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Georgetown Cupcake – Washington, D.C.

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300PeanutPimpMama was born in 2012 and so was her short lived cupcake business. The cupcake trend was somewhere mid-boom and it seemed like a good idea at the time. In reality I probably liked eating them and feeding people as they seem to evoke a myriad of feelings. For some it was nostalgia, for others it was comfort, then there were the few that seem to experience pure rage. Never trust the latter…A person who dislikes a cupcake is no friend of mine!

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Our last day in D.C. was grey. We woke up to rain and an all-inclusive breakfast buffet at The Ritz that was hard to turn down. What else does one do in a city if you’ve already eaten? In all of our adventures I felt like we were missing the “old town” perspective. So with our stomachs full of the Ritz’s pancakes and eggs we decided to drive into Georgetown to get a taste of the “old-city”. What we got? Confusion. I didn’t know what to do with this area that was heavily trodden by mums and uni-kids decked out in lulu gear. It somehow felt lost and neither one of us were motivated to shop in the rain. The coolest part may have been driving through the residential areas and looking at the row-home architecture unique to D.C..image

Suddenly we passed Georgetown Cupcake on 33rd and Main. Then we passed it again and again and again until we finally decided that was how we would spend our last moments in D.C.. (cupcake-ing) No regrets!

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A cupcake is certainly better than road rage. We parked my car and came in to gawk at their decadent flavors. Honestly I’m a little tired of the humdrum and nothing particularly screamed “innovation” on their list. They get the job done with peanut butter, chocolate blah-bity-blah (in a couple forms), red velvet etc. etc…. so on and so on. Their most “edgy” flavor might be the lavender earl grey. I noticed they promote their weekly specials and seasonal flavors to keep it fresh. There wasn’t really anything “cray” going on decorative-wise.

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They’re doing something right because the place was packed and continued to be more so as we enjoyed our cupcakes in the seating area.

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I couldn’t help but notice their be-dazzled Kitchen-Aid. I was “totes-jello”.

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Imagine all those super busy worker-bees mixing the batter for all those cupcakes with one be-dazzled mixer?

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Georgetown operates deli-style with a numbered ticket system. When you’re number is called out you collect your cupcakes in a perky pink box.

imageMy roommate and I shared some cupcakes as we sipped our lattes and watched the passersby in the never ending drizzle. It was impossible to finish them all in one-go, so we packed up and hit the road. I’m not gonna lie… I definitely polished another one off on the way.

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So much for finding my politician-hubby that weekend! Maybe next time. wink*

<3 PPM xoxo

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Blue Duck Tavern – Park Hyatt – Washington D.C.

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300I decided to consult my friend Robin for D.C. restaurant recommendations. I met Robin in the foyer of Parsons Paris back in 2007. She had just returned from her solo-travels and all she could talk about was the fabulous food she enjoyed. In that moment I knew she was good people. We shared many-a-Parisian-meal together and since then some in NYC, Annapolis and lastly Charleston, SC! I knew she would be the perfect person to consult regarding D.C.-eats. Foodie minds think alike!

imageAmong her fabulous recommendations was the Blue Duck Tavern located in the Park Hyatt hotel. Oddly enough I had heard of the name before. When I went to the site I was sold on the first-come and first-served bar option. With a full itinerary we had no idea what time we would want to sit for dinner. This provided flexibility and a menu with killer side dishes that later that day became our mains!

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(Pictured Above Clockwise): Brussels Sprouts-with cranberries, bacon and pecans. (2nd Dish): The Hand-Cut Famous BDT Fries- thick potato wedges twice fried in oil then duck fat for a crispy outside and decadent moist potato(ey) inside. (3rd Dish): Black Garlic Caesar Charred Broccoli-with pig ears and Virginia peanuts. The Brussels were a solid side with your sweet, tart and savory crunchy pecan bits. The BDT fries are NOT to be missed and your server will certainly assure you. Sadly, I had a bone to pick with the chef over the charred broccoli. It was cooked to tender perfection, however chomping down on the pigs ear really sent a bone chilling sensation down my spine. It was hard as nails! Luckily it appears that their generously-portioned vegetable sides change seasonally. (This guy had to go.)

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All’s well that ends well with a big tub of ice cream! Yes, that is a giant wooden spoon in their for perspective.

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After dinner was over we rolled next door to see the foyer of the Park Hyatt D.C.. I finally realized why I recognized the name of this restaurant! As it turns out I had cataloged many pictures of the cherry blossom installations and the Blue Duck Tavern for my first job out of college. Back then I was working as “coordinator” of sorts…Whatever that was? Every  now and again the universe likes to remind us of how far we’ve come and all that we’ve achieved in the most peculiar ways and at the most unsuspected moments. It keeps us grateful that we are no longer where we used to be.

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Cheers to dodged bullets & God Bless America!

<3PPM

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Peacock Alley Tea @ The Willard – Washington D.C.

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300I’m a total sucker for some finger sandwiches and tea. There’s something about sitting in a posh salon with those prissy little tiers and champagne that makes me feel like I could have been Marie Antoinette’s “bestie 4 eva”. I became a huge tea drinker some time around 2005 when I moved to London.  How cliché right? Besides the canister of PGtips which became a regular in our flat’s cupboards, I “quite fancied” an afternoon out with the ladies in a foofie-dress while sipping exotic teas of the orient.

