Today, November 17, has been declared for all time to be National Baklava Day. And you thought congress was incapable of accomplishing anything worthwhile.
Baklava, of course, is the sweet and nutty dessert made with multiple layers of delicate phyllo dough, honey, rose water and pistachios. It's a staple of most Greek restaurants, and one of our favorites, Taverna Opa, is commemorating the occasion by offering free baklava all day long. Just show up at the Pointe Orlando restaurant and they'll hand you a square of the gooey goodness faster than you can say "Opa!" (Just to be clear, saying "opa" is not a requirement to receive your free baklava.)
If I were you, I'd take advantage of this offer, because tomorrow is National Vichyssoise Day and I don't know of anyone planning to ladle out cold potato soup.
Taverna Opa is at 9101 International Drive, Orlando. It's open today from noon until 11 p.m.
The folks at T.O. also sent along this recipe for Brandy Baklava: