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Curious about which wines will make it into the 50 Great Greek Wines list?

Wine writer, wine consultant and wine educator Yiannis Karakasis ΜW has been sharing his love for Greek wine around the globe. An authority on the history, grapes, people, places and methods behind the wines, he speaks to Athens Insider about the 50Great Greek Wines Awards to be held in May. We are as curious to find out which Greek wines...

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How to do Lent in Greece

With so many Lenten treats on offer, the 40-day pre-Easter abstinence feels more like indulgence than penance. Here’s Athens Insider’s guide to navigating Lenten dos and don’ts!   For Greeks, even fasting is all about food! In fact, it reflects the rich culinary repertoire of the country, relying heavily on seasonal ve...

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3 Warming Greek Recipes for Winter

Through exquisite recipes and photographs of her beloved Greece, Australian-born Greek Ruth Bardis shares her family's stories and the regional specialties of their cuisine in her award-winning book “Hellenic Kanella: Memories Made in a Greek Kitchen”. Insider brings you three of her favourite winter warming dishes from her stylish and he...

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Athens claims 6 Michelin restaurants and 3 Bib Gourmands to emerge as a gastronomic destination

Athens may not boast as many Michelin star restaurants as Tokyo or Paris, but it is fast acquiring a reputation as a gourmet destination.  At a time when Greek restauranteurs have been tested in more ways than one, the 2021 Michelin Awards offer a glimmer of hope. Spondi If any more proof were needed that Greece’s gastronomic s...

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Two Classic Greek Christmas Sweets

It’s not Christmas in Greece until the zacharoplasteia start piling mounds of melomakarona and kourabiedes. And it cleaves Greek society into two clans: those who prefer the crunchy intensity of melomakarona and those who swear by the ethereal, melt in the mouth, buttery bite of a kourabie. By Diana Farr Louis More traditional...

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