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20 Things About Athens

We visited Athens on the last week of October for a mix of personal business and pleasure. The city is great for a quick getaway not far from home (1h15 flight). As we planned our trip before our departure, I still had in mind the Athens I once knew as vibrant, full of life and happy people, and in keep-up with trends. In my head, it was still a mix of Beirut and organized European countries. The last time I was there, it was 2013. The economic crisis had just hit but it wasn’t quite obvious yet. This time around, it was pretty palpable. What the economy had done to this vibrant city was a complete shock.  Continue Reading “20 Things About Athens”

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5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer

Mykonos or any other Greek island for that matter 🙂

Last week, I had the most relaxing time in Mykonos with my aunt, mom and sister. It felt so refreshing to be on a trip where all we could do was laze by the sea and walk around a town full of happy people on holiday.

We basically perfected our tan, swam in the freezing, clear water of the Aegean sea and walked around the cutest and most preserved island town I’ve ever seen. Continue Reading “5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer”

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How To Make Cafe Frappé in 3 Easy Steps

During my year in England back in 2008, I was ecstatic about meeting Greek people, given that I’m part Greek but had never met fellow “compatriots”. I did meet a lot and became friends with everyone. I also learnt a lot about the culture and related to some aspects and habits we have in my family. One of the very first things I learnt however, was how to make the perfect homemade Cafe Frappé. For coffee lovers, this is absolute heaven in the summer. Continue Reading “How To Make Cafe Frappé in 3 Easy Steps”

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Tzatziki

I am always proud to tell people about my mixed nationalities. My mom is Greek and my dad is Lebanese. I am a mix of the two most “Mediterranean” cultures ever known (alongside the Italians). I’m using the word “Mediterranean” as an adjective, meaning chaotic, loud, in love with food, olive oil, the sun and the sea, always gathering for special occasions (varying from all family members’ birthdays -including the dog’s- to Christmas, Easter, and family members coming back from abroad) and laughing the night away.  
When I went to the UK in 2008 to study for my Masters degree, I met a lot of Greek people, “real” ones. Having always lived in Lebanon, the only information I had about Greek culture came from my grandparents and their stories. But I had always wanted to meet THE Greeks. I did, and I spent a lot of time in Greece visiting them. Of course, I seized the opportunity to learn the “real” tzatziki, how Greek mothers make it. Here it is.
What you’ll need:
– 5 to 6 Cucumbers
– Yogurt (i.e. ‘Laban’ for the Lebanese or Greek yogurt for all countries where you can find it)
– 5 Garlic cloves
– Olive oil
– Salt and Pepper
– A bowl
1) Peel the cucumbers’ skin, and throw it away. Then, continue peeling and add them all to the bowl

2) Crush the garlic cloves and add them on top of the cucumbers

3) Add salt and pepper

4) Add the yogurt on top of everything and mix

5) Add as much olive oil as you’d like and mix

And Voila! You can have it alone or with absolutely everything.

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World Food: Greece

If you’re heading to Greek Islands this summer, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of those holidays that bring you back refreshed, with that cloud in your mind gone, ready to face reality again. The transparent sea, the taverns, the Greek people’s happy spirit, the sound of scooters, the sound of a ferry full of people arriving on the island, will stay with you forever.

If you’re in Greece long enough, you’ll quickly get used to 2 things: Cafe Frappe, and Souvlaki. Sometimes together, sometimes 3 to 4 times a day. It’s an addiction.
I got so used to the cafe frappe that I bought a frappe machine (that can be found anywhere, not just in Greece) and I now do it at home. Here’s how:
– In a glass, add 1 teaspoon of coffee beans (Nescafe works) and 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar (depending  on how sugary you want it)
– Add just enough water to cover them
– Beat with the frappe machine
– Add fresh milk on top
– Add crushed ice
– Add a bit of water
– Enjoy a fresh coffee!
The souvlaki however, can be done at home but will never turn out the same as the streets of Greece. Adding the fact that it’s all fat, I suggest you just have it on vacation. But just in case you wish to do it at home, here are all the ingredients of the perfect Souvlaki that you just have to mix together:
– Greek pita bread
– Red onions
– Tomatoes
– Grilled pork meat (that you can replace with chicken or beef)
– Tzatziki (that I will be teaching you to make soon) – it’s basically seasoned yogurt and cucumbers
– And last but not least, fries