Articles for Local Flavor

Best delicatessen shops

Best delicatessen shops February 28, 2012 | Food, Local Flavor | Read More
“Pantopolio tis Mesogeiakis Diatrofis” which translates into “The Grocery Store of Mediterranean Taste” is one of the most popular delicatessen in Athens, situated on Sofokleous 1, with a branch also in Pangrati, on Chremonidou 6. This great store specializes in Greek traditional products from...

gourmet bakeries

gourmet bakeries February 14, 2012 | Food, Local Flavor | Read More
Pnykas bakery is a reference point in Athens, very near Syntagma, on Petraki str  24. The owner, Dimitris Kotsaris, is considered an alchemist and  connoisseur of bread and has his own secret recipe, which is the ultimate health food and nutritional supplement. Made with wholegrain wheat, and barley,...

Post-Easter Pictures: The Miraculous Holy Light Arrives in Athens

Post-Easter Pictures: The Miraculous Holy Light Arrives in Athens April 25, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
Another Easter come and gone. Athenians are using this last night of the official Easter holiday to digest generous portions of lamb and finish the last of their “Chronia Pola” phone calls. It’s sad to say goodbye to Pascha but visitors are surely going to enjoy the refreshing sight...

Athens’ Great Week: Megali Evdomada

Athens’ Great Week: Megali Evdomada April 20, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
The weather is gray and dreary in Athens of late, almost as though the cumulative preparation for Good Friday is setting the stage for a mournful weekend leading to the burst of sunshine, Easter Sunday, or Pascha. Starting tomorrow most businesses will start shutting down in preparation for a rolling...

The Wax Rainbows in the Windows of Athens

The Wax Rainbows in the Windows of Athens April 9, 2011 | Local Flavor | Read More
In Athens, the road to Pascha is lined with candle-filled windows. Lambadas are traditional Easter gifts for children to be used on Holy Great Saturday to receive the Holy Light from Jerusalem. The modern lambada is sometimes beautiful, oft-times a tacky amalgam of tulle and Happy Meal toys that appeal...

Photo (and Video) Friday: Happy National Day, Greece!

Photo (and Video) Friday: Happy National Day, Greece! March 25, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
This morning the bell towers of the city churches are clanging like wind chimes in a hurricane; the welcomed sun is warming the flat roofs and countless balconies of Athens. Independence day in Greece is a day of deep national pride. In spite of the bitter winter, with hostile exchange between citizens...

The Delicious Stink of Greece’s Independence

The Delicious Stink of Greece’s Independence March 24, 2011 | Events, Food, Local Flavor | Read More
The Greek Revolution from the Ottomans started with a series of insurgence fighting, mostly from wild-eyed mountain men with the handlebar mustaches called “Kleftes.” The official, legendary start date is March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised a flag on Agia Lavra in Kalavryta...

Try Something New: Cuttlefish With Spinach

Try Something New: Cuttlefish With Spinach March 20, 2011 | Food, Local Flavor | Read More
It’s the second Sunday of the Great Fast here in Athens; we’re still trucking along down the highway of penitence called sarakosti, forty days of blood free meals until 12am Easter morning. It’s true that practicing a perfect lenten diet is waning with modern times, but everyone...

Kali Sarakosti! Celebrating the Lenten Season in Athens

Kali Sarakosti! Celebrating the Lenten Season in Athens March 9, 2011 | Events, Food, Local Flavor | Read More
There’s a cumulative sigh of relief coming from cows, sheep, goats, chickens and fish all over Greece. The period of Carnival is over; this week started with Καθαρή Δευτέρα, Clean Monday, when all of the Orthodox-approved foods were rolled out onto long banquet tables and shared with...

Photo Friday: Football Feud

Photo Friday: Football Feud February 26, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
The picture below might have you suspecting that Athens has been burned to the ground. No, no… it’s just the Olympiakos fans of legendary Thira 7, or Gate 7, doing their primeval war dance before a game against their hated rivals, Panathinaikos, the football club of Athens. The “Red...