History & Tradition

Tradition and History is our identity as a nation. Our Greek gastronomy plays a vital role in our tradition, and it our duty as chefs to preserve it and pass it to the next generation.

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Bacalhau

Bacalhau

Bacalhau is the Portuguese word for cod and—in a culinary context—dried and salted cod. Fresh (unsalted) cod is referred to as bacalhau fresco (fresh cod). Dried and salted cod, sometimes referred to as salt cod or saltfish, is cod which has been preserved by drying...

Kokoretsi – Plekti, History

Kokoretsi – Plekti, History

Kokoretsi was known to ancients Greeks, the "garduba" and the "plekti" (knitted), has reference to the Homeric epics. The method of preparation was not much different. To make kokoretsi, they used to marinate the intestines in vinegar, water and honey. Vinegar acted...

History of Eggplant-Melintzana

History of Eggplant-Melintzana

The plant species is believed to have originated in India, where it continues to grow wild. It has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia since prehistory. The numerous Arabic and North African names for it, along with the lack of the ancient Greek and Roman...

Gyros or Yeeros? Both delicious!!

Gyros or Yeeros? Both delicious!!

(Greek: γύρος, literally 'turn') it stands for a Greek dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit and usually served in a pita bread with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. Though grilling meat stacked on a skewer has ancient roots in the Eastern Mediterranean with...

Horiatiki or Greek Salad?

Horiatiki or Greek Salad?

Honestly, what is a real Horiatiki or… Greek Salad? Let’s start with one true fact… Feta cheese and olives don’t make your salad Greek, it might give it a Greek color or add a little Greek zest in your salad but please…. Don’t call it Greek, call it lettuce salad with...

Anogia – Crete

Anogia – Crete

Anogia is considered as one of the most attractive, picturesque mountainous villages of Crete. It stands at an altitude of 750 meters on Mount Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete, and about 50 km east of Rethymno Town. Due to its secluded location, the village...

Arseniko cheese of Naxos

Arseniko cheese of Naxos

Αrseniko cheese is an integral part of the diet and tradition of Axoton, and for my taste maybe one of the best cheeses in the world. Naxos is famous for the production of cheeses such as “Arseniko”, Naxos gruyere, cottage cheese, sour cream cheese, touloumotyri,...

Café Tyropita parakalo (please)!!!

Café Tyropita parakalo (please)!!!

Greece ranks 15th among all the countries of the world, with 5,5 kg of annual coffee consumption per capita. But drinking coffee in Greece is not just a habit. It is a daily ritual that you can enjoy alone while reading a...

What’s special about Greek Bottarga?

What’s special about Greek Bottarga?

The method for preserving the roe sacs of grey mullet is thought to have originated with the Phoenicians, who spread it to Egypt, where the first documentary evidence of the practice is said to be found. I say "said to be found" because in the many explainers and...

Harvest Season

Harvest Season

Harvest season is hundreds years of tradition in Greece, with all family members helping to produce the must, making the whole process look like a feast with women 'quarrel' 'often with their husbands who wanted to make more wine. Instead they insisted in making other...

“Yiorti” Samou, August 15th

“Yiorti” Samou, August 15th

August 15, a big day for Greeks and the Greek Orthodox Church. The feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Mother of Christ) is celebrated. And it is celebrated by the Greeks everywhere in the world. For me besides the religious meaning it has a cultural meaning as...

The not so “Greek” Hummus

The not so “Greek” Hummus

  This may be a rude awakening for many to discover that Hummus is not Greek; it never was and will never be. It is as Greek as the “Greek” Danish Feta cheese… From my research I found out that 99,5% of the Greek restaurants in the US have “Greek” hummus on the...

Laiki agora (Street Market)

Laiki agora (Street Market)

Street markets operate all over Greece, selling foodstuffs and gardening or household utensils, clothing, as well as children toys and various "do it yourself" tools. It is considered an important social custom and tradition in Greece. People's markets were founded by...

Antikristo (ofto)

Antikristo (ofto)

In one of my gastronomic-travels, I found myself in Anogia, Crete together with some Cretan “palikaria” and tasted some of the best goat “BBQ” I ever had. “Ofto” or “Antikristo” meat is prepared traditionally in mountainous areas usually by shepherds (though, today...

Varvakios agora Athens

Varvakios agora Athens

Varvakios agora is a complex of fish, meat and vegetable markets. (”agora” is market in English) It is one of the oldest and most colorful markets in Greece and certainly the biggest. For more than a hundred years is the most vibrant commercial point in Athens. In...

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