(New!) My DC: Nikki of Cupcakes for Breakfast

I’m so excited to introduce you to my new column My DC. The idea for it came from a selfish place: How can I hangout with and meet more cool people in DC? What are the best places to go, eat, drink, hike, shop, etc., in DC? I think like a blogger, so of course my solution to these issues was a new column on MIMI+MEG! The bonus for you is that I get to introduce you to all of these cool people, great places, and when I travel I’ll be taking this column on the road with me. So you can expect My (your city here) when I can make it happen!

I’ve asked each person to take me to one (or more) of their favorite eateries, shops or places in DC (or all of them) and we will experience it together, while I get all paparazzi up on them so I can share the experience with all of you. I also have asked them some fun questions that I doubt you’ll find anywhere else.

My guinea pig for this column was Nikki Rappaport of Cupcakes for Breakfast, and I’m still coming off my high after having so much fun with her.

I met Nikki at the Dupont Farmers Market. Hello colorfest, just look at that salad. Nikki could be classified as a foodie. I mean her blog is called Cupcakes for Breakfast. She introduced me to her favorite cheese (which I will be purchasing when I head back to the market this weekend), croissants, and veggies I didn’t even know about… like ramps. Have you ever heard of ramps!?! Apparently it’s like a garlic-flavored scallion. Are you shocked I know what a scallion is? You can thank Martha for that.

 

Nikki paying for her flowers. I know you are thinking who gives a shit about the flowers, WHERE IS THAT BAG AND WALLET FROM!?! The wallet is kate spade (similar), and the bag is Mondani, (similar).

I couldn’t get enough of the veggies. They create such gorgeous natural patterns.

Nikki showed up in her Sunday best. She looked beautiful in her white lace shift dress (similar), blue belt, bracelets and necklace from Loren Hope, Design Darling, and Lou Lou. Find her glittery gold iPhone case and sunglasses too.

I already knew that Nikki was outgoing and the nicest girl in the world, but she knew everyone at the market! She introduced me to so many new people it was awesome! While talking to some of her friends she pulled out a plastic baggie from her purse and gave it to me. She had made THIN MINT BROWNIES and brought me one. I told you she was sweet.

We just happened to pick the right day and time because there was a little ceremony to turn on the fountain in Dupont Circle and two of
her friends, Jenna and Alejandra, just happened to bring a blanket to chill on the grass, so we joined them for a while.

I love me some good girl time on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Food, sex… all topics were on the table. I wasn’t even halfway through my first My DC experience and I knew it was an f*ing genius idea. I didn’t even see the side effect of meeting more people. Sweet. We pulled out all of Nikki’s goodies she got at the market: asparagus, flowers, ramps, and croissants… yum.

We stayed out on the lawn so long our morning coffee turned into afternoon lattes. Fine by me! We headed up to Dolcezza where I had a latte and a well, dulce de leche something (above).

If you haven’t been to Dolcezza it is positively charming. A tiny little place with a great atmosphere, and in addition to coffee and pastries… GELATO! Oh yes, we did have it all!

When Nikki put our lattes down on the tables she said, “Your heart is cute [on my latte], mine looks like a uterus.” I almost cried I was laughing so hard. You can kind of see the uterus above.

Hear about our DC experience in Nikki’s words:

Why did you take me to the Dupont Market and Dolcezza, and what are you favorite things about the area?
wanted to show you two of my favorite spots in my neighborhood and a little bit of my weekend routine. I love that this Farmer’s Market is just steps from my apartment. It’s my favorite way to start my Sunday – picking up great local food and running into friends along the way. I guess totally exemplifies why I love DC so much. It’s a big city, but we have neighborhoods where on Sunday mornings, you can run into so many people you know in the same place. There’s a great sense of community here. 

Dolcezza is my go-to place for both coffee and dessert, so you can really go any time of the day (seriously, best place ever?). I love the routine of it [Dupont] and being a “regular” at places. It really feels like home and my neighborhood. I have a few favorites from the market that I pick up almost every time I’m there. The croissants from Bonaparte Breads are the closest thing to Paris that I’ve found in DC. I studied abroad there when I was in college, so I always have to pick up a few croissants or pain au chocolat. I also most always pick up spinach and ricotta cheese to toss into pasta. When they’re in season, you can find me rushing towards tomatoes, strawberries, and ramps. 

At Dolcezza, I’m obsessed with the valrhona chocolate gelato. It’s so rich and creamy, it takes like cold pudding. Ah, amazing! I’m so glad you got to try it!
Since you are a foodie/food blogger, what are your other favorite places to eat in DC and why or what do you HAVE to get when you go there?
Ok, well this list could go on and on. But I’ll just give you a top few. Graffiato is currently my favorite restaurant in the city and really everything on the menu is incredible. (If only you could actually order the whole menu!) I always order the pepperoni sauce, brussels sprouts, and Jersey Shore pizza – oh and Proseco on tap!  DC is a great brunching city and on most Sundays (after the market) that’s where you’ll find me. One of my favorites is Birch and Barley, which I especially love for their baked goods by pastry chef Tiffany Macisaac. Her doughnuts are beyond awesome! Naturally, I always get asked what is my favorite cupcake in DC, and hands down, it’s at Baked and Wired. This coffee shop/bakery is also one of my favorites, it’s just not in my neighborhood. You know I live and breathe chocolate, but Baked and Wired’s strawberry cupcake is the best! It has real strawberries baked into the cake. So perfect.
What food items do you always have on hand?
Oh I wish I could say that I always carry pink sprinkles with me, but ha, I don’t.
Do you have a special recipe you want to share with us?
My chocolate frosting recipe is one of my favorite things and really makes any cake or cupcake better. It’s probably the closest thing that I make to that Dolcezza gelato, and since I dream in chocolate, it’s the perfect thing to share.
How did you become a “foodie” and/or why is food special to you?
Food has always been an important part of my life. It’s become synonymous with family for me. I could write a book about this (maybe I will!) but really it’s about sharing good food with family and friends. Cooking/baking for and with people in your life – that’s what love means to me. And what better way to show someone you love them then by sharing a meal with them?

 

A huge thanks to Nikki for taking me to her favorite places in DC!

For more photos from our Dupont adventure, check out my Facebook page in the next few days for additional photos.