When in Greece, it’s worth your time to scope out some of the local restaurants that specialize in authentic Greek food. It won’t be like anything you’ve experienced in the West!
Greek food is no stranger to Western civilization, but in terms of availability, we are at a great disadvantage. We may be familiar with the foods we find in Greek restaurants across the nation, but these foods are often limited and, unfortunately, Americanized to suit our palates. Authentic-style Greek restaurants can offer you a variety of choices that mirror the recipes of the old world, but it’s not all about the food. To truly appreciate the Greek dining experience, you need to understand what goes into the birth of a Greek dish.
Whether you’re a lover of meats, or prefer vegetarianism or veganism, you can be certain that you are meeting the demands of your diet, both in pleasure and requirements. Each recipe is based on 3 essential rules:
- Nutrition: Much care goes into ensuring that the food is not only delicious, but meets dietary needs
- Ingredients: Locally-grown livestock and produce are key to keeping up with the traditional tastes of Greece
- Atmosphere: Food in Greece is not just for eating … the act of dining with others and sharing time together is fundamental
You may encounter very different dishes from one region to the next, but the general elements are the same. Greek restaurants are in no short-supply, so you can eat at a new place every day.
Try out several differentÂ dishes that contain the flavours of Greece, such as:
- Feta cheese
- Anthotyro (fresh farm cheese)
- Olive oil
… to name a few.