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16 food reasons Greeks are better at life.

I couldn't agree more: feta, loukoumades, mezze, tzatziki, olive oil, octopus.... damn, I'm hungry now....

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  1. I love you, linguafood

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    1. re: Gastronomos

      Well, gee, man. It's about time you showed up here.

      1. re: linguafood

        I'm here now. and I'm so happy I am.

    2. Nice food, nice climate, failed country.

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      1. re: smoledman

        and since they deleted, as I knew they would, please explain. I'm lost in your statement as it pertains to the food related link in the OP

      2. Thanks for the torture! A few weeks until Greek Easter for me:)

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        1. re: BubblyOne

          it's a teaser to keep you going throughout Lent. ;-)

        2. They forget Keftedes, marithes, kasseri cheese, taromasalata, pastitsou and most importantly horta.

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          1. re: MVNYC

            I believe tarama falls under the category "dips" or mezze.

            But the list is certainly not comprehensive, I give you that.

            1. re: linguafood

              It's a teaser. Listing only 16.

              Frappe is on the list. And rightfully so!

              1. re: Gastronomos

                I've always found frappe too sweet. I'll stick to the wine....

                1. re: linguafood

                  really? it's made to order with as much, or as little sugar as you please. I take two spoonful of coffee and a half a spoonful of sugar and I find that in a tall glass it is plenty sweet enough. dang. I gotta go get me one right now!

                  1. re: Gastronomos

                    I just don't like sweet drinks, and the one or two versions I've tried (not knowing I could request it less sweet) were crazy sweet.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      I could definitely see that as a big turn off. I had a café make it too sweet for me after she asked me how I like it. Some people live on sugar it seems.

                      It's worth another try.

                      I make Frappe at home in the summer.

                      I will also say that it seems a trend amongst young Greeks to drink Frappe too sweet. They also seem to believe that a quarter spoonful of coffee and several spoonful of sugar is the way to go with lots of milk... blech

                      evaporated milk is a nice touch...just sayin'

                      1. re: Gastronomos

                        My summer drink of choice -- when it's really, really, really hot -- is ayran. Salty ayran. Great with Greek food, too.

                        1. re: linguafood

                          lingua, you should know better than to insult me like that. but, I forgive you. ayran could be a refreshing and tasty summer treat...

                          1. re: Gastronomos

                            Yamas!

          2. Umm OREGANO! Cant imagine what cooking would be like without it.

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            1. re: daislander

              I agree.

              Interesting fact, Oregano was not used in Athens Cuisine (until recently - 20-30yrs). It was widely used in the rest of Greece and Greek territories, especially in mountainous villages where it grows wild and fragrant.

              In fact, my family, born and raised in Athens Greece, still does not use oregano in anything.

              As a Greek of the Diaspora, I use it. Even though when I visit family in Athens Greece, they mock me.

              1. re: Gastronomos

                That is interesting but hard to believe. The city is not far from the mountains and many people must have brought the use of oregano with them when they moved there all threw history.
                Is it because your family never cooked with it you think that? I have never heard this. Most of my family all lives in Athens now but have only been there for 30 yrs.

                1. re: daislander

                  Exactly. 20-30 years. that's when the emigrants brought the culinary use of oregano to Athens.

                  As is true in many cities worldwide, the country cuisine and the city cuisine are not the same.

                  Cities tend to have a more 'refined' cuisine, if you will, and, in this case, Athens did not use oregano as it was used only in country cuisine in the villages.

                  My family born and raised in Athens Greece, oldest Aunt still alive born 1931, made some funny comments about the sprinkling of oregano on a tomato salad (Greek salad) and blamed my dad for the faux pas and said he's been taken 'backward' by his move to the USA and the diaspora. Funny stuff. But true.

                  We use oregano at home here in New York, but when in Athens, we eat with family that has not and does not.

                  We are a minority though. Both here in the US and in Greece. Most claim heritage from villages and islands.

              2. re: daislander

                Give the island of Sicily recognition for good oregano,
                and then thank the Greeks for Kefalograviera.

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  Sicily has good oregano, for sure. As do the regions of Calabria (Καλαβρία) and Apulia/Puglia

                  1. re: Gastronomos

                    They're not called Magna Graecia for nothing.

                2. re: daislander

                  I adore oregano. For some reason, I use it in so much of my cooking- more than I ever expected.

                3. That;s a great list but I'd add a few things.... Grilled lamb, Greek coffee, Stifado, Spanikopita... I lived two years on a Greek island. Coming back to the US was one of the stupidest things I've ever done.

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                  1. re: JoeBabbitt

                    same here. still don't know why I left the island and came here again.

                    1. re: Gastronomos

                      You must have read this story about life on a greek island:

                      The Island Where People Forget to Die

                      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/mag...

