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Gyros – Greek street food

We had a wonderful time in Greece, looks like we got out just in time though. They have had a couple of horrible storms where they had to shut down all of the ferries; parts of Athens was flooding and some of the Peloponnese islands are getting hit really hard. I guess my ferry ride into Mykonos harbor pales in comparison to what they are experiencing now. Though at the time it was a new experience for me trying to get into the hull of the ship to get ready to disembark being tossed around like a rag doll due to high winds and rough seas. Looks like we had it easy!

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Theirs

Last week I shared some of the food we had eaten on our journey. Bare with me for another week of Greek food I even made some this week at home and shared it with my son and in-laws. Sorry this one might be a little wordy too.

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Ours – first try don’t judge me too hard!

We rented a car for the day on the island of Mykonos no sure my husband was thrilled with this idea; especially since he was driving; but I wanted to and they say if you are going to rent a car, ATV, or side by side; this is the island to do it as there is less traffic that some of the other ones. My husband might disagree a bit with this. The roads are narrow, the traffic was less but the uneven stone walls leaning in make for a scary ride at times. We did get a little too close to some bushes while a bus was coming at us. Thankfully no damage. Sorry back to food – I read about a few restaurants that you Must Visit while here. We came a across one of them and decided to check it out for dinner; after we handed in the car; no one wants to or should drive there at night especially after a glass of wine or two.
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Our dinner at Bill and Coo was the most expensive meal we had but what an experience in fine cuisine. I’ll share the photos of what we had but I couldn’t begin to tell you how to make any of it. There are several high end restaurants that might break the bank but you can also eat on a dime and still enjoy some great tasting food and have a wonderful experience. After having several gyros on the islands and mainland my husband asked “why are these not more popular back home?” I’m sure they are somewhere in the states, just not anywhere near us.

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The night before we were leaving I wanted to bring back 2 things from Greece. I loved their Pistachios and their pita bread. I found a shop for the nuts but had to ask one of the bellhops at our hotel where a grocery store was so I could get some pita to take home. He tried not to laugh at me but found it hard while saying “um don’t you have pita bread back home?” I get it, of course we do but I have never come across thick ones that wasn’t a pocket; if that makes any sense? for 1.5 euros I packed a 10 pack of pitas in my luggage.

Here is my first attempt at making a chicken Gyro – it won’t be my last; everyone loved them!

Souvlaki is marinated meat skewer which you then take the cooked meat along with some other ingredients; roll everything up in a grilled pita and you got yourself a Gyro
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Souvlaki dry rub for marinade – combine all the below in an airtight container

2 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper

Take 1 tablespoon of the above mixture and combine it with 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoon olive oil. Cube up your chicken, pork or lamb and add to a ziploc bag along with the marinade. Make sure all pieces are covered and let sit up to 24 hours.
I made mine in the morning and had it ready for dinner that night.
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I didn’t skewer them or cook them over the grill only because it was getting dark out and I didn’t want to 🙂 I did grill my Greek pita over an open flame on my stove top. You can eat this as a deconstructed gyro but I think you need to try it as I made it at least once.
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Tzaziki
1 medium Cucumber – grated and drained
1/2 cup Greek yogurt – plain
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice – fresh is best
1 -2 garlic cloves – minced
2 teaspoons dill or mint – fresh
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Grate unpeeled cucumber seeds and all. squeeze out as much of its liquid that you can.
add all the ingredients together. Let it sit for 10 minutes to let it meld. Adjust the ingredients above to your taste. It should last about 4 days in the fridge, that is if you have any leftover. Before serving drizzle a little olive oil on top.
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Gyros
Meat – marinated and cooked
Pita
potatoes – french fries
tomato – chopped
red onion – sliced thinly
Tzaziki

Grill the pita bread, layer the rest of the ingredients, top with fries and tzaziki – roll and enjoy!

