Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Ben and Jerry's Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Core Ice Cream



I meant to write about this Ben & Jerry's Core flavor earlier, but didn't think much of it until I recently saw this on clearance at Target.  Since it was one of the few flavors on clearance, I wonder if it's going to be phased out?  

This pint consists of chocolate and cheesecake ice creams with chocolate cookies and a cheesecake core.  It's a great combination of rich chocolate flavor with the creamy cheesecake to balance things out.  I honestly didn't get too much of the standard "cookies and cream" aka Oreo flavor because this actually had a lot of cheesecake flavor, not the usual cookie pieces in vanilla ice cream.  Which isn't to say it's not good because it's still delicious, haha.  If this flavor does stick around, be sure to keep an eye out for it if you're interested in trying it out!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Sunday Morning Bakehouse - Mother's Day Strawberry Toast


What a beautiful strawberry toast!  As soon as I saw this on Sunday Morning Bakehouse's Instagram account during Mother's Day weekend, I knew I had to go get one.  I also was very curious about the "toast" being made out of Croissant dough instead of a regular bread. 

The strawberry toast consisted of Croissant bread, homemade jam, vanilla cream cheese mousse, fresh strawberries, buttery crumble, and an edible flower.  These were so pretty to look at even before taking a single bite. 

The thick Croissant toast held all of the toppings perfectly without getting too soggy, and I loved the thick vanilla cream cheese mousse as the creamy base for the other ingredients.  This was definitely a fork and knife type of pastry, and all of the components were really tasty.  I hope this (or another version with different components) comes back to the market soon!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Sugarfina x Alfred Coffee Candy Collection


How cute are these coffee-themed Sugarfina x Alfred collaboration goodies?? I pre-ordered these as soon as the collection was announced, because I can't resist something this cute and coffee themed! 

There's a few different items to choose from in the collection, but I went with the coffee tumbler (which comes with a bag of cold brew and vanilla latte gummy bears), and the mini cups of vanilla latte and cold brew gummy bears.  These aren't just coffee-themed in the design, but actually have caffeine in them as well!  One of the mini cups of the cold brew gummy bears has the same amount of caffeine as 1 espresso shot.  For any fellow coffee lovers, these are a great way to enjoy the taste of coffee in cute gummy form!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Monday, May 13, 2019

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Spring Sidewalk Sale at Congressional Plaza - May 17 - 19

For any local friends that are looking for a fun shopping event this weekend - Congressional Plaza has a sidewalk sale! I go to this shopping center pretty often and have been to this sidewalk sale before - there's a lot of good deals to check out. 

Details about the event:

The annual Congressional Plaza Spring Sidewalk Sale is Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19. Merchants will display featured goods both inside and outside their stores.

Super Saturday is May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and features live music, strolling entertainment, balloon twisting, face painting, giveaways, additional merchant specials and more!

Sidewalk Sale Hours: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 10, 2019

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Pike Central Farm Market - Sunday Morning Bakehouse


The Pike Central Farm Market started back up at the end of April, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Sunday Morning Bakehouse treats again!  Apparently I was far from the only person to think this, as there was a long line of other customers eagerly awaiting baked goods only 15 minutes after the market had opened.

I got the sausage and cheddar croissant, and also picked up a new lemon meringue doughnut - a great combination of sweet and savory for my weekend mornings!  I don't normally choose lemon meringue desserts, but I love their regular brioche doughnuts and this one was a really good variation with lemon filling and meringue topping.  The sausage and cheddar croissant was flaky on the outside and cheesy and delicious on the inside - it's quickly becoming a favorite savory option for me.  If you're in the area on Saturday mornings, be sure to get in line early before they sell out!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

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Starbucks Rose Gold Tumbler


It probably doesn't seem that way, but I try to not buy too many Starbucks mugs and tumblers.  However, sometimes I just can't resist and have to get one, especially if it's one I think will sell out quickly.  I saw this new rose gold 24 oz. cold tumbler and love the iridescent color and textured design!  The outside of the lid and tumbler is actually bumpy, which adds to the pretty reflection and color when it hits the light.  Also, maybe it'll help some people from letting the tumbler slip out of their hands, haha. 

