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Recipe by Giannis Marnas for “Psarakia kai Thalassina” Shrimp in Saffron & Ouzo Sauce (serves 4)

18.12.2018 in Gastronomy

Recipe by Giannis Marnas for “Psarakia kai Thalassina” Shrimp in Saffron & Ouzo Sauce (serves 4)   Ingredients: 1.7 fl oz/50 ml olive oil 2.2 lb/1 kg shrimp (per pound range U/16) 1-2 sliced cloves of garlic 3.5 oz/100 g chopped fennel 2-3 pieces star anise 3.5 oz/100 g chopped scallions/green onions 10 fl oz/300 ml ouzo 3.4 fl oz/100 ml water 2 pinches of salt 1 pinch of pepper 1-2 tbsp honey 1 tsp saffron 2.1 oz/60 gr regular unsalted butter 2 fl oz/60 ml heavy cream Preparation: Thoroughly wash and clean the shrimp. Chop up all your veggies…

Athens Wins European Capital of Innovation Award and €1 Million Grant

18.12.2018 in Arts & Culture

Athens Wins European Capital of Innovation Award and €1 Million Grant     The European Commission announced Athens as the 2018 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital), along with a €1 million prize. Led by Mayor Georgios Kaminis, the City of Athens implemented an innovation strategy that delivered more results with fewer means, by engaging citizens and the private sector in broad alliances.   The European Commission announced Athens as the 2018 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital), along with a €1 million prize. Cities considered for this prestigious award are judged on how they implement innovative solutions that address societal challenges….

Chard Puree Original recipe from the book “The Starvation Recipes” by Eleni Nikolaidou

31.10.2018 in Gastronomy

Chard Puree Original recipe from the book “The Starvation Recipes” by Eleni Nikolaidou     “Chards like all greens are usually consumed boiled, as a side salad. And yet, all of the so-called ‘sweet’ greens, like chards and spinach, can easily be puréed and served as a main dish. Wash your greens carefully and boil them in very little water on low heat. Use as little water as possible so that you won’t have to spill any at all. You could also steam them on very low heat. When they are done, spread them on a platter and use a…

Honoring The Heroes Of October 28, 1940 OXI DAY

31.10.2018 in History

Honoring The Heroes Of October 28, 1940 OXI DAY     On October 28, 1940, Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini sent an ultimatum to Metaxas that Italian forces would occupy Greece; any refusal would mean war. Mussolini, assumed that acquiring Greece would be a quick and effortless endeavor, but the OXI (No) of Metaxas derailed his plans. By mid-November, the Greek army had pushed Italian troops up into Albania. The Greco-Italian war would be one of the first defeats of the Axis powers during World War II.

Diples – Golden Sweet Honey Rolls

04.10.2018 in Gastronomy

Diples – Golden Sweet Honey Rolls     Diples, a crispy sweet pastry known as a specialty of the Peloponnesian region. There’s a “twist” to these delightful morsels, and they are more than worth the effort to create! Ingredients: SYRUP 2 cups sugar 2 cups water 1 cinnamon stick rind of one orange Topping: 1/2 cup walnuts, ground DOUGH – MAKES ABOUT 24 DIPLES 5 egg yolks 1 whole egg 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/4 cup orange juice 2 1/2-3cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder vegetable oil, for frying (or shortening) Directions To make the syrup, combine the sugar…

Athens, Cradle of Civilization, is World Book Capital 2018

18.09.2018 in Arts & Culture

Athens, Cradle of Civilization, is World Book Capital 2018 UNESCO’s nomination is yet another distinction for the City of Athens! After the cohosting documenta14, and recognition as an emerging cultural destination, in 2017 Athens is once again acknowledged as a city break destination in 2018 with the World Book Capital designation.   Athens has been named World Book Capital for 2018 by UNESCO. This concept and annual event was launched in 2001, and its successful outcome led UNESCO’s General Conference to designate World Book Capital an annual event, inviting the International Publishers Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and…

The Athens Partnership – Innovation Abounds

15.08.2018 in Arts & Culture

The Athens Partnership – Innovation Abounds! Athens is an amazing city and it also has tremendous potential for advancement. It has energetic citizens, advanced educational institutions and an innovative private sector. But the city’s assets do not always come together in meaningful ways. The Athens Partnership was created to bring together the resources and expertise of the public and private sectors to address priority, public needs.   The Athens Partnership is a transparent and accountable nonprofit organization, designed to serve a unique role and benefit Athens residents. Mayor Georgios Kaminis has been the biggest advocate of the Partnership and it…

Archaeological Museum of Tegea

10.08.2018 in Museums

Archaeological Museum of Tegea     Aleus, the legendary king of Tegea, was descendent of King Arcas, son of the god Zeus and his paramour Calisto. Aleus was the founder of the cult of Athena Alea and builder of her temple in Tegea. The sacred land that he dedicated to the goddess would be donated several thousand years later, in 1906, to the Archeological Society of Athens with the intent to build The Archaeological Museum of Tegea.   “After Aepytus, Aleus came to the throne. For Agamedes and Gortys, the sons of Stymphalus, were three generations removed from Arcas, and…

Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy

07.08.2018 in Arts & Culture

Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy     Interview with Nikoletta Plataniti, Director of Arcadia Branch (Cultural Studies- MSc Cultural Units Management- Conservator of Works of Art and Antiquities)   The establishment of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Athens on March 25, 2017 was the realization of a noble vision aimed at promoting intercultural and inter-religious dialogue among countries around the world. The recommended scientific bourgeois society is non-profit, aiming primarily at the study, analysis, dissemination and promotion of all aspects of Cultural Diplomacy by any means.   The primary goal of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy is…

Eleftheria Kotzia: Making magic with her guitar…

05.07.2018 in Arts & Culture

Eleftheria Kotzia: Making magic with her guitar…   “Eleftheria Kotzia holds the stage with the sort of presence I have not seen for a while. She has a robust character mixed with a quiet sensitivity .You could say it is something like the voraciousness of Julian Bream combined with a feminine delicacy of control, an alluring combination – all infused with the pizzazz of Greek spirit”. Classical Guitar (Purcell Room – London).   Born in northern Greece, in Alexandroupolis, Eleftheria Kotzia studied guitar at the National Conservatory in Athens, the Conservatoire National Supérieure in Paris, and finally at the Guildhall…