I got a box full of baklava gems all the way from Syria. I got it as a gift from a dear friend who has not been able to visit his homeland in many years now… I know the feeling… I was surprised that this box of precious, sweet cargo made it all the way to the faraway Balkans. There are a few things in this world that can carry whole regions, cultures, history, lives, and memories in their blueprint. They take you back or forward to a higher, more palatable and hopeful reality. Food has that potential. Each of these Syrian delicacies carries the sweet blueprint of this incredible land, culture and people who have been making them for centuries, and who keep making them to this day, no matter what. In this box of baklavas, I got a piece of Syria. I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious it tastes!