Favorite Things: Fleurir Chocolates Owners Ashley Hubbard and Robert Ludlow

We asked the newlyweds about their dream splurges and other stuff they hold dear.

By: Anna Spiegel

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.

Ashley's Picks

Robert's Picks

Cocktail: Vodka with lemon, lime, and bitters. 

Cocktail: Gin-and-tonic. 

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. 

Water: Pellegrino. 

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.