Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Monday, November 18, 2019

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Bye Bye Bei Bei at Smithsonian's National Zoo

Some friends and I went over to the Smithsonian's National Zoo for the last few days of Bei Bei's stay in DC before he goes to China - it will be sad to see him go!  The zoo has had a lot of fun events to celebrate Bei Bei and his parents over the last week, and it was a windy but sunny day to enjoy walking around and seeing some of the other animals that were out.  I hope Bei Bei has a safe trip to China - DC will miss you!






Friday, November 15, 2019

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Friday, November 8, 2019

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Sanrio at World Market

I stopped in World Market on Sunday after seeing some posts on Instagram about more Sanrio items being sold in stores.  I was happy to see lots of different items, not just the Hello Kitty items that I had seen previously.  There were plenty of "just for fun" items that I saw and liked, but I decided to get some "useful" items this time - Gudetama pens (Frixion pens have erasable ink so they're great for planners!) and Hello Kitty pasta, haha.







If you're a World Market member, there was a coupon to receive this little Hello Kitty beanie plush with any $25+ Sanrio purchase until today.  Even though it's really tiny (the tag is almost bigger than the plush haha), it's a nice little bonus to go with my purchases!  Be sure to check out the collection online or in stores - there's lots of cute items that would be great for holiday gifts!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - November Flavors

There are a lot of fun fall-themed flavors this month at Georgetown Cupcake - perfect for Thanksgiving or other gatherings which seem to ramp up this time of year!

- Caramel Apple: Fresh apple cupcake with a caramel core topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a caramel star drizzle

- Maple Chocolate Chip: Maple cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips and topped with a maple cream cheese frosting and a fondant maple leaf

- Thanksgiving Chocolate: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting topped with a brown fondant turkey

- Thanksgiving Vanilla: Madagascar vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with a brown fondant turkey

- Caramel Cheesecake: Caramel cheesecake topped with a caramel frosting and caramel star drizzle

- Coffee Toffee: Coffee cupcake infused with crushed toffee and topped with a mocha frosting and crushed toffee

- Pumpkin Cheesecake:Pumpkin cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust, topped with maple cream cheese frosting and a fondant maple leaf

- Pumpkin Spice: Pumpkin spice cupcake with a maple-infused cream cheese frosting topped with a fondant maple leaf

- Chocolate Caramel Swirl:Valrhona chocolate and dulce de leche caramel marbled cupcake topped with a whipped Callebaut chocolate ganache and salted caramel “twist” frosting

- Chocolate Caramel Pecan Fudge: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a pecan nut and caramel core, topped with a salted caramel buttercream, toasted coconut flakes and a fudge & caramel lattice drizzle

- Baileys Red Velvet: Georgetown Cupcake’s signature Red Velvet cupcake, infused with a non-alcoholic Baileys Irish Cream essence, topped with a gold fondant heart embossed with Baileys logo

Friday, November 1, 2019

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Dunkin' Donuts Holiday Cup

I'm fully aware that we're not even done with October yet - but I got coffee at Dunkin' Donuts yesterday and love their holiday cup design this year!  The little doughnut snowflakes and wreath especially are too cute.  Since it's been pretty chilly here recently it feels more like we're getting closer to the holiday season with these festive cups!





Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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Monday, October 28, 2019

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Shake Shack - Pumpkin Shake


What better way to get fully immersed in the fall spirit than a delicious pumpkin shake from Shake Shack?  

This shake consists of a "vanilla frozen custard blended with real pumpkin, marshmallow, cinnamon, and nutmeg and topped with toasted pumpkin seeds".  I love the extra texture and decoration of the toasted pumpkin seeds on top, and that the pumpkin flavor isn't a super strong pumpkin pie-like flavor.  This shake is available through the end of October, so be sure to head over soon if you want to try it out!


Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Sophie & Lili - Sweater Weather Candle



As soon as I saw this fall-themed wood wick candle on Sophie & Lili's Instagram account, I knew I had to have it!  I pre-ordered this item and received it in the mail yesterday - it's even cuter in person! 

