It was all very #fresh, in a way that we don’t get in Britain and especially in America, and so so so flavorful.
48 Hours in #Athens, #Greece
I’ve had a burning desire to go to Greece for some time now. The opportunity to go to Athens arose through work. Then, my friend A. from grad school invited me to his family’s villa in Santorini. When you get those kind of offers, you work hard to weave them together, but above all else, you just don’t say no!
I walked back down and wandered around for a while longer before heading to #dinner at #Karamanlidika, a cute little #deli that was just three minutes from my hotel, along the Central #Market. It was highly rated on Trip Advisor, and I can see why.
Restaurant Karamanlidika – 1 Sokratous, Athens, Greece:
I arrived at about 9pm and there was a line out the door, which would only get longer by the time I left around 10:30pm. Its a humble little place, apparently an “authentic” #taverna from the days of yore. All the staff spoke English, though, which made ordering very quick and easy, and since I ate alone, I was able to cut the long line, sit at the bar, and take in the views of the restaurant.
The place is really well known for their fresh meat and cheeses, although I would say you could probably get anything on the menu- its not terribly long- and you’d like it. It was all very #fresh, in a way that we don’t get in Britain and especially in America, and so so so flavorful.
They brought me a really nice platter of deli meat, which I watched one man cut from a side of I’m-not-sure-what right at the counter. I felt rude, but obviously didn’t eat it, being a veg and all. (I did, however, cheat in Santorini with the world’s best chicken souvlaki, earning me the name chicken cheater, but more about that later!)
Instead, I filled up on bread and opted for spicy cold calamari as a starter, which was just perfect. Fresh, chilled and with a nice combination of chilis and peppers…
…and for my main, Greek salad of course! The odd thing is, this Greek salad came with roquefort instead of feta, and lots of capers. I really, really liked it, even if it was a slightly odd recreation for my first Greek salad in Greece!
And for desert, I was gifted (again, like the starter, on the house!) a lovely scoop of thick and tangy Greek yogurt topped with shredded, sweetened fruit.
By the time I walked out, full and very happy, it was dark and I had work calls. I wanted to wake up very early, anyway, to do more exploring before meeting everyone at the Acropolis at 10am.