I'm not really a foodie, but we thought this four-hour tour would be fun, and we were right. Sophia Dimokratin, our amazing guide, took us through the "real" Athens north of Monastiraki Square. We started at 11 a.m, and ate our way through the traditional cafes and food markets, starting with Greek pie. We would know it as philo dough stuffed with various ingredients such as spinach and cheese. The milk pie (Sophia says any bread is called "pie"), is like a sweet custard--delicious. We sampled their traditional doughnut, seasoned with cinnamon and honey, and walked through all the food markets (the fish and meat markets were the most interesting). Of course, after several hours of shopping the food markets, we had to do as the Greeks do and have traditional Greek coffee. Not that strong, but very thick and sedimenty. We finished the day with a scrumptious traditional Greek salad: tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese sprinkled with oregano. Accompanied of course, by Santorini wine and ouzo. Many thanks to Sophia Dimokratin and Athens Walks Tour Company for a fabulous day.
Traditional Greek breakfast "doughnut."
Cottontails? Rabbit is very popular in Greece, as are goat, pork, chicken and beef.
Rob hamming it up.
Octopus and squid.
Nuts and spices.
Sophia and Rob, tasting roasted and raw pistachios.
Traditional Greek coffee: coffee grounds and water are put into a small copper pot and nestled into hot volcanic sand until it percolates.
Sophia offers a variety of olives for tasting.
Tasting Greek olive oil (and wine). Most "Italian" olive oil actually comes from Greece.
A red wine from Santorini, where the best wines are reportedly made.
Spicy beef, sausage and water buffalo with cheeses and stuffed grape leaves.