The first episode of Savor Greece takes place in Northern Greece on Evia Island. Shortly after my visit to Psaropouli, the North part of the island suffered devastating damage from the 2021 summer wild fires. Many villages and forests were completely destroyed, including Vasilika and Agios Nikolaos in Elinika, futured in this video.
Paros island in Cyclades, Greece.
Savor Greece meets with private chef Petros Tsounakis at his farm house in Ambela, Naousa, where he cooks Revithada (chick-peas stew) in his wood burning oven and Gouna (salted mackerel fish) air dried for a day and then grilled.
Also a visit in Naousa, Parikia and sister island, Antiparos.
In this episode…
Dimitra’s apartments, a little oasis in Sitia
Dimitris Garefalakis prepares fresh artichokes to serve with Raki
Alexandra Psaraki makes Breakfast with cracked wheat (hondros) with fresh goat’s milk and honey,
Ghogho Garefalaki cooks Goat stew with artichokes stuffed with staka and creme fresh
Nicoletta goes for herbs hunting with Zambia and Gianni
Pantelis Kouvarakis gives us a demonstration of making Staka
Episode 4 Part One
In this episode…
The Garden of Heroes
Salt Flats of Mesolongi and Salt Museum
Mesolongi the Romantic City and the Lagoon
The fishing and making of Bottarga (Avgotaraho)
The Panigyri of Agias Agathis
Episode 4 Part Two
Part two of episode 4 takes you to a village outside Mesolongi called Rigani to learn all about Hilopites (Greek fresh noodles) Trahana (Frumenty) Ravani (a traditional local pan cake), a quick visit to a Traditional Settlement of Pellada in the lagoon of Mesolongi and the harvest and production of Calamata Table Olives.
In this video we visit the town of Nafplion, we learn about Goges and Tyropitaria at Kefalovriso and cook next to the river, we visit Maladreni to have amazing Dolmadakia at the Mikinaiki Ghe Winefarm, we have traditional Giosha at Hamezi Argolidas cooked in a mad and brick oven, fish from Kios fishing village, cooked Kakavia by the sea at Vivari and left with a promise to be back soon.
Naxos is in the center of the Cyclades islands and the biggest of them all. Full of ancient history, beautiful mixture or Venetian and Cycladic architecture, traditional villages, self-sufficient as it produces everything on the island, produce, meat, dairy products, wines. In the first of three episodes Savor Greece visits Chora, the main town of Naxos, An olive press, Taverna Spyros in Ag. Prokopi for Skate wing salad, 106 years old Probonas distillery for citrus products and the ever famous traditional village of Apiranthos for Marietta to cook for us Krasotigania and Amygdalota!! Welcome and enjoy, feel free to comment and communicate with me (Tony).
Kefalonia is not only the biggest Greek island of the Ionian Sea but also one of the most beautiful ones! Worldwide famous for its scenic beaches, dramatic landscapes and delicious food and wine, the island attracts and bewitches thousands of visitors with their music and hospitality. A truly perfect setting for a magical trip.
Back to my favorite place in Greece, Sitia on the island of Crete. This time we visit the open food market, Aggelakis Banana farm in Sitia, the Cultural association of Exo Mouliana prepared sourdough bread and showed us the making of the traditional Cretan Dako rusks together with a beautiful Cretan lunch and lots of Raki made there especially for us. We walked the amazing Richtis Gorge and Tziaveri Taverna made for us a traditional Kakavia soup (best ever).
In this part one episode of Tinos, we take a visit to the Church of Panagia, The Holy Mother Mary, Nikoleta Foskolou cooks for us 2 amazing recipes in her traditional kitchen at her orchard, “To Perivoli tis Nikoletas” we tale a drive to visit some of the Dovecotes of Tinos, Yiannis Kritikos will show us the making of the traditional Louza of Tinos.
Sparta Lakonias is known for the beautiful landscape, the best olives and olive oil, the amazing Bouzopoula purchase the best pork in the world, the Byzantine medieval Town of Mystras, traditional dishes like Kayiana and Tiganospsoma made by the Women Association of Pelana, and the first ever Greek salmon from a family natural fish farm in Kastori, G-Fish.
Ancient Olympia; home of the Olympic Games and the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Also, where Loukoumades was made for the first time, a honey token to the participant Olympic athletes. We visited the Olympic arena, the historic museum, made Greek yogurt ice cream, yiayia Georgia gave us her recipe on loukoumades and even made them for us!! Marika showed us her wonderful handmade soaps made from Olive Oil, and Marios took me on my first Truffle hunting ever.
