He says potato, I say po-tah-to. He says tomato, I say to-mah-to. He says Senator In-NO-way (as in Inouye), and I say OMG–that is not how you pronounce it! For those who don’t already know, Mr. Chow and I are opposites, especially when it comes to snack preferences. He’s a salty person, I’m a sweets person. I’ll take cookies over chips, brioche over bagels. ANYDAY.
In spite of my dessert proclivity, I don’t frequent bakeries in the area very often. Partially because I have a temporary restraining order against desserts that start with the letter C. But things are a changing in 2012 thanks to LeoNora Bakery.
My love affair with LeoNora began when I tasted their offerings at Arrowine—baguettes and then buttery brioche. Most recently, they opened up a cute little shop in Clarendon where the ovens are hot and the pain au chocolate is super fresh. We checked it out on opening day. Lots of free samples everywhere. Yum!
On our first visit we bought sweet little dessert thingamajigs (Gougeres?) that are perfectly delicate, airy, and sweet. The main baker at the shop mentioned that the sugar on these things is purchased from the one and only place in the US that sells it. Wow! We savored each bite of these. And closed our eyes, too. Mmmmmmm.
We also picked up a container of six mini hazelnut cakes. Half were gone before we got home. These cakes are really moist and have a great hazelnut taste. Perfect for an after dinner dessert, early morning breakfast with a cup of tea, or just a snack for no reason at all!
Last but not least, we got two mini quiches. One spinach variety, another ham(?) and cheese variety. The crust on the quiche is amazing. When things are little, I fear they will be dry or hard. But this was the exact opposite. Every bite was buttery, flakey, and totally delicious. A bit pricey for each, but totally decadent and worth it.
Please check this place out!! It’s amazing, UH-mazing, a-MAYYY-zing (or however you want to pronounce it)!
1108 N Irving St
Arlington, VA 22201
Check out LeoNora’s website for additional baked items for sale, as well as delivery information.