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Nemea and Nearby Wineries

 On Saturday 18th April, 2015 it was National Museum day so we decided to visit the archaeological site of Nemea, which is about 45 km north-west to Assini. The site of ancient Nemea lies in a small upland valley.  Its name derives from the Greek word “nemos”, which means meadow, pasture.  Its location, which was in …

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Monastiraki Part Two: Neighbourhoods of Athens on the foothills of The Acropolis

In my previous post we went to Monastiraki and from there we walked to the Ancient Agora, where we visited the Stoa of Attalus, the Museum and the Temple of Hephaestus. Then we strolled in the Youssourum (flea market). Today we are going to visit Anafiotika, which is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of the old historical neighborhood called Plaka.

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Monastiraki Part One: neighbourhoods of Athens, on the foothills of The Acropolis

Monastiraki is one of the most interesting places to visit when in Athens. Monastiraki, which means “little Monastery” was the site of one of the largest monasteries in Athens. The Monastery was demolished during archaeological excavations in the 19th century.

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Revithia giahni sti gastra (stewed chickpeas) and a virtual tour to Sparti

Revithia giahni sti gastra is a vegan dish with stewed chickpeas, traditionally cooked in a clay pot and baked in a wood burning oven.  However, not all of us have wood burning ovens or clay pots but we can still cook it in a Dutch oven or any casserole dish in our home oven.   If you don’t have any of the above, use a baking tin which cover with an aluminium tent.

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Kokoras Bardouniotikos (Stewed Rooster with feta)

Kokoras Bardouniotikos is a stewed rooster recipe from Lakonia. In the classic recipe there are no potatoes in it but is served with pasta, such as hilopites. The meat and onions are browned in olive oil before stewing and then it is simmered until cooked. In the end a lot of sphella cheese (a spicy, hard feta) and some kalamata olives are added and the combination of cloves and cinnamon is what gives this dish its unique Greek flavor.

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