Whenever I am at a conference, I rarely find the time to eat. I will be correcting, approving, or writing my committee’s document. But, when I eventually come out of my room, I will be expecting a divine buffet waiting for me. And If I don’t get one? I will remember that conference with negative feelings even if my debating time there is impeccable! In other words, I eat, therefore, I am…
My feelings for cities are created in a similar way (you don’t have to tell me what a belly slave I am, but who isn’t?). So, to the spirit of mun solidarity (notion equally existent with the one of Silicon Valey), here are the tips to a tasteful experience anywhere in Greece !Off we go!
As any negotiation starts off with some intro statements, the same would apply to the heartbeat of negotiations over the past years!A meal in Greece (and Athens is no exception to that rule) usually starts with a selection of hors d' oeuvres, (referred to as mezedes), which are served in small plates placed in the center of the table.
For the social butterfly of any block, mezedes is probably the food that will enjoy the most.More specifically,mezedes are comprised of items like melitzanosalata (mashed eggplant with oil, lemon and garlic), taramosalata (Greek caviar spread), dolmadakia (meat or rice rolled in grapevine leaves), kalamarakia and chtapodakia (deep fried squid and octupus), tyropitakia (cheese wrapped in strudel leaves), kolokithakia (deep fried zucchini). They are usually served with tzatziki, keftedes, octopus and more.The commonly anticipated liquer is ouzo or anything strongly flavoured so as to mark itself in your food memories.Fancy starting off an alliance?Then offer them some shots of ouzo! (some of them can be seen in the image below)
When you will have reached the crucial point of drafting your alliance's draft resolution, you will have definitely got power hungry-this is why the main course is suggested to be either a casserole or grilled fish. There are also many meat stews to choose from as well as plain grilled cuts of meat and of course the well-known souvlaki (which is to be found almost everywhere) Fish and shellfish are excellent when caught, cooked and eaten the same day. (souvlaki in both of its types-kalamaki and pita,which is the same thing just in a sandwich form in the image below)
To lighten up your amendments,the salad is usually ordered with the main course and can be prepared with fresh vegetables or cooked dandelions (greens are boiled in water, drained and served with oil and lemon). All seasonal vegetables, such as artichokes, beans, peas, carrots, and zucchini are often cooked and served together in the casserole dishes rather than separately.Of course, don't forget to try out a greek salad,commonly referred as ''cho-ria-ti-ki'' which was, is and will be the main trademark of Greece (to be seen in the first image of the article)
In case, you are still looking around for a couple more votes, lure them with cheese!There is a variety of cheeses produced in Greece. They include some very interesting regional specialties. But the most commonly offered in restaurants are feta (white semi-soft and salted), kasseri (yellow semi-soft), graviera (hard) and manouri (unsalted creamy and fattening). Cheese is usually consumed with bread which can vary tremendously in flavor depending on the particular region.
And when you will have finally passed your resolution, treat yourselves with a dessert!Desserts are a treat including baklava and kataifi. In the summer, however, sweets give way to fresh fruits such as large peaches, melon, watermelon, grapes, and pears.
The prices are quite reasonable and if you are travelling in Athens, make sure to enjoy the abovementioned anywhere close to the historic center, since it combines foodgasm with spectacular view!
So, kali sas orexi!
ps: 1)Greek is a quite tricky language so, avoid pronouncing staff and just point them out on the menu,you can always practise your greek elsewhere , save some time yourselves when eating!
2)The waiter,especially during high season, will not pass every couple of minutes from your table to check on you -although they are rather friendly and infectiously joyful people, so you may have to try to catch his/her attention.
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