6.05.2013

eat like a grecian.

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is EAT. I look forward to trying new dishes and getting my fill of local food. I was happy with most of the food that I had in Greece but I will admit there were a few misses.



EAT: 
Stuffed tomato and green peppers with rice, raisins, pine nuts and potatoes (this was a filling vegetarian option!) 
Chicken Kebabs with tons of tasty tzatziki yogurt cucumber sauce and warm pita bread. (Similar to Persian kebabs but served with french fries instead of rice). 
Moussaka - a savory casserole with layers of eggplant, spiced meat filling and topped with a creamy bechamel sauce.
Feta cheese - put it on everything. Order it cold as an appetizer and eat it with pita bread or mix it in with your main dish. I also liked it baked with sundried tomatoes, olive oil and topped with walnuts. Drool.


DRINK: 
Sour Cherry Juice! I had this in Turkey but it wasn't carbonated. I LOVE the Greek version. It's similar to cranberry juice but more sweet than sour. 

SKIP: 
“Fast food” Gyros - I got a chicken gyro from a stand in Athens and it was smothered with gobs of mayo to mask the sketchy meat. that's not to say all Athens gyros were bad, I had a pretty good one at a restaurant at the end of our trip (but i still prefer gyros at restaurants in Chicago's Greek Town!) 
I was also disappointed with the Spanakopita (Spinach Pie), the authentic Greek dish that I tried was heavy with a thick crust and filled with unseasoned spinach and not enough feta. I prefer the American version: flaky phyllo dough layered with lots of cheese and buttery spinach.

Have you ever preferred the American version of a dish compared to the real deal?
xo, 
Jillian
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12 comments

  1. I'm going to Greece in September and am loving all of these posts. Get me so excited!!

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  2. dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) are also a MUST EAT while in greece. i ate those and traditional greek salads every single day while in crete!

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  3. Next time you try street food in Greece, be sure to go to Grigori's for your spanakopita and tiropita, and the mint green stands (I can't remember the name of the chain) have the best gyros by far. But to be honest, the best food to be found in all of Greece is in Crete. anyone traveling there feel free to message me for recs!

    the only thing I'd eat from the street in Athens is sesami koulouri...

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  4. Oh my, what gorgeous photos and looks delicious! xoxo

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  5. My favorite thing to do too! Those stuffed tomatoes peppers look so so good!

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  6. Yum. The food looks great!

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  7. Y U M ! But too bad about the spanikopita–maybe it was just a bad batch? My nana (and yaya) always made light, fluffy pasties full of feta!

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  8. mmmm this is making my mouth water!!!

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  9. I'm going to Greece in September too! Any restaurant recommendations in Santorini?

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  10. Yum!
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  11. we went to greece on our honeymoon- one of the best trips ever!
    PS. i could live on Taziki and bread!

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  12. all that food looks so Delicious right now!!!

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