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Is Greece on your “bucket list”?

You may want to rethink “Greece” on your bucket list No, I’m not saying skip Greece. Read on … We hate the phrase “bucket list”. It seems to signify the end of something. It means “been there, done that, got that T-shirt.” Really though, its underlying meaning is something like, “I never have to do […]

Why does ouzo turn white?

The ouzo effect Ouzo is well known as a Greek specialty, a strong apertif enjoyed throughout the country. Famously, it is known to change color from clear to milky white when water or ice is added to it. But why? This is a question that had bothered me for many years. Until recently, it was […]

Tsiknopempti – Feast of the Carnivores!

Tsiknopempti in Athens

Tsiknopempti, literally meaning smokey Thursday, or BBQ Thursday, has a special place in the heart of every self respecting Greek, as it is the tradition where they eat as much meat as they possibly can. It signals the start of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox church members are permitted to eat meat before fasting for Lent. And of course, if you’re not going to eat meat for forty days, you have to make the last day count, right?

Dine like a Greek

You’ve found a Greek taverna that looks good to you. There are lots of people eating there, so you know the food is fresh. Let’s look at the 5 simple rules you’ll need to master to best enjoy dining in a restaurant in Greece. Getting a table You survey the restaurant and locate an empty […]

Heritage and Memory – Focus on Jewish Greece

A ten-day virtual event, Heritage and Memory: A Focus on Jewish Greece, will be held January 27 – February 6, 2021 – bringing together the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Greece’s assumption of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The purpose of IHRA is to unite governments and experts to promote, […]

Yiayia’s spanakopita

This time, I thought I’d share with you an original recipe for spanakopita, one of the most typical and popular dishes in Greek cuisine. This is very similar to what you’d find in the cookbooks or on cooking shows on T.V…  the thing is though, I got this recipe from my grandma, and my grandma […]

Greek Easter, Tradition, food and drinking: Business as usual

For every Greek and Greek community worldwide Easter is coming, and they’re preparing for it like every other year: a lot of food, a lot of wine and beer, talking and laughing and dancing along with family and friends. Every family has someone who usually hosts the Easter events, usually someone with a big back […]

International Day of Monuments, in Athens

Wait a minute, I thought to myself taking another sip of coffee, we have guests & clients who will be in Athens the 17th of April, which means that on the 18th, International Day of Monuments, they can spend it all sightseeing in Athens. Wow, now that’s what I call luck! So since Greece offers […]

Hunger Games: A Greek’s Edition

This year I’m finally going to do it, I told myself. This year I’ll go through all 40 days of Lent without a gram of meat, just like my Greek Orthodox tradition suggests. But it’s not so easy, believe me. I mean, it’s all going well, I’m already past the second week but then I […]

25th of March, Happy Greek Independence Day!

If you’re anywhere in Greece this week you’ve certainly noticed the Greek flags flying. Like everywhere in the world, a country’s independence day calls for celebration. Greece is no different, and in fact, Greek Independence Day is celebrated beyond the capital, across the country – and across the ocean in cities and towns with large […]