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Pie Sisters

3 Mar

Between places like Georgetown Cupcake, Sprinkles, Baked & Wired, and now Pie Sisters, the Georgetown area seems to be making a name for itself as the dessert hubbub of DC.

As anyone who knows me well will tell you, cake, cupcakes, or anything with frosting is my thing…but pie?? Mehh, not so much. However, since I’ve been hearing rave reviews about Pie Sisters from several of my Georgetown U peers, I decided to trek over to the small M Street store to see what the buzz was all about.

I absolutely love the entrepreneurial story surrounding this place. It was started by three sisters in the fall of 2010, who were previously living in separate areas of the country and who were pursuing different careers. However, their love for pie-making, which was a tradition for them growing up, brought them back together.

The presentation of their pies is an art form in itself as you can see from the pictures above and below. I got the chocolate cream and apple pie cuppies per the recommendation of a Pie Sister’s employee. (FYI – Cuppies are essentiallyΒ  individual-sized portions). Both were delicious. The chocolate cream pie was light and airy and the chocolate itself was divine! This apple pie is the best I’ve had in my entire life, no joke. The amount of cinnamon used gave it the punch it needed without going overboard.

The store is conveniently located on M Street, almost a straight shot off the Key Bridge and is definitely a must-go if you’re a pie lover or just a dessert lover in general. I cannot wait to come back in summer to try out their berry-filled pies. I’d highly recommend Pie Sisters to anyone and everyone!

Where: 3423 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007; Hours: 11am-7pm Tuesday-Sunday; Prices: Cuppies – $4, 7” pie – $14, 7” specialty pie – $16, 9” pie – $35, 9” specialty pie – $37. Go to the Pie Sister’s website for more details.

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The Buzz About Buzz Bakery

14 Dec

The Cookie Monster Cupcake πŸ™‚

As of yesterday, I officially finished my first semester of grad school at Georgetown! I could not be more excited to have a three week winter break ahead of me and decided the best way to celebrate was with a cupcake. πŸ™‚ My friend Emily has been raving about a bakery in Arlington (located in Ballston) called Buzz Bakery & Lounge for months so I decided to try it out.

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was how cute this store was. They have a huge U-shaped counter in the middle of the store and tons of cute modern furniture and some very snazzy light fixtures I might add! There was a ton of seating room too, which really sets this place apart from most bakeries I’ve visited.

Ordering here is no easy feat since everything looks amazing (see the picture of the display case below if you need proof!). So after much deliberation I decided to order the cookie monster cupcake. It’s one of their signature cupcakes and I can see why. The actual cake tasted more like a chocolate chip muffin rather than cupcake but it was a difference I decided I actually liked. The icing is whipped to perfection and has little itsy bitsy pieces of cookie crumbs in it. Also it has cookie dough in the middle and a small cookie garnish it on top.

Yeahhh I don't think any dessert choice could be a bad one here. πŸ˜‰

While I wish I could have tried more, don’t fret….I will certainly go back and try something different. I know I’m a sucker for cupcakes but if that’s not your thing they have plenty of other options as well such as pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, plated desserts and cakes. They are also extremely well-known for their breakfast selection. In fact, the Washington Post said they have the best breakfast sandwiches in town. Stop on in and see if you agree with the Post!

In addition to the Ballston location, they also have a store in Alexandria if that’s closer to you. πŸ™‚

Could this storefront be any cuter?? Yeah, I don't think so.

Sooo cute!

Chocolate Pecan Pie, a Delicious Success!

5 Dec

Chocolate Pecan Pie

This weekend I made time to make a delicious chocolate pecan pie (see recipe two posts down). I’d only ever had traditional pecan pie so I had really high expectations but I absolutely love this pie. The top layer is slightly crispy and the middle is creamy and rich. I was also pleasantly surprised that something like pecan pie was this easy to make. And to be honest one slice is not enough! If you’re a sweet lover like me you’ll be coming back for more. However, I did have to change the recipe some. Since I live in the land of organic grocery stores, the only cocoa I could find was Ghiradelli. Not a bad substitute at all though since it’s probably the most premium cocoa you can find. First dessert creation was a success and I plan to try something more challenging next time. I’m open to suggestions. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. πŸ™‚

New Year, New Blog!

30 Nov

Chocolate Pecan Pie (Credit: Hershey's Cookbook)

I want to apologize for not posting this week 😦 Prepping for the end of the semester in grad school has been occupying my time recently. With the new year coming up I got to thinking and decided it was a great time to amend my blog a bit. And what does that mean? Well instead of just posting critiques of dessert places in DC (since let’s face it I have to run out eventually) I will try my hand at baking. This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop going to new dessert places because let’s get real, that’s just not humanly possible for me, but I’d really like to take a stab at baking. So with that said the content is just going to be more diverse. In my life so far, I didn’t make any sort of dessert unless the mix for it came in a box…the more error proof it was the better! I have several great dessert cookbooks and I’ve decided that they’re no longer going collect dust. The first dessert I’m going to try is chocolate pecan pie from the Hershey’s cookbook (see recipe below if you want to try it yourself). I’m hoping this a dessert I can bring to the dinner table on Christmas Day as well. πŸ™‚

Also, I’ll be completely honest if I mess up any of these recipes along the way! And I’m not going to be like one of those cooking talk show hosts who pretends like some intricate dessert is a piece of cake (no pun intended). I’ll be completely honest about how difficult it is, how it turned out, if I burnt it, hated it, etc. I’m no Martha Stewart but I’m going to do my best! Hopefully I can try more complicated recipes as I go along too. Stay tuned and see my culinary triumphs (with hopefully very few failures)! Also, feel free to send me any dessert recipes you love or just want to try out. I’m volunteering to be your dessert-making guinea pig! Also feel free to follow me/talk to me through Twitter (@vanessamgray). πŸ™‚

Happy cooking!!!

Vanessa

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa

3 eggs beaten

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup pecan halfs

1 unbaked (9-inch) pie crust

Whipped topping (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees; 2. Stir together sugar and cocoa in medium bowl. Add eggs, corn syrup, butter and vanilla; stir until well blended. Stir in pecans. Pour into unbaked pie crust.; 3. Bake 60 minutes or until set. Move to wire rack and cool completely. Garnish with whipped topping if desired.; 4. You’re done. Woohoo! Relax, sit back and enjoy! πŸ™‚

Old Ebbitt Grill

27 Sep

Outside of Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill is a well-known DC landmark for spotting politicians, journalists and other famous people in the political realm. So for me, going there was like playing the childhood game “Where’s Waldo?” I was hoping to see a famous political couple like James Carville and Mary Matalin or some famous journalist like Suzanne Malveaux.

While I was a little disappointed that I didn’t find ‘Waldo’, the dessert I got was out of this world. I got the creme brulee and my aunt got the peanut butter pie. The creme brulee comes in a manageable portion and is not overly sweet. It was light, creamy and perfect. Eating it made me want to buy one of those mini blow torches from William-Sonoma and make it myself. The peanut butter pie was extremely rich, but if taken in small doses is delicious. It is coated in whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with both chocolate and peanut chips. It’s a peanut butter lover’s dream come true! πŸ™‚

The restaurant itself is very fast-paced, busy and a little claustrophobic until you get into the dining area. However, once you’re seated and you get the chance to look around, you’d think you’re at dimly lit country club. Old school looking trophies, stuffed mallards and dark wood line the walls. However, the decor somehow seems perfectly appropriate for the famous clientele its known to serve. I’d give Old Ebbitt Grill desserts an A-!

Delicious Creme brulee!

Rich and dreamy peanut butter pie!

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