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Day 148: Presidential Delights at Praline

Praline Bakery & Bistro

Imagine you have been invited to the White House for dinner.  This first class meal, presented to you with full pomp and circumstance of course, begins with mouth-watering Escargot in a delicate parsley butter followed by Salad Lyonnaise with bacon, perfectly poached egg and crunchy croutons.  The main course, cooked to perfection, is a Seared Paillard of Salmon served over ratatouille and topped with warm balsamic glaze.  Your mouth explodes with delight at the flavor sensations.  And for dessert, oh yes the most amazing dessert of your life, you are offered your choice of Hazelnut Chocolate Dacquoise (dacquoise made with toasted hazelnuts and filled with a thin layer of chocolate mousse and hazelnut cream) or Pear Pithivier (a puff pastry filled with Poire Williams-flavored almond cream and poached pears) and a cup of rich, full-bodied coffee.  Even though you’re at the White House, you really MUST wear your stretchy pants.

But you’re in luck!  You don’t need an invitation to the White House to enjoy this sensational meal and you CAN wear stretchy pants.  It is awaiting you now at 4611 Sangamore Road in Bethesda.  In a quiet spot in The Shops at Sumner PlacePraline Bakery & Bistro offers what may be the closest thing you will find to food perfection in Bethesda in a wonderful array of gourmet meals and sweet delights.

Co-owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel, I am told, met at work – at the White House!  As chefs on the White House staff, they were experts at their craft.  After leaving their posts, Patrick and Susan, opened Praline Bakery & Bistro in 2006 after many years of planning and preparing.  Their 2-story bistro offers an outdoor terrace, a cozy small dining room and a larger dining area.  They have a full catering menu available as well.  Their menus are posted on-line. But I warn you, you won’t leave empty-handed.

My treats today!

I went in today to gather some information for the blog.  I decided NOT to bring in my wallet as I have been eating my way through this blog far too often.  This time I would not be defeated!

I sheepishly stepped inside and was quickly greeted by two smiling ladies behind the pastry counter.  I could hardly make eye contact as we spoke.  I was drawn like a magnet to the display of sweets presented before me like an edible art gallery.  I inquired as to whether I could photograph this delectable display for the blog.  Unfortunately, pictures inside were not allowed.  So what was I to do?  I caved.  I HAD to buy some goodies and take them home to photograph them.  I ran to my car for my wallet and was back buying sweets like they were never going to offer them again.  I bought chocolate croissants (several!), peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies and, my absolute favorite, lemon drop cookies.  I mean really, what was I to do?  The photos MUST be had, right?

Already the cookies have been devoured this evening and only two delicate croissants await us for the morning which will be thoroughly enjoyed with a warm cup of coffee.   I plan to return to Praline again soon to sample more delights and enjoy a meal fit for the President.  It’s a just blog thing, of course.      ~Amy

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