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Greek Gastronomy

Oinothyra, Understated & off the beaten path

One of our favorite places to go when we’re seeking out a bit of creativity on our plates, without the “show” that usually goes along with those kinds of places.…

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How to dine like a Greek

You’ve found a restaurant that looks good to you. There are lots of people so you know the food is fresh. You survey the restaurant and locate an empty table.…

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To Market, To Market … Athens Farmer’s Markets

Ever since my first trip to Athens in 1989 I have been fascinated by outdoor street markets. Back then large chain supermarkets were non-existent in Greece, so each neighborhood had…

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A fresh idea for a souvenir, or just something to pamper yourself

My downtown Athens neighborhood is a shopping mecca – Pagrati has its own boulevard, Ymittou Street, lined with the big names, and some not so big names, and my friends…

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Golden amber where the road ends

About 19 km from Tripoli, in the center of the Peloponnese, where the road ends, nestled in the steep slopes of Mount Mainalon, there is a magical place called Piana.…

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Is that a Greek bagel?

Koulouria, not bagels (the only bagel I’ve ever found in Athens was in the restaurant at the IKEA near the airport. Sadly they would not sell me a dozen, although…

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Sample the flavors of Greece

As readers of this blog know, I love food, and it’s also one of my favorite things to bring back to friends and family when I’m returning to Chicago from…

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Greek food: How to clean a fish

I was working on this blog post in the late afternoon on August 17, 2011 when the phone rang. It was my mother telling me something was wrong with my…

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