Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Food & Drink

From Grape to Glass

The new breed of experience-chasing tourist is no longer content just to sit back and worship the sunset while imbibing on the prized wines made from this sun-drenched rocky marvel. They want to gain first-hand knowledge of Santorini’s unique grape varieties, while at it. Boutari, Santorini’s most celebrated wine label, lets you follow th...

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Cafe Avissinia: An Athenian Treasure

Master story teller George Pittas has travelled all across Greece and culled Hellenic culinary traditions from every corner to present his comprehensive Greek Gastronomy Guide. Here, he pays homage to one of Insider’s favourite urban eateries, Café Avissinia, and its humble origins as a tea room in the heart of the flea market. ...

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7 Green Bites around Athens

Vegetarian restaurants and Greeks. They used to be about as popular a pairing as wet weather and weddings. But times they are a-changing, and now this nation of meat lovers is also embracing healthier, more energising diets, (as evidenced by the capital’s growing crop of vegetarian and greened up menus). If you like the sound of feta made...

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Nolan: Athens’ Master Blender

Fear of missing out (FOMO) finally led us to the door of Nolan last week: the all-day concept restaurant in Syntagma that’s had fashionable foodies all aflutter since opening in December. At Nolan, Chef Sotiris Kontizas (pictured above right) is masterfully blending shades of Japan, Vietnam, Korea and China with indigenous Gre...

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Sin for Your Supper

For brothers Vangelis and Vassilis Sotiropoulos, the roadblocks in seeing their dream project through – a gourmet gastro-pub housed in a beautiful neo-classical building – were many. But they persevered, through capital controls, (the restaurant opened in August 2015) navigating through mountains of paperwork to get all the requisite lice...

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How to Brunch like an Athenian

Athens is waking up to the best meal of the day, writes Amanda Dardanis   There was a time– not so long ago - when the Athenian breakfast of champions was a frappe, cigarette and koulouri. But brunch is the perfect fit for the late-to-bed; late-to-rise Mediterranean lifestyle, and we’re now spoiled for choice when it c...

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When Did Beer Appear?

We know Greeks were one of the first cultures to produce wine, but just how early did beer come on the scene. In her series on Food and Drink in Greek Archeology, Holley Martlew investigates. This has been one of the riddles of early Greek civilization -- until recently when state of the art scientific analyses were applied to...

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A Sense of Fun at Athens Was

Chef Thodoris Papanikolaou brings a radical and playful culinary philosophy with a side order of glorious Acropolis views to Sense, AthensWas’ magnificent new rooftop restaurant. Sense Fine Dining Restaurant is a testament to Chef Papanikolaou’s remarkable fusion of culinary skills: a playful audacity rooted in Greek gastronom...

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Where Athens’ Aesthetes go to Drink

Boo hoo. The season of the rooftop bar is almost at an end - with many of the city's panoramic outdoor venues moving the action back indoors from October. Take advantage of the last few weeks of this sultry September to imbibe on a creative cocktail or memorable meal at the ultra-stylish Point α Bar & Restaurant at the Herodion Hotel....

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