This past weekend was special: the senior pediatrics class at my program graduated and we celebrated with a big, fancy gala; I had a day off; I gave in to Instagram (thus, this post’s awesome pictures); and Jeffrey and I indulged in Georgetown Cupcake!
I was prancing around Newbury Street in downtown Boston the other day, window-shopping and pretending I actually have money to spend, when I came upon a gigantic line (as in, 4 or 5 blocks worth of line) of people holding little pink menus. Intrigued, I followed to the very front and learned I had stumbled upon the grand opening of Georgetown Cupcake’s new Boston location, in the heart of Boston’s most popular art, fashion, and shopping spot. I ran into a friend from residency during the process, and learned she’d been in line for something like 4 hours!
If you’re thinking the name Georgetown Cupcake sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it on TV. The little bakery started as a small business venture between two sisters in Washington DC. Their gourmet cupcakes were so amazing that they routinely sold out of goodies, quickly outgrew their original location, and moved to a bigger spot in the middle of Georgetown. Eventually, the small-bakery-turned-phenomenon was picked up by TLC, and the reality show DC Cupcakes was born. Yes. You’ve run into it while flipping through channels.
Still, I couldn’t possibly fathom standing in line for cupcakes. A week later, I found myself back in Newbury Street with Wolfgang and Jeffrey, this time to pick up a ridiculous-looking new pair of prescription glasses for myself. The line was about a block long. But just as we started to discuss how we would never get to try them because we would never stand in that line, there was lightning. Then, there was thunder. THEN, a crazy gush of wind simultaneously blew over the umbrellas of all the street cafes lining Newbury Street. And the rain came down with a force so striking and so unexpected that the line dispersed as everyone wimpily flew to safety.
But not Jeffrey, Wolfgang, and I. We stood there, in the rain—soaking and laughing at how ridiculously fortunate this situation was. And when the entrance to the bakery was in clear view, the three of us RAN TO THE JACKPOT! We barged in wet and muddy and carrying a wet dog that smelled like wet dog… and in under 5 minutes we had purchased half a dozen of these mystery gourmet cupcakes I had been cultivating so much curiosity about.
The options were extraordinary, but eventually we chose (clockwise from top left) key lime, mint chocolate chip with oreo, red velvet, salted caramel, coconut, and double chocolate.
We rushed home to enjoy them and the thunderstorm from the comfort of our dry abode…
And all I can say is: OH. MY. GOD. I’m already looking forward to the next thunderstorm.