and ways you have to hold the pastry bag to get the perfect image on top of the cupcake. For $50 you can be just as creative and take a dozen cupcakes home for you and your sweetie. Sign up or get more info @

Reservation time. Happy Valentine’s Day, Muah!

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Category: Announcements, Food.Fun.Stuff., Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Johnna Knows Good Food: Yum Yum, Gimme Some! says:

    Thank you for reading Marion!

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    Thank you for reading Marion!

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    Thank you for reading Marion!

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