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        All the Greek islands were like that.
                        after the last world war when the Germans nearly annihilated the island of Crete leaving only women and children in burned out villages the english and some other self professed world powers came to Crete to see how poorly the few remaining inhabitants were doing. Well, they were shocked! Not only were they not starving, despite that the Germans took all the livestock to feed their armies, the inhabitants of Crete were Thriving! Yes! A good healthy diet of dark leafy greens, nuts and fruit, some fresh seafood, real wine, LOTS of olive oil..

                        The propoganda came and the Greeks of all islands were told what to eat and how to live by the english and luckily were told to get out.

                        Now they found Ikaria as a remote not very touristy island where people are forgetting to die. Good clean living on a true Mediterranean diet.

                        All the Greek islands. Greek island culture. Sadly the same cannot be said for all the mainland and the north, save for coastal areas somewhat.

                        Oregano is a healing herb and natural anti-biotic and anti-septic. Strong in Antioxidants. Strong Antiviral & Antibacterial. Strong In Fiber.

                        It is not used "fresh" because, if you have ever grown oregano in a garden, you will notice that when it flowers and naturally dries to release its seeds, that is the part of the plant that is used, not the broad leafy parts.

                        1. re: Gastronomos

                          I love oregano even more now, if that's possible.

                      2. re: Gastronomos

                        "same here. still don't know why I left the island and came here again."

                        Ha! After a few visits to Santorini I looked into moving my business operations there and living there but they make it nearly impossible.

                      3. re: JoeBabbitt

                        Go back then. You only live once.

                      4. My boyfriend is Greek and I sent this article to him. He enjoyed it a lot. Especially the part about wine. :)

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                        1. re: SaraAshley

                          I love Greek food so much. Can't wait to be back in Europe and have a LOT of it :-)

                          1. re: linguafood

                            He's been introducing me to more of it. It's not something I grew up on, but I was already a fan of feta and wine before meeting him, and really just a fan of Mediterranean food in general. He's younger and still lives with the fam, which includes his Greek Grandmother who mostly cooks Greek classics. I already told him I'm leaving the Greek cooking to her and will not try to compete. Lol!

                            1. re: SaraAshley

                              Nice. A real yaya to make food. You should adopt/kidnap her or make it so that you can eat there often.

                              If it's still cold in (wherever you are), ask if she would make her version of yuvetsi. It's one of my favorite comfort dishes when it's just nasty out there.

                              My mom's ex made a pretty good version, my own man's is killer.... but an honest-to-god Greek grandma?

                              Lucky, lucky Sara :-)

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Lol, I have not had the pleasure of meeting her yet, but I will keep that in mind for when I do. :) I'm in Northern VA, so I've experienced the hellish never-ending Winter that has affected so many, but temps seem to be on the up this week, so I'm hoping it continues.

                                1. re: SaraAshley

                                  60s here today, crappies here on Saturday. And 2 days of rain sandwiched in between. Spring my ass.

                          2. re: SaraAshley

                            what part of Greece ?

                            1. re: Gastronomos

                              I actually asked him this last night but forgot. :/ I want to say it started with an N.

                              1. re: SaraAshley

                                island or mainland ?

                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                  Ahhh I don't remember! I think I would recognize the name if I heard it, though.

                                  1. re: SaraAshley

                                    hmmm, N. Virginia.... Nafpaktos?

                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                      Lol, no. I could be wrong about what letter it starts with.

                                      1. re: SaraAshley

                                        ok. no pressure. I was just curious. :-)

                          3. I saw a Walgreens commercial for "Okinawa Life," a dietary supplement containing among other ingredients, bitter gourd (gohya).

                            Guess I'll keep an eye out for "Cretian Life" too.

                            1. Arianna Huffington is from Greece, and the article the OP points out was in the Huffington Post. Sure, I really love Greek food and have a lot of respect for Greek culture and history, but I can't help but think there is a conflict of interest of sorts in this article. It doesn't seem to have a by-line.

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                              1. re: Tripeler

                                that is such a crock of shit I don't know where to begin.

                                THANKS! I just spent the last 15 minutes after reading your reply laughing and rolling on the floor. A good early Sunday morning laugh. Wow. Thanks again!

                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                  You're easily amused. Why doesn't that piece have a by-line? I think it is certainly a legitimate question.

                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                    I usually am. I was called out on a reply on some post yesterday about some vague thing that someone had in their head about what I replied. I figured out what their issue was and had to delete that part of my comment for PC purposes. Not what I wanted to do, but she was in a position to hang me upside down. Before you reply, please take a minute and twenty five seconds to view this video. If you understand it, just click the 'RECOMMEND' button under this post. If not, then please refrain from engaging any further on the topic.

                                    http://youtu.be/N1vefIauuwc

                                    Ciao!

                              2. perhaps they also know non-greeks will actually order and consume this