Greece - Food/Drink
Home to some of the finest ingredients in the world and famous for its plate throwing tradition, Greece really does have food at heart.
This Mediterranean cuisine widely uses ingredients such as olive oil, vegetables, wine, fish, bread and a delicious array of meat such as lamb, chicken and rabbit.
First of all, you’re probably going to run into Taramasalata, a mainstay of any Greek meal, usually served as a meze of delicious dips such as tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic), melitzanosalata (aubergine), and fava (creamy split pea purée). Taramasalata itself is a creamy fish roe mixed with either bread crumbs or mashed potato and seasoned with lemon, vinegar and olive oil.
And of course you must try the Moussaka, made by layering sautéed aubergine, mincemeat with tomato puree, potato, tasty spices and topped off with lashings of cheese and a béchamel sauce.
Looking for something on the go? Souvlaki is Greece’s favourite fast food. A delicious grilled lamb wrapped in pitta bread with tomato onions and plenty of tzatziki.
If you’re into seafood, you’ll find octopus almost everywhere along harbours. Hung out to dry before being grilled or marinated. Served in either a Meze on in a stew, if you like your seafood, it’s definitely one to try.
Feta and Olives? Most certainly. The iconic Greek ingredients you’ll find in a vast array of food. The Greeks love their olives, it’s said that goddess Athena gave an olive tree to the city of Athens winning their favour. With many tavernas producing their own blend, a bottle of olive oil would also make a great gift!
Throw both together and you have the start of a prefect Greek salad. Add in the pieces of tomato, onion and top off with oregano and olive oil and you’ll have the perfect starter or light meal to accompany the perfect Mediterranean weather.
Finally, to top off the meal, a shot of ouzo may find its way to your table. An anise-flavour aperitif with a 37.5% and 50% alcohol by volume! It’s commonly mixed with water which turns the drink cloudy with a blue tinge, on ice or of course, down in one. Opa!