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Liquid gold running through Greeks veins

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Steeped in history and lapped by the turquoise blue Mediterranean sea, Greece is home to some of the finest ingredients in the world. Sample them in a traditional Greek dish along with a glass of ouzo, just doesn't get any better. One of the best parts about traveling is tasting the food. I am never disappointed by the discovery of a completely different palate, a new array of tastes and textures and smells and ways of eating. With the opportunity to immerse ourselves into the Greek culture for 3 months this summer had my mouth literally watering, after all it is a foodies dream made in heaven.
What we didn’t realise was we would be sailing the famous Peloponnese region of Greece. This region displays monuments from every period of the eventful Peloponnesian history great archeological sites such as ancient Olympia, Epidavous, Mycenae and Tirynth, Byzantine churches, unique settlements and amazing castles. It's natural beauties such as mountains, forests, rivers and caves sur…

The Greeks Love of Bread ....

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The Greeks love of bread ensures the neighborhood bakery is still the focal point of daily life. They still have that old world charm of wrapping that fresh warm loaf of bread in wax paper. It is so much of their daily life that rarely do you find packaged bead in supermarkets, the expectation is that bread is bought and eaten fresh daily from the baker.  I made the mistake of asking one supermarket owner "ópou eínai to psomí?" Where is the bread? He just simply pointed down the road "foúrnos!" Bakery!

Getting into the habit of always having bread on the table takes some getting used to. Bread, psomi, is the staple of Greek meals on which everything else is piled onto. Taverna's don't ask if you want bread they just plonk it on the table, if you consume that portion they will just keep serving it. Some of our clients were quite miffed on their first Taverna outing to find they were charged for the bread saying "We never asked for it!" Why would y…

Greek Food Discovery ....

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Rob and I have just returned from three months of Greek food indulgence. Never have we enjoyed a country's culinary experience so much; a cuisine that has been enticing foreigners and natives alike for many years. 
Greece is blessed with copious amounts of fresh natural products that promote wellbeing, maintain good health and lends heaps of flavour to countless dishes. The aforementioned, olive oil and wheat, as well as fruits, vegetables, honey, and fish are the pillars of the Greek cuisine.

The ancient Greek diet and cuisine, forerunner of the Roman food culture, have given rise to much of European cuisine today. Moreover, for the Greeks, from ancient times right up to the present. Certain foods are a means of satisfaction or a source of pleasure and some are laden with symbolism or used for medicinal purposes. Further, often the name of the dish incorporates the ancient method of preparation and/or the original cooking vessel.
Although Greece has diverse geography and climate, m…

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