I don't know if this will fit in my car's cup holder, but it'll be the perfect water cup at the office or out on the weekend.  It's very tall so it should last you a while in between refills, haha.  If you also like fun pretty designs like this, be sure to pick one up at Starbucks or Target Starbucks stores.  I initially saw this at my nearby Starbucks, but they had sold out a few days later.  I went to Target instead and saw two of these on the shelf, which I was very happy about! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Old Navy - Fry Your Best Tank


I recently went to Old Navy to pick up some new workout clothes, and could not resist getting this cute French Fry gym tank! I am definitely a sucker for food themes and cute mascots, especially for something that's not really fun like the gym, haha.  Old Navy often offers sales on their workout clothes, as well as Super Cash deals to use on later purchases, so be sure to regularly check their website or stores for more cute new designs!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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The Baked Bear - Cinnamon Roll Cookie



I had the chance to go get the cookie of the month at The Baked Bear recently, which was posted earlier as a Cinnamon Roll flavor.  I like snickerdoodle cookies, so I knew this one would be good! 

I have to admit I was disappointed when I saw this one on the cookie shelf, because the photo they had posted online had a swirl of frosting on top of the cookie - making it really look like a cinnamon roll.  However, taste-wise this one was very good.  It's like a more cinnamon-heavy snickerdoodle cookie, and was perfect with some milk.  Even though this one will be gone soon, they usually have a snickerdoodle cookie available as a regular cookie flavor - I hope the one for May is a more distinct flavor. 


Friday, April 26, 2019

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Coming to Bethesda (Fall 2019)

I heard about some exciting ice cream news this week - there are plans for a Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream shop to open in downtown Bethesda this Fall!  I've been to Jeni's in Atlanta as well as DC's 14th Street location and love their creative flavors and super cute decor.  I'm so excited to have one close by and can't wait to see how this location looks!

From the press release:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a modern American ice cream company devoted to making the finest ice creams the world has ever known. Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2002 by James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s has emerged over the past 15 years as the new standard by which all other ice creams (and ice cream companies) are judged. With Jeni in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to all of the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it—Jeni’s continues to make one-of-a-kind flavors with Direct and Fair Trade ingredients and milk from family dairy farms. Today, Jeni’s is a Certified B Corporation for known for its environmental, community, and sustainable business leadership with 34 scoop shops, an online shop at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores across the country.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Monday, April 22, 2019

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White Chocolate Marshmallow M&Ms



There's always a lot of fun seasonal flavors that come out in the Easter candy aisles, and I was very happy with these White Chocolate Marshmallow M&Ms!  The colors are super cute - a mix of white, light blue, and light pink/coral shells, these are slightly rounder and thicker than the standard milk chocolate M&Ms.  While I didn't specifically get a strong marshmallow flavor, I found that these tasted a lot like a sweet vanilla frosting - can't complain about that!  If you like white chocolate you'll definitely like these.  Hopefully they'll still be around during the post-Easter candy sales this week!

Friday, April 19, 2019

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Easter Events and Treats in Bethesda/North Bethesda

I've never "officially" celebrated Easter before, but I always enjoy celebrating with all the delicious candy and sweets that come out this time of year, haha  This year, I'll be enjoying a group Easter Sunday hosted by my friend L, but I also wanted to share some events and treats that are offered in the local area this weekend for both Easter and Passover.  If anyone is looking to make plans with friends or family, be sure to check these out.  Or if you already have plans, Sugarfina and Georgetown Cupcake offerings would be great to bring to any holiday celebrations!

Events:
 
- Summer House Santa Monica (Pike & Rose): Easter Brunch featuring Fresh Berry Waffles, Breakfast Tostadas on crispy corn tortillas and heaped with pulled chicken, , sunny side up eggs and avocado.  There is a special holiday menu for the kids and a sweet Easter treat too. 
 
