Greece’s cuisine is a delicious mix of fresh fish, meat and vegetables cooked with large amounts of lemon, onions, garlic, herbs and of course olive oil.
The traditional cuisine in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean, plus a certain Middle Eastern flair. Olives have been grown in Greece since classical times and their extra-virgin oil is always part of many colorful salads full of onions, peppers, “feta” cheese, oregano and tasty tomatoes.
Whether it is a typical Greek meze* or a main meal, don’t hasitate to also try locally produced drinks and desserts. Ouzo, great rose wine, awesome desserts (baklava, loukoumades, ekmek, kourabiedes, …), Greek coffee, frape ice coffee. You need to try them all!
*selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks like ouzo, tsipouro, wine or beer: fried calamari, grilled octopus, fried vegetables, taramosalata, garlic bread, kalamata or other types of olives, fava beans, melitzanosalata (eggplant salad), fried crusty cheese called saganaki, and sheep, goat, or cow cheeses.
Finally, be prepared for some of the locals treating you to extras whether you are in a tavern, guesthouse, traditional coffee shop (“kafeneion”) or in a cliff hanging monastery that you visit! This is what Greek hospitality is all about.