Cupcake & Macaron Tour of DC

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Another #SpontaneousSpring bucket list item checked off this weekend. Back when I was feeling adventurous in April, I found a Groupon for this tour. The only other person I know that loves chocolate/anything sweet is my cousin, so I invited him and his girlfriend to join ze Boyfriend and I.

The tour was pretty awesome. Got samples from six cupcake/macaron shops in the span of two hours. Our tour guide (totally forgot her name, but she was great) was a spy/history buff so she stopped at a few historical landmarks and shared tid-bits about the area. I highly recommend this activity if you love sweets or can snag a coupon for it. We ended up paying $16 each (thanks Groupon!); a steal being that it’s normally $50 per person.

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Sprinkles red velvet mini cupcake

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Thomas Sweet sea salt dark chocolate caramel fudge

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Macaron Bee pink champagne and pistachio macarons

Discovered Macaron Bee has a sister venture, Lady Camelia. Any takers for afternoon tea?

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Dean & DeLuca coconut & raspberry macarons

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Olivia Macaron cassis, cherry blossom, and chocolate macarons

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Georgetown Cupcake red velvet mini cupcake

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Went back to Olivia Macaron to buy a few to take home

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 preset Got lunch after at Farmers Fishers Bakers

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Blog by Numbers: Ten Spring Bucket List Items

Okay, so my bucket lists have been major fails in the past. But whatever, I’m giving it another go. Spring lasts from March 20th to June 21st. Let’s see how many of these activities I can do before summer’s death rays hit. #SpontaneousSpring

  1. Go zip-lining.
  2. Visit the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin.
  3. Go hiking:
  4. Take a dessert tour. 
  5. Attend a concert; preferably outdoor.
  6. Visit the National Zoo.
  7. Go to a sporting event. 
  8. Participate in a fun-run or 5K.
  9. Go to a wine/beer festival.
  10. Take my family out to dinner.

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Summer Close Out Pt. II

I completed three out of five things on my Summer Close Out bucket list. It seems like I’m never going to host my beloved backyard tie-dye party, and finding a free weekend for hiking was next to impossible. But the point of the bucket list was to make the most out of my lazy summer days and go on some adventures, so I’m not complaining. There’s always next year.

Took a Sisters Beach Day Trip to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

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{ My cousin, the butterfly whisperer. }

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DSC_0131Had our annual cousins’ Brookside Gardens photoshoot. Found out August is by far the worst month to go see the gardens. The place was under a lot of construction and there were hardly any flowers in bloom. Nevertheless, we did the best with what we had to work with.

IMG_0029And lastly, ate brunch at Founding Farmers with the boyfriend. The food was pretty good but not anything to gush over. I did however love that we chose to sit outside. There were only a few other customers out there so it made the experience intimate and quaint.

Fall Bucket List

  1. Carve pumpkins
  2. Make s’mores
  3. Go apple picking, and make either:
    • Caramel apples
    • Apple pie
    • Apple crumble
  4. Have a movie night
  5. Donate to a food bank
  6. Hike at Shenandoah
  7. Go to a football game
  8. Visit a farmers market
  9. Treat my parents out to dinner
  10. Attend a festival

Summer Close Out

There is exactly one month left of summer. Now, while I’ve had my fair share of adventures this season I still have a few things I’d like to do before these warm days are replaced with chilly weather.

So before the end of summer I want to:

  1. Go to the beach for a day
  2. Annual cousin Brookside Gardens photoshoot
  3. Host a backyard tie-dye party
  4. Hike at Great Falls
  5. Eat brunch at Founding Farmers