- Also, they offer an authentic Passover dinner menu featuring homemade gefilte fish with beet horseradish, vegetarian “chopped liver,” Matzo Ball soup, Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake and more. The holiday menu is priced $39.95 per guest and $12.95 for children 12 and younger (plus tax, gratuity not included.) The regular menu will also be available and includes new spring menu additions. Passover dinner is available April 19th-20th from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

- Stella Barra (Pike & Rose): Unlimited chef-inspired Easter brunch buffet for $20.95. Entrees include Roasted Corn & Poblano Egg Enchiladas, Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding, Italian Sausage Hash, Avocado Arugula Pesto or Spicy Salami and Burrata Pizzas and $5 Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and Bellinis.  Easter dinner will also be served from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

- City Perch Kitchen + Bar (Pike & Rose): A decadent buffet featuring an Easter Egg Hunt and a photo opportunity with the Hipster Bunny. 

- Mon Abi Gabi (Bethesda): French inspired brunch menu featuring savory crepes, Eggs Benedict, waffles and more, available from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Easter dinner is also available featuring Chive-Crusted Salmon, Casareccia Pasta and Classic Steak Frites, available from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dessert house favorites include Gala Apple Tarte Tatin and Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart. All kids will receive a sweet Easter treat.    

- Matchbox (Congressional Plaza): Unlimited brunch of small plates and cocktails on Easter Sunday (offered Saturdays and Sundays).

Treats:

- Sugarfina (Bethesda): Easter-inspired collection perfect for baskets, including a signature chocolate Easter bunny, bunny tails candies and Easter bundles.

- Georgetown Cupcake (Bethesda): Easter Dozen collection of 12 different cupcakes: Carrot, Cherry, Coconut with a fondant baby chick, Easter Bunny Peanut Butter Fudge, Easter Egg Vanilla Confetti and Sunshine Buttercream, Chocolate Caramel Easter Bunny, Happy Easter Red Velvet, Vanilla Confetti Easter Egg, Easter Bunny Salted Caramel, Hummingbird, Easter Egg Lavender Earl Grey Teacake and Cherry Cheesecake.  

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Sushiko - Kani Karaage (Soft Shell Crab)

Soft shell crab season is back!  I love soft shell crabs and can't get enough of them when they start popping up on restaurants menus this time of year.  One of my favorite soft shell crab dishes in the area is the Kani Karaage at Sushiko in Chevy Chase, MD.  "Kani" means Crab in Japanese, and "Karaage" is most commonly known as bite size Japanese fried chicken, but in this case is linked to the way the crab is prepared.  

I recently met a few friends there for happy hour, which includes some great deals on sushi hand rolls and appetizers.  But I was there mainly for the delicious fried soft shell crab, which is super crispy without being greasy or heavy - so good!  This dish is on the regular menu so even if you're not there during happy hour I highly recommend trying it while it's available!

  





Friday, April 12, 2019

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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BurgerFi - Pike & Rose


Welcome to the neighborhood BurgerFi Pike & Rose!  I haven't tried BurgerFi before, but I was excited to see a casual restaurant come in, especially with burgers and milkshakes!

On their official opening day this past Monday, I stopped by for dinner.  I ordered a regular single burger with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, and the red velvet shake.  The restaurant was pretty crowded being opening day, but it was easy to find a seat at the communal table in the center of the dining room while waiting for my order.  I also liked that they use the LevelUp app, so I can start earning rewards on my visits!

The burger was delicious, and I liked the meat patty especially - it was a little crispy on the edges but still juicy in the middle, and really tasty.  This was a good "base" burger for my first visit, but I was definitely tempted by all of the signature burgers and topping choices.  The red velvet milkshake was huge, and such a pretty pink color, haha.  The shake was thick and delicious -  with the randomly humid April weather that night it really felt like summer drinking this.  I look forward to trying more of the options on the menu, especially as it gets even warmer out!

BurgerFi Pike & Rose
11881 Grand Park Avenue
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Monday, April 8, 2019

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Shake Shack - Cherry Blossom Shake


Shake Shack came out with some very exciting news this spring by bringing the famous cherry blossom shake from their Japanese outlets over to the US!  I have seen the cherry blossom/spring themed items being offered at their locations in Japan on social media in the past, and really wanted to try them out here. 



This shake is a "vanilla frozen custard blended with cherry blossom and topped with pink chocolate curls".  I was so relieved that Shake Shack stayed true to the cherry blossom flavor and didn't default to a cherry flavor.  A lot of places (especially in the DC area) offer "cherry blossom specials" during the spring, but cherry blossoms are not cherries!  Since I don't like cherry flavors to begin with this is particularly a problem when I see it, haha. 

