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Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

{Review} Dog Tag Bakery

Located in the Georgetown district of Washington, DC, the Dog Tag Bakery serves not only as a local hot spot for breakfast, lunch, and baked goods but it also serves as a resource to empower the Veterans and military families in the community.

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Last year, I had read an article about the Dog Tag Bakery and thought it was an outstanding concept to not only help military veterans, but provide a delicious service to the community. Once I found out I was moving to the DC area, a friend reminded me it was there and suggested I go visit! It was actually hard to find out about this place online, which suggested to me they may benefit from using local SEO services to boost their online presence.

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Nestled on the corner of a side street in Georgetown, the Dog Tag Bakery provides an inviting, cozy, and safe environment for all their patrons. Whether you are a Veteran or a businessman, the Dog Tag Bakery’s home-like atmosphere makes you want to stay for hours enjoying coffee and pastries. I really loved that the decor of Dog Tag was patriotic without being over the top. The red, white, and blue was perfectly infused into the design while maintaining a modern, classic feel.

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One of the focal points of the bakery is a chandelier made only of dog tags. The display not only serves as a centerpiece for one of the sitting areas, but it also is a talking point for all those who visit the bakery. Next to the display is a World War II dog tag maker that is used in the store to punch the names of all the Veterans the bakery provides help. Those tags are then hung in the display. It’s a beautiful tribute to the men and women who so bravely serve our country in the military.

Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

Dog Tag Bakeries menu consists of fresh baked bread, croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls and other breakfast items as well as sandwiches made with meat from local veteran-run farms, coffee, cookies, and layer cakes.

Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

Dave came with me to the bakery and he ordered the crumb cake and a double espresso. Unfortunately he ate it before I could take a picture of it, but he assured me it was delicious!

Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

I ordered a cappuccino, a snickerdoodle cookie, and a slice of chocolate layer cake. The cappuccino was the best I have had since being back in the USA. The barista hand packed the espresso grounds and freshly brewed the shots for my drink. I was offered a choice of milk and amount of foam. It reminded me of the cappuccino I loved so much when I was in Italy. The snickerdoodle was soft, chewy in the middle, and packed full of cinnamon flavor. Delicious!

Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

The slice of chocolate cake was rich, chocolatey, dense, moist and covered in the most delicious chocolate ganache I’ve ever had. It took me an hour to eat this slice because it was so good I truly needed to savor any bite.

Curious why there are no cupcakes at this bakery? The staff told me that the market is already so saturated with cupcakes and there are two huge cupcake stores within walking distance from Dog Tag… there’s no need to sell cupcakes at their bakery. Makes sense! The Dog Tag pastry chef was trained in France so the baguettes and breads are authentic to the French style of baking!

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Before we left, my husband decided he wanted to try one of their roast beef sandwiches. The sandwich included a fresh roll topped with pickled red onion, loaded with local roast beef, a pepperjack cheese and a red sauce. I didn’t take a bit because I’m not generally a big fan of sauce on sandwiches, but my husband who is kind of a sandwich snob said it was the best he’s had since being back in the USA! That’s a big compliment coming from a man who eats a sandwich every day!

Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

A big thank you to the staff behind the counter of the Dog Tag Bakery for making our experience so pleasant and enjoyable! Their smiling faces were genuine and much appreciated!

Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) - Making it deliciously simple for you to empower the lives of our veterans and military families | JavaCupcake.com

More than being a great bakery, Dog Tag Bakery is part of Dog Tag, Inc. whose mission it is to serve Veterans and their families, providing them the tools they need to succeed in the business and life.

From their website…
Dog Tag Inc. is an innovative five-month training program that holistically fosters the growth of driven, entrepreneurial-minded wounded veterans, spouses, and care-givers, through a world-class education, ample leadership development opportunities, and a personalized business management rotation.

By the end of our program, graduating fellows have earned a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. The curriculum serves as an introduction to business from an academic perspective and consists of seven courses that are tailored to the small business-focused goals of our fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, financial management, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.

Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown provides the vehicle to put the classroom learning into context as fellows rotate through the various business roles within the bakery. The storefront includes a state of the art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. We provide experiential learning by facilitating a working rotation through the storefront and non-profit. Fellows will have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including accounting, operations, staff management, product creation, customer service, and marketing. Through a combination of shadowing and project management, our fellows are expected to complete tasks independently while communicating their needs and progress with management.

