Athens insider 141 / Spring 2019

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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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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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Pancake Paradise in Athens!

Seriously cold weather calls for serious comfort food. Amanda Dardanis visits Greece’s first high temple to pancakes to see how it stacks up. Pancakes. As a foreigner living in Greece, they used to be one of those things you just had to make your peace with waving goodbye to (along with bagels, English-style muffins and IKEA b...

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The Wine Whisperer of Nemea

Hellenic history and art tells us that wine was a fundamental cultural pillar of Ancient Greece. But many fine varieties have been lost to the ages. Amanda Dardanis meets Kostas Bakasietas, the man who is raising extinct Greek varieties from the Dead. Greeks, it is said, were the first to produce wine. Certainly, we gave th...

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