Valentine€s Day

Hannah Ross | 2/10/2010, 8:38 p.m.

As Valentine€s Day approaches amidst the snow and ice, few have been able to plan for that €Special Day.€ Whether shopping for those with eccentric and expensive tastes, to those showing their love on a budget, here are some of the Washington Informer editor€s top picks.

- Located in the heart of downtown D.C. in the historic Le Droit Building, Zola offers a romantic ambience with eclectic dining. The service is extraordinary and the atmosphere, are sure to lend themselves to a perfect Valentine€s Day experience. Best menu bets: Celeriac and Gala Apple Soup ($8), the Local Virginian Veal Loin ($26), or the Tuna Mignon ($19). A staple favorite is the Lobster Mac & Cheese served on both Lunch and Dinner menus. In addition, for those who want a total love experience, Zola, in partnership with the Spy Museum, will offer a special I Love A Spy Package, which includes a one-night hotel stay, tickets to the museum and a pre-set dinner menu. Visit www.zoladc.com for more information or to book reservations.

CThe main dining lounge at Zola Restaurant offers a quiet, romantic ambiance perfect for Valentine's Day. Courtesy Photo
Hominy €" Located along the historic U Street Corridor in Northwest, Hominy offers a delicious and moderately-priced Valentine€s option. For those who also want to sample a bit of Southern/Low Country staples with a twist, try the Buttermilk Sage Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Bordelaise Sauce ($19), or the Shrimp and Grits, served with Andouille Sausage, Tomatoes and Spinach, in a Lobster Curry Sauce ($19). Since Hominy opens for dinner at 5 p.m., check them out early and follow up with a jazz set at the Bohemian Caverns lounge, located downstairs in the same building. Visit them online at www.hominyrestaurantdc.com/ustreet

Other Top (Moderate / Cheap) Dining Picks:
McCormick and Schimdt€s ($$)
Eatonville ($$)
Tandoori Capital Hill ($$)
21st Amendment Restaurant ($)
Panera Bread ($)
Teaism ($)

In an ever-stressful world, one thing that every couple could use is massage. Be it for relaxation or to €get the motor running,€ the art of sensual touch is also a healing one. Our top pick for massage services is Paris Alexander, located on M. Street in Northwest. Paris Alexander will offer a host of romantic massage services on Valentine€s Day only. Among them, a massage for two! Couple€s Massages will be offered to couples side-by-side in a candle-lit treatment suite. The $200.00 per couple price tag includes a Rose Petal Foot Bath and Choice of Steam or Sauna. Enjoy complimentary champagne and edibles. Visit. www.parisalexander com for more information or to book massages.