Put on your balaclava!
IT’S NATIONAL BAKLAVA DAY AND NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY!
Baklava is a sophisticated dessert. Much of our Mediterranean friends disagree that it’s anything special, but I mean really. We’re simple people. We would eat a block of chocolate and it would be amazing. Backpedaling, we’re not saying chocolate isn’t sophisticated… just that Baklava has layers.
Layers of filo dough and chopped nuts! It’s all held together by a very particular honey-ish syrup that is characteristic of any baklava.
Our favorite restaurant that serves Baklava is Holy Land, as in, National Gyros Day Holy Land. In addition to our lovely dinner of gyro, we got to take a gander at:
Porque no los dos? We had to try both. The chocolate drizzled one was excellent.
Another favorite thing of ours to eat is bread. Bread bread bread. All the time. It’s something about our genetics that predisposes us to a love of bread. We see bread in our dreams. We even saw a baguette in a zoo once. The sign read, “Bread in captivity.”
Today’s homemade bread was courtesy of the amazingest baker, SPad. This is the guy who used to not be able to find shirts that would fit because his arms were so huge from kneading dough all the time (back when he worked as a baker). These days he focuses on a few breads and is very modest about how amazing his bread really is. His best work is the sourdough:
We wish you could smell this!
Tomorrow is National Vichyssoise Day.
2/3 of the way through the year!
IT’S NATIONAL GYROS DAY AND NATIONAL CHERRY POPOVER DAY!
Alright, let’s get this out of the way. We made cherry popovers with the same recipe that we used for blueberry popovers and raspberry popovers. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a great recipe.
3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla
Drop in cherries and cinnamon sugar.
Delightful! But we know what we’re really here for. It would be foolish to say that SPAK has a favorite restaurant. However… Holy Land is one of those places that we could never get enough of. Ever. Yes, the place that was just on Triple D. Yes, the place that used to print this on their hummus.
This Mediterranean restaurant nails everything they do, from Gyros to Schawarma to Falafel. Just awesome stuff.
One of the few forms of shaving that SP deems reasonable.
SP likes to get the Gyro Lovers’ Combo, which has beef/lamb gyro and the chicken gyro.
AK loves the chicken gyro, with its delicious spices and onions.
Stuff it in a pita and boom. You’re good to go.
They even gave us these cakes for free this time because they love us at Holy Land!
Seriously, if you’re in the Twin Cities, go to Holy Land as soon as you can. It’s a pilgrimage worth making.
Tomorrow is National Blueberry Popsicle Day!
An important holiday for sure.
TODAY IS NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY AND NATIONAL BEANS ‘N FRANKS DAY!
Beanie Weenie, whatever. You take a frank of some sort, mix it in with some baked beans. Our guess is that someone needed to make a dinner out of two convenient, long-lasting foods. Chop up some hot dog and throw it in beans. Boom. There’s even fiber in it, so it’s good for you, right?
SP‘s favorite baked beans.
Very good hot dogs. Easy to prepare.
But there’s a more important thing to talk about today: French Fries.
French Fries are the epitome of the beige food. Ultimately tasty, uniquely made in so many different places, undeniably addictive, and most definitely not good for you in large quantities. In no particular order, we want to salute the following places for their excellent French Fries. Please keep doing what you’re doing:
And many, MANY others. Those are just the first that come to mind. Today we celebrated by picking up a snack at Five Guys. We’ve found among our friends that Five Guys’ fries are polarizing. Some friends say that the reason they give you so many in the bag is because they have to get rid of them, since they’re so bad. Those are people you shouldn’t spend too much time around. Five Guys’ fries are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, fresh and hot, and best covered in cajun spices.
Thanks for the fries!
Tomorrow is National Grand Marnier Day and National Mac and Cheese Day.