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Sep 22, 2001 03:54 PM

Greek Food Fest

  • z

Riding down Valencia trying to keep my two carnitas from Mexi-ca-tessen from getting too cold, I noticed that the Greek church is having a "Taste of Greece" deal in their outdoor lot. This is 'round about 15th or 16th on Valencia. I can say from experience during my mis-spent youth that these church food fests offer some pretty authentic stuff -- especially "loucoumades" if they've got them. Kind of a Greek donut-hole covered in honey, sesame and cinamon. I'm on my way down there for desert now...

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  1. Yum, you've brought memories of cook-outs with the Greek Orthodox church I grew up around in Salinas. Tender lamb off the spit and lots of wonderful sweets, especially the loucoumades. Wish I were in SF today.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Zach Georgopoulos

      It's on tomorrow too. $3 gets you in for both days. I saw whole lamb on a spit, and other good looking stuff. Loukoumades weren't ready yet, so I'll go back tonight ;-)

      By the way, as usual I was wrong on the cross street -- it's Valencia and 14th.

      1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

        That's all very nice...but has anyone spoken for the lamb's head??

        1. re: Jim H.
          Zach Georgopoulos

          "That's all very nice...but has anyone spoken for the lamb's head??"

          He, he -- certainly not the lamb! Didn't notice if the whole lamb at the fest had a head (I ended up not going back tonight -- figuring I've had enough Greek food to last me a lifetime, but not nearly enough brisket). But I do remember old men fighting for parts of the head during the Greek Easter celebrations of my dim and distant past...

          1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

            Sacriledge...pit roasting a lamb without head??? Other heads should roll for this.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        Went there for lunch today. Very good! The pastries, salads and deserts (vegetarian for me) were all remarkable. It was wonderful seeing how light this food could be since I am used to a commercial version greasier than these home-made confections.

      3. j
        Judith Hurley

        Speaking of Greek food, does anyone know a reliable source of retsina, (preferably in the South Bay, but I would be willing to travel)? I happen to be inordinately fond of it, but there's only so much you can cram in a suitcase. Can't find it anywhere, not even on line.

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        1. re: Judith Hurley
          Zach Georgopoulos

          Don't know about the South bay, but the best source for Greek wines in SF closed about a year ago, and the remaining import stores were working on getting their liquor license last I checked -- they may have it by now. So try calling these two places:

          Greek Imports (Daly City): 650-994-3322
          Grecian Imports (SF): 415-282-2237

          Also there are _lots_ of really good Greek wines that don't have pine resin in them. Occasionally you might find Greek wines in the "other" section of Beverages & More.

          1. re: Zach Georgopoulos
            Judith Hurley

            Zach, thank you for the recommendations . . . I'll check them out. I know there are wonderful Greek wines without resin, I just happen to love retsina. Something about the flavor has a Proustian effect on me. Incidentally, they have an excellent wine list at The Greek at the Harbor -- my credit slip shows Ventura, but it was actually sort of in Oxnard. Not exactly local, but surprising and in this context, worth mentioning.