Favorite Things: Fleurir Chocolates Owners Ashley Hubbard and Robert Ludlow

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

Photograph by Scott Suchman

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.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.