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Eating Greece & travel days

Our trip did not start out quite like I had hoped! How many times have you heard that? We got delayed in Boston and were told we were going to miss our connecting flight in Montreal. They offered another flight on another airline but declined. We thought we would take our chances. We were THIS close to making our connection, we got to our gate and the plane was still there but they had closed the doors. Is it just me or wouldn’t it have been cheaper on the airlines to let the last two passengers on versus having to pay for our hotel and give us food vouchers for the day and night? Just saying!!!

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my first dinner in Athens and I can’t remember what kind of fish it was – sorry I should have wrote it down

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Seabream over potato salad

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View from our rooftop bar and restaurant

After spending a lovely day walking around Montreal our next stop was Athens, Greece. We were there a total of maybe 14 hours; 5-6 was sleeping; before heading to the island of Santorini. When we travel we always tend to eat the first night at the hotel restaurant, we need to take time to adjust and get the lay of the land before venturing out.

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Prosciutto wrapped feta foam and a balsamic glaze – delish!!!

What can I say about this volcanic island, the views are spectacular, the sunsets amazing, the food was wonderful, the hills and stairs were many and steep and the sea was cold. The beaches were just meh. The local wine was good, I hear they are famous for it. Honestly I don’t know how anything grows there, it is dry, the water is not drinkable and they don’t water anything. The plants grow as low bushes close to the ground; no staking; and they rely on the morning dew and these little baskets that they surround the plants with to do the job! Good for them for making it happen!
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My daughter is going to tell me this one is too wordy but I wanted to share this part in case you are thinking of planning a similar trip some day and I hope you do!
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The ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos was absolutely crazy! The ferries are HUGE ships that carry not only passengers but cars, trucks, supplies whatever they can get on board. Getting on is fairly calm and easy to make happen. Getting off is something more like organized chaos. And the word organized I am using loosely. They make an announcement to what island they are coming into and you have to make your way to the cargo hull; yes where are the cars and trucks are; this stop was very windy and the seas were rough so we were basically holding on for dear life while walking down 2-3 flights of stairs; walking by people actually using their barf bags, and then they want us to grab our luggage and get off the ship while they are driving the cars right next to us. Again trying not to fall; at one point both feet were off the ground and I am not joking. once on land it was funny but during I was not I’ll say loving life.  On a side note both of these island have airports 🙂

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I needed this after the ferry ride!

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seafood risotto – very good but was a little put off about the squid in the center – not sure what came out of it but I didn’t eat it. I know what kind of a foodie do I think I am!

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my rose and his pounder – their beers are huge over here!

 

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Another way to use up all of my zucchini – just need to figure out how to make feta foam!

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My first time trying carpaccio (raw) and it was 3 different fish – absolutely amazing!!!

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Baklava – I am a fan now – not as sweet here!

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even in Greece I see a wood oven and they have pizza I am all in!

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Souvlaki & Gyros are a must while here – this one is chicken and my husband found a new love Tzatziki with fresh grilled pita bread – he orders it every time

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afternoon rest from a long day of shopping – Yamas mean cheers in Greek!

Mykonos beaches are on a whole other level, there are many and you will never be bored on one. They have it all worked out; food, sun, shade, drinks, music, water activities and people peddling their goods. Most areas on the beaches are filled with chairs (there are some places without and those parts are free) and they charge accordingly to how close you want to be to the water; we saw up to 40 euro for 2 chairs and an umbrella. Each restaurant has a different color umbrella/chair cushion, take a seat and they will come up to you and tell you how much! Both islands have shopping; of course they do, cruise ships come in daily. Most shops are pretty expensive but you should be able to find something to come home with.

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appetizer at our hotel on Mykonos – little bit of everything; bread, fish, fava bean puree, fried pork, tomatoes etc.

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Poached cod which was pretty good

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Bruschetta – looked better than it tasted – It should have been on a pita – we like it better then their bread choices

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warm tart ratatouille – very good!

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Chicken over risotto

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Lemon tart – if you can believe it – very good!!!!!