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If you love Greek food or want to know more about the tastes and culinary traditions of your next holiday destination in Greece, you’ve come to the right place. Our Greek Food & Drink Guide takes you on a mouthwatering tour of gastronomic highlights, classic dishes and local products.
We pop the cork on Greek wines and answer some of your most important culinary questions about Greece: What do the locals order in tavernas and (once the sunshine has sunk in and you’re truly relaxed) why does ouzo turn cloudy when you add ice?
Our passion for food has taken us all around Greece, compiling comprehensive Foodie Guides that explore every culinary detail about Greek island and mainland destinations. The extra-virgin olive oil, cheeses, meat and fish dishes, honey, mountain herbs and all those fruit and vegetables that thrive in the Mediterranean sunshine are put on a plate for you to sample.
In Athens and Thessaloniki, we lift the lid on the local food scenes (brunch, seafood, street food, ethnic and the whole spectrum of Greek dining – traditional, modern and fine-dining), guiding you to what you’ll eat and where you’ll find it once you’re there. And in Crete, the Peloponnese and Syros, we sample the local products & best-known dishes, go wine-tasting and take you into mountain villages and to seaside tavernas, examining the history and culture of each destination as we go.
You’ll find detailed food tours on islands like Rhodes, Corfu and Tinos and we’ll open your eyes to the dairies and farms of Mykonos – showing you that there’s so much more to Greek islands, however well you think you know them.
And best of all, we’ll equip you to be able to order in a Greek taverna. You may (or may not) already be able to get your tongue around Greek classics like moussaka, pastitsio, tzatziki, taramosalata, kalamari, spanakopita and souvlaki … and kudos if you know that a Greek salad is a horiatiki. But how many of you know to ask for gourounopoula (roast pork) in the Peloponnese, apaki in Crete, loutza in Tinos and tsitsibira in Corfu? Ok, you might guess the last one when you say it out loud – ginger beer. But that will only get you wondering how ginger beer came to be a local product of Corfu. Our food and culture tour of Corfu has the answer!
A new world will open up if travel, for you, means visiting vineyards and coming into contact with locals. Greek wines are one of the country’s best-kept secrets, with wineries all over the country. The terrain (mountains and clay or limestone soil) and climate have a lot to do with it, but the secret ingredient is often the meraki (love is the closest translation) that local producers put into their work – and the fact that they were making wine in Greece thousands of years ago. Santorini, Halkidiki, Heraklion (in Crete), Nemea (in the Peloponnese), Limnos and so many other destinations around Greece have thriving vineyards.
Our Greek Food & Drink Guide takes you on vineyard tours and introduces you to local grape varieties such as Assyrtiko, Malagouzia, Moschofilero, Roditis and – the Rolls-Royce of Greek reds – Agiorgitiko, pairing them with the local cultural highlights for a complete experience.
And we take you into the mastic fields of Chios (where the main ingredient for mastiha liqueur is harvested) and into rakokazana in Crete (where tsikoudia/raki – or tsipouro as it’s known elsewhere in Greece, is distilled) and explain how to drink ouzo like a Greek. (And, yes, we answer that all-important question about why ouzo turns milky when you add water).
If all that sounds appetising, you’re in the right place. Kali orexi (or bon appetit)… it’s time to tuck in.