I will admit that it's hard to describe the cherry blossom flavor, but it's slightly floral, sweet, but also a little salty, if salted cherry blossoms are used.  The real draw is the pretty pink color and a distinctly spring flavor.  I grew up enjoying sakura mochi and other cherry blossom chocolates and sweets, so I really enjoyed this shake.  Especially with the pretty pink chocolate curls on top which resemble cherry blossom petals - so cute!  This shake is only available for a limited time, depending on the location - I hope they bring it back again next spring!     

Friday, April 5, 2019

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Hazelnut Spread M&Ms


After checking at a few grocery stores around me recently, I was very happy to come across the new Hazelnut Spread M&Ms at Wegmans over the weekend!  I had heard - and assumed - these would basically be Nutella flavored, but I guess there might be some issue with "unofficially" using their name, haha.  Well, these definitely taste a lot like candy covered Nutella!  They're larger than the plain M&Ms but not quite as big as the peanut M&Ms to me, so there's a good amount of "spread" inside each piece.  I hope these stick around for a while - I think they'd be awesome in baked goods or as an ice cream topping! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - April Flavors

Happy April everyone!  Springtime brings lots of seasonal cupcake flavors at Georgetown Cupcake, with lots of pastel colors and cute designs. There's a lot of special flavors this month especially with Easter being in April!

- Cherry Blossom: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with cherries and topped with a cherry infused cream cheese frosting and a fondant cherry blossom.

- Cherry Cheesecake: Cherry cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust and topped with a cherry infused frosting and cherry blossom fondant.

- Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip: Salted caramel cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips, topped with a salted caramel buttercream frosting, fudge and caramel drizzles, and Callebaut chocolate chips.

- Hummingbird: Georgetown Cupcake's version of a Southern classic — fresh banana, pineapple, and pecan cupcake topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting, chopped pecans, and a blue fondant hummingbird.

- Lavender Earl Grey Teacake: A Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with lavender sugar and Earl Grey tea, topped with an Earl Grey tea–infused buttercream frosting, a sprinkling of lavender sugar, and a pink fondant flower.

- Lemon Cheesecake: Lemon cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and topped with a lemon frosting and candied lemon wedge.

- Pink Tulip: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake decorated with baby pink vanilla buttercream frosting "tulips".

- Purple Tulip: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake decorated with light purple vanilla buttercream frosting "tulips".

- Yellow Tulip: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake decorated with light yellow vanilla buttercream frosting "tulips".

- Chocolate Caramel Easter Bunny: Valrhona chocolate cupcake filled with caramel and topped with a light green vanilla buttercream frosting and pink fondant bunny.

- Easter Egg Hunt Chocolate: Valrhona chocolate cupcake topped with green grass vanilla buttercream frosting and a colorful fondant Easter Egg. Valrhona chocolate cupcake topped with green grass vanilla buttercream frosting and a colorful fondant Easter Egg.

- Easter Nest: Valrhona chocolate cupcake filled with caramel, topped with a Callebaut white chocolate buttercream frosting, and a toasted coconut nest with 3 candy-coated chocolate Easter eggs.

- Vanilla Confetti Bunny Face: Vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a light yellow vanilla buttercream frosting, retro pastel confetti and a fondant Easter Bunny face. Vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a light yellow vanilla buttercream frosting, retro pastel confetti and a fondant Easter Bunny face.

- White Chocolate Easter Bunny: Callebaut white chocolate cupcake topped with a Callebaut white chocolate buttercream frosting and a chocolate fondant Easter bunny and small pink fondant blossom.

- Vanilla Confetti Easter Egg: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a baby pink-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, and a fondant Easter Egg.

Friday, March 29, 2019

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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TJ Maxx - Cake Wall Art



Happy Wednesday everyone! I just had to share this funny quote wall art that I saw at TJ Maxx recently - anyone else that loves sweets will appreciate this too!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Monday, March 25, 2019

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Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core Ice Cream


Ben & Jerry's recently came out with Cookie Dough Core versions of their very popular Core ice cream, and I was very excited to try them out!  This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core flavor especially sounded really delicious - a "cookie milk ice cream with fudge chips and a chocolate chip cookie dough core". 

