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Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program - Summer Cohort 2016

Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program – Week 2

Another fantastic week of the Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program has concluded and my head and heart are about to explode with knowledge, emotions, and ideas!

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Testing soups from a vendor to potentially be sold at Dog Tag Bakery.

This week began my second class at Georgetown University – Principles of Marketing with Professor Charles Skuba.  Before this class, I never truly understood what the term marketing meant.  I thought it was only about how to best advertise my product or service but quickly learned it is much more than just that.  Marketing is branding, identity, research, and knowing your customer and what they want/need.  It was a very eye opening first lecture and I am excited to learn more!

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Fallon, Megan and Betsy SO EXCITED about marketing! Ha!

One of the guest speakers this week were two Marine veterans who started their own coffee shop.  Harrison & Michael of Compass Coffee began dreaming about a business in coffee during their Afghanistan deployment when coffee was the one thing they always had to keep them sane and happy.

Harrison & Michael gave us the no bullshit hard truth about starting up a small business and kept it 100% real.  It’s hard work, takes a lot of money and time and is incredibly rewarding! They definitely gave me a lot to think about.

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Harrison & Michael – Co-Founders of Compass Coffee

My favorite part of this week was the rotation in the kitchen with Kyle, the savory cook at Dog Tag.  Kyle taught us knife skills while making gazpacho soup.  I learned how to cut an onion the right way.  It was life changing and I totally plan to do a blog post with Kyle about it just as soon as he gets back from vacation!

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I love how the guys in this picture are already tired of me taking pictures of EVERYTHING we do.  Ha!  It’s only week two fellas… get used to it!!

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Veggies ready to marinate overnight before being blended into soup

All those vegetables we learned to dice went into a gazpacho soup that was sold in the bakery this week.   I’d never made gazpacho before so this was really fun to see all the ingredients that went into making it.

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Thanks Kyle for teaching us your mad knife skills!

Of course for lunch on Thursday, I had to eat what I made! Chilled Gazpacho Soup with roasted baguette croutons and fresh bread.

Heaven.

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Saving the best of the week for last…

During a reflection session, I was asked to think about the following question…

[bctt tweet=”What is your greatest barrier to achieving your dreams?” username=”javacupcake”]

I knew right away there were a few things that were holding me back

  • Money
  • Feeling scared
  • Lack of family support
  • Unclear what my dream is

That last reason was really holding me up from figuring out how to work through/around/with/over the barriers.   So I decided to write down what I did know about my dream… What it IS and what it IS NOT.

Here’s what my dream IS NOT: 

  • Working alone/being alone – I need interaction with people.  I crave it and it fills my soul and spirit.
  • Being a full time blogger – I know this may be surprising, but I do not feel fulfilled solely from blogging.  Blogging will always be a part of me, but I don’t want it to be the only thing.
  • Corporate life – Although knowing business and how to run a business are important, I know I do not want to work for a huge corporate company that has lost touch with the people.  No thank you.
  • Working for someone else – This doesn’t mean I don’t ever want to work for someone else, but I know that whoever that person is needs to share the same goals and dreams I do.  I am a self-starter and have a lot of great ideas that I’d want to become a reality, so I need to work for a person/company that can support that.

On the flip side, here is what my dream IS:

  • Helping others – In any shape or form
  • Being a part of a community – My neighborhood, the military community, the refugee community
  • Making a difference – I truly want to make a difference in this world, whether it be with an individual, group, company, community.
  • Providing a good/service that brings joy to others
  • Being a part of a team with like-minded people with the same goals
  • Being a leader – I want to inspire others to realize their own potential within the mission of whatever I do.

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It felt so good to put this all down on paper and to really give what my dream looks like a shape.  I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing, but I know that if it includes these things… I will be happy.

I am so excited to see how this Fellowship Program is going to help me shape what my dream is and in turn I will bring it to life!  Only great things are happening from here on out!!!

To learn more about the Dog Tag, Inc fellowship program at the Dog Tag Bakery check them out on the web and Facebook!

 

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Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program – Week 1

This summer, I have the pleasure of being involved in the Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program in Georgetown, Washington DC.  Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities, spouses, and caregivers by offering an education at Georgetown University and experiential learning in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) program, transitioning veterans earn a Certificate of Business Administration from Georgetown University and are business ready, competitive, and employable.

