Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffin Mondays by Elizabeth Rees

Every city I lived in I developed a habit for something sweet in the morning. In Germany, it was Oschenaugen, Schoko Croissants, or a pastry with sugary crumbles and icing on top. I cannot remember the name, but they were huge and I would devour them usually if we had a big night from dancing in town.

In New York, it was either a chocolate chip scone from Fairway (the best ever) or a strawberry muffin from our local corner deli.

In Atlanta for my 1.5-year break was the Beso, a Mexican pastry of two shortbread pecan cookies sandwiched with pineapple jam and covered with sugar. I usually would enjoy these after a Bikram yoga class.

DC has been a wide variety of sweet treats, mostly from my local bakery but since I enjoy a wide variety of pastries in the area, I thought it would be fun to start sharing what I do enjoy on a weekly basis with my first cup of coffee, and there is no better way to share it other than, that’s right, Mondays.

Therefore, to start it off, here is my favorite, regular sweet treat here in my local neighborhood: the chocolate chip muffin from Firehook Bakery. Sometimes I have a habit of enjoying these almost three times a week. Totally inexcusable, I know but they are worth it every visit. So much, that I just might go tomorrow and have another with no regrets.

Stay tuned, because Mondays might not always be muffins.

Catch Up by Elizabeth Rees

Such a long time from here. Too long. Much too long. Much has happened since I have last visited here. My schedule has become much less time consuming which means I can focus on sharing again! Just a small recap since I was last here. More of my pictures from my endeavors are on Instagram and Twitter if you want to see more of what I have been up to recently.

I toured the Golden Isles for a very special event of my sister's wedding. Drank one a many gin and tonics, soaked some sun, and enjoyed many walks along the beach. I had the opportunity to have my first Dairy Queen Blizzard in years which was shocking, to say the least. I enjoyed the holidays both in DC and Baltimore. Ate a ton, drank a ton and had a wonderful time with the family and friends. More importantly, I got to make my favorite holiday dish, our family’s very own Oysters Rockefeller. 

Lately however, I have been experiencing very intense food cravings. I think it is because of this crazy weather DC has been experiencing this season. For instance, I can have a chocolate chip muffin every day of my life if I wanted to, no matter how hard someone tries to stop me. Turkey and avocado wraps with lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese have been nonstop, especially since my favorite deli in town knows how to make them the way I like them. Sweet potatoes have also been a thing for me lately, especially sweet potato soup. Its filling for the weather but not too heavy on your stomach. I also developed a trend for peas lately. Peas in pasta, pea soup, pea risotto, you name it. I think Spring was flirting with my taste buds and I had to take advantage of it. 

I have developed a passionate love for scotch over this season and starting to consider to make some of my own digestives and aperitifs. I will keep you posted what I discover, because I am starting to believe that I cannot live without some of these new discoveries.

As for places? Well, I am obsessed with Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill and Mintwood Place is becoming a solid staple, especially since I am not far away from this little treasure. 

There is much more, plus posts that I committed to finish sharing so stay tuned. I just started catching up.