This winter, newlyweds Ashley Hubbard and Robert Ludlow went from hawking their creatively flavored chocolates at farmers markets to opening Fleurir Chocolates (3235 P St., NW; 202-465-4368), a gem of a boutique in Georgetown. We asked them about their dream splurges and other favorite things.
Cocktail: Vodka with lemon, lime, and bitters.
Special-occasion drink: Dom Ruinart Champagne.
Special-occasion drink: "A nice red wine, like Orin Swift's The Prisoner."
Beer: Bell's Oberon Ale.
Beer: Pyramid Hefeweizen.
Hangover remedy: "Two am pancakes--it's preventative."
Hangover remedy: A giant club sandwich with everything in the fridge.
Tea: Twinings Irish Breakfast.
Tea: Black Roses from Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown.
Water: Good old tap.
Splurge wish: Three glass refrigerators to make a wall of Champagne.
Splurge wish: Two weeks in Napa.
Cookbook: Anything by Donna Hay.
Cookbook: Season to Taste by Liam Tomlin.
Always in the fridge: Avocados, tortillas, bacon, and cheddar.
Always in the fridge: Limes.
Appliance: Cuisinart Smart Stick immersion blender.
Appliance: KitchenAid stand mixer.
Chocolate: Cadbury milk chocolate.
Chocolate: Valrhona Guanaja milk chocolate.
Cheap candy: Snickers Almond Bar.
Cheap candy: Skittles.
Grocery-store cookie: McVitie's Hobnob vanilla creams.
Grocery-store cookie: Pepperidge Farm Chessmen.
Healthy snack: Cherries and almonds.
Healthy snack: Apples and peanut butter.
Junk food: Cheetos. "Eat them with chopsticks and you won't get orange stuff on your fingers."
Junk food: Chili-cheese fries and onion rings.
Ice cream: Pistachio at Toby's Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee in Arlington.
Ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia.
Food city: Sydney, Australia.
Food cities: Chicago and Sydney.
Hotel: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxford, England: "I love gardens."
Hotel: Aleenta Resorts & Spa in Phuket, Thailand.
Neighborhood restaurant: Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington.
Neighborhood restaurant: 2 Amys in DC's Cleveland Park.
Special-occasion restaurant: The Majestic.
Special-occasion restaurant: "We almost always cook."
Farmers market: Old Town.
Farmers markets: Old Town and Eastern Market.
Bread: La Brea Bakery sourdough from Harris Teeter.
Bread: Wheat-raisin-walnut loaf from Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe.
Workout method: "Fitness First because it's so cheap."
Workout method: "Running, but it's boring. I want this zombie app--you hear the loud noise behind you and run faster."
Kitchen music: Zee Avi, Mumford & Sons.
Kitchen music: Girl Talk.
This article appears in the March 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.