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Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program – Summer Cohort 2016

Read about all the amazing fellows in this program with me here!

Although the program has just begun, I have learned so much already.  As I navigate through this journey, I want to share with you the highlights of the process and the bits of knowledge and understand that I have learned.  I’m going to try to write a weekly recap and summary of my time in the program and what I’ve learned.

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The first few days were super exciting and were filled with a whirlwind of knowledge, introductions, and overviews of the program.

We met with Alumni of the program and were able to pick their brains about their experiences, good times and bad, attempt to get a sense of what we had gotten ourselves in to.

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We were also fortunate to meet with the President of the Board of Directors of Dog Tag, Inc., Phil Cassidy.  Phil has had a long career in business including working for Jack Welch, CEO of GE as his Chief of Staff.

There were a few things that Phil said that have resonated with me.

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“Control your own destiny or somebody else will.”  When Phil said this, I instantly knew what he meant and why I was in this program.  I was here to seize my life and make it into what I want it to be.  This is now MY TURN to control my destiny and not leave it to the Army or outside influences to decide for me.

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Phil also advised us to “…make sure you surround yourself with smart people.  You will always be successful.” As I heard him say this, I looked around the room at the other fellows in the cohort and wondered what their strengths were.  I have begun to see them in these first few days, but I know by the end of the experience I will have gained so much understanding, insight and knowledge into myself and my life’s goals.   Phil also advised us that when we own our own businesses and start to hire employees, that we should always hire people who are smarter than us.  Surround ourselves with people who are good at things you lack in.  Creating a team is better for the business than creating competition.  Smart man, Phil is.

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After the orientation was complete, we moved into the meat of the program… lectures, classes with Georgetown, and guest speakers.  My favorites included a talk about Intellectual Property Rights from Gail Lione (a professor of Law at Georgetown University) and the first day of our Principles of Management class with Dr. McCabe, a professor at Georgetown School of Business.

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Gail provided so much insight into what it means to trademark and patent things as well as what “fair use” means and how it applies to my role as a food photographer and blogger.  I plan to write-up a short synopsis of what I learned for my blogging community in the near future.

Dr. McCabe’s class will teach me what it means to be a good leader and manager of a business.  I’m really excited to learn his theories and techniques and apply them to my life as a parent and in the future as an employer!

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Along with book learning and guest speakers, as Fellows we will take part in four rotations at the bakery with different executive members of the company.   We’ll be in rotation with the Executive Pastry Chef, the General Manager of the bakery, the Director of Development and the Director of Business Operations where we will learn their role in the company from the bottom to the top and getting hands on experience in their role.  This fellowship program is a comprehensive look what it means to be an entrepreneur and business person in a real-world way.

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My Rotation Group: Me, Executive Pastry Chef Rebecca Clerget, Merceditas, and Sharod

My first rotation will be five weeks with Executive Pastry Chef, Rebecca Clerget. At the bakery, Rebecca is responsible for the management of bakery operations, execution and implementation of menu items for our retail bakery and overseeing the baking and pastry training for our veterans and their spouses.  So not only will she be teaching me how to bake like a professional, but she’ll be teaching me how to run a bakery kitchen.

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During our first two days in the kitchen with Rebecca, she has given us a tour of the bakery and talked about why things were placed where they were and how basic operations work as well as have us get right into making some of the products that are sold at the bakery!

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So far, we’ve made gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, sugar cookies and summer berry tarts!  If you’re in the Georgetown area this weekend, swing by the bakery and try some of yummies my team made!

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The summer berry tarts are seasonal and won’t be around much longer, so I highly suggest to get in and try one!! They are incredibly flavorful and so darn delicious!

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Final Thoughts:

As I look back on my first days as a Fellow, our program director, Kyle asked us to think about what our first impressions of the program and experience were.  Besides the specific content of the program that we learned, I also learned a lot about myself.

The transition from being the primary caregiver to my entire family to the one who leaves everyday for work has been a difficult one.  My ability to trust that my husband was adequately taking care of the kids and life at home really tested my faith in my husbands abilities.  I needed to learn to let go and trust that my husband is capable of taking care of things.  And you know what… he has been.

[bctt tweet=”This is the time to be selfish, to work on my goals & strengthen my life.  Not tomorrow. Today. ” username=”javacupcake”]

Finally, I came to realize that these 5 months are for me… and only me.  I am allowed to take these months to focus on what I want, what I need and let my family, friends and community support me like I have supported them.  It is finally time for me to be selfish.

