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Experience Umbria in 2015

February 26, 2015

For centuries the dream of living la dolce vita in Italy has inspired poets, noblemen, and plain folk. That dream can be your reality at the villa, La Fattoria del Gelso, an oasis of tranquility nestled in a valley in the shadow of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis.  Learn more about weekly villa rentals here.

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There's so much to discover in Umbria, from the region's award-winning wines, its rustic cuisine, the centuries old craft of ceramic making and the rich history of its people. Plan an unforgettable itinerary that meets your personal needs. Learn more about what Umbria here.

Wine and food lovers (isn't that ll of us??) interestested in specialized tours of the region?


March 26 - April 1, 2015

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April 18 - 24, 2015

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Food and Wine Tour

October 17 - 23, 2015

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Sip Wine & Watch Stars at ENO

February 18, 2015

Georgetown’s neighborhood wine bar is hosting an Oscar Viewing Party fit for the stars on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Watch the Glitz and Glam of The 87th Academy Awards on one of ENO’s high definition flat screen TV’s. Guests will enjoy $5 wine on tap, Oscar-hemed chocolates, and free popcorn as you watch movie trailers and the biggest stars in Hollywood. ENO will give out awards of their own to DC’s “film critics.” Three guests who make the most accurate predictions of Oscar winners will win ENO gift cards valued up to $75.

Ballots can be cast on ENO's Website before noon on February 22, 2015 or at ENO by 8:30pm. Guests must attend the viewing party to win.

For more information contact ENO’s Wine Director, Sabrina Kroeger, at or call 202.295.2826.
Red Carpet events start at 7:00 pm and The 87th Academy Awards airs at 8:30 pm

ENO Wine Bar is located at 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue in Georgetown.



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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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