We visited allegedly to #taste the #cheeses and cold meats and ended up having a sumptuous feast with selections of delicious soft and hard #cheeses, a smoky #aubergine salad, a spicy, earthy hummous, a rich #saganaki, plates of salami, lemony freshly stuffed vine leaves all washed down with shots of #Tsipouro, the fiery #Greek #spirit that is similar to Grappa.
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by Adrian York
Gastronomy in Athens, Greece – a Walking Tour
I was in Greece as the guest of Gastronomos magazine, the foodie magazine published by the respected Kathimerini daily newspaper. I was there to cover their Food Producer Awards which were in their 9th year and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Gastronomos with an ‘Athens Foodie Walking Tour’. I travel to Greece quite a a lot as I have family in Athens and as a non-Greek speaker (OK – I can say where’s the cake shop…) I have struggled to get a sense of the Greek gastro scene which has been a source of frustration for me as I know how great the produce and cuisine can be. The 14 awarded businessesI see the awards as part of a burgeoning sense of self-awareness and an understanding of the necessity to package and promote Greek food for the international market in a more sophisticated way than hitherto. So there were prizes for the international recognition of Greek food to chef Konstantinos Enrikonglou of Notos restaurant in Brussels, to Prokopis Mayiatis, the scientist who created an index for the health properties of olive oil, to the Kivernitis company for the best quality Greek olive oil made by a pair of charming brothers from Corfu;
Varvakeios Central Market 13For fresh fish, seafood and meat nothing beats a visit to the Varvakeios Central Market. If you are a fan of the hustle and bustle of food markets then it’s a must see.
The day of the ceremony I went with a bunch of international food bloggers on an amazing day-long foodie tour around central Athens so here are my #top #Athens #food #experiences!
Karamanlidika by Fanis
Karamanlidika by Fanis, named after the Greek diaspora in Turkey (1 Sokratous & Evripidou Street, Tel: +30.210-32.54.184) is renowned in Athens for serving up the traditional tastes of Byzantium and Cappadocia (aged cheese, cured, seasoned and aged ham, sausages and pastrami among other fine cold cuts).
We visited allegedly to taste the cheeses and cold meats and ended up having a sumptuous feast with selections of delicious soft and hard cheeses, a smoky aubergine salad, a spicy, earthy hummous, a rich saganaki, plates of salami, lemony freshly stuffed vine leaves all washed down with shots of Tsipouro, the fiery Greek spirit that is similar to Grappa.
If you have time pay a visit to the spice shops in Evripidou Street right next to Karamanlidika. They stock beautiful soaps alongside the herbs amongst other goodies at bargain prices.
If you are in Athens please take some time out to investigate these diverse and delicious food worlds. Greece has such a rich food heritage that is the foundation for the Mediterranean diet that we really need to explore it in more detail. I’d like to thank all the staff at Gastronomos for their kindness and help in finding more out about it.