The ice cream itself it delicious, especially if you like chocolate chip ice cream like I do.  I can't really say that the cookie milk ice cream flavor is really obvious, but it's tasty nonetheless, haha.  The chocolate chip cookie dough core is thick and sweet, and a little bit grainy.  It might just be from the brown sugar being frozen, but it wasn't quite as "dough-y" as I would've liked.  Overall, I like the taste of this flavor, but it won't beat out my long-standing favorite, the Milk and Cookies flavor :o)    


Friday, March 22, 2019

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Jinya Ramen Bar - Green Monster Ramen


I saw Jinya Ramen Bar's current special Ramen posted online recently, and thought St. Patrick's day weekend was the perfect time to try something so... green, haha.

The Green Monster Ramen consists of green chicken broth, chicken chashu, green onions, crispy kale, crispy onions, and green kale noodles.  This dish should be available at all Jinya Ramen Bar locations through the end of May 2019.






Yes, it really is THAT green!  The green broth especially took a little time to get used to, but this was very delicious!  I especially liked the crispy kale topping and the kale noodles, to feel slightly healthier about eating Ramen, haha.  I would definitely recommend trying it out while it is available!   

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Monday, March 18, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - Baileys Chocolate Mint Cupcake


St. Patrick's day is already over, but I had to share this cute holiday-themed cupcake that's available at Georgetown Cupcake this month! 

The Baileys Chocolate Mint cupcake is a "chocolate cupcake infused with non-alcoholic Baileys essence and topped with a light green non-alcoholic Baileys essence-infused buttercream frosting, a mint chocolate ganache lattice drizzle, shamrock confetti sprinkles, and a gold fondant shamrock embossed with Baileys “BB” logo".  Honestly, mint chocolate is not my preferred flavor, but I really liked how festive this was, especially with the tiny shamrock sprinkles and the mint green colored frosting.  And their chocolate cake is always delicious!

I also purchased their Rainbow cupcake because I thought it looked good with the St. Patrick's day theme, haha.  The Rainbow cupcake is "a classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a baby blue-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, and a sour candy rainbow".  A perfect companion to the pot of Baileys gold!
   

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Monday, March 11, 2019

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3.11 Donation - Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo! Japan is continuing their March 11th tsunami and earthquake relief efforts with the 3.11 search again this year.  Yahoo! Japan will be making a 10 Yen donation to the Tohoku recovery efforts for every person that searches for “3.11” through the search engine.


It couldn't be easier to participate in the donation effort, even if you don't read Japanese! Just go to https://www.yahoo.co.jp today, and type in "3.11" in the web search field (the light blue section at the top of the page under the Yahoo! logo), and click on the dark blue search icon with the magnifying lens to the right of the search field.  You'll be directed to the thank you note up top, along with search results about the disaster and recovery efforts.  Every click counts!

Friday, March 8, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - March Flavors

A new month means new flavors at Georgetown Cupcake, yay!  I love that there's a good mix of both spring-related flavors and some delicious chocolate based ones too.

- Chocolate Mint Crunch: Valrhona chocolate cupcake baked with chocolate mint cookie pieces, topped with a mint-infused whipped chocolate ganache frosting, mint cookie crumble and a mini green fondant heart

- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Twist: Peanut Butter cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips and topped with a peanut butter and Callebaut chocolate "twist” frosting

- Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake: Mocha cheesecake cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips with an oreo cookie crust, topped with mocha frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean

- Cherry Blossom: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with cherries and topped with a cherry infused cream cheese frosting and a fondant cherry blossom

- Cherry Cheesecake: Cherry cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust and topped with a cherry infused frosting and cherry blossom fondant

- St. Patrick's Vanilla: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with St. Patrick's nonpareils, with light green-tinted vanilla buttercream frosting, and a fondant four-leaf clover

- St. Patrick's Chocolate: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with light green vanilla buttercream frosting and a fondant four-leaf clover

- Rainbow: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a baby blue-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, and a sour candy rainbow

- Unicorn: Georgetown Cupcake's classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with nonpareils and topped with purple-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, rainbow sprinkles, and a whimsical fondant unicorn

