Seven odd questions with Meredith Tomason of RareSweets

Prior to launching RareSweets —her drool-worthy line of desserts available at select markets across D.C. — Tomason pursued a career in theater in New York City. For her third act, she plans to open a RareSweets bakery at CityCenterDC in October. There, she’ll offer pour-over coffees, ice cream and cakes like rhubarb orange blossom (963 Palmer Alley NW;

What is your middle name?
Joan. It’s the same middle name as my mom and grandmother.

Do you have a go-to karaoke song?
I don’t normally do karaoke, but Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” is my jam. I have to be slightly intoxicated to perform it, though.

If you could only have one, and it didn’t affect your health, which would you choose: sleep or food?
Food. But that’s tough.

Do you remember your first word?
It was “bottle.” I was a very large baby and obsessed with food.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist. I thought, “I’m going to play with whales for the rest of my life and it’s going to be awesome.”

Can you name three Wu-Tang Clan songs?
No. Not even going to try. But I did sneak into a seedy bar in New York City when I was in high school and ended up dancing with some of the members.

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
A pair of Prada purple suede pumps with a metal heel. They only come out for very special occasions.

Holley Simmons is the dining editor of Express. When she’s not reporting on local restaurants and tastemakers, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or planting a windowsill herb garden. Contact her at



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