In the almost four years that I have written this blog, I have been able to do some truly fun projects that when I look back at them, I just smile. And no project ever makes me smile as much as my Cupcakery Tour of London. Wandering around my most magical city on the planet and seeing the sights--some well-known, some notsomuch--as I made my way from taste tests cupcakery to cupcakery. It was one of the most fun weeks of my life.
Having destinations in mind (the cupcake shops) but allowing yourself to see what you may see along the way is the bestway to see a city, any city. And since I live in a city that is such a tremendous destination city that I have not come close to fully exploring in my six years here, I decided it was time to do the same thing right here in my sweet DC.
Well, almost the same; there will be differences. Primarily, I am not limiting myself to cupcakes because when it comes down to it, I love any sort of sweet: ice cream, cookies, pastries, frozen yogurt.
Each Thursday starting tomorrow, a my sweet dc destination will be featured here on I Wanna Be A Domestic Goddess.
Each week I will visit a sweet destination in the DC Metro area (I will even trek to the suburbs in search of sweetness) and tell its story. And every feature will focus on a few areas:
The Sweet Factor: Where I review the delicious treat or treats that I tried there. Note I am only one person so I will only try one or two things. If I visit the shop again in the future, I will update with new things I try. Also, feel free to chime in in the comments if you have tried this place and what you tried and give a little review. Also, consider this your invitation to join me on my sweet dc trips. I would love the company and would love to include as many item reviews as I can.
The DC Factor: Where I aspire to do the same thing I did on the Cupcakery Tour in London: tell you what else you can do when visit that place: shops, tourists destinations, restaurants, etc. It will give me a chance to be a tourist in my own city and it will give you chance to plan a little trip if you live here too or if you are just visiting.
Frosting and sprinkles and other things of note: Where I reveal the little things you need to know about each place such as seating (available? Indoor/outdoor?), extra fees for cupcake boxes, days of the week they are closed and any other fun fact that I think you might find important!
Getting there: Probably the most important information you need, the address of the featured destination and how to get there via Metro. If you are driving, you are on your own because I haven't a clue about parking.
The Sparkle Factor: I included this in my London reviews and I think it is the most important. I have visited many, many cupcakeries in the past few years. What I have learned is that beyond the taste of the sweet treat, the atmosphere of the destination counts almost as much. Some of these places just sparkle in a special way that has nothing to due with the food they are serving. I have been to cupcakeries where the treats are not quite fabulous but ohmygosh the decor is the cupcakery of my dreams or the staff was sweeter than anything they are serving. And I think that needs to taken into account. So DC area bakeries/ice cream shops/food trucks, you are on notice, work on that sparkle!!!
And while I have been researching bakeries, ice cream shops, and other sweet place like a sugar-craving fiend, I know that there are some off-the-beaten path places that I am missing so please send me your suggestions of places to visit. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will absolutely add them to my list!
I hope you will enjoy a tour of my sweet dc.