The packaging itself is right up my alley and I am definitely considering keeping the box just for the label, haha.  The candle is a nice sized wood wick candle and smells like apples and cinnamon - so good!  The glass candle container will be a cute storage jar after I am done burning the candle as well.  She also has a few holiday-themed candles available for pre-order as well if you're looking for some great holiday gifts. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

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Piketoberfest at Pike & Rose

Yesterday was Pike and Rose's annual Piketoberfest, and it was a great day to celebrate fall!  There were lots of people enjoying the festival right when it started, and the crowd kept getting bigger as the afternoon went on.  Of course one of my main objectives was getting some of Sunday Morning Bakehouse's soft pretzels - so soft and delicious! Lots of stores from the area participated with food and giveaways, as well as live music and kids' activities.  I hope they continue to host fun events like this throughout the year!









Friday, October 4, 2019

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - October Flavors

October is a great month for lots of fall themed cupcake flavors at Georgetown Cupcake!

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake: Pumpkin cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust, topped with maple cream cheese frosting and a fondant maple leaf
  • Pumpkin Spice: Pumpkin spice cupcake with a maple-infused cream cheese frosting topped with a fondant maple leaf 
  • Chocolate Ghost: Valrhona Chocolate cupcake topped with whipped Callebaut chocolate ganache frosting and decorated with a white fondant ghost 
  • Vanilla Bat: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake topped with orange buttercream frosting and a black fondant bat 
  • Vanilla Candy Spider: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with chocolate candy pieces, topped with orange buttercream frosting and a black fondant spider 
  • Chocolate Toffee Spider Web: Valrhona chocolate cupcake baked with crushed toffee pieces, topped with purple buttercream frosting and a fudge spider web drizzle 
  • Halloween Surprise: Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with orange and black non-pareils, topped with a whipped Callebaut chocolate frosting and decorated with a white fondant ghost 
  • Vampire Red Velvet: Red Velvet cupcake decorated with a black fondant bat 
  • Midnight Cookies and Creme: Valrhona chocolate cupcake topped with a milk chocolate cookies & crème buttercream frosting and cookie crumbles 
  • Haunted Chocolate Cheesecake: Valrhona chocolate cheesecake with a cookie crust, topped with a whipped Callebaut chocolate frosting and decorated with a green fondant ghost 
  • TLC "Give a Little" Red Velvet: Red Velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting, decorated with a sprinkling of gold sanding sugar and red confetti hearts, topped with coordinating “Give A Little TLC” and “Stand Up Against Bullying” logo fondant. These cupcakes are available for in-store purchase only from October 1st – October 31st.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - Double Chocolate Chip Fudge Cupcake


I remembered to get the Double Chocolate Chip Fudge cupcake while it's still available this month at Georgetown Cupcake - better late then never, haha :o) 

The cupcake consists of a "Valrhona chocolate cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips, filled with fudge, and topped with a Callebaut milk chocolate buttercream frosting, fudge lattice drizzle, and a sprinkling of Callebaut chocolate chips".  Maybe the cupcake should've been called the super duper extra chocolate cupcake instead - so many different chocolate flavors in one cupcake!  It's a really delicious combination of chocolate in all forms and textures, perfect for any chocolate lovers.  I also picked up a Cookies and Creme Cheesecake as well, which is not quite as chocolate-filled but still super tasty.  Both of these flavors are September menu items, but I hope they come back again another time!  

Friday, September 27, 2019

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Jinya Ramen Bar - Spicy Meatball Ramen

I love seeing the new menu items that come out Jinya Ramen Bar throughout the year, and this current Chef's Special is no exception!  This Spicy Meatball Ramen consists of: "Chicken clear broth, meatballs, corn, green onion, cabbage, cherry tomato, butter, and original tomato sauce in the broth with chili oil".  


