Open-air cinemas in Athens, therino


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Summer in the city comes with scorching temperatures in Athens but also great pleasures. For a change I’m not talking food, but the gorgeous screens you can find all over Athens:therino, our open air cinema! Continue reading

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Greek Christmas, food et al


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kourabiedes

I hope you are ready for the Christmas holidays. I definitely am and probably have my hands on some melomakarona or kourabiedes as you read! In this post I couldn’t resist sharing some Greek Christmas traditions with you to mark the occasion, along with some of our favourite and most traditional Christmas food.

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25 years, 25 flavours at NJV Athens Plaza


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NJV-Athens-Plaza---Parliament-Restaurant-H-(6) Last Tuesday I was a guest to a very special anniversary. Executive Chef Nikos Giannopoulos celebrated 25 years of flavours at the Parliament, the restaurant at Athens Plaza hotel. It was a journey of flavour, marking every year with a very special dish.

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Pasteli, sesame candies, the energy bar of the Gods


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pasteli

Do you like sesame? Normally we get discreet tastes of it on bread or burger buns. You might be using its oil on salads or scooping up dollops of houmous on pita bread for its distinct flavour. In Greece we are very well acquainted with the humble sesame seed and we have a very soft spot for golden sweet honey. We use them both to make pasteli and this preparation is so old, it is only fair to call them the energy bars of the Gods. Continue reading

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Vima Gourmet Food blog awards – I am in!


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Vima foodblog awards 2015

You have perhaps noticed a bit of upheaval in my social media lately. There is a competition, quite a big one! It’s the first food blog awards organised in Greece. The initiative and organisation of this competition is taken up by the creative team in Vima Gourmet, one of the most popular food magazines in Greece. Continue reading

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Greece in crisis, let’s have some courgette fritters


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Greece is in the spotlight again and the topic is as hot as potatoes. Will we go bankrupt, will we not?  Will we stay in the EU, or will we go? But is this really news? In Greece people have been living with uncertainty and fear of Grexit for years. Five to be exact. Continue reading

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Workshops: cooking and sharing!


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cooking workshops

Cooking stirs up the fondest memories. Whether in the family home or around my grans, there are wonderful smells emerging from the memory cupboards and tastes that do not fade no matter how long it has passed. Continue reading

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Little gems of Athens


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going out in Athens

So here is me, being out with friends for the best part of last week. We went for drinks, we went for food, we went all over the place, even to the open-air cinema; the screens have started opening their doors the past couple of weeks. It’s been a while that I wanted to do a best of list of places for going out in Athens and I am always met with indecisiveness – there are too many places with gorgeous views to the Parthenon, scrumptious food and delectable cocktails. My lists are growing long, very long indeed but here are a few gems I visited last week that I will definitely recommend to anyone stopping by Athens for a long weekend. Continue reading

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Carnival in Metaxourgeio


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Carnival in Athens, pretty much in the Dionysian manner

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Have I mentioned carnival? Yup it is carnival time and there are many celebrations around town.

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