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Food & Drink

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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The bars you’ll want to seek

Elena Panayides rounds up the coolest watering holes where the city's hipster set hang out. Couleur Locale As the name suggests, this is where the locals go and many of them still aren’t in the know! Located in the Normanou alleyway off Ermou Street, you’ll hesitatingly enter an antique furniture shop. Past the dusty tables and...

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Artfully Delicious

If you haven’t found time yet to road-test Simul at Kolonaki … we have just this to say: Make Time. Simul's minimal, chic and beautifully-lit space, combined with the venue’s ample natural light, all adds up to a chill, relaxed mood. What feels really fresh about this likeable venture from chef Nikos Thomas though is his “Mix ...

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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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