Athens Food Guide – must tries of the Greek capital
Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the oldest remaining cities in the world and an open-air museum par excellence entering the bucket list of almost all the travelers along with the eternal city of Rome, elegant Paris, charming Florence and romantic Venice. Center of the culture, art, sports, science, philosophy in the past, nicknamed Cradle of the Western Civilization, with one of the richest histories of the planet, Athens... see more has so many magnificent spots to see that when coming there for a vacation one has to make a very precise itinerary and planning and follow it in order to be able to visit as many of the sights as possible. It is very easy to get inveigled by undreamt-of places and activities in this Greek city and miss all the canonical must-sees and must-does.
For accommodation, it is also better to book in advance especially if you are looking for a unit of some certain standards in a good area within an easy access to the city center. Despite the fact the capital of the Hellenic Republic is a big and well-developed city, the offer of Athens luxury apartments as well as Athens luxury villas is quite reduced so the best ones get rented before one can say Jack Robinson.
For sure, when in Greece, you will visit the fantastic Acropolis and Parthenon, magnificent Temple of Olympian Zeus, postcard-like Odeon of Herodes Atticus, picturesque National Gardens, movie-like Theatre of Dionysus, impressive seaside Temple of Poseidon and many other UNESCO World Heritage sites but what you shall not forget about the dining experience in Athens and essential ingredient of a successful trip.
The mainland and island Greek cuisine have a lot in common and share many dishes with some small and not-that-small variations coming primarily from the geographical differences. All of them can mostly be found anywhere on the land of Zeus. Though if you are not planning to try the specialties in their homeland or do not have enough time to visit all the corners of the country, the best place to take a foray into the Greek foods is Athens that has absorbed all the Greek cuisines, has welcomed the Greeks from all the parts of the country and has prepared a vast offer of chic white-tie restaurants and homey tavernas.
So what are the top essentials for trying? It might sound a bit corny to praise Horiatiki, or the Greek salad, known absolutely to everybody. However, for one to get to know what is the real Greek salad, he shall try it in Greece – and understand there is nothing to do with what is served as a Greek salad in all other countries. There is only cucumber, tomato, pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, olive oil and a feta cheese brick crowning the salad. Nothing else.
The second most well known Greek dish is definitely Moussaka. A seasoned sliced-eggplant casserole with meat, tomato sauce, cheese and bechamel sauce normally prepared one day before serving for the dish to get seized. It is impossible to avoid loving it.
Number three is souvlaki, kind of the Greek fastfood. Wraped in pita or as such, these grilled meat skewers are normally served with some garnish like salad leaves, cucumber and onion and some sauce.
Another must-try of the Greek cuisine in Athens is a distant relative of the falafel called Revithokeftedes. Spiced oval- or ball-shaped chickpea fritters served with pita bread and a sauce. Do not miss some other keftedes (fritters) like kolokithokeftedes made of shredded courgettes or tomatokeftedes made of tomatoes. All are irresistible.
For vegetarians, there is Dolmathakia, grapes leaves rolls stuffed with herbs, rice and nuts and served with a sauce. Non-vegetarian options stuffed with meat exist as well.
One of the protagonists of the Greek cuisine is the filo pastry used both in desserts and salty preparations like Spanakopita, a mouth-watering triangle, square, rolled or any-other-shape filo pies with feta, onion, egg and spinach. A dessert filo pastry option is bougatsa, a custard cream pie sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
There are some many other fantastic Greek dishes that one could write a culinary book or an encyclopedia rather than an article and any kind of eater will find there something to his taste no matter whether he is a vegetarian or a meat lover, a gluten-free or paleo diet follower, a rational ascetic or a trencher man. The Greek cuisine can either be loved or hated but can never leave one indifferent.
Check Amarante LVA apartments in http://www.amarantelva.com/luxury-villas-in-athens.html