I have ideas of what I want my life to look like, but I know this program will help shape what that will be.  I am so excited to see how I transform over the next five months!

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{Review} Georgetown Cupcake – Washington, DC

In the bustling suburbs of Washington, DC, Georgetown Cupcake is a famous bakery that serves up delicious cupcakes to thousands of fans hoping to get a glimpse into stars behind the Food Network’s hit show DC Cupcakes.

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It didn’t take me too long for me to visit Georgetown Cupcake after moving to the DC area.  On the same day that I visited Sprinkles Cupcakes in DC, I walked just a few blocks down the same street to Georgetown Cupcake.

Everyone told me that I should expect huge lines at Georgetown so I was anticipating a line out the door and around the block.  However, that was not the case on the day I visited.  From the outside, this famous cupcake shop looked just like any other.  The only difference being the huge signs in the window advertising their show, DC Cupcakes.

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The first thing you see upon entering the cupcakery is the massive display of their cupcake flavors.  Tiers upon tiers of cupcakes loaded with frosting in countless flavor combinations.  It was overwhelming… and had me wondering… do they really sell that many cupcakes in a day?

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We were there late in the afternoon and I couldn’t wrap my head around them selling so many cupcakes that late in the day!

That wasn’t all the cupcakes they had on hand either… they had this bakers rack full of them and I’m certain there were more in the back too!

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That is A LOT of cupcakes!

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I couldn’t decide which cupcake I wanted to try, so I went home with a dozen.  Ha.

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From left to right, top to bottom… I chose lemon, cookies n cream, vanilla birthday, chocolate birthday, strawberry, and red velvet.

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In comparison to other cupcakes I have had, the cupcakes at Georgetown were a bit on the smaller size.  Especially in comparison to the cupcakes at Sprinkles, which were huge compared to these.  However, they did not disappoint on flavor!

Each cupcake was distinctly the flavor it was supposed to be, including the strawberry.  The red velvet is one of their top sellers and the cream cheese frosting was rich and delicious.  The cookies n’ cream cupcake was my favorite with the chocolate close behind.  My kids loved the vanilla birthday.

The one big downfall to Georgetown Cupcake… the customer service.

Take a tour of Georgetown Cupcake with The JavaCupcake Blog | https://javacupcake.comI’m not one to write bad reviews, but the customer service was horrible at this cupcakery.  I felt as though I was cattle being herded through the food line.  The girls taking my order couldn’t get me through their register fast enough and offered no help or assistance in helping me fulfill my order.  Once we placed our order, it was fulfilled at the pick-up counter by another employee who was as equally cold to us.  Put our cupcakes in the box, called our number and that was it.

I had heard so much about how great the cupcakes at Georgetown are that the last thing I expected was for the experience to be ruined by cold employees.  Quite frankly, it was disappointing and such a turnoff to Georgetown as a whole.

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When I think about my experience just a few minutes prior at Sprinkles Cupcakes compared to the experience at Georgetown, it was like night and day.  Sprinkles was welcoming, kind, and helpful while Georgetown was cold, unapproachable and unhelpful.

I can’t say that I’ll never eat a Georgetown cupcake ever again, but I definitely will not recommend going there if you want to have a great experience.  Save that for Sprinkles.   Order Georgetown for parties… definitely.  Their cupcakes were delish!

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For more about Georgetown Cupcakes, visit their website.  You can also check out their LIVE cupcake cams here!

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Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

For only a few days in Spring, the Tidal Basin at The National Mall in Washington, DC shifts into beautiful shades of pink, white, and green in a magical celebration of the changing season!

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After living in Europe for 5 years, I was unsure of how I felt about moving back to the USA.  Would America be able to “WOW” me like Europe did with its abundant sights, travel opportunities and whimsical appeal?

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Yesterday, I visited the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal Basin at The National Mall and I was not only impressed, but overwhelmed by their beauty and magnificence!

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The blooms were about half open yesterday when I visited with the expected peak to be in the next day or two.  There were a great deal of people visiting the Tidal Basin, but it wasn’t so crowded that I couldn’t stop to take these beautiful photos.

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There is something so simple about the flowers on the cherry blossom tree that draws me in.  Each flower is delicate and dainty, but put arranged together in their natural bunch, the blooms are a grand display of nature’s majesty.

