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Mar 7, 2014 11:26 AM

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. 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...

          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.