For many, traveling is a cherished past time which allows them to explore new surroundings, learn about culture that differs from their own and gain some fantastic memories that can be treasured for years to come. However, for food lovers, traveling allows them the chance to savor local foods and experience the true tastes which have been originated from that particular country. Visitors of Greece will be spoiled with a mixture of rustic Mediterranean foods which are reminiscent of Ancient Greece, mixed together with some modern tastes on flavors and combinations. One of the main mistakes we make when traveling to overseas locations such as Greece is that we shy away from foods which we deem as 'wrong'. As holiday destinations such as Greece are open to catering to our everyday palettes, it is simply too easy to succumb to the array of burger bars and café's which serve the foods we are used to. However, when it comes to visiting Greece, it is important to embrace as much Greek culture as you can can, which starts with Greek food.
Through the world, Greek cuisine is acknowledged for possessing variety, flavorsome combinations and fantastic nutrition, making it one of the healthiest cuisines across the globe. Food is a big love to the Greeks and is frequently used as a part of family occasions and celebrations showing just how important their food is within their culture and family history. Although time has passed, the fundamentals of Greek food have remained, with the main ingredient in most Greek recipes reaming as Greek olive oil.
When searching for traditional Greek foods when in Greece, it is extremely beneficial to visit one of the many traditional Greek taverns where the vast majority of the customers will be the Greek locales themselves. Traditional restaurants are also less likely to provide their menus in 30 different languages which is a good sign that you will be provided with some traditionally Greek cuisine as opposed to the typical 'Steak and Chips' which can be found at restaurants who cater more for their tourists than their locals. Your order should begin with mezes or mezedakia which are small dishes of Greek delicacies which can either be eaten as an appetizer or on the side of your main meal. Mezes is traditionally eat with wine or traditional spirits such as Ouzo. One of the most popular and most known starters with both tourists and locals alike is Tsatsiki which is made from a mixture of yoghurt, garlic and cucumbers.
When it comes to ordering your main meal, you have a large option to choose from consistent of meat and fish dishes with traditional dishes. Some of the most renovated Greek dishes are Moussaka which consist of stuffed tomatoes, eggplant and Giouvarlakia or meatballs, and Dolmades which is stuffed cage leaves. Grilled meats include Britzoles, or pork chops, veal or Britzoles Mosharises; and skewer meat specialties such as Souvlaki which is similar to meat kebabs. Greek fish dishes are known for being some of the best as the country is surrounded by the sea where fishing is a very popular hobby and trade. However, fish dishes are commonly shunned by tourists as the different types of spelling can confuse eaters as to just what type of Mediterranean fish they will be served with. Some of the typical fish you can expect to find at Greek restaurants and taverns include Tsipoura or sea bread, Kolioi or mackerel and Marida or Maridaki which is known as the Greek equivalent to the Altanic Whitebait fish. Other common Greek fish dishes include Kalamaris or squid (Calamari), Htapodi or octopus which is commonly boiled or grilled with vinegar, Gavros which is a type of anchovy; and Galeos which is a smooth hound fillet commonly served with a garlic salad and beetroot. Fish lovers may also like traditional Greek fish soup such as Kakavia which contains some of the most delicious fish with a mixture of vegetables such as onions, carrots, potatoes and celery with the all important Greek ingredient, olive oil. Greek desserts are more commonly known such as traditional Greek yoghurt with honey and Baklava.
Experiencing Greek food is not just a part of the vacation experience, but is one of the most effective ways in which to experience some true Greek culture and history. Many of the dishes you will sample when in Greece stay true to ancient recipes meaning that not only will you benefit from the delicious, healthy Mediterranean diet that is enjoyed in Greece, but will also understand a little more about their culture and how their love and appreciation of food has evolved.
Source by Nick Kringas