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Obviously anyone who’s anyone that considers themselves “a foodie” consults the Eater. I was instantly tempted by the St. Regis when researching afternoon teas in D.C.. Their menu takes savory sandwiches to the next level by featuring smoked salmon, crab cakes and pork belly! While taking a closer look I noticed what you gain in the culinary experience you lose in the traditional tea environment. Since this was my roommate’s first official afternoon tea, I thought we should opt for D.C.’s “best” at The Willard. Here you have a picture of the grand foyer (above). It’s quite impressive upon first glance.

image(PPM Advice: Don’t go through the back entrance.) We got hit with a wall of stale air that transitioned into a moth ball breeze. Luckily we were able to find the gloriously long Peacock Alley fast. It is a true sight with its high arches and long red carpet. You feel special as the hostess greets you and parades you down the hallway lined with ladies of leisure. The white linen tables and tiers of delectable desserts and finger foods tempt you as you approach your table completely decked out with fine china and silver cutlery.

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Guests pay $52.00 per person which includes the whole tier (fully-loaded) with a tea of your choice. The serving size for two was incredibly generous and the servers were attentive with watering our teapots as needed. We threw on two flutes of  Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut for another $16.00 because, why not?!

You need something to sip while you wait for your tea to steap. Thankfully this is all timed for you. We look happy right? Bubbles will do that.

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PPM needed something to make up for a water-less Lincoln Memorial…Pfff! The nerve!

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W Hotel (POV) – Washingtong, D.C.

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One of the things my roommate and I were most excited about was the ten degree spike in temperature we were gaining on our journey “down south”. We took our coats off (in February) and basked under the somewhat sunny skies. It showed us a sign of hope that our winter drear was soon to pass. We deserved this good weather with only two days to sight see. After a quick gander by the White House, the next stop was the W Hotel, known for its rooftop bar called POV.

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It was finally lunch time and one can only stare at the teeny-weeny White House and protesters for so long. As passionate as their topics were they lacked any “oomph” in the delivery.

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We arrived at the W and took the elevator up to the roof to find a buzzing terrace overlooking the entirety of D.C.. Although the skies were overcast, it was a pretty impressive panoramic view. Everyone was nearly naked for it! While snagging some seating was a bit of a challenge with the overwhelmed hostess, we managed to secure a high-top table after giving names and waiting on a list. It gave us a chance to stare at the skyline and sip sugary cocktails that took me back to 2002…Apple-tini anyone? (Mixology is not their strong point.)

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That’s the view.

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This is what I ate: I opted for the Caesar salad and added shrimp for a small fortune. (+$9.00 shwimps = $23.00 salad experience) To be fair it was a delicious salad. Warm weather, crisp romaine and kale with a glass of Jean-Louis Trocard, Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc ($12.00)…PPM was a happy girl!

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I couldn’t believe they had the nerve to charge $5.00 for some bubbles in my water.  They can only get away with these prices on a roof with a view. This is what I get for coming to a bar that prides itself on being “A place to see and be seen.” (PPM would rather see that five bucks in her wallet.) Silver lining: My drink came in an actual glass and not your typical plastic rooftop sippy-cup.

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Happy ladies on the town…Why do I always have the most expensive tab without trying? Next time I would come here at night for the pano-view and skip the underwhelming food selection. Champagne… Champagne is always a safe bet! There’s no messing that up!

Peace, Love & Bubbles 4eva

<3PPM

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UNION MARKET – Washington, D.C.

Every NewPeanutPimpMama1-300x300-Yorker reaches a point where their life style changes and suddenly residing here is a love hate relationship. This city chews you up and spits you back out leading you to live college-life well into your 30’s. If life doesn’t suck you into an outer-borough (or NJ cough*) you’re left with no option but to venture to greener pastures and to try and find something to fill the void that a decade in NYC leaves you with. This has led me to investigate my options, so I decided to check out D.C..

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I made our drive south even longer by leaving my wallet at home. I did not discover this until nearly exit 7 on the turnpike. We made it to D.C. by 1:30am and finally laid our weary heads to rest. The next morning my roommate’s friend introduced us to UNION MARKET. I was so excited for all of the eats ahead.

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Union Market has a historical background and concept with efforts to create a community for entrepreneurs and food vendors. It is a rather large building positioned in a meat market area. Contrary to NY’s Meatpacking District, theirs actually functions with plenty of meat purveyors instead of nightclubs, overpriced restaurants and bars. One can actually come here and purchase animals for consumption!

imageLike most of these indoor markets that have become super trendy to beat the rent hikes, it has become a game of “How many vendors can we cram under one roof?” In order to get my bearings and concentrate, I had to start off with a coffee. Thankfully this was visible from the entrance and poured by Peregrine Espresso.

A very serious coffee vendor…I had a whole show with a filter and a funnel and a hot pot of water they slowly poured over grinds for my entertainment. I really want to believe it does something magical. Make me a believer!!!

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I decided to order teh “Buziraguhindwa Sundried, Burundi”. (Try saying that fast three times.) Great play on my name when I picked up the cup though! (PPM winks*)

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After a couple laps and gawking sessions and multiple intriguing vendors, we found some egg-product at Mason Dixie. A vendor that prides themselves on gourmet biscuits, premium fried chicken and classic comfort foodies…They make a mighty-fine breaky sammy I must say!

imageThere is my breakfast up close and personal. (Pictured Above: Three eggs and cheese on a freshly baked buttermilk Mason Dixie biscuit) Superb! I made sure to request a side of sriracha as well as their pimento cheese spread. PPM <3’s pimento cheese!

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In addition we ordered the bacon, egg and cheese on their famous cheddar biscuit. It all disappeared withing minutes. (Three girls vs. two biscuits)

imageDon’t think you can finish all that decadence? All good… They give you their adorable box to take home your leftovers.

imageWhile you may have to split up into teams and fight for a seat, Union Market is worth a look-see. Our breakfast treats made for some fantastic sightseeing fuel that day. I even managed to get a photo in front of the Supreme Court. The “cheesing” only started here since PeanutPimpMama “loves her some” old buildings!

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