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Or just another reason for booking a vacation rental on your next trip…

At first I thought it was a joke when I heard this women on the radio this morning talking about frying an egg on the iron in her hotel room.  But as she was explaining how to prop the iron upside down between two bath towels, I decided to Google “hotel room cooking” and I was utterly amazed at the number of hits and links the search engine returned.

This first video was pretty amazing – tortillini, boiled in the water kettle, mixed with creme fraiche, garlic, greens and topped with a raw egg? Homemade English muffins grilled on the iron? It all sounds lovely, but what about the next guest who wants hot water for coffee or needs to iron a shirt?

Hey George, why not book a furnished vacation with a real kitchen? In most cases and in most places, furnished self-catering apartments cost the same as a hotel of equal standard, but allow you to place your dough in a warm oven to rise and bake and let you save the iron for for your clothes (and the clothes of the next guest).

I realize that George isn’t your typical traveler, making homemade bread isn’t on everyone’s “must do in my hotel room” list. So I clicked on a few more links and discovered that cooking the basics a hotel room is actually quite popular. Those water kettles seem to be a favorite for everything from Raman Noodles to oatmeal. Irons are often used for frying eggs and bacon. And checkout this Lemon Pepper Chicken dish made in a coffee maker.

Why oh why would anyone want to go to these extremes when it’s so simple to just seek out a furnished short term rental for your stay? But even more important, why oh why would you want to stay in a hotel room after someone has used your iron do cook a grilled cheese sandwich, your hot water kettle for making oatmeal, your coffee pot for soft raman noodles and coffee filter basket to steam cauliflower.

Why not just find yourself a REAL kitchen? (And enjoy the extra space, living area and amenities that you’ll find in even the most basic furnished rental apartment!)

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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