On Thursday I met His Excellency, President Alpha Conde. We had shaken hands once before but this time I was tagging along with the Ambassador and we were actually formally introduced. And I got a souvenir: a can of store-brand maple syrup. The President had just returned from Canada and was apparently much taken with its sticky sweetness so he brought a bunch home to pass around. We diplomatically refrained from telling him the maple syrup is better in Vermont.
I will now make myself a double-maple brunch: Presidential Pancakes and the Jimmy Dean maple breakfast sausage a coworker so thoughtfully brought back from DC. EPIC WIN.