Last night was our first Friday in D.C., so naturally we decided to do what all girls would do on a Friday night: Go out…for cupcakes. Our program director, Terry, has been talking upa video made by some girls on a previous semester. They went out and sampled D.C.’s best/most popular cupcakes, then ranked them. Georgetown Cupcake is the most famous cupcakery because the bakers have a show on TLC, but we found a cupcake shop that is only about a mile away in Barrack’s Row called Hello Cupcake.
If you know me well, you know that I love frosting; I actually asked one employee about which cupcake had the best frosting-to-cake ratio. My close friends also know that I love everything coconut, and yesterday was my lucky day: The daily special was a triple coconut delight with coconut cake, coconut cream cheese frosting, and toasted coconut on top – yum! Needless to say, I was all over that baby.
Now, I must admit: My cupcake standards are extremely high. Hello Cupcake definitely is a contender in my book, though, because the cream cheese frosting was divine. (Although, really, how can you screw up something that good?) While I don’t think my first Hello Cupcake treat quite measured up to my high standards of New York Cupcakes in Bellevue and Cupcake Royale in Seattle, I will definitely need to conduct more tests to determine how it ranks compared to other D.C. cupcakeries. And to do that, I will definitely need to sample more flavors. Meanwhile, its close location (walking distance…uh, dangerous!) will hold me over for four months, I suppose.
It’s hard to think four months down the road, though. It is only my second full day here and I feel like I am becoming better acquainted with the city. I woke up this morning and ran part way down the National Mall, all the way down to the Washington Monument. My next goal (distance-wise) is to run the entire length, from my apartment to the Monument, then to the Lincoln Memorial, which is the very, very tiny white building on the horizon in the picture.
A lot of people are asking about the weather, especially with winds from Irene blowing in. While I was running, it was not raining yet; I would even say it was kind of pleasant for running because of the breeze and cooler temperature. Now, though, you’d think there is a hurricane coming or something! The wind and rain have really picked up, and I was even caught in a serious shower while I waited for the bus coming back from the store. Luckily, I made a new friend, who shielded me from the rain with his umbrella (even though I had my own a rain coat) like a gentleman. He had no front teeth (possibly not even any teeth on the top row); that is mainly an unrelated fact, but I think it explains a lot.