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Made in Greece Festival

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Made in Greece Festival   The “Made in Greece” festival was held for the first time in Athens this past October 23-26, 2015 at Technopolis.  Produced by 2 FOR 7, the event was an effort to showcase goods “made in Greece” as well as provide an opportunity for festival goers to meet the artisans and crafters of these products.   As a result of the economic crisis in recent years, domestic producers of foods, crafts and other goods have faced great challenge.  Many local or family run businesses simply could not keep up with the rising costs of goods, promotion and…

Wor(th)ship: The Photographic Field Work of Tassos Vrettos

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Wor(th)ship: The Photographic Field Work of Tassos Vrettos    The photographic ‘fieldwork’ of celebrated Athens-born photographer Tassos Vrettos. The images document the makeshift places of worship of migrants and refugees in and around Athens and are  presented at the Benaki Museum, now through January 10, 2016.   Each of my visits, even when it wasn’t the first, even if I had been there time and time again, was like opening a door and entering a place of mystery, emotion, reverence and awe. Each space had its own unique identity and aura, from the bright colorful icons of an Indian temple…

Καρυδόπιτα: Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

01.12.2015 in Gastronomy

Καρυδόπιτα   Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake)    Cake Ingredients:    8 eggs, separated  1 cup sugar  1 tsp vanilla  12 Zwieback toast  2/3 lb. walnuts  4 tsp cinnamon  1/4 tsp ground cloves  1 tsp baking powder  1/4 tsp salt  1 tsp orange zest  1 tsp lemon zest    Syrup Ingredients 2 cups water  2 cups sugar  1/2 cup honey  2 strips orange peel  2 strips lemon peel  1 cinnamon stick     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 by 13 baking dish. In a mixer, place the egg whites inside and mix until stiff. Then place the…

Konstantinos Mougolias and…the art of spinning tops

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Konstantinos Mougolias and…the art of spinning tops    The spinning top (known in antiquity as the stromvos, strovilos or vemvix) represents a timeless toy for both children and adults. It has a long history and exists in almost all cultures. Reference to the unique toy can be found in Homer’s Iliad (ra. X, I. 413), when Ajax throws a “stone that spins around like a top” just before it hit his enemy, Hector, in the chest during their combat.     This month, I had the opportunity to speak with Konstantinos Mougo­lias, a master craftsman in Greece, who is keeping history alive…

December…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

December…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!   December, the last month of the year, a time when people contemplate what has passed and what the future holds. Many of us spend some time alone to think about our achievements, our failures, and also our resolutions for the New Year. Throughout December there tend to be two prevailing sentiments. On the one hand, a feeling of melancholy for days gone by, while on the other hand an intense sentiment of anticipation for what is yet to come. It’s during this time we will make plans and regard the future through…

Vrellis Museum: Wax Figures bring Greek History to Life

01.11.2015 in History

Vrellis Museum: Wax Figures bring Greek History to Life    There is nothing more vivid or impressive than wax effigies; these figures captivate your imagination because they represent famous or ordinary people as if they were real. Inspired by this “metamorphic power,” Pavlos Vrellis took the initiative to create a museum of Greek history, wherein he has installed wax figure as exhibits.     The museum is situated in a village called Bizani, located 12 kilometers outside the city of Ioannina, and is worth visiting as it offers an astonishing collection of more than 150 wax models in life size and 37 different…

New Greek Cuisine

01.11.2015 in Gastronomy

New Greek Cuisine    In Greece over the past few years, there has been a noteworthy transformation, a sort of revolution… The evolution of culinary art has led many young chefs and professionals in the field of mass catering to focus on reforming Greek cuisine. During the past 25 years what has come to be commonly known as New Greek Cuisine has been created.    New Greek Cuisine, NGC for short, is in fact difficult to define for two reasons. On the one hand, it is a challenge to determine its characteristics as the traits of “old” Greek cuisine have…

Enchanting Ioannina

01.11.2015 in Travel

Enchanting Ioannina   Ioannina, located in Northern Greece, is a captivating city which has made considerable contributions to the cultural life and history of the country overall.  This enchanting city has something for everyone, from a dynamic city center to peaceful lakeshores and stone castles, even the most discerning visitor will have an amazing time here.    Ioannina (also referred to as Yannena) is the capital city of Epirus and is situated around Lake Pamvotida. With a population of over 110,000, it is one of the more bustling provincial capital cities of Greece. Its vivacious character is attributable to a…

Erato Kouloubi: A Hidden Treasure in the Heart of Athens

01.11.2015 in Arts & Culture

Erato Kouloubi: A Hidden Treasure in the Heart of Athens   Jewelry designer Erato Kouloubi has produced hand crafted jewelry pieces for more than 19 years. Her creations are featured in selected stores, including the Benaki Museum and the ‘’Popeye Loves Olive’’ art space. Erato co-owns ‘’Popeye Love Olive,’’ a hidden arts treasure located in the heart of Athens. Erato shared some time with ‘‘POLITISMOS’’ to talk about her work, her passion for travel, Greece in crisis, and much more.   Tell us something about yourself, your occupation and how you reached this point. In 1996, I started studying the…

The Mediterranean Diet and Economic Crisis

01.11.2015 in Gastronomy

The Mediterranean Diet and Economic Crisis   In 2013, the European Heart Association Conference, concerning the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, was held in Rome (EuroPrevent 2013).   The most important new study discussed was the PREDIMED (Primary Prevention Of Cardiovascular Disease With A Mediterranean Diet); to date, this is the best designed dietary study that acknowledges not only the known value of the Mediterranean diet and its significance in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, but also its superiority to the low-fat diet which is highly recommended among the Cardiology societies of the Western world. A closer study of data comes…