Roka (Arugula Salad)

Roka (arugula) is one of the most underestimated leafy greens, despite packing lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s numerous health benefits are well known. Arugula is native to the Mediterranean and is definitely a green that should be added to more plates worldwide. The Greeks eat plenty of arugula as a “Roka Salata” and … Continue reading Roka (Arugula Salad)

Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Megara

The first Greek Orthodox Monastery I ever visited was the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, above Megara, Greece. I was traveling through Greece with my family in the summer of 2003, just a 12-year-old with her mind preoccupied with thoughts of home and concerned about what I would wear for my first day of junior … Continue reading Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Megara

Agia Lavra and Mega Spileo Monastery

“EIPHNH” Peace. “OXI PIA POLEMOI” No more war. These words, cast in huge white letters on a quiet hillside in the Northern Peloponnese region of Greece serve as a message of peace and a symbol of the martyrdom that took place there. At the top of the hill is a large cross overlooking the city below, and a date—13-12-43. On December 13, … Continue reading Agia Lavra and Mega Spileo Monastery

Greek Spaghetti

Twirling long strands of spaghetti around a fork is one of my guilty pleasures. Every time I eat a plate of spaghetti I get some sweet satisfaction. It’s an added bonus when the spaghetti has been prepared with a creamy garlic butter sauce and is covered with two of my favorite types of cheese, mizithra … Continue reading Greek Spaghetti

St. Dionysios Church, Zakynthos

Travelers arriving to the port of Zakynthos by ferry can’t miss the Church of Saint Dionysios, the largest church on the island, which dominates the view from the seaport. A fairly modern church, it was built in 1948. The only distinguishing thing about its exterior is its marvelous bell tower, otherwise it’s not a notable … Continue reading St. Dionysios Church, Zakynthos