They say food is a way to win a man’s heart. That’s only half true. Food is a way to anyone’s heart. And especially when it comes to Greek food. There’s something for everyone. It’s ecumenical. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian or an omnivore, finding something you’ll love eating will be as simple as the ABC.
Greek food is soul nourishment. The fact that meals in Greece are centered round a shared family/friendly table makes them that much tastier.
Let’s just say that if you haven’t sat on a tavern by the sea enjoying fish mezes and drinking ouzo while feeding the stray cats or the fish, you really haven’t lived yet.
The fish culture is big in Greece. Has been since the beginning of time. And if something the Greeks know, it’s the sea. Dried octopi hanging on fish nets may be as iconic an image as the Parthenon itself. And that in itself should tell you all you need to know about eating fish in Greece.
That’s not to say that meat is overlooked. Or overcooked (only if you ask for it). Heck, with so many thousands of years of practice you can bet your house you’ll never have a bad lamb kleftiko. In places like Crete and Naxos, meat is a serious business, and particularly in the far flung villages where a certain way of life dictates what meat and how it is prepared. Worth pointing out that Easter and Tsiknopempti are the two most revered occasions for meat eating. Grilled meats and entrails are cooked on spits, while impromptu parties take place all around the street.
Vegan/vegetarian options abound, too, if you’re that way inclined (You don’t eat no meat? Ok, how about some lamb?). Dishes like briam, dolmades, stuffed tomatoes and peppers with rice and a multitude of other tasty bites are par for the course. And that’s before we get to the dips and the salads.
We won’t spoon feed you the info, though. Come find out yourself!