Eating around the world – Athens

Exploring Athens made me hungry. There was no way I was going to leave without trying her much discussed food. The Greek way of living, filled with heart healthy olives, drizzles of cold pressed olive oil, fresh vegetables grown on the island of Crete, fresh fish, lemon and erm some ouzo( although one should not try it on an empty stomach) or wine, as we all know, is quite aptly prescribed as the most moderate diet to follow. Much against the advice of falling into the regular “tourist – traps” we found one place in particular for brunch which came with the world’s friendliest head waiter Niko. We were so tired from walking all morning and really, with two hungry children, many alleyways explored and that many locals hanging out there, how bad could it be? It was pretty good. The best part of the cafe however, was that we came away, having made a friend for life. I learned so much about the culture and the current political situation that we found ourselves stopping by for hot chocolate and a chat, even when we weren’t hungry. We also tried local food in our neighborhood – it was so fresh, I found it divine. We stopped by the local patisserie every morning because the pastries were so fragrant, it invaded my nostrils overwhelming my senses. I never knew Greek chocolate was so good… it has the right amount of cocoa with that creamy, smooth, yet subtle, melt in your mouth texture and not a lot of sugar. A little bit like ambrosia from the gods…

Some of that grilled Haloumi cheese was just yummy

Did I mention the chocolate was fabulous?

perfectly grilled egg plant with a red pepper tapenade, seasoned with a greek yogurt dressing and fresh lemon

crispy white bait..

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4 thoughts on “Eating around the world – Athens

  1. All that food looks so divine! And I can almost taste the chocolate in the cocoa. Sigh. I hope to one day go to Greece. Looked so beautiful in your last post. Glad you had a good time!

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    • The chocolate was amazing Monica. I can still taste it. We had such a great time, it’s hard settling into a regular life of school, volunteering and everything else. I keep re-living our trip through photos.

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  2. I managed to read this post when I was on vacation but when I was about to comment, the wifi zonked out on me again.
    I remember feeling something almost akin to LUST when I saw that hot choco and read your description of it, hahaha! And all that food, whoo boy. Your pictures make me want to reach in. 🙂

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    • The chocolate is soooo divine. I wouldn’t have pegged Greece as a place for chocolate, but it is, there is something about the mediterranean and the food… I just want to move there. I am so glad you liked it. Are you a chocoholic by any chance? I am!!!

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