Archive for ‘Greek Food’ Category

How not to get engaged on Santorini

  A trio of  grand new villas opening on Santorini, (see below for details,) makes a trip to the Rock, as it is known affectionately by locals, imperative, and my daughter and her boyfriend felt that I needed the help of a romantic young couple, as that is what Santorini does best. I had a … Read More

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Magical Syros

  There is good food, there is bad food, and OK food. I can cook  all three kinds, especially the last two. Then there is the food where you close your eyes and let something magic happen in the universe. I can’t do this at all, but chef Costas Bouyiouris  can. I will just say … Read More

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The best taverna in Greece

Dedicated to Billie Cohen of Condé Nast Traveler.   The real joy of travelling is not in seeing things –  the world is so overrun with images already – but in experiencing things, the magic moments are when we become someone different from our usual selves.   I was in slow, gracious Charleston, South Carolina … Read More

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Where to eat seafood in Athens – best kept secret!

A the risk of appearing to spend all my time in Athens going out for dinner, I do have to share this latest one with you – not new, but so well hidden you might not know it.  Psariston, on Kalavriton 16, Neo Iraklio   www.psariston.gr The name is a pun on Psari – which means … Read More

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Food for thought on Ithaca…

Ithaca, while being undoubtedly the loveliest island in the Mediterranean, has always had shocking food by Greek standards. Now there is a reason for foodies to make the trip there – Penelope’s is an old waterside taverna in the cute village of Frikes The somewhat corpulent ex -mayor of the island has given up politics … Read More

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September in the Greek islands – London to Kephalonia

September 13th. My heart does not usually leap for joy when I  drive off to Luton Airport at six in the morning, but…… What a fortnight – doctors, surgeons, emergency clinics, consultants, hospital administrators, insurance companies  – I have developed a new Pavlovian reaction: whenever a man in a suit says hello to me,  I wordlessly hand … Read More

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Spetses, Proust and almond cookies

An invitation dropped into my mailbox to visit the famous confectioner’s Kardiasmenou on Spetses for Greek coffee and pastries. A picture of their speciality almond cookies, “Amygdalota” was on it. Like a Proustian madeleine, a slow, sweet, torrent of memories starts flooding in – No Greek would ever turn up to dinner, tea or any social … Read More

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Evi’s Easter Lamb recipe

Evi’s Greek Easter lamb recipe: Vegetarians, small children and Temperance League, look away…. Ask your local shepherd to supply you with a whole young lamb and put it on a spit. Choose a flowery meadow with an olive tree nearby and preferably a little pebble beach within greasy finger wiping distance. At around 6.00 am, … Read More

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The beauty of Olive Oil

Yes, this is the time of year when olives are harvested – old ladies dressed in black sit like crows in the olive trees, raking the ripe olives off laden boughs with wooden combs onto nets spread below. Fires burn with fragrant olive wood logs, smoke curling up into the autumn air and warming unheated … Read More

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4th of July on the beach

July 4th Fittingly for July 4th, we have  here at Villa Skinos, a house full of American guests – a press officer from the State department, a CBS producer and two actors from California, so at every meal time, before we sit down, someone says “Off the record…” followed by something outrageous. We are desperately … Read More

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The Condensed Milk Age

June 6th Ithaca Those of a certain age who spend childhood summers on a Greek island, appreciate as no-one else can, the joy of coffee and condensed milk for breakfast. Thick and sweet, you gloop it into your coffee and stir. Infinitely better than any Nespresso or cappuccinos… It may have something to do with … Read More

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