Washington - January 24, 2013
As we all know – cupcakes are delicious. As many members of the canadiens.com staff did not know, cupcakes are also apparently interesting enough to warrant their own popular reality TV series. Walking the streets of Washington, D.C., we came across a small shop called Georgetown Cupcakes where the series DC Cupcakes is shot for TLC.
Located in Washington’s Georgetown district, the cupcake shop is clearly a hot-spot for locals and tourists alike. The destination was so popular in fact that when we wandered in there at 10:00 p.m. on a Wednesday night it was still busy as ever as they tried to close up shop. An armed police officer standing guard and ushering people out the door informed us that we were the last clients of the day.
Other than the colorful, eye-catching cupcakes lining the racks, Georgetown Cupcakes also boasted its share of awards and celebrity clientele, as highlighted by the framed pictures on their walls. The first we noticed was a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records stating that they had baked the biggest cupcake ever made at 2,594 pounds. Next to it hung a few snapshots of Oprah herself baking alongside sisters and store owners, Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. It would seem that even the White House has a sweet tooth for these deserts as we also noticed a certificate of appreciation signed by Air Force One’s pilot.
If you’ve ever travelled to Washington and happened to take a stroll by the White House, you may have noticed a conspicuous tent surrounded by a slew of signs and posters set up in front of the Obamas’ residence. The tent belongs to a woman named Concepcion Picciotto, who has famously been camped out there since 1981, holding a vigil for peace in front of the home of one of the most powerful men on the planet. Over the years, people have occasionally joined her in her cause, setting more and more posters in the process. During our trip to Washington, the tent had been moved into Lafayette Park across the street from the White House to make room for Obama’s recent inauguration celebrations.