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

Halloumi Fries

I’m a millennial: I follow trends on Twitter, take random BuzzFeed quizzes, and eat avocado toast. That’s why I was surprised to find out that “the world is going crazy over halloumi fries” from my 90-year-old yiayia (grandmother) of all people. She sent me a Facebook message (of the member of the greatest generation she … Continue reading Halloumi Fries

Greek Coffee

Long before all the drive through coffee stands and the Grande caramel macchiato, there was elliniko kafe (Greek coffee). Made by boiling coffee grounds in a copper or brass briki (coffee pot) until the perfect kaimaki (foam) forms, Greek coffee is then poured into a white demitasse (small cup). It’s simple as that. The next … Continue reading Greek Coffee