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Buzz Bakery: Cute Overload

July 18, 2011

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my posts about Nicaragua. It clearly came through what an incredible experience I had there and I was happy to share it with all of you! What should be the next adventure?

In Korea, the buzzword was ‘cute’: toys, TV shows, clothes, stickers, ‘Boys Before Flowers’ — it was all cuuuuute. I got a little ‘cute’-ed out while living in Seoul but during my time at Alexandria’s adorable Buzz Bakery, I couldn’t stop using the c-word. I mean, come on…!

Cute!

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One of the perks of having Fridays off — I work Sunday afternoons/evenings instead — is meeting friends in different neighborhoods where they work. This week it was Alexandria, Va., where Allie bikes to work every day from Dupont Circle. She suggested meeting for lunch at Buzz and while I’d had the cupcakes a few times — my grandmother hands them out every once in a while — I’d never sat down at the cafe or ordered anything else.

Most of the bakery case is filled with decadent-looking cupcakes, pastries and pies but there’s a small lunch shelf devoted to lunch, with paninis, some of which come from Birch & Barley, and salads. I went for the lunch special: half of a panini with a salad and drink.

Tomato-mozzarella panini with chickpea-dill salad and MASH lemon peel-ginger root drink

I was a little wary because the sandwiches aren’t made fresh but this came out warm, with crispy bread that didn’t taste like it had spent long wrapped in plastic. The chickpea-dill salad was especially fresh-tasting. And lemon+ginger was an amazing combination — I’m already thinking of aguas frescas I can make with those flavors!

Everything about Buzz impressed me, from the overall freshness of the food to the eco-friendly atmosphere and ‘eat local’ attitude. I loved that signs clearly marked where it was okay to park with a laptop and iPad and where were ‘tech-free’ zones. Sometimes you just need to unplug!

Of course, you can’t go to Buzz Bakery without ordering a cupcake. After debating for a minute — there are dozens of flavors to choose from — Allie and I split the Buzz signature cupcake (chocolate with mocha frosting). Tastebud explosion!

Travel Eat Repeat loves Buzz’s motto: Eat Sweet. Repeat.

The simple fact is that Buzz’s food tastes good. t’s worth trekking out to Alexandria (or the new Arlington location, for something a little closer in). And when you go, please bring me back a cupcake or 12.

Cupcakes: fad or here to stay? Whether or not they stay trendy, cupcakes are my favorite dessert. I always request them on my birthday rather than cake.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. lowandbhold permalink
    July 18, 2011 10:10 am

    Oh, there’s a BUZZ cafe right by me in Arlington too. I’ll have to check it out, it looks way cute 🙂

  2. July 18, 2011 12:57 pm

    Looks delicious. I love cupcakes too so I hope they are here to stay 🙂

  3. July 19, 2011 1:56 pm

    Aw, this place does look cute! I just caught up on all your posts this month, and your trip to Nicaragua did look amazing! I wish I were leaving to go there tomorrow! It’s beautiful, and I am with you on seeing the true life of a place when you visit: the good and the bad.

    P.S. Love the blog updates, especially that picture of you. You look stunning!

  4. July 20, 2011 5:26 am

    That place is really cute!! Yum yum yum. Love everything about it. And all the instagram shots. 😉

    Cupcakes? I certainly hope theyre not a fad! That would make me so sad. Oh, wow, I just rhymed.

  5. July 22, 2011 9:35 am

    I love any post of yours that references “Boys Over Flowers.”

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