 




I'll be honest, it kind of sounded like a lot going on when I first saw the menu, and I especially wasn't sure about the tomato broth.  However as soon as I started eating it, I really enjoyed it!  All of the different components really added a ton of flavor and texture to the dish, and the tomato broth was much better than I expected.  The default thick noodles that come in this dish are great as well - there's a lot going on up top here and the noodles definitely stand up to the other ingredients.   It was a delicious bowl of ramen with a unique twist - I would definitely recommend trying it out while it's available:o)  

 



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Monday, September 23, 2019

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First Day of Fall - Pumpkin Spice Latte Throw


Happy first day of fall everyone!  While I've been enjoying seeing a lot of fall-themed items in stores for a few weeks now, I was still really happy to see this pumpkin spice latte-themed throw blanket at TJMaxx! 

I thought it was so cute with the little mugs and pumpkin pie designs on the super soft throw.  It's a little different from the Halloween and pumpkin designs that are out in stores - perfect for anyone that's obsessed with pumpkin drinks like I am!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Smoko - Dumpling and Toast


Ever since I started following Smoko on Instagram a while back, I've been obsessed with their cute and fun products!  I first got the little dumpling lamp, which gives off a gentle glow while being super cute and squishy.  I recently got two more items that I had ordered a while ago - a dumpling mug and toast mug!  The dumpling mug has the same dumpling character in various drawings, which remind me of the delicious soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung :o) The toast mug is slightly smaller and square, like a thick piece of toast (with a face on it, haha) If you're also a fan of food/cute themed items (or know someone that would love them as a gift), be sure to check out all of the fun items that Smoko offers! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Monday, September 16, 2019

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Trader Joe's - Pumpkin Products

I was very happy to see some pumpkin items trickling in to my local Trader Joe's the other day!  While I don't think it's full on pumpkin mode all over the store just yet, there's already a good amount of fun new products to check out!  I'll definitely have to increase my visits over the next few weeks to make sure I don't miss anything, haha :o)

 








Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

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Hello Kitty Collection at World Market

I know that I've already been celebrating everything fall and pumpkins, but how cute is this summer themed Hello Kitty collection at World Market?  I had to take a closer look around the display when I saw this Omatsuri (Japanese festival) theme - so many cute items!  





I really like that there are so many different items, like mugs, enamel pins, bento boxes, notepads just to name a few.  I would love to know who is buying this enormous Hello Kitty cookie jar, where part of the head pops off to fill with cookies, haha!

Friday, September 6, 2019

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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Starbucks - Pumpkin Spice Madeleines


While it's still technically summer, September to me always feels like the start of fall because of all the fun fall goodies that start to come out.  I saw these Pumpkin Spice Madeleines at Starbucks and had to try them out. 

Even though I didn't get an overwhelming pumpkin spice taste from these, just a nice hint of spice in each bite.  If you like trying pumpkin items I would definitely recommend giving these a try while they're available.  The little cakes are the perfect snack with coffee or tea!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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Rachel Allene Fall Goodies + Starbucks PSL Day


If you're a fan of pumpkin spice anything like I am, hopefully you got a chance to enjoy the debut of the fall drinks at Starbucks yesterday!  I was very happy that my order from Rachel Allene's online shop arrived right before Pumpkin Spice Latte day, so I could go enjoy my first fall drink in my new steel mug. 

As an added bonus, you get $0.10 off of your drink at Starbucks if you bring your own mug - all the more reason to have a fun themed mug, right?  Even though it's not officially fall yet, it's never too early to enjoy some fun fall items!     

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Monday, August 26, 2019

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Sugarfina - Birthday Rewards


Being a Sugarfina rewards member definitely has its perks, like receiving my choice of a 3 piece candy bento box for my birthday! I went to a store to pick them out in person, and decided on some fruit-based gummies to try out:

- Pink Pineapples
- Pink Diamonds
- Blood Orange Fruttini

I can't wait to try these out!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Compass Coffee - Roasting and Tasting Event

A group of friends and I went to Compass Coffee last Saturday for their coffee roasting and tasting event.  I wanted to do something a little different and fun for my birthday and this was a great way to hang out with friends and learn more about coffee!  

The groups are small enough that it's not just a generic tour and you can ask questions as you're going through the roasting and cupping steps.  We also got to choose a tin of coffee based on what we liked during the cupping/tasting which was very nice!  I would highly recommend this for anyone that's a fan of Compass, or coffee in general as a fun little event.   

