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McDonald’s

August 26, 2008
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Because everyone loves a Big Mac now & then…


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Magnolia Bakery

August 23, 2008
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The rumors are true…Magnolia cupcakes are the best. And yes, these are THE cupcakes Carrie and Miranda devoured in Sex and the City! The one pictured above is the chocolate buttermilk cupcake with vanilla icing and sprinkles I had during the Sex and the City tour in NYC. Here are the other flavors they make:

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes – with your choice of chocolate or vanilla icing. (Vanilla icing is available in white or a variety of pastel colors.)
Red Velvet Cupcakes – with our traditional whipped vanilla icing.
Pumpkin Cupcakes – with a maple cream cheese icing and topped with toasted pecans.
Coconut Cupcakes – with a generous amount of meringue icing and topped with coconut.
Hummingbird Cupcakes – with a cream cheese icing and topped with toasted pecans.
German Chocolate – with our coconut-caramel-pecan icing.
Devil’s Food Cupcakes – with your choice of mocha, caramel cream cheese or just good old fashioned cream cheese icing topped with or without coconut.

Plan to wait in line for these gems. It’s a total tourist spot and only kind left were the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes when we got there. Pick up a few and eat them on the park benches nearby and if you want to visit the Sex and the City landmark without taking the tour, this area is the perfect place because the bookstore where Miranda was browsing autobiographies is right across the street!

Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleeker Street
New York, New York


Makoto

August 22, 2008
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We went to Makoto for an early birthday dinner for the BF last night. This restaurant requires a credit card to make a reservation, dress code that is strictly enforced, and all patrons to wear their provided slippers upon entry. We ordered the 10 course chef’s dinner – $60 per person. The food makes it a very worthwhile experience as you can see from the pictures (click to see them full size). The sashimi course is missing from the gallery because I ate it before I remembered to take a picture, yes I’m a pig! It was 3 pieces of tuna, 2 pieces of yellowtail, and 2 pieces of flounder, in case you’re curious.

We also tried the warm poison fish fin sake – it numbs your tongue a little so don’t have too much 😉

I recommend going to this authentic Japanese restaurant for special occasions since it’s a little pricey. The wait staff is extremely attentive and pleasant, which makes for a delightful dining experience!

Makoto
4822 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007


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Quarterdeck Restaurant

August 22, 2008
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All you can eat steamed Maryland blue crabs for $34.95. This off the beaten path crab shack was a great place for a group of us to sit on the patio and eat crabs till the sun went down. We shared a bottle of white wine which went really well with the crabs. My midwest tastebuds can’t handle the excessive Old Bay seasoning, but I guess that’s how the natives like it here! It was really fun, but I think all you can eat crab is a once a year thing for me…

Quarterdeck Restaurant
1200 Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209


Tangy Sweet

August 22, 2008
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Not the best frozen yogurt DC has to offer, but it’s decent. The opening weekend was miserable because their A/C wasn’t working so hopefully the got that fixed! They do have a pomegranate flavor which is pretty cool but I stuck to the original – just to be safe 🙂

Tangy Sweet
2029 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036


Zen Restaurant

August 21, 2008
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Cute sushi/noodle house in Japantown NYC. $8.50 for a big bowl of tonkotsu ramen. The broth is so good with a little crushed chili powder on top!

Zen Restaurant
31 St Marks Pl
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003