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!
TODAY IS NATIONAL OLIVE DAY AND NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY!
Another very interesting holiday celebrating two very different foods.
First up, the olive. It’s perhaps the most Mediterranean thing we can think of. They just represent the flavors of the whole region, whether Greek or Italian or Persian… And from its amazing use as olive oil (you should always have some on hand) to stuffing them with stuff, you can do a lot with olives.
Luckily enough for us, our local Lund’s & Byerly’s has an olive bar that is uncontested in the area. Be wowed:
Look at olive ’em!
Here was our pick of the olives. Feta stuffed, garlic stuffed, Italian, and Kalamata. About to go sailing on a journey across the ocean to our stomachs.
After an easy dinner at home, we were able to celebrate the second part of today thanks to Target. Here’s the thing about hazelnuts. We’re fairly positive that if not for Ferrero, most of the US would not really know much about hazelnuts. Not like we know that much about the nuts, but as soon as you mention the word, people start dreaming up the flavor of Nutella. Well, Nutella or no Nutella, we had our hazelnut cake. In fact, we would recommend it. It’s very tasty and easy to share!
Tomorrow is National Rotisserie Chicken Day and National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day.