Mention Greece and a picture of clear blue sea, ancient ruins and strikingly good looking men come to mind. If you have been to Greece already, you must have fallen in love with the Mediterranean Sea and the magnificent beaches. Sadly, you can’t bring them back home with you. What you can do, however, is try out another aspect of this wonderful country—its cuisine. Whether you are heading out to try some Greek food at a restaurant near you or inviting some friends over for an exotic dinner, here’s what you should be trying out.
The beginningIt is probably wise to dig into the extremely rich and filling main courses straight away, but if you fancy yourself as a gourmet, then begin with the appetisers.
Dolmadia: If you like rice and don’t mind chewing on wine leaves, then dishes like Dolmadia (mutton and rice rolled in wine leaves) are the perfect appetisers.
These spicy items are tender and chewy, and you will enjoy the moist rice when you bite into them.
The healthy optionGreeks are famous for their salads.
Where to go for greek food
The place: Moshe
The place: Hypnos
The sea fare
One of the most popular dishes in Greek food is Calamari (squid). This is served fried or grilled, with various types of sauces, usually tomato-based or dipped in lemon.
The sweet thingsBaklava: Still hungry? Order Baklava. This syrup-drenched pastry with pistachio filling promises to fill up any empty space in your stomach.
Food for thought
The dish: Chicken Souvlaki
800 gm of boneless chicken cut into
Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then, stir in the chicken; marinade for at least two hours before threading on skewers. Now grill them at high heat for about five minutes per side, until the juices run out. Serve.
There were many specialities in ancient Greece that continue to be consumed today as aphrodisiacs. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is reported to have recommended lentils to keep a man virile well into old age, a practice followed by the philosopher Artistotle, who cooked them with saffron. Plutarch suggested fassolatha (a bean soup, the national dish of Greece) as the way to a strong libido.