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Food experiences in Greece - Sharing Our Fun Finds

Updated on October 23, 2011

Food we ate while in Greece

We had opportunities in Greece to eat all kinds of fun things. This hub is dedicated to some of those foods and those times.

We had to try gyros, slouvaki right off, for we had heard about those! The first night back in Athens we found a little place that made the most exellent food slouvaki I could imagine having. I had never eaten anything like it. I loved how you could eat at little tables outside, with so much of the nightlife going on all around you.

One day while we were in Corinth, we stopped at a little restaurant. When it was time to be seated, we walked around the building and up stairs to a secluded area where we could view Corinth remains, and Acrocorinth as well. Our host there had told the owner of the restaurant we had a certain amount of money to spend on lunch, and could he provide us with an array of his favorite dishes? So we had a variety of different things. Everything from dishes with pasta, to dishes with rice, small fish, greek salad, bread with a special dipping sauce, pieces of pork on a stick that were incredibly good, etc. We had orange Fantas, cokes, and water to drink. It was a very memorable experience in Corinth that I will never forget. :) It ended on a fun note, because as we finished, a woman and her little dog were coming up onto the terrace area. She smiled and greeted us, and I was able to get a picture of the little dog that was very well behaved around all this yummy food. (much better than my little beagle would have been lol)

Another day in a smaller village, we went to another restaurant and ate outside again under the olive trees. It was beautiful, and a joy. We had some octopus that day!! To be clear, this is not considered squid to them, that is something altogether different. We had both during our time there, and both were wonderful. We had the small pork or chicken pieces on a stick again, and potatoes, fries, and of course their beautiful greek salads. More orange fanta, and cokes and beer were favorite drinks, and of course water. I wish I could convey to you, how it felt to enjoy a nice meal outside in Greece, under the shade of the trees... Peaceful, serene, pleasant, relaxing are some words that come to mind.

As mentioned before, we had slouvaki a few times and it was always sooo good. One evening, we saw a special chocolate shop across from where we were eating. It was called Creme Chocolate. (The name alone, got my attention, hehe) We had to go there after of course, it was a beautiful store, I had not seen anything like it with chandeliers and beautiful carvings and cakes and candies. It had wonderful things, beautiful things that looked like food art!! My son asked how much one of their confections were, (he is 15 years old), and wanted to buy one. They asked him to just have it, to take it, and we were so impressed with everything about the place, we soon bought up all kinds of goodies there. We had ice creams and chocolate treats, and then had the pleasure of finishing them on a walk back to our camping area along the beach. What is better, than having a yummy mango ice cream in a waffle cone, and walking along the beach on a beautiful evening?? :) Not much!

Another day, on another bit of coastline on the Peloponnese Peninsula, we had another meal and it included the regulars we had been having, and also some squid, that was fresh and fried, and so so good. This was also served outside, and the atmosphere pleasant and relaxing, and a true joy. It was the kind of experience that I wished some from back home could share with us there. One point to share, is that generally speaking, you don't mix the octopus and pork types of dishes, but the kids didn't care and had it all lol.

I plan on sharing some of the pictures from these times, but do be aware, the pictures don't do the food justice. I think I even have a picture of the little dog that greeted us as we were finishing one day. :)

If you do happen to know the official names of any of these foods that I didn't know, please do share with me. That time was such a wonderful whirlwind, and I should have written them down, but didn't. Thanks for any help. Enjoy!!

Some of the food we had while in Greece, yum!

