King Cake in DC/Arlington
I know nothing about King Cake but my girlfriend has expressed a desire get one for next week. So I wondering where its available and who's got the best? Also, I think it would be prudent to seek out a very small one since I'm pretty sure I don't like it and she'd be the only one eating it. Thanks for any suggestions.
Since she wants it next week, she's probably thinking about a New Orleans Mardi Gras king cake. What's not to like? It's kind of like a big cinnamon roll, made from a brioche dough, various icings with nothing really sacred about what's on top. There's usually a trinket, generally a pinky-sized plastic baby baked inside, with the one getting the slice with the baby having certain . . . er . . privileges and responsibilities.
I wouldn't be surprised to see it in any of the fancy bakeries this time of year, and maybe even in the bakery department of regular grocery stores. You might call Balducci's or maybe Heidelberg Bakery to check beforehand.
The Wegman's in Sterling had king cakes when we were there on Saturday. I assume they also have them at the Woodbridge store, but it's best to check. I lived in New Orleans for 5 years and it was as good as many I had there. Not as good as cakes from Haydel's or Gambino's, but better than the filled ones that sometimes showed up at work during Carnival season.
I just moved to washington from New Orleans, and have tried a few of the "king cakes" around here and trust me, you'll make your girlfriend a very happy lady by just ordering one online from one of the new orleans bakeries. They go all out at this time of the year and ship all over the country. I recommend gambino's as the best (http://www.cancansys.com/~gambinos//shop/default.php) or haydel's (http://www.haydelbakery.com/kingcakes...). Its a little more pricey probably but a happy girlfriend is priceless