Food & Drink
Until recently, Athens was merely a pit stop on the queer map for LGBTQ travellers on their way to the freedom and open-mindedness of gay-friendly Mykonos. Thanks to some pioneering bars, clubs, restaurants and Gen Z’s refusal to be narrow-minded or categorised by gender or sexual preference labels, the Athenian LGBTQ scene is finally OUT...
When the bars finally open doors after a two-month drought on May 25, which of our fave five bars will you be headed to?
Baba au Rum
If you like rum-based drinks, this is your natural habitat. Baba Au Rum, placed among the 50 best bars in the world, is the go-to place for daiquiris and rum-based negronis blended with hand-selec...
When his award-winning restaurant Pied à Terre in London's tony Fitzrovia neighbourhood closed temporarily for the lockdown, Michelin chef Asimakis Chaniotis has been in Athens with his family and has been tantalising his legion of Instagram followers with his ostensibly easy, masterfully-crafted dishes. He speaks to Elena Panayides on ex...
Patisseur Stelios Parliaros shares a summer salad that hits just the right notes as temperatures soar!
Ingredients: (10 servings)
4.4 lbs. (2kgs.) tomatoes
8.8 oz. (250 gr.) feta
1 bunch basil
1 bunch mint
1 bunch fresh coriander
7 oz. (200 gr.) cucumber
5 barley rusks
Extra virgin Greek o...
Chef Christofors Peskias creates a delightfully fresh soup to usher in the summer.
Ingredients: (4 servings)
1 large hothouse cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cups honeydew pieces, peeled, seeded and cubed
8 oz. (227 gr.) Greek strained yoghurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt and ...
Now that we've all taken to testing our culinary skills, Christina Vlahouli urges us to try out easy-to-make Greek comfort food. Her courgettes with minced meat recipe captures the wholesomeness of home-cooking as few dishes do.
6-8 medium round courgettes
1 kilo ground beef
2 tablespoon olive oil + a little ...
Konstantinos Votsalas suggests a three-ingredient, low-carb, fresh and light salad to usher in the end of lockdown.
Ingredients: (1 serving)
2 tomatoes, peeled
1 oz. (90 gr.) formaela cheese, cut into 3 slices
2 tbsp. extra-virgin Greek olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
A few small sprigs o...
Skies stained in orange hues, nature in full bloom, cocktails on the terrace! Whether in lockdown or not, experiment with some basic alchemy to match nature in your drink. Our in-house bartender Elian Clauss concocts a refreshing aperitif that adds much-needed cheer to your quarantine days!
A delightfully floral and fresh aperit...
You want the trappings of Easter minus the long hours slaving over a barbecue? Athens Insider has the answer to your Easter prayers for a festive Paschal meal, delivered to your doorstep.
Lots of wine, an orgy of succulent spit-roast lamb and kokoretsi, an egg-cracking competition and much merriment – a lot of reasons why we l...
Acclaimed chef, cookbook author, TV host and passionate culinary ambassador Diane Kochilas dons her apron to create Easter delicious recipes and an Easter menu.
Cretan Braised Lamb & Greens with Egg-Lemon Sauce - Arni Fricasse
This dish is made all over Greece, but this particular version, the original of which calls for a ...
Christina Vlahoulis, private chef and culinary expert, is spending quality quarantine time in her Athens kitchen, whipping up a storm of savoury and sweet delights. She’s sharing some of her recent Greek dishes with Athens Insider, hoping to bring out the budding chef in us all.
TARAMOSALATA – FISH ROE DIP (Serves 4)
What a treat to have Chef Asimakis Chaniotis of London's Pied-a-Terre restaurant, guide us through our baking basics in Lockdown, this time with a quintessentially Mediterranean flatbread – crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.
570gr bread flour
340gr of very ripe tomato juice (or water if you ...