Hungry for Linkage: Where to Eat for Valentine’s Day + Virginia Chocolates + Love Letter to Carbs

Foodie links to end your (snowy) week.

Photo Courtesy of Gearharts Chocolates

By Stefanie Gans

Where to eat in NoVA for Valentines’s Day. And more places here, too. [NVM]

Missing tropical weather? Buy a pineapple-print dress. [SAINTCHiC]

Gearharts Fine Chocolates, based in Charlottesville, created a special chocolate for the State Department luncheon honoring French President Francois Hollande earlier this week. It was made with Valrhona chocolate from France, Virginia fig jam and Bordeaux wine from Chateau Carbonnieux, “one of Thomas Jefferson‘s favorite wineries he visited in 1787 when he served as Minister to France,” states the press release. While this was a limited edition (disclosure: Gearharts sent a sample to the office and it was delicious), the brand sells a similar chocolate: Pod and Vine, created with Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc and plum preserves. 

Duh, bacon sales are soaring. [Market Watch]

A love note to carbs. [WaPo]