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DC’s Premier Matchmaker Surveys Singles to Reveal The Ideal Valentine's Day Gift

February 11, 2015

When it comes to sex and lingerie this Valentine's Day, women are mostly only interested in it within the context of the Fifty Shades of Grey premiere. According to a survey of over 1,100 singles by It's Just Lunch, the premier dating service for busy professionals, lingerie is pretty much the last thing women want to receive for Valentine's Day, coming in behind flowers, jewelry, chocolate and even a simple card.

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Men, on the other hand, want sex this Valentine's Day – and not just as something they watch on the big screen. Fifty percent of men said they wanted sex as a gift, their overwhelming first choice ahead of a weekend getaway or tickets to an event. Just twenty-two percent of women chose sex among their top three gift choices.

As it turns out, Valentine's Day brings out the hypocrite in us all. Nearly one-third of both men and women surveyed said they feel "indifferent" about Valentine's Day, with another 17 percent saying it makes them "miserable," "stressed" or "dreadful." Yet, over 70 percent of those same men and women expect to spend Valentine's Day with someone if they've been on four or more dates.

People may be indifferent, but they still want a gift. Only 17 percent of men and 6 percent of women said they wanted "nothing" for Valentine's Day. Of course, the gift should be commensurate with the length of the relationship. Fifty-nine percent of men and 49 percent of women said they don't expect a gift if they've been dating less than a month. However, those percentages dropped by approximately half once people were dating one to three months.

"Play it safe if it's your first Valentine's Day together," advises Krista White Matchmaker, President of It’s Just Lunch here in the Metro DC area. "If you've been on at least a few dates together, make plans together sometime over Valentine's weekend and invest in at least a card and a small gift."

Other interesting survey findings include:

Men expect to spend Valentine's Day together sooner than women.  38% of men expect to spend Valentine's Day together after 1-3 dates while only 26% of women felt the same way.  19% of women don't expect to spend Valentine's Day together until 10 days or more (vs. 6% of men).

Both men and women want to do "something" on Valentine's Day.  Men would love dinner at a place with significance in their relationship or a weekend getaway while women's top picks for Valentine's Day activities are a weekend getaway followed by having him cook a meal at home.

Heartless?  10% of men and 5% of women have either broken up with someone (or thought about breaking up) to avoid the stress of Valentine's Day.  Interestingly, 19% of singles report being dumped before Valentine's Day.  

About Krista White Matchmaker

Krista White, better known as “The Professional’s Matchmaker” is the president of the Matchmaking company It's Just Lunch, located in Washington D.C.  Krista has been featured as an expert in The Wall Street Journal as well as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Network affiliates.
Her clients include multi-millionaires, politicians, high-ranking State Department officials, professional athletes, and ambassadors to foreign nations.  Krista is a Certified Matchmaker (CMM) as well as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). She has authored 2 Amazon #1 Best Selling books Lies, Lust and Love Over Lunch & Co-Authored Successonomics with Steve Forbes. Contact her office at 202-466-6699.

About It's Just Lunch

It's Just Lunch is a specialized dating service for professional singles.  It's Just Lunch's dating specialists save singles from the frustration of having to search through seas of online profiles, or play endless e-mail tag.  The company, which has arranged over a million first dates over the past 23 years, handles everything in a personalized and efficient manner – from finding the right matches to making all the arrangements for lunch, brunch or after-work drinks.  It's Just Lunch was founded in 1991 and has grown to service over 150 cities within the U.S. and internationally, and has many wonderful success stories.  For more information, please visit It's Just Lunch.

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Famed Photographer William Wegman Opens Exhibit at Georgetown Lombardi Jan. 29

January 13, 2015

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center will host famed photographer William Wegman Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm for “William Wegman: Out of the Box,” a solo exhibition of 22 framed photographs featuring his most recognizable subject matter: Weimaraner dogs.

(Photo by: William Wegman)

Wegman’s visit is sponsored by Georgetown Lombardi’s Arts & Humanities Program, which promotes an optimum life experience for patients, family members, and caregivers with activities, resources, education, and environments that encourage a creative and constructive response to illness.

Earlier in the day, Wegman will visit with children in the Georgetown Lombardi pediatric oncology unit to read from his new book “Flo & Wendell Explore.”

Wegman will present five photographs as a gift to the center dedicated to breast cancer survivor Emily Helck, who works with Wegman.

Several of Wegman’s books will be for sale at the event (to be signed by the artist) with proceeds benefiting the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program. All photographs in the exhibition are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Arts and Humanities Program.

Georgetown Lombardi Atrium is located at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW, Entrance 1.

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Winter Restaurant Week Jan. 19-25

January 7, 2015

The bi-annual celebration of the thriving DC culinary scene starts Monday, January 19 and continues through Sunday, January 25 when over 240 of the region’s finest dining destinations will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner ($35.15) and/or three-course prix-fixe lunch ($20.15) menu for diners to explore and enjoy.

New this year, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is enticing restaurant-goers to get social with their Restaurant Week experiences with a 7 Days / 7 Winners social media contest.  Diners are encouraged to snap and post envy inspiring pictures to their Instagram accounts while out at participating restaurants. Diners who follow RAMW on Instagram (@RAMWdc), use the hashtag #DMVRW and tag the participating restaurant will automatically be eligible to win a number of fantastic prizes including roller derby tickets, brunch gift certificates, cookbooks and a grand prize of two tickets to the 33rd annual RAMMY Awards and Gala, taking place on Sunday, June 7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Winter Restaurant Week sponsor True Aussie Lamb is also hosting a photography contest for diners this year. Diners that upload a picture of a participating restaurant’s featured Australian lamb dish to Instagram using the hashtag #AussieLambDC will be eligible to win exciting prizes. Arlington’s Moroccan Mediterranean hotspot, Mazagan Restaurant, the Atlas District’s Smith Commons and Graffiato in Penn Quarter are among participating restaurants offering True Aussie lamb dishes on their Restaurant Week menus.

Area chefs have assembled exclusive menus of all types of cuisine. First time participants include Chef Jose Andres’s latest addition to DC’s Penn Quarter, China Chilcano, Chef Jeff Black’s newest addition in Maryland, Republic, and Chef Tim Ma’s eclectic Water & Wall in Northern Virginia. Even outstanding staples in Northern Virginia like the innovative Trummer’s on Main will offer dinner menus this Restaurant Week. Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Asian-fusion restaurant, The Source, is offering both lunch and dinner menus for the first time during the promotion, as is the already popular seafood and steak house, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle.  

Diners need not worry about the hassle of looking for parking near their desired dining destinations thanks to Restaurant Week’s new partner, Parking Panda. The preferred parking reservation service will allow diners to have a parking spot waiting upon arrival of the visiting restaurant simply by making a parking reservation when booking a table on the Restaurant Week website.

For more details on Winter Restaurant Week’s social media contests, participants, menus and reservations via OpenTable, please visit RAMW’s dedicated Restaurant Week website here.  

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