Anyone who grew up in Charlotte, NC knows that the best thing about South Park (South Park, the mall, much different than the tv show) was the Hovan Gourmet restaurant in the food court. Ten years ago the mall had a makeover and Hovan was replaced with a Lord and Taylor, and I haven't had a Hovan wrap since.
What is a Hovan? It's a Mediterranean wrap that has the most amazing cream cheese herb spread. It's sold in slices and the taste is unlike anything else. Hovan Gourmet is still in business, just no longer in North Carolina. If you're reading this and live in Georgia or Florida do yourself a favor and go to Hovan right now. HERE's a link to the locations. Don't even attempt to make the spread because the real thing is amazing. For everyone else, I did several searches (and looked on Pinterest) and I believe I've found the mystery recipe to make the amazingly addictive Spread.
Another thing that makes Hovan so amazing is the bread they use. I remember it being a super soft, thin wrap. Much softer than a tortilla. In picking up the other ingredients at The Fresh Market, I saw their hand made pita bread. I got a pack and cut the pita pocket in half and it was very similar to the bread used at Hovan.
Other than the amazing spread and bread, I couldn't remember all the other Hovan ingredients. I laid turkey and spring mix lettuce on top. I think the real Hovans have like a oil and vinegar dressing on them too, but I didn't want to risk messing my wrap up or taking away from the awesome herb spread I made.
I wrapped it up and sure enough... it was very VERY CLOSE to the Hovan I remember. It's the kind of spread that you crave after having it even once. Gavin LOVED it and I feel so lucky I've found this awesome recipe. I had to do a post and share it with all of you!
Update on tiny Gav. We're headed off to the Dr. this morning even though he's stopped throwing up. Hoping the norovirus has peaced-out of his tiny belly. I'm prepping for my bday vacay and washing my hands like a crazy person. Ok maybe that was after I shared my lunch with Gav. So hoping I have a stomach of steel and won't start throwing up big time. And if I do... we still have some more of his amazing anti-nausea pills the dr called in for us. Yay for modern medicine :)