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A foodie’s Lenten glossary

With an array of Lenten treats on offer, the 40-day pre-Easter abstinence feels more like indulgence than penance. A quick Insider guide to learning Lenten terms and dos and don’ts For Greeks, even fasting is all about food! In fact, Lent reflects the rich culinary repertoire of the country, relying heavily on seasonal veggies...

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How to celebrate Ash Monday Like a Greek

With so many Ash Monday dishes to try, this Lenten holiday feels more like indulgence than penance. But what exactly is Ash Monday, or Clean Monday as it is also known? What are you supposed to spend the day doing? And, most importantly, where can you go for delicious meatless food? We’re here to answer all your questions. SOME ...

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Dine Athens Restaurant Week

WHAT: Alpha Bank has successfully organized the premier culinary week of Athens for the last four years under the heading "Dine Athens", inviting the Athenian public to taste specially designed menus at affordable prices. As part of the 4th “Dine Athens Restaurant Week”, from January 28th to February 13th 2020, more than 30,000 Athenians took advan...

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5 Things you need to know about Vasilopita

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “Vasilopita”. Maybe you’ve been to a few celebrations involving the legendary New Year’s bread. Perhaps you’ve even been present as one lucky guest discovered the hidden gold coin inside their slice. But why such big deal over some sweet bread and a coin? Why does this tradition seem to be part of ev...

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How We’ll be Eating in 2020

The beginning of a new decade lends itself to deep self-reflection. What did I achieve? What did I miserably fail at? Why did I kiss that person? Why did I eat and drink so much and what will I eat and drink next? If you’re as over some of last year’s food trends as I am (ice-roll anybody?) I invite you to remain food-positive and look fo...

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Autumn Brunches & Leaves

The golden hues of autumnal leaves have yet to appear in the city. As for Athens, Autumn tends to include all the seasons within the same week. Regardless of the random golf-ball sized hailstorms, swiftly followed by scorching afternoons worthy of the beach, this season calls out for lazy Sunday brunches. Hot, roasted artisanal coffee, fl...

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Elevated Riviera brunching

Mercato introduces Sunday brunch from November 3 through to April, that luxurious meal between breakfast and lunch, a perfect fit for the late-to-bed, late-to-rise Mediterranean lifestyle, with a brunch menu that makes the weekend wait more than worth it! On Sundays, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, spoil yourself for choice with an ex...

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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 traditiona...

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Summer in a Bottle

Eleni Kefalopoulou raises a glass to Greece’s indigenous whites. The glorious Greek summer is here! A beautiful orange sun warming my back in Byzantine Monemvasia, a walk through Lefkes in Paros, the dry salty wind mixing with the aroma of indigenous flowers, a plunge into the tropical waters of Halkidiki, a coffee in the shad...

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