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Greek Food Fest

Zach Georgopoulos Sep 22, 2001 03:54 PM

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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    Melanie Wong Sep 22, 2001 05:00 PM

    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 Sep 22, 2001 05:17 PM

      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.

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        Jim H. Sep 22, 2001 09:48 PM

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

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          Zach Georgopoulos Sep 22, 2001 10:10 PM

          "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
            Jim H. Sep 22, 2001 10:14 PM

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

      2. re: Melanie Wong
        Joe Lynn Sep 22, 2001 06:28 PM

        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.

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        Judith Hurley Sep 22, 2001 06:24 PM

        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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          Zach Georgopoulos Sep 22, 2001 07:52 PM

          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 Sep 23, 2001 01:37 PM

            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.

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