- Bailey's Chocolate Mint: Chocolate cupcake infused with non-alcoholic Baileys essence and topped with a light green non-alcoholic Baileys essence-infused buttercream frosting, a mint chocolate ganache lattice drizzle, shamrock confetti sprinkles, and a gold fondant shamrock embossed with Baileys “BB” logo.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Monday, March 4, 2019

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Girls' Night at Pike & Rose/Canopy by Hilton North Bethesda

A while back I was offered a chance to stay at the Canopy by Hilton hotel, and having a friend and her daughter coming to visit last weekend was the perfect opportunity to check out the hotel!  The hotel is located right in the middle of Pike & Rose, so it was a great home base for our group while we enjoyed some of the neighboring stores on a rainy Friday night.

First up - picking up some little bites at Nada, which is located around the corner from the hotel. You can see two of my recent favorites in the photo below- the Lobster Roll Bolsa, and Carne Asada taco - delicious!





Our room was very spacious and included a nice dining room area with a sink and lots of open spaces to put our stuff down and get settled in.  The hotel was nice enough to provide some milk and cookies as a welcome gift, which was so sweet!  I think my friend's daughter was actually more excited to have a personal milk jug than even the cookies, haha. 





Living room area - lots of room to lounge in


Bedroom - love the grey and light wood details!
 

Shower + bathtub combo - so spacious! 


We went back out across the street to The Baked Bear for some ice cream to enjoy with the cookies - even with bad weather, it was crowded with customers also looking for a sweets fix.  I got the s'mores ice cream, which was delicious!  We were happy to get back in to our warm room after walking outside in the rain, so that we could enjoy our cookies and ice cream.  If you get a chance to try the cookies at the hotel, definitely try them - the chocolate chip one especially was so gooey and packed with chocolate chips, so good!

I want to note some nice extra touches that the hotel provides, like the bright orange socks that are really nice to have when you're walking around the concrete portions of the room.  Also, I really liked the filtered water station (like the ones at more airports recently) that are located right outside of the elevators on that floor.  When I go to hotels for work trips especially, I usually wind up buying or bringing bottled water with me because I like to have water to drink in the room, and this hotel provides filtered water along with a glass bottle for the water if needed. 




  

Finally, the breakfast that is included with your stay had a lot more options than I was expecting!  When we stayed, there was the coffee, pastries, and cereal that we had assumed, but also smoked salmon, a charcuterie board with meats and cheeses, French toast with Nutella and other topping options, as well as a few other egg based dishes. 

Thank you to the Canopy by Hilton North Bethesda for hosting us - it was such a nice way to enjoy a fun and relaxing night spent with friends!


Canopy by Hilton Washington DC - Bethesda North
940 Rose Avenue
North Bethesda, MD 20852  


Note: I was invited to stay at the Canopy by Hilton hotel, but was not paid for this post.

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Ice Skating at the Canopy by Hilton North Bethesda

Last night the Canopy by Hilton hotel at Pike & Rose hosted a fun event at the ice skating rink located on the roof terrace of the hotel.  What a great use of the open outdoor space during the winter! 



The ice skating rink is part of a partnership with Mel's Rink foundation, and it is a nice sized synthetic ice skating rink located just outside of the hotel's restaurant area.  There's a lot of comfortable seating both next to the skate rental area and around the rink as well - perfect for anyone that needs to take a break while skating around the rink, haha.  It's also a great area to sit and relax while you are looking out to the main streets of Pike and Rose - especially with the pretty holiday lights still up on the trees!  





The event had a great selection of food and drinks - perfectly sized little bites while enjoying the semi-private space in the restaurant area.  We got to try a number of seasonal dishes from the hotel's restaurant, including flatbread, potstickers, mac n' cheese bites, and potato puffs.  I especially liked the flavor of the chicken and lemongrass potstickers - delicious!  Of course I had to enjoy some sweets as well, and I love the hotel's presentation of cake pops in vases, along with hot cider and hot chocolate to drink.





This was a great opportunity to check out how the roof terrace has been transformed, and a creative way for the hotel to have the roof terrace space available for guests during the colder months!


Canopy by Hilton Washington DC - Bethesda North
940 Rose Avenue
North Bethesda, MD 20852  


Note: I was invited to the Canopy Hilton for the event but was not paid for this post.