Σάββατο, 29 Μαρτίου 2014

Out of a frosty winter, a warm Greek summer awaits...

Greece’s mountains, beaches, family values and gastronomy are just some of the 49 reasons to love the country, according to BuzzFeed, an American social news and entertainment website.
 The post includes some great pictures of Greece and was created by Alexander Besant, a member of the BuzzFeed Community.

Greeks take their time.

Greeks take their time.

They let beautiful moments linger.

They let beautiful moments linger.

They are passionate.

 They are passionate.

From May to September you’ll almost never see a cloud.

 From May to September you'll almost never see a cloud.

Crete has more history and landscapes on one island than some large countries have.

 Crete has more history and landscapes on one island than some large countries have.

The beaches are absolutely crazily

...but the beaches are absolutely...

Theater was born here.

 Theater was born here.

Philosophy too.

 Philosophy too.

Democracy was conceived here on this rock.

 Democracy was conceived here on this rock.


 

Πέμπτη, 6 Μαρτίου 2014

16 Food Reasons Greeks Are Better At Life

We have the Greeks to thank for so much of our modern day society. They paved the way for great philosophical minds to keep pushing us forward intellectually. They gave us the Olympic Games, and a desire to strive for athletic excellence. And, well, then there's democracy. Clearly, we owe a lot of who we are to Greece. We're thankful for all of it, but most of all, we're thankful for the feta.
The Greeks have singlehandedly shaped our modern society, and they have also -- and just as importantly -- shaped a way of eating that no country can rival. Not only is their cuisine swimming in fruity olive oil, drowned in red wine and full of mezedes, but it's also a diet that nutritionists across the board tout as the way to eat healthy. While we all try to eat like this, and happily so, the Greeks do it best. It's just their way of living, which explains why they're so much better at life than the rest of us.

Two words: grilled cheese
 
All cheese, no bread necessary. In Greece, this grilled cheese is known as Saganaki. It's a yellow cheese -- usually Graviera -- that has a high melting point so it can stand up to being fried in a pan. It gets crispy on the outside and melty on the inside. It's basically everything cheese has ever wanted to be. But the Greeks don't stop there. They also have Halloumi, another cheese with a high melting point, that they grill and serve on top of salads or with watermelon. Trust us, you want all of this.
 
NO ONE makes a better salad, so don't even try.
 
Greek salad has everything you need: feta, tomato, cucumber, oregano, olives and olive oil -- of course. So all you other salad makers can just go home. (Do you see that feta chunk?!)
 
Wine comes first, water second.
 
Wine is not relegated to celebrations or holidays. No, the Greeks know that wine is an important part of one's daily diet, along with olive oil. And it has been since ancient Greek cuisine.
 
They've never let tentacles scare them.
 
And we're forever grateful. Because when the Greeks grill octopus it turns into something we thought was only possible in our dreams.
 
Tzatiki is their ketchup.
 
Yes, yes and yes. Made of yogurt -- so it's healthy -- cucumbers, garlic, dill or mint, tzatziki is served alongside meat dishes and mezes.
 
This is dessert.
 
Hello, Loukoumades! These are a Greek donut soaked with honey, and they're served for special occasions. Jelly donuts have got nothing on these guys. They're even better than you can fathom they might be. Seriously. In ancient Greece, these deep fried dough balls were served to the winners of the Greek Olympics. That's how special they are.
 
They've turned eating LOTS AND LOTS of olive oil into a healthy pastime.
We can never repay them for this.
 
Their land is reserved for only important crops: olives and grapes.
 
For making olive oil and wine, of course. (Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but they do produce A LOT of wine and A LOT of olives.)
(source: huffingtonpost)