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I could have spent hours sitting on the lawn surrounding the Tidal Basin gazing at the beauty of the cherry blossoms, watching the people, and enjoying the warmth of the sun shining down on me.  It was glorious.

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There were even a few tulips blooming already!  Tulips are my favorite flower and I am so excited to visit Burnside Farms in Virginia for one of the largest displays of tulips in North America!

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The National Park Service had a couple of cherry blossom stores set up around the Tidal Basin as well as an ice cream cart and food stands.   Matty enjoyed a big popsicle and I had an ice cream sandwich to cool off.  It was perfect.

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Just across from the Tidal Basin is the Washington Monument.  On this visit to The National Mall, I had not planned on visiting the monument because I had seen it just a few weeks back.  However, as we passed by it on the way to the Smithsonian (Matty wanted to see a “castle”) I saw a small patch of cherry blossom trees with the monument behind that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of!

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There are so many descriptive words that come to mind as I look at the beauty and massiveness of the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

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Magical.  Breathtaking.  Glorious. Magnificant.

Just to name a few.

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If you live in the DC Metro area or are planning a visit, I highly recommend you doing so during Spring so you can experience the Cherry Blossoms!

For more information about the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival website!

There’s even a live webcam of the Tidal Basin and the cherry blossoms if you can’t make in person, you can still see it!

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{Review} Sprinkles Cupcakes – Washington, DC

If you’re looking for a delicious cupcake in Washington DC, look no further than Sprinkles Cupcakes!

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It only took me two weeks of being back in the USA to start looking for my local cupcake shops.  The easiest place for me to begin was with the two shops that everyone knows about in the Washington DC area… Georgetown Cupcake and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Sprinkles Cupcakes started as a cupcake bakery in Beverly Hills, California and was founded by Candace Nelson.  You may know Candace as one of the judges on The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! Sprinkles has 19 locations in 10 states including several Cupcake ATM locations!

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Upon walking into the DC location of Sprinkles Cupcakes, I was greeted with a sweet young woman behind the counter.  She noticed I was looking intently at all the cupcakes and asked if this was my first visit to the bakery.  I told her it was and that I was very excited to be there.  Hearing that it was my first time, the woman made it a point to tell me all about the cupcakes they had on display in the case and offered to answer any questions I had.

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It was later in the afternoon when we were in the shop, so we didn’t have a full stock of cupcakes to choose from, but the selection was still great.   The woman behind the counter said the Red Velvet cupcake was the most popular in the store, but since I’m not a huge fan of red velvet, I opted for the chocolate raspberry and classic vanilla vanilla.

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The frosting on all the cupcakes are frosted by hand with their signature flat sides and top.  Each cupcake is topped with the Sprinkles signature sugar candy.   Seasonally the swap out the classic double dot for hearts and other shapes.

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These cupcakes were pretty fantastic!  I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh and moist the cake still was by the end of the day when I tried these cupcakes!

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My personal favorite flavor combination is chocolate and raspberry together, so I knew I had to taste this cupcake.  And let me tell you… it did not disappoint!  The cake was rich, moist and delicious and the raspberry frosting complimented it perfectly!  Yum!

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I always judge a cupcake shop based on their vanilla cupcake.  If they can’t perfect the classic then they have no business being in the cupcake business.  The Sprinkles vanilla cupcake is as close to perfect as you can get in a vanilla cupcake.  The cake had a light crumb and was packed full of vanilla beans and amazing vanilla flavor.  Their classic American buttercream was had perfect amount of  sweetness and was creamy and so good.  Seriously.  So good.

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From start to finish, my entire experience at Sprinkles was fun!  The pink colors of the bakery are inviting and playful, the staff is incredibly friendly and the cupcakes are delicious! My time at this cupcake shop was exactly what I want an experience at a world-famous cupcake shop to be like… memorable!

If you’re in the DC area, make sure to check out the cupcakes at Sprinkles… it’s an experience you won’t want to miss out on!

Sprinkles Cupcakes – Georgetown
3015 M Street NW
Washington, CD 20007
2 blocks east of Wisconsin Avenue NW
(202) 450-1610
Monday – Saturday 9 – 9 Sunday 10 – 8
cClosed on Thanksgiving and Christmas

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{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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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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

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