BITES: Eating in Greece

by jenjenk on June 20, 2011

My Birthday Trip to Greece & Paris wouldn’t be complete without all the food I was determined to consume.  In spite of the large Greek community in Southern California, I wasn’t really up to date on what I should expect to eat in while I was in Greece [aside from Gyros, of course, which ironically wasn’t nearly as prevalent as Slouvaki, meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer and wrapped inside a pita]. Generally speaking, I am willing to try anything so starvation wasn’t a concern.  What I didn’t expect was how much I’d love Greek food. Or how much I’d devour on a daily basis.  Or how many luscious bakeries were out there.  Or how I was actually able to throw down MORE food, just after a huge meal.  I really lived large in Greece [and got larger by the day].  I feasted upon big plates of meats, fresh seafood and vegetables, slow roasted lamb, delectable sweets, and gobs & gobs of greek yogurt.

I have always enjoyed Greek Yogurt but the yogurt here was so wonderfully rich and creamy that it made all the ones I’ve had in the US seem tasteless in comparison.  One great discovery was a Greek Yogurt Bar called Fresko Yogurt Bar that had only been open for 2 weeks when we arrived. David, formerly from Long Beach, CA along with his wife, Sofia [photo below], is the brain child behind this concept and we absolutely loved it!  This is where we discovered our love for the Quince jam [which I brought back with me].  When Fuyumi and I asked about other locations opening up, Sofia explained to us that their vendors [preserve makers, beekeepers, yogurt makers] were local, using locally grown products so delivery wasn’t as timely as they would like.  This place was busy the entire time we were there!

David and Sofia

Owners, David and Sofia, I need to work on them to open up shop in LA!

One of my favorite meals while in Greece was at Dolphin’s near the Red Beach in Santorini.  The view from our table was spectacular – a spot right on the water.  The only way we could’ve gotten closer was if we were IN the water.

Not to be outdone by the view, the fresh seafood assortment that we ordered was enough to feed an army..and quite embarrassingly, we pretty much devoured the whole thing.  The deep fried fish was so juicy and tender I couldn’t stop at just one bite.

The Lobster Spaghetti was amazing – a wonderful smokey flavor that I was desperate to recreate….or just eat another helping of! We couldn’t stop trying to dissect the recipe!

Dolphin's Lobster Spaghetti on Santorini

All that good livin’ in Greece resulted in some very tight pants.  And I still had Paris to visit. I set myself up for Weight Watcher Failure.

Fresko Yogurt Bar

Dionysiou Areopagitou 3
Athens 11742, Greece
21-0923 3760
Subway Station: Akropoli
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Dolphins

Akrotiri, near the Red Beach
Santorini Island, Greece
30 22860 81151
 
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Jennifer June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

What terrific photos — sounds like you had a wonderful birthday adventure (a culinary adventure?) for yourself.

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jenjenk June 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thank you! It was a fantastic culinary adventure!! So much so, I’ve decided to extend my “Birthday” travels through the rest of the year! :) My 40th will be the most well traveled year yet!

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thatssoron July 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

wow wee! Greece & Paris for a birthday! that has got to be the best. and extending it for the rest of the year? insaine. I need to win the lottery soon…i’m getting very jeolous

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Shereen July 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Wow! I’m jealous. This trip looks like a blast and full of delicious food finds. I have to admit, that’s one of the top reasons I love to travel: food, food and more food! There’s nothing like getting to know a country via their cuisine! Your photos are fantastic, BTW.

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Azu @ Sweetly Made September 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

I love that you always keep your eye on the prize, food! Now that’s my kind of traveling! What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday!

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jenjenk September 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Of course!! You know me!!!!

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