We Greeks do like our desserts. Afterall, is there a better way to wash down a savory lamb/beef gyro other than with a cup of strong Greek Coffee and a pastry?

I say όχι!

Growing up I developed a taste for a few favorites that my family made during the holidays. It was those special times that we enjoyed a taste of the homeland here in Michigan, and put aside the Oreos or Nilla Wafers for a meal or two.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Galaktoboureko (γαλακτομπούρεκο) - Greek custard between layers of filo.
  • Rizogalo (ρυζόγαλο) - Rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon.
  • Kourabiedes (κουραμπιέδες) - Holiday cookies made by kneading flour, unsalted butter and crushed roasted almonds (with a touch of whiskey), and generously dusted with powdered sugar.
  • Melomakarona (μελομακάρονα) - "Honey macaroons" which are cookies soaked in a syrup of diluted honey (μέλι or meli in Greek, thus melo-makarona), then sprinkled with crushed walnuts.
  • Baklava (μπακλαβά) - A rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with honey.

At Mezes, since a sweet ending is part of the meal, we offer housemade Rice Pudding and Baklava. Each in their own rite are time consuming and a labor of love.

So drop in for a cup of pudding or a slice of pastry and a cup of Greek Coffee, then head out to the Diag and enjoy a beautiful Michigan Summer’s day. You deserve it.

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