Restaurant Review: Sprinkles Cupcakes

June 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

Yes, I realize I am using the “restaurant review” category a bit loosely, but it is always nice to have standard formatting! Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown prides itself on being the original purveyor of cupcakes and the start of the “cupcake boutique” craze. I took the metro from work to Georgetown with a friend solely for the purpose of trying out these hyped up desserts (yes, we are dedicated in our pursuit of good food).

When we got to the store at around 6:30PM on a Monday, it was mostly empty except for a few customers sitting around at the two tables in the store. Sprinkles has a different line-up of cupcakes every day. We faced a daunting choice of choosing two cupcakes to share among such flavors as key lime, red velvet, mocha, and black and white. The cupcakes are smaller than I expected – they are actually normal-sized. For some reason I was imagining larger cupcakes, but these are actually a good size as they are pretty dense.

I ended up choosing the cinnamon sugar cupcake, described as “lightly spiced buttermilk cake,” which was actually the only one not topped with frosting.

The cupcake was mildly sweet and crumbly – basically like a muffin. I enjoyed the light flavor a lot, as I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth.

My friend chose the black and white, “belgian dark chocolate cake with creamy vanilla frosting.”

This was definitely something! The cake portion was dense and moist, like a very rich chocolate cake. The frosting was too sweet for me – it was basically pure sugar in a smooth buttery form. It was definitely overpowering after a few bites, but if you love intensely sweet desserts, this is the right choice for you.

Each cupcake costs $3.50, but we are lucky enough to be in this summer intern program that provides us with discounts, including one free cupcake each! I would like to come back to try the key lime and pumpkin flavors, but I don’t know if I’ll have time again during the work week, and I would advise against visiting during the weekend. The lines are crazy! Despite the summer heat, people do not let anything get between them and their cupcakes.

I haven’t tried any of the cupcake competition in the area so I can’t say how Sprinkles compares, but it is a pretty solid dessert choice on any day. I have heard that Baked and Wired, as well as Georgetown Cupcakes, are also delicious.

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Restaurant Review: Sushi on Chapel

May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sushi on Chapel is a popular place for students. I went there near the end of the semester to grab dinner with a couple of friends. It was a Monday night a little past 6pm, and the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. The place is located down some stairs, in the basement, so the lighting is rather dim. We were in a hurry and the waitstaff assured us that we could be out of there in an hour.

Prices were fairly reasonable for a sushi place. I started with the miso soup which was $2. It arrived almost immediately. The broth was fragrant and light, not too salty, with tiny chunks of tofu. It was a satisfying appetizer.

Next I ordered off the vegetarian roll section of the menu. The avocado and pickled Japanese radish roll sounded intriguing. Sushi on Chapel uses this special purple rice in all of their rolls. It is really nutty and chewy, very similar to brown rice. It added a nice contrasting texture to the creamy avocado and crunchy pickled radish. I really enjoyed each piece – the avocado was especially outstanding, perfectly ripe, rich, and smooth. This roll was $5.50. The pickled ginger on the side was standard.

Overall, I enjoyed my visit here. The service was quick and polite, and didn’t seem frustrated by the fact that we three college students needed to split the check. Additionally, there is a 10% off discount with a student ID. I definitely want to return next school year and try some of their other rolls.

Restaurant Review: Pepe’s Pizza

March 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

I recently ate at Pepe’s, a famous New Haven establishment known for its pizza. It was around 7:30 on a Saturday night and the place was packed. There are actually two buildings for sit-in dining. We waited in line at the one called “The Spot” since it seemed like it had a shorter wait time. We still waited about half an hour before being seated.

We ordered the traditional pie, which is tomato sauce and sprinkled parmesan, and added mozzarella on top. A small is $8.00 and is the perfect size for two people to share.

So, how was the pizza? I think it is overrated, but then again I’m not a big fan of the thin-crust style – I love my thick doughy crusts. Additionally, the sauce was a little too sweet and overwhelming, and there was not much cheese. There was also a lot of grease pooling on top of the pizza. The service was great, but I don’t think I’ll be coming back.

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