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    Best Way to Observe Wildlