Pasteli, sesame candies, the energy bar of the Gods

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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Another solution for Greece please

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I am sure you cannot escape the news covering the Greek crisis. With a referendum looming over our heads and Greece being bossed by the European Central Bank, as the BBC put it, there is a lot of worry and rightly so. I will not repeat news you already know, instead I decided to have a guest do some speaking, Anastasia originally from Australia, now living in Thessaloniki. I believe her voice, like mine, represents public opinion much more than any of the news have presented so far. Please read on:

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Little gems of Athens

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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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