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The Carnival Traditions of Greece

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

The Carnival Traditions of Greece    Our world is full of unique identities and cultures, each defined by distinctive languages, religions, customs, and traditions. But around this time of year, people gather in all corners of the world to take part in the excitement of a well known and shared tradition called “Carnival.”     Carnival, known also as Mardi Gras or Apokries, is a festive season full of music, dancing, parades and spirited parties. In the Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox churches, Mardi Gras and Apokries refer to the period just before the 40 days of Lent prior to the…

Theatre…To Exist, or to Live?

06.02.2016 in Arts & Culture

Theatre…To Exist, or to Live?   Ever wondered where the key difference between existing and living lies? In today’s world, people seem to exist in survival mode, programmed to make a living – we seek that “something” that makes us feel alive. The arts, from visual to performing, are always the perfect choice to take us beyond the feeling of mere existence. Art evokes joy, sorrow, grief, and pride. With art, we can confront and accept the mortality of our journey. Perhaps one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of art is theatre. Inspired by our dreams, fears, and…

Mini Phyllo Cheese Bites

06.02.2016 in Gastronomy

Τυροπιτάκια Σφολιάτας – Mini Phyllo Cheese Bites   Courtesy of Krystina Kalapathakos, chef and author of the cookbook: “Back To My Roots”   Yield: 12 Bites Ingredients: 1 12-cup muffin pan, greased 12 sheets phyllo dough 2 eggs, beaten 2 TB olive oil 1/4 cup scallions diced 1 cup cream cheese 3 TB Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup feta cheese Pinch of Herbs De Provence Pinch of dried dill Sea salt & pepper   Directions: In a large bowl add eggs, olive oil, scallions, cream cheese, Parmesan, feta, and spices. Whisk together and make sure ingredients are combined. Turn oven temperature…

The Railway Carriage Theatre

06.02.2016 in Museums

The Railway Carriage Theatre At the platform of Rouf Railway Station in Athens, there is a train frozen in time standing ready to transfer its passengers to forgotten times. The Railway Carriage Theatre is not only a train theatre unique in the world but also a haven of culture and art. Since 1997 when the Railway Carriage Theatre opened its doors for the first time, it has continued to host theatrical, dance and music performances for all ages as well as educational programs, festivals, exhibitions, screenings and more. The founder of the Railway carriage theatre is acclaimed Greek actress and…

Kerameikos, Today & in Antiquity

03.02.2016 in History

Kerameikos, Today & in Antiquity Is it possible to imagine that a small region in the heart of the contemporary city of Athens hides a place of incomparable beauty? It is this neighborhood that the historian Thucydides used to call κάλλιστον προάστιον, the “most beautiful of the Athenian suburbs.” Surrounded by modern buildings, bars, restaurants and art galleries, Kerameikos, gives visitors a glimpse at the conception of the historical and architectural endurance of Athens. Apart from being an “oasis” of serenity and tranquility amidst noisy and crowded streets, Kerameikos reveals a more diverse history: that of the living and the…

Elli Papakonstantinou, An Artist Playing with Fire…

03.02.2016 in Arts & Culture

Elli Papakonstantinou, An Artist Playing with Fire…   Elli Papakonstantinou has given artists, and activists, a platform from which to express themselves. her work, her art, is created not to provide answers in these politically charged times, but rather, to open expectations to endless possibilities… Internationally acclaimed Elli Papakonstantinou is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the ODC Ensemble. Born in Athens, she studied at the Greek National School of Arts and the Royal Holloway, University of London. After a number of years working in London, she returned to Greece where she co-founded the ODC Ensemble, and then Vyrsodepseio. This weekend in…

The Chocolate Factory Museum: Exploring the Wonders of Cocoa!

03.02.2016 in Museums

The Chocolate Factory Museum: Exploring the Wonders of Cocoa! Chocolate: a temptation that no adult or child can resist. This delicacy has a long history, with roots in Mexico dating back to about 1900 BC. To the Aztec civilization, cocoa beans were considered to be a unique gift from the God of wisdom, Quetzalcoatl. Nowadays, cocoa has unsurprisingly become one of our own sacred gifts, as chocolate – the main product of cocoa – is usually one of the first things we think of when sweet cravings come! Inspired by the popular passion for chocolate, a talented and creative team…

Under the Shade of the Mastic Tree, A Glimpse at the Rich History of Chios

02.02.2016 in History

Under the Shade of the Mastic Tree, A Glimpse at the Rich History of Chios The island of Chios is the fifth largest island in Greece, located in the Aegean Sea and six miles of the coast of Turkey. There is much to see, experience, and learn about the island and you’re sure to find something interesting about a speck in the Aegean Sea that isn’t as foreign as you may think. From the tourist seeking a diverse destination, to the visitor interested in history, humanities, arts or even science, everyone is sure to find something of interest within the…

Avgolemono South with Chicken, Rice & Kale

31.01.2016 in Gastronomy

Avgolemono Soup With Chicken, Rice & Kale   Ingredients: 10 cups of Chicken or Turkey Stock 1/4 cup finely diced celery 1/4 cup finely diced carrot 1/4 cup Arborio/Carolina rice chicken meat harvested from chicken/turkey carcasses salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped kale Avgolemeno 2 eggs juice of 1 lemon   “Avgolemono” means Egg/Lemon soup and it’s made by slowly adding hot stock into a bowl of vigorously whisked eggs & lemon juice so that you don’t end up with scrambled eggs. The slow tempering of hot liquid into the egg/lemon mixture prevents the scrambled egg disaster from occurring. Peter…

“Sage” Advice- Drink Faskomilo!

25.01.2016 in Gastronomy

“Sage” advice Drink Faskomilo, Greek Sage Tea! We’ve got “sage” advice for you, tomorrow morning, before your reach for that cup of coffee, consider a cup of tea instead, specifically, a cup of Greek sage tea, or as the Greeks call it – faskomilo (fahs KOH mee loh = Φασκόμηλο). Sage isn’t just for sipping though! It can be consumed in various ways. In addition to brewing for tea, the fresh leaves can be chewed and the plant can also be distilled for essential oils. Use of the herb has been recorded from ancient to modern history and by various cultures…