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A few weeks ago we went on holiday to the United States, and one of the cities we visited was the nation’s capital – Washington DC. We did the typical touristy things. A few of the sights we saw included the White House, the Washington & Lincoln Monuments, and a few of the museums. But the thing I was most looking forward to seeing was Julia Child’s kitchen. For those of you not familiar with Julia Child, she was a cooking legend. Julia was American, but moved to Paris with her husband in the late 1940’s where she fell in love with French cuisine. To help pass the time, she enrolled herself in the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school where, I guess you could say – she mastered the art of french cooking. Julia moved back to the US in the 1960’s, and also released her first book by the name of “Mastering The Art Of French Cooking” which quickly became a best seller, and is still an essential in any cookbook collection.
I’ve got a few of Julia’s book’s, and every single thing I’ve made from them has been absolutely delicious. Julia inspired millions with her cooking, but one of the things that really intrigued me about her was that she had a gadget for everything. Seriously, I mean everything!! She had gadgets galore, and gadgets for even the most obscure things you could think of. So obscure, I can’t even remember what they were! Like Julia, I’m also obsessed with kitchen gadgets, but sadly my collection has a long way to go before it can even compare to Julia’s. I think maybe the oddest thing in my collection is a butter curler, which really isn’t that odd at all.
When Julia Child passed away in 2004 she donated her entire kitchen and it’s contents to the Smithsonian Institution who carefully reinstalled her it exactly how it appeared in her own home into a permanent exhibit in the American History Museum.
The next day we went off in search of cupcakes, and ventured into the Georgetown area of Washington DC where a Sprinkles Cupcakes had opened only a few days before. We also had to check out the infamous Georgetown Cupcakes, which has it’s own reality show on TLC in North America (we don’t get the show here in the UK). I had been warned previously be several people that the cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes weren’t that good, but I had to see for myself. The shop opened at 10:00am, but when we walked passed it at 9:45am I was absolutely amazed at how long the line up was, and it wasn’t even a weekend! We went and stood in line around 10:00, and lucky for us it moved quite quickly. We were even warned by a man in line behind us that the cupcakes we were about to purchase weren’t very good, and that the best ones in DC were actually from a shop down the road called Baked and Wired (we never did make it there though).