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Photo courtesy of Dog Tag, Inc.

I need to disclose that I have applied for the Summer 2016 fellowship program at Dog Tag, Inc.. I want to be completely transparent when I say that I am not writing this review because I want to influence my chances of getting into the program. This review is 100% my own personal opinions, with or without being in the fellowship program. Dog Tag, Inc. is an amazing organization and I would feel privileged and honored to be a part of it, whether that’s by reviewing their bakery or being a party of their fellowship program.

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If you’re in the DC area, I suggest putting a stop at the Dog Tag Bakery on your list of must-see places. Not only will you enjoy delicious food, but you’ll be giving back to Veterans and their families members.

Dog Tag Bakery
3206 Grace St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tuesday – Sunday 0800-1800
http://dogtagbakery.com

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Marie Callender’s Comforts from Home

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

Being a military family, we can’t plant our roots in one place and call it home.  We move every few years and our home becomes wherever the military takes us.  Thankfully, we’re able to bring the Comforts from Home where ever we live and the USO helps us do that.Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Most American’s have probably heard of the USO, but many don’t really understand what the organization does for military service members and their families.  Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. (from the USO website)

Personally, my family has been able to utilize the services of the USO the most here in Germany.  While my husband has used the USO in several airports across the world and on military bases while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it wasn’t until we were stationed in Germany that we were able to experience all the USO has to offer as a family.

Twice a week, our local USO located on USAG Bavaria – Grafenwoehr, Germany, USO Grafenwoehr, offers “Dinner for Soldiers”, a program that provides a free, home cooked meal to military service members and their families.  My family attends these dinners 3-4 times a month, most weeks actually.  The USO provides us a much-needed break from our busy life by preparing us a meal and giving us a bit of comfort from home.

This week, I wanted to share one of my favorite comforts from home by baking the soldiers & families my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Over 140 people attended “Dinner for Soldiers” and were able to enjoy a variety of sandwiches including oven-roasted turkey breast and succulent honey ham paired with sharp cheddar cheese. These sandwiches were placed upon fresh-cut bread from the German bakery with various toppings for selection. USO Grafenwoehr volunteers prepared homemade cheesecake and salsa with a variety of chips, topped off with my cookie bars!

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

A big THANK YOU to the awesome USO volunteers who made the dinner happen!

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Not only were single soldiers able to enjoy a home cooked meal, but families and friends did as well.  The USO does an amazing job at providing an inviting, warm place for everyone in the USAG Grafenwoehr community to enjoy.   For our family, home is at the USO.

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

And as recently as this month, the USO Rome in conjunction with the The Chaplain’s Office of the US Army Europe provided my husband and I a once in a lifetime all-expenses paid opportunity to attend a life changing spiritual resiliency pilgrimage throughout Rome and the Vatican.  Without the support of the USO, this opportunity would not have been possible.

To learn more about this USO sponsored journey, read my blog post here!

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Want to Support the USO?
Marie Calender's Comforts from Home Program helps to support USO Operation Celebration. Share your comforts of home and support the USO! | JavaCupcake.com #comfortsfromhome

Purchase Participating Marie Callender’s Products
This fall, Marie Callender’s is gearing up to re-launch the Comforts from Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America’s homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. Military.  Additionally, Marie’s is teaming up with the USO to support USO Operation Celebration™, a program that shares a bit of home with our troops and helps them celebrate the holidays year round.

Every time you enter a code from specially-marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation to the USO to support USO Operation Celebration™. Visit Submit a photo on Facebook to learn more about how you can join Marie Callender’s in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women overseas.

Post a Photo to the Food Network’s Facebook Contest Page
Additionally, Marie Calender’s wants to know what your comforts from home are.   Submit a photo on Facebook in support of the USO, using hashtag #comfortsfromhome and show us what home means to you.  Is it a tradition? A family activities?  Favorite meal or recipe?  For each photo received, $1.00 will be donated to the USO! Also, your photo could be featured on air for the following shows:

  • Kitchen Crashers on DIYNetwork & HGTV – Airing 11/9 and 11/14
  • Hello/Goodbye on Travel Channel – Airing 11/10
  • Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network & Cooking Channel — Airing 12/14 and 12/19

Two simple ways you can support the USO and provide people like me the chance to enjoy comforts from home!

Visit www.ComfortsfromHome.com to join Marie Callender’s in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women overseas.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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