Unbelievable flavor from Petimezi, a traditional "poor" man's sweetner made from grape molasses, sherry vinegar, EVO oil and spices. Grilled to medium rare per order and served minted Greek yogurt dipping sauce.
A “Traditional Food”, according to the European Parliament means that a food’s ingredients, composition, production or processing can be shown to be transmitted through generations. A food is considered “traditional” if it has been known “since before the Second World War”. (16-03-2006)
In one variation of Greek Mythology, Athena, goddess of wisdom and war was competing with Poseidon, god of the sea, for the patronage of the growing Attica settlement: Poseidon struck the rock and a spring flowed, but it was salty water. Athena in turn touched the stoney ground and an olive tree grew. The olive tree was judged to be the more useful gift and the city became known as Athens.
Spelled variously, Tsatsiki, Satsiki, Tzatzik in Greece, this appetizer sauce which combines at its most common level, yogurt and cucumber, is recognizable in the cuisines of India, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, the Caucasus, Turkey and the Balkans. Cucumbers, a specie of the gourd plant, originating in the foothills of the Himalayans, most likely began its millennial pas de deux with yogurt during the Moghul rule of India by the Persianate Muslims as an attempt to cool down the spicy dishes the natives were making for their overlords.
According to statistics published in the HuffPost and elsewhere, Greeks eat more cheese per capita than any other country in the world. Why? Because Greeks eat Feta. Feta, one of the most recognizable Greek foods, actually got its name from the Italian "fetta" meaning, “slice” in the 1700's presumably from the practice of slicing the cheese in order to barrel and ship it. Ubiquitous on Greek tables sliced, cubed or crumbled, feta is eaten with nearly every Greek dish--salads, beans, greens, fruit, meat, stews, dessert.
Pronounced, av-goe-LE-moe-noe, this classic Greek sauce is BOTH! Deriving its name from the two words, avgo' (egg) and lemo'ni (lemon), Avgolemono is made by whisking fresh eggs into which about the same amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice is streamed while continuously beating. Next hot stock twice the volume of the egg and lemon mixture is slowing whisked in as well and finally the egg-lemon-stock mixture is poured slowly either over the vegetables and meat, the dolmades, or whisked into the soup. Seasonings are adjusted and the heat is turned up just to a brief simmer.
Ever wondered why we put lemon in the water? We've been doing it for over 25 years now--because lemon neutralizes chlorine added by the city to make it safe to drink; because it alkalizes the water to counter all the acid we put in our bodies--most meat proteins, starch and sugar; because it TASTES good! A squirt of lemon in your glass does all these things! Thank you for letting us care for you this past quarter century!
Luftansa voted Athens, "Pick of the Week" We didn't need Luftansa to tell us, but the Media has stolen the dream from many a hopeful traveler. Be the intrepid few and travel Greece and the Northern Aegean Islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Ammouliani with Anna and a max group of 8 as we explore the the Ancient and the Modern, the Best of Greece in 15 days!
Third year world premier, the Gardens' Ouzo Flo! Share a bottle with two scoops of Anna's Organic Ouzo Ice Cream in a frosted glass or treat yourself to the light, not-too-sweet flavor of licorice soda and a single scoop that quenches any thirst! Never cloying!
Full bodied, fruit forward with dry finish. Effervescent on the tongue.
Enjoy this one with Pitsa Soutzoukakia, Leek Lemon Garlic Boughatsa, Pastitsio, Mousaka, Lemon Cream Boughatsa