Athens insider 137 / February 2018

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Food & Drink


In a Glass of its Own

Greece is one of the world’s hottest emerging wine regions right now. Sofia Perpera, of New Wines of Greece, provides a masterclass in the Hellenic wine stars of tomorrow (and also recommends her best dinner party wine picks). When did your love affair with the grape begin? I have always loved wine. It was a part of our family ...

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Tsiknopempti Explained!

Greeks do not need much encouragement to eat meat. And neither do we! The tradition of "tsiknopempti" - literally Thursday Grill - is very much alive in Greece in 2016. Here's everything you need to know about this special day. When does it take place? On the Thursday of the second week of Carnival. In 2016, carnival began Febr...

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Less Is More at Athens Was

With brunch offerings popping up all over the city, we’ve all become that much harder to impress these days. AthensWas delivers the extra ingredients to win Amanda Dardanis over. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of breakfast buffets. Give me a well thought-out and well-executed à la carte menu any day (although my kids would abs...

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Ballaro, Take a Bow!

Voula’s newest Italian arrival offers sophisticated street dining with surprisingly friendly prices, discovers Amanda Dardanis. Time was when one’s culinary ambitions in Voula square rarely exceeded a lazy Sunday lunch with family and friends at a modest taverna. Or a mid-week break from the kitchen at one of the southern subu...

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The Kitchen Anarchist

La Pantera Negra screams rebellion. And defies definition. Everything from the bold neon sign that shrieks «I do not give a f*&k» to the explosion of flavours that Chef Dimitris Katrivesis’ itinerant cuisine provokes, La Pantera Negra is an original, animated addition to the Athenian foodscape. With an almost guerilla like...

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Sweet Longings

His lemon pie has made him a star in France (and was rated second at the 2007 Palmarès). Arnaud Larher was crowned the official “patissier” of Grande Bretagne earlier this year, and visits the capital once a week to weave his memorable magic. What is it that make your pastries so famous around the world? To explain, I will take...

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5 Hotspots for Downtown Dining

Pamper your tastebuds at these downtown dining hotspots that are anything but ordinary…   Nolan At Nolan, Chef Sotiris Kontizas masterfully blends shades of Japan, Vietnam, Korea and China with indigenous Greek touches like an in-demand Hollywood make-up artist. Five years ago, this kind of exciting Asian-Greek culinary...

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