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Greek food guide

It is common knowledge that in Greece, we have our very own special type of coffee, the Greek coffee or 'ellinikos', which is an integral part of Greek culture. Almost everyone in Greece drinks this kind of coffee, no matter what the season may be. Here, we present to you the easiest way to prepare a cup of Greek coffee on your own and get an insight into the Greek culinary scene.

The Greeks are known for their love of ouzo, a drink that has its roots in tsipouro and is a mixture of alcohol, water, and aromatic herbs, with anise being one of the major ingredients. The origin of ouzo's name is believed to come from the Italian phrase 'uso Massalia', which translates to 'for use in Marseille', which was printed on some boxes of exportable silkworm cocoons from Tyrnavos in the 19th century. For some reason, this phrase became a synonym to high quality ouzo. Another explanation for ouzo's name origin is that it comes from üzüm, a Turkish word meaning 'a bunch of grapes'.

One of our favorite traditional Greek desserts is loukoumades. Loukoumas (single) is the Greek version of a doughnut; it's a bite-sized, sweet honey puff which is deep fried until crispy. For us, loukoumades are a part of our culture and family menus, as our parents used to serve this dessert after the family dinner. The dessert of loukoumades is especially great during the winter months, as it is traditionally served hot, but can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Once you try these delicious honey doughnuts you will instantly understand their hype!

Great food in Greece doesn't need to cost the earth. We are always on the hunt for authentic restaurants which produce fresh, lovingly made food at reasonable prices. Rakolemono, loved by locals, is a small Cretan restaurant located in Aigaleo, which serves traditional Cretan dishes that are consistently delicious. Rakolemono is a compound word that consists of 'raki', a Cretan homemade liqueur which we encourage you to try after your meal, and 'lemoni', the Greek word for lemon.

If you search online for 'greek food' or 'what to eat in Athens', you'll see that the overwhelming majority of results will lead you to souvlaki. Of course, there is nothing wrong with souvlaki. On the contrary, souvlaki is one of our most traditional dishes in Greece, and with about 2€, the traveler has the opportunity to taste delicious, quality and affordable food. However, Greek cuisine has much more to offer, and neglecting its incredible flavors would be a pity. Here, we present to you three of our favorite traditional Greek recipes you shouldn't skip on trying!

It was a matter of time to write a blog post about the king of Greek street food, souvlaki, which is probably the most recognizable Greek food across the world. Made with pork, chicken, beef or even sausage, souvlaki is the food you can trust to leave you satisfied, because much like pizza, in a sense that even if you eat one that it's not the best, it's still pretty good!

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