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Traditional Karidopita Greek Walnut Cake

21.11.2017 in Gastronomy

Traditional Karidopita – Greek Walnut Cake A traditional Greek dessert made with the superfood walnuts – it’s ideal on a cold winter’s night, rich enough in flavors and spice for the holidays, and an all round favorite in all parts of the country! The cake is dark, dense and aromatic. While delicious without its honeyed syrup, its flavors are elevated when soaked in spiced delight.   INGREDIENTS: Cake: 3 cups walnuts (ground finely) 3 cups flour 2 cups breadcrumbs 1 ½ tsp baking soda 3 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp cloves 6 eggs 1 cup softened butter…

24 Hours in Agistri

15.10.2017 in Travel

24 Hours in Aggistri Less than a hour from Athens, and only 10 minutes from Aegina, is the small and peaceful island of Agistri. Just under five square miles, this little gem in the Saronic Islands boasts amazing shorelines, two main ports, a national forest and an abundance of culture! September is a wonderful time to visit Greece – the hustle and bustle of the tourist season has died down, but the sun is still warm and the sea calm. But if you are looking for an ultra-quiet get away to refresh your mind and spirit, then Agistri is definitely…

Grilled Cactus Pear Leaves

10.08.2017 in Gastronomy

Grilled Cactus Pear Leaves Courtesy of Marko Rossi Prickly pears are found in abundance in regions all over Greece, the Peloponnese, Crete and most of the islands such as Paros and Antiparos. For years, the fruit of prickly pears was used in pastry and cooking while over the past few years the plant leaves have become a popular delicacy as well. They can be added raw in salads or even consumed grilled for a unique culinary experience. Ingredients: Cactus pear leaves Olive oil A pinch of salt A pinch of pepper Lime Directions: Cut the fresh leaves into palm size and…

Marina Triantafyllou – Artist

10.08.2017 in Arts & Culture

Marina Triantafyllou, “By creating, you are partaking in life” Marina Triantafyllou grew up in the beautiful village of Lefkes on the island of Paros, Greece. At a young age, she realized she possessed a talent for art. From this, grew the dream of one day owning her own art studio/gallery where she could share her love and passion of all things artist with everyone. Marina Triantafyllou began her professional career in 1998 by studying renovation and restoration of old, traditional Byzantine iconography as well as murals (Fresco and Secco) at the Christian Brotherhood of Youth Art School in Athens, Greece….

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Sage

15.07.2017 in Gastronomy

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Sage Ingredients: 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour ½ Cup Almond Flour ½ Cup Greek Yogurt (full fat is best) ½ Cup Olive Oil 1 Cup Sugar 2 Large Eggs 2 TSP Baking Powder ½ TSP Salt Zest, from 1 Medium Lemon 1/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice ½ Cup Water 10 Sage leaves 1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar *Optional: Vyssino (sour cherry) spoon sweets   Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F Spray a round cake pan with baking spray, set aside*  Sift together flours, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Soak the sage leaves in the water…

Flavors of Syros

15.07.2017 in Gastronomy

The Sweet and Spicy Flavors of Syros What could rival the beauty and diversity of Syros? The sweet, savory and spicy flavors of its diverse gastronomy! An array of flavors was brought to the island by the various settlers, each delicacy unique and tasty! These are just a few of our favorites that we recommend you try on your travels to this beautiful island! Syros Thyme Honey The golden treat of Syros! Production of the honey is limited each year and excludes preservatives. This allows for unique and rich taste, unlike other honeys you may try in Greece. It is incredibly…

Ermoupolis, A Nobel Town

15.07.2017 in History

Ermoupolis: A Noble Town The name Ermoupolis literally means the “city of the god Hermes”. When the town was established, the entire island was transformed into a hugely significant commercial and industrial center of Greece. It seems only right that Hermes, god of commercial affairs, rightly became the patron deity of the capital of Syros. Ermoupolis, the capital of Syros Island, is a picturesque colorful town with unique architecture and a striking aesthetic. By contrast with the rest of the Cycladic islands, Ermoupolis resembles the eastern Italian coastal towns rather than the typical white and blue “monotony” of the neighboring…

Syros, Island of the Pope

15.07.2017 in Arts & Culture

Syros, Island of the Pope… Where a Catholic and an Orthodox Found True Love While more than 95% of Greece’s population claims Orthodox as their religion, on the island of Syros, almost half of the population is Catholic. From the times of Venetian rule, the Catholic Church has played an impressive role in the island’s history. In medieval times, the Venetians brought Catholicism to the island of Syros. The Church planted strong roots and even during the almost 400 years of Ottoman occupation, the faith found solid ground. In addition to the churches there are also several Catholic Monasteries on…

Paraskevi Polychronis – Keeping tradition alive

15.07.2017 in Arts & Culture

Keeping traditions alive abroad… Meet jewelry designer Paraskevi Polychronis Antonopoulos is an elaborate name for someone born and raised in America. Also known as Vivian to her American friends, Paraskevi is passionate about her Greek roots as well as her design work. Raised in the jewelry business, Paraskevi was taught three key values; pride for her Greek heritage, commitment to education and the importance of hard work. Paraskevi’s father, Polychronis (Paul), always encouraged his daughter to be the best at her trade and art. She grew up listening to his captivating stories that defined the American dream. Polychronis was a shepherd in…