S1E11 part two of the island of Naxos with the world famous Astakomakaronada that was served to us by Maria at Apanemi Fish Restaurant in Moutsouna Bay, meet Nikiforo the shoe maker, the Tsiblakis Pantopolion in Chora, we learned about the best potato in Greece, great meat at “Sto Ladoxarto” restaurant and visited Ingberts marble studio to see his amazing sculptor art.
Back in Sitia-Crete for more food and local music!! We visit the workshop of Manos, Sounds Wood where he shows us how he makes local string instruments, Eleni and Yiannis will sing a verse from the famous poet Erotokritos, Haroula in Lithines will make the amazing Xirotigana of Crete, and the village of Chrisopigi will give us a Cretan welcome with music, food and hospitality!!
One of the most rural and traditional places I visited on my travels with Savor Greece is Mani, the Southern central peninsula of Peloponnese, home to the Maniots (Maniátes in Greek), who claim descent from the ancient Spartans. As my good friend Mary Panagakou says, Mani is an open living cultural and gastronomical museum for the visitors.
Welcome to the second part of Tinos S1E15, where we will visit another 2 villages, Pirgos and Volax, the Marble Museum and a local marble sculptor, one of the happiest Beach Bars in the Cyclades LaLa Louza, and of course more amazing food from Tinos Farm to Table, Bianco restaurant, and the making of an incredible cheese called Kariki. Don’t forget to subscribe if it is your first time watching us, and feel free to share and like.
Have you ever wished to enjoy Easter in Greece? Let me show you the best place to be at in Greek Easter time. Sitia in Crete!!! Best place as ever in flowering around you, best place because of the amazing food you will taste over Easter (or any other time of the year), best place because of the incredible land and sea you will ever have the opportunity to experience, best place to live and feel the Greek Easter traditions and religious celebrations, best place to sing and dance with happy Cretan music and most of all, best place ever to meet the most beautiful, lovable, hospitable people you will ever meet again!!! Welcome to Sitia, best place for Greek Easter!!
Naxos is in the center of the Cyclades islands and the biggest of them all. Full of ancient history, beautiful mixture or Venetian and Cycladic architecture, traditional villages, self-sufficient as it produces everything on the island, produce, meat, dairy products, wines. In the first of three episodes Savor Greece visits Chora, the main town of Naxos, An olive press, Taverna Spyros in Ag. Prokopi for Skate wing salad, 106 years old Probonas distillery for citrus products and the ever famous traditional village of Apiranthos for Marietta to cook for us Krasotigania and Amygdalota!!
meet some of the Super-Grannies of Sitia in Crete. For the Greeks the grandparent is the foundation of the Greek family, the backbone of our culture and the continuation of our history. One thing for sure, without a yiayia, we wouldn’t have a culinary tradition in the Greek culture, we wouldn’t have tasted some of the most beautiful dishes that they wouldn’t survive without them.
In episode 20 of Savor Greece, I will take you to another part of this magnificent island of Crete, the Eastern part and part of Lasithi region. A place full of history, tradition and beauty. We will visit the Toplou Monastery, Toplou winery to taste their superb wines, the world famous Palm Forest and Vai Beach, Hionas Beach, we will go to Kato Zakros and stay at the romantic Terra Minoika Hotel, a visit to The Gorge of the Dead and 3 of the Zakros restaurants, Nostos – Anamnesia – Akrogiali. A swim at Xirokampo and from there to Kapsa Monastery, meet the people of Topiko and visit to Oasis Restaurant.
Every place in Greece has something special to offer paired with natural beauty and local cuisine and products. What makes Greece different and desirable is the hospitality of the people that is given to the visitor in abundance and with open hearts. The Cretan Hospitality though is one of the best you will get to experience in the world. Welcome to Greece
Athens, the city build on history, the city that has everything to offer to the visitor whether he is looking for history sites, theaters, museums, amazing food that cover everyone’s taste and pocket, good shopping, great nightlife, music scenes, thousands of beautiful coffee shops to rest or just laze around, easy city transportation, one of the best airports in Europe, ….
My next trip takes us to another favorite destination, with amazing food culture, tradition, and excellent local products. In other words it has everything you ever wished for, and is none other than the North of Greece. Kozani, Thessaloniki, lake Kerkini, Halkidiki, and lots of beautiful scenes and food!!