Thursday, July 22, 2010

Foodie Friday - A taste of Greece

You'll probably think I'm nuts, but I took pictures of many of our meals during our trip to Greece. I always knew that I loved Greek food, but now that I've actually eaten authentic Greek food....I didn't even know how good it is! So, join me on the Greek food tour!

On our first day in Athens after we checked into our hotel, next on the agenda was lunch. We took the advise of the hotel clerk and walked around the corner to a delightful restaurant. It was so good, we went back several times. I ordered lemon chicken soup and a Greek salad.

Mr. Mid-Atlantic said these were the best stuffed grape leaves he's ever eaten. (And he's eaten a few!)

Most meals were accompanied with bread and often fresh lemon.

Another Greek salad -- as you will see, most contain no or very little lettuce.

Lot's of outdoor dining within walking distance of our hotel.

One evening we shared a grilled meat dish of chicken, beef, lamb, pork, veal and sausage.

This was the beef -- I almost didn't get a picture.

Another Greek salad. The feta cheese was so wonderful and creamy tasting and the olives were not like any I've ever had here in the states! I can't begin to tell you how wonderful their flavor was.

More stuffed grape leaves for Mr. Mid-Atlantic.

Yes, I ordered Greek salads at every meal I could! The dressing was simply drizzled olive oil and fresh herbs. They told us that they never use vinegar for their dressing.

These were spreads for the bread - as I recall one was an olive spread and I think the other was a roasted pepper spread.

When we ordered wine they would bring these half liter glass pitchers --- just enough for about 4 glasses. Most places would also leave a glass pitcher about twice this size with water -- it was nice to have it so available during the meal.

A Greek grilled sausage (mixture of minced beef and lamb) platter.

One of these was lamb and the other was veal -- I can't tell which was which.

Grilled lamb chops.

Usually there was not a huge dessert selection -- but almost always a fresh fruit platter was an option. Sometimes they would bring that after the meal without us even ordering it.

Wonderful cheeses.

Told you I ordered a lot of Greek salads....I wasn't kidding!

Mousakka - (I'm pretty sure I didn't spell that right -- I'll edit it later)

Spaghetti from Santorini.

And, of course, one last Greek salad!

I haven't stepped on the scales yet....not too sure I want to know...but it was worth every bite!

For more wonderful temptations, be sure to check out what everybody's bringing to the pot luck over at Gollums place -- "Designs by Gollum"

I'll be posting more pictures from our trip soon (the non-edible ones!)

See ya!


  1. Okay, Martha! You have done it now. I am officially starving. Look at all of that delicious Greek food! I know this must have been a fabulous trip. THanks for sharing.

    Happy Foodie Friday...


    Sheila :-)

  2. Are you Greek?
    Just wondered.
    I am Greek (from my Mom's side of the family. I enjoyed seeing all the authentic food. The salads were so beautiful/colorful. Yum! Please, tell me you had some bahklava (sp?) while you were there!! Welcome home!!

  3. OMG... I NEVER should have looked at these delicious pictures till after supper... It's only 9AM and now I'm craving FETA & STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES!!! OH and that lemon chicken soup(MMMMmmmmLUNCH!)...Were you able to get any recipes?????? I'm avoiding the scale JUST thinking about it... Looks like you had a "Yummy Time". and I'm looking forward to MORE pictures!!!

  4. The Greek food reminds me somewhat of Arabic food. I absolutely fell in love with it when we lived in Jordan and then in Beirut. Lots of vegetables, hummous, stuffed grape leaves. They are all part of the Mediterranean experience. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Now this is why I gained so much weight on a 76 day stay in Greece while in college. Got so pudgy that I had to buy some clothes during the trip! So glad you enjoyed your stay.

  6. Martha, so glad you are home now. The salads' look so delicious. I would be eating them all the time too. The food looks so good I could pull them through the screen. Have a great day.

  7. Oh my, how good all this looks. Greece is still on my bucket list, partly because I love the food.

  8. Thanks for my taste of Greece~ what a bad idea to look at this before lunch! Glad you had a good time :-)

  9. So glad that I just finished a steak dinner. I might have succumbed to your gorgeous dishes, otherwise. Thank you for sharing so many tasty treats. I appreciate your kind words for my blog post. Cherry Kay

  10. Yum! I am with you on the salads. Those look marvelous.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  11. This looks so yummy. I'm sure the ingredients were all fresh, which makes anything so much better.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my TT. I am so glad I was able to see your pictures of Greece. We stopped there a few years ago on a cruise and just got a "taste" of Greece and Turkey. Simply beautiful.