Greed Salad, of course!! Feta Cheese, Kalatmata Olives, etc etc. Yummmy
Greed Salad, of course!! Feta Cheese, Kalatmata Olives, etc etc. Yummmy
The place where you could get some of the best chicken or pork slouvakis in Athens.  The bread/pita alone, was unbelievably wonderful.
The place where you could get some of the best chicken or pork slouvakis in Athens. The bread/pita alone, was unbelievably wonderful.
This had pasta and cheese and different things in it. Very good.
This had pasta and cheese and different things in it. Very good.
Octopus and small fish, that were surprisingly very good! Even to those that had never had anything like it before.
Octopus and small fish, that were surprisingly very good! Even to those that had never had anything like it before.
A type of stuffed tomato dish, yummy!!
A type of stuffed tomato dish, yummy!!
Athens, where we were when we had our first slouvakis!  I can't believe that I didn't take a pic of them, sigh..
Athens, where we were when we had our first slouvakis! I can't believe that I didn't take a pic of them, sigh..
Small little fish prepared just right.. you just ate it, and it was pretty good!!
Small little fish prepared just right.. you just ate it, and it was pretty good!!
Some of the "youth" that was with us, pretending to be shocked by what we were going to eat, LOL, too funny! Octopus??? :p
Some of the "youth" that was with us, pretending to be shocked by what we were going to eat, LOL, too funny! Octopus??? :p
The cute little dog at the restaurant in Corinth, very well behaved around the yummy food.
The cute little dog at the restaurant in Corinth, very well behaved around the yummy food.
I wish I had taken the picture of the octopus when they first brought it out, rather than after everyone started having some. Still, you get the idea :)
I wish I had taken the picture of the octopus when they first brought it out, rather than after everyone started having some. Still, you get the idea :)
Even the fries were good, but this was a type of meatball if I am recalling correctly. If you know the official names of some of these foods, please let me know! Thanks so much.
Even the fries were good, but this was a type of meatball if I am recalling correctly. If you know the official names of some of these foods, please let me know! Thanks so much.
The fun chocolates and dessert store where we had dessert one night
The fun chocolates and dessert store where we had dessert one night
Wish I had taken more pics of some of the beautiful items inside. Was a nice walk back along the beach there. Would go back again in a heartbeat. :)
Wish I had taken more pics of some of the beautiful items inside. Was a nice walk back along the beach there. Would go back again in a heartbeat. :)

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Phoenix!

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      PhoenixV 

      8 years ago from USA

      Sounds awesome!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Jill I think my oldest son has helped me to become a bit more adventurous about the foods I try. He will try anything, especially sea food types of things. It really wasn't bad at all. :) All of the olives, from what I understand, still need to go through a process before you would want to eat them. I DID go to Kalamata, the home of the famous Kalamata Olives. I can't help but think they are a little better here. The olive oil now, that is something I wish I could have brought home. I may order some from there sometime. :)

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      A. Jill 

      9 years ago

      Well, I have to say that when it comes to food you are way more adventurous than I. Couldn't do the octopus and squid. I'm wondering if olives taste any differently there than they do by the time they make if over here? Did you have fresh olives? It sounds like such a wonderful trip for you and an amazing experience.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Anna, yes it was really good!! You would have liked it. Lets plane a trip sometime for us all to go and get some :)

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      awcase 

      9 years ago

      this is awesome would have loved to try the squid i hear it is delicious.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you for the commment Christine. As soon as you said Mousakka, I recalled that as one of the name, so thank you for jogging my memory. :) I love that you added some of your favorites in a list there. I hope to try them again in the future. The kids were being silly there, they were not really freaking out or anything, it was so much fun :) Btw, I love Ahi too, yummm

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      christinekv 

      9 years ago

      Looks and sounds like you had a blast in Greece. I've never been there (some of my family has) but I worked for Greeks in Calif. for a couple years back in my younger days. They are lots of fun and I loved the food and their culture...I learned a few words (and not all bad!). The Pasta/Cheese dish you have pictured is Mousakka (sp?) and is one of my favorites. I also love gyros, spanakopita (spinach and feta in phyllo) and dolmades (rice stuffed grape leaves). The pics of the youth indeed are too funny. I am accustomed to eating octopus after having made Hawaii home for more than 14 years...it's common fare there and the Japanese also love it (and their cultural influence is evident in Hawaii, along with the Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean etc). The word is "tako" (pronounced "taco"). I love tako poke (although the ahi is my favorite).

      Thanks for sharing!

      Christine

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