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    Souvlaki With French fries, Tzatziki and...
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    Pizza
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  • Enjoying a meze in Old Hersonisoss
    Enjoying a meze in Old Hersonisoss
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    Souvlaki

    by Balam Updated Sep 15, 2008

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    Souvlaki With French fries, Tzatziki and Pita

    Skewered pork meat, a traditional Greek dish. It is served with french fries and there is also chicken, lamb and swordfish souvlaki.Apart from the classic pork souvlaki, you can also try chicken or any other meat. One shop in Athens even serves ostrich souvlaki. All these variations were invented to provide a different taste, and also contain far less fat and cholesterol than pork. In restaurants (but not souvlaki shops) the souvlaki is larger and threaded on a metal skewer. You can also order swordfish, prawn or vegetable souvlaki.

    The traditional kebab is also cooked on a spit but it’s not called a souvlaki. It’s made of lamb or pork mince with spices and looks like a big elongated meat patty.

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    Pizza's in Greece

    by Balam Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    Pizza

    I decided to write this tip due to some people complaining about there pizza's in a Restaurant(Blue Sky) in Gouves.
    Pizzas in Greece are not like the Pizza you get in Italy. They are more like American ones. A bit like cross between a Pizza and a cheese flan with their high sides and cheese fillings. Look on them as something other than a pizza and you will find them very nice.

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    O gyros gyrizei

    by Balam Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    gyros

    Gyros is traditionally made of pork. In recent years chicken gyros has appeared, thanks to its low fat content. Recently the doner kebab has also shown up, made of mixed lamb and beef mince.
    In the Greek gyros, the pita bread is not cut open to insert the meat and vegetables, That is the Cypriot pita, which has a different flavour to the traditional Greek variety.
    There is also the version in half a small loaf of bread with the centre removed, which is basted and grilled like pita bread.
    In northern Greece gyros is served with mustard or ketchup instead of yoghourt. In Athens, gyros does not include chips and is smaller than the portion you’ll eat in Crete.

    Make your own...

    This is probably the best way of enjoying a healthier gyros with quality ingredients. Ready-made pita bread is sold in all major supermarkets and pork is readily available. Recently, special herb and spice mixtures for gyros have come on the market, although oregano, salt, pepper and cumin are found in every home. The recipe below is just one of the many variations you can try. With a bit of imagination and experimentation you can create your own perfect gyros recipe.

    Cut the meat into narrow, thin strips and marinade it in a little vinegar. Add a dash of oregano and cumin if you like the flavour. Defrost the pita bread, slice the tomato and onion thinly and fry the chips. You’ll also need some yoghourt, tzatziki, mustard or whatever else you want to spread on the pita.

    When the meat is ready, cook it on the grill along with the pitas. Spread your chosen sauce on the pitas and add the meat, tomato and onion. The chips can go in the pita too or be served separately on the plate. The second option makes it easier to wrap the pita as it won’t be too full.

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    Any good Greek restaurant: Mezedes or Meze

    by ChrisnJan Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    Enjoying a meze in Old Hersonisoss

    A perfect way to sample traditional Greek food, Meze is a variety of small local dishes basically the Greek equivalent of a combo' or tapas.
    If you find the right restaurant this will be a terrific culinary experience!

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    A Must-Drink Activity ;): For Those Who Love Beer

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    One happy VT-er with his Mythos :-)

    Well, this is actually something else than a typical restaurant tip so please excuse me.

    This is about the best beer in Greece and in Crete - Mythos. Available both in shops and in restaurants, tastes best when chilled and served under a shady tree - to you and your companion.

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  • Hiona place: Fish restaurants

    by NatassaPL Written May 2, 2006

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    There is fish village, hmm well its not a village infact its a nice beach with 3 fish tavernas. The fish is always fresh and its very nice to have dinner or lunch there just next to the sea.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is "kakavia" a soup made from big fishes and a big greek salad and fishes made in grill.
    Its nice in this place especially when there is enough free time to swim, to enjoy sun and then a delicious lunch.

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    Select Local Specials

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    In a Market - here is municipal market of Hania

    You cannot miss fantastic Cretean cuisine. It is based on vergine olive oil and very tasteful. You can chose from large variety of seafood, appetizers, meat and whatever you may wish to have. Meals served in restaurants are usually fresh and large.

    Favorite Dish: I'm semivegetarian and had some problems with finding strictly vegetarian food. I especially adored seafood. Yummy...

    Please pay special attention to Cretean honey and sweets. Although I'm not a fan of honey, the Cretean one was very special to me and tasted better than anywhere else.

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    Greek taverns: Don't miss real Greek food

    by chiara76 Written Nov 29, 2004

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    I won't recommend you one restaurant or Greek tavern there. I just recommend you really Greek food, the salads, with the fresh tomatos, lettuce and feta cheese. The lamb made by the different ways especially from the oven.
    Great Greek sweets like my favourite Baklava.
    Of course you should try their wines. The best home made one.
    Have a great time in the evening eating this great food!

    Favorite Dish: almost all dishes from Creteian cuisine are very good, so try what you would like the most

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    The most healthy cuisine in the world (probably!)

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 24, 2002

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    Try it!

    The island is so fecund, famous for its many different products (for example, you can even find self-sown bananas). Olive oil is used in many different ways in cooking, you can taste delicious meals at the numerous restaurants all over the island. I'd suggest you to meet a Cretan housewife...

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    Taste the local atmosphere

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 16, 2002

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    Street in Aghia Galini

    The streets in the centre of Aghia Galini are filled with restaurants. In the evening, when it is already dark but still warm, it's very nice to sit outside in one of the narrow alleys and have a nice meal.

    Favorite Dish: Moussaka and seafood

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