 






Compass Coffee - Shaw
1535 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Monday, August 19, 2019

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Sunday Morning Bakehouse - Chocolate Sprinkle Cruffin

Even though I'm not technically eating this festive Cruffin today, it seems fitting to share this fun sprinkled treat on my birthday :o)  I was happy to see a variation of Sunday Morning Bakehouse's regular Cruffins, with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles.  The Cruffin really is like a compact croissant, with a tasty sugar coating.  The extra flavor and texture from the frosting and sprinkles is so delicious, and a great option for any type of celebration! 

 



Friday, August 16, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Starbucks - "The Gary" Drink


If you're a fan of Brad Goreski and his husband Gary Janetti like I am, you probably have seen a million photos of an iced Starbucks drink on social media linked to the two of them, haha.  Brad recently posted a montage of Gary ordering the same drink at Starbucks at a bunch of locations while on vacation, and some versions of the drink seemed to fare better than others based on Gary's reaction.  Of course I wasn't the only one that went out and tried "The Gary" shortly after seeing these posts!

Based on the videos, "The Gary" is:
- Starbucks Grande Iced Mocha
- 2 pumps of Mocha
- Almond Milk
- No whipped cream

I got the Tall version of "The Gary" and I loved it!  I like almond milk to begin with and I think it adds a little extra flavor to the drink as well.  I love that this fun and silly social media post got so many people to try Gary's Starbucks drink of choice :o)  I also posted on Instagram that I wondered if my pre-order of Gary's book (Do You Mind if I Cancel?) would come with "The Gary", and he replied that it sadly does not, haha!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Monday, August 5, 2019

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Trader Joe's - Mango Tangerine Candle



I noticed on a recent visit to my local Trader Joe's that the Mango Tangerine candles were back!  This one was a quick favorite of mine when I first saw it a while ago, with a strong tropical/citrus scent. 

I've since seen some posts online saying this is very similar to the Volcano Capri Blue candles that are very popular at Anthropologie stores, and I have to agree they do smell a lot like them.  It's a great summery scent - be sure to grab them while they're available!  

Friday, August 2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Georgetown Cupcake - Red White and Blue Vanilla Surprise + Coconut Creme Cheesecake


Feeling very summery with these July Georgetown Cupcake flavors! First up is the Red White and Blue Vanilla Surprise, which consists of a Vanilla cupcake infused with red, white, and blue candy nonpareils, and topped with Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, and red and blue fondant stars.  I love Funfetti cake, and this was a delicious variation with the red, white and blue nonpareils in the cake. 

I also got the Coconut Creme Cheesecake - which I knew would not be a favorite due to the coconut flavor, haha.  But of course as a new flavor I had to try it!  This cupcake is a Coconut cheesecake with a graham cracker crumb crust, topped with a coconut buttercream frosting, toasted coconut flakes and a fondant palm tree.  So, as expected this isn't a cupcake I'd get again since I don't like coconuts, but I love the cute little palm tree, and the creamy cheesecake base doesn't have an overwhelming coconut flavorBut not to worry if you like coconut - the combination of the coconut frosting and cheesecake together definitely make it good for any fans! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

National Ice Cream Day - Jeni's Ice Cream


I hope everyone remembered to celebrate National Ice Cream day yesterday!  As luck would have it, my local Harris Teeter had a sale on Jeni's Ice Cream - 2 pints for $12!  I took this opportunity to get 2 of the Jeni's flavors that I have been interested in trying - the Frosé Sorbet and the Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks.  I mean, what's better than having two different flavors to keep celebrating this important holiday, haha!

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Whistle and Flute T-Shirts

I've been a fan of Whistle & Flute's t-shirts and other goodies for a while now on Instagram, but during a recent online sale I couldn't resist getting a shirt for myself and also for my niece and nephew!  I mean, the ramen shirt is clearly right up my alley, and the little face on the bowl is too cute!  The kids' sushi shirts are super fun, and I love how each of the items has a tiny little face on them.  The shirts feel soft and durable, which I feel like is especially important for kids' clothes.  I heard that they will be doing another online sale on the 18th, so be sure to check out their website if you're interested in any of their products!