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Cupcakes, Diamonds, Burgers & More!

Cupcakes, Diamonds, Burgers & More!

As the title suggests, this post features a few of my very favourite things!

As we started another morning in DC with our usual stroll through Georgetown, we found ourselves in front of Georgetown Cupcake. You might be familiar with this particular bakery from the TLC reality show DC Cupcakes. If so, this little corner shop on M Street is where the magic happens, and where you can sample their tasty treats for yourself.

Thanks to all the TV publicity, this is a very popular tourist spot and lines can stretch all the way around the block on a weekend afternoon. Lucky for us, we stopped by pretty early on a Monday morning and were able to head straight up to the cupcake counter with no delays. 

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Cookies & Cream and Red Velvet cupcakes for breakfast! Holidays are a perfect time for indulgences... After all, calories don't count when you're visiting a foreign country!

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After our "breakfast", it was time to take in some more American history and culture. There are so many amazing museums in Washington DC that I think I would need a whole month to see everything.

The good news is that many of the National Museums are very close together and they're all free! This makes it easy for you to pop in and out of as many as you like without worrying about getting your money's worth or blowing your travel budget on admission fees. We wandered through as many museums as we could, hitting the main highlights at each one.

First: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Here you get a full history of air travel and can climb inside vintage airplanes from the last century. Learn about air missiles, spacesuits, fighter jets, the mars landing, and more... You can even lay eyes on a piece of the moon.

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Second: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This is where we discovered one of my favourite places: The Hall of Gems and Minerals. Here you'll see diamonds that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, jewels Napoleon gifted to his second wife, and the infamous Hope Diamond.

The Natural History Museum is also where you can learn about dinosaurs, animals, evolution, fossils, and human origins.

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond

Third: The Smithsonian National Museum of American History. This museum features artifacts from every category of American History including military battles, popular culture, and social justice movements. In this one building you can find Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, the lunch counter from the Greensboro Civil Rights protests, and gowns worn by the First Ladies at the Presidential inaugural balls. It's real a smorgasbord of American cultural history. 

greensboro lunch counter

greensboro lunch counter

civil war era Furniture used at appomattox when general lee surrendered the confederate army 

civil war era Furniture used at appomattox when general lee surrendered the confederate army 

Lastly: The National Archives. Another place with a strict "no pictures" policy indoors; this where to see the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It's a pretty popular tourist spot so be patient as the lines tend to move a little slowly.

The national archives building

The national archives building

By now, I've worked up quite an appetite! It's time to head to Bobby's Burger Palace for a lunch worth writing home about! Bobby's Burger Palace is a fancy burger joint created by famous Iron Chef Bobby Flay. They've got only 18 locations in 11 states so until they make their way north of the border I can only look forward to stopping by when I'm in the USA.

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To tease our appetites we start with onion rings and sweet potato fries. The beer battered onion rings have a thick, fluffy coating and the sweet potato fries are delicious dipped in their honey-mustard and horseradish sauce.

Now for the main event:

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The "New Mexico": Queso sauce, roasted green chilis, and pickled red onions. A little bit spicy, a little bit tangy, and cooked to a perfectly tender medium-rare.

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The "Carolina": Smoked American cheese, coleslaw, and mustard BBQ sauce. My favourite! Crunchy slaw with sweet and zesty sauce atop juicy beef packed with natural flavour.

I've eaten a lot of burgers and these are two of my all-time favourites. The meat is everything you could hope for: tender, juicy, and flavourful; and the unique toppings work together to create flavours that sing. These are so much more than your average burger; here's hoping that a Toronto location will open in the near future!

Until then, I have lots of reasons to keep going back to Washington. Maybe next time I'll make it to even more museums!

Stay tuned for another DC travel post coming soon :) 

Mintwood Place, DC

Mintwood Place, DC

Meeting Mr. Lincoln

Meeting Mr. Lincoln