I love Greek food, probably more than any food I have ever had anywhere on all my travels.. Perhaps it is because my first visit to Greece was the first time I had ever really found out what a tomato
should could taste like.
English tomatoes never taste the same, however we do have a habit of storing them in the fridge and I was told by a trader at a farmers market in St Kilda that refrigerating kills the flavour. And I think we also over water them here, I have watched Greeks just splash some water on their plants in the morning and that is it. And this is what they grow.
Of course, you never forget your first moussaka, do you.
Although the one I had in Heraklion, or the stuffed vegetables that Phil and I ordered with it, didn’t forget us for a couple of days.
The only bout of food poisoning we had and not too severe, thank goodness. I will avoid Pantheon in Heraklion in future.
With raw ingredients like this it is really hard not to produce good food.
We had a Greek Salad with almost every meal. It is almost obligatory. I hate olives but Phil loves them so they get pushed to his side of the plate. Yet I will pour a gallon of olive oil over the tomatoes then use the bread to soak up any excess.
Then there is souvlaki.This was my first meal in Santorini at Fanari, in Fira.
Flavoured with a herb we could never quite put a name to. We were told it was mint but think it was this. Do you know what it it?
Can’t decide? Have a meze.
This was the offer at Palazzo in Rethymnon. (It doesn’t get great reveiws here, yet we enjoyed our lunch).
Meat lover? A mixed grill to share?
This one from Byzantino in Plaka Athens was lovely. We spent 3 hours people watching while we ate every last morsel.. We couldn’t eat later that night and had just water and a coke for supper.
Deep fried courgettes.
If you are Heraklion these from Kastella overlooking the beach are to die for.
Really what is not to like? And if you only fancy a light snack there are plenty of shops and street vendors selling pasties and cakes.
And when you can’t eat any more, this comes out, with Raki, on the house.
If you stay at Nectarios Villas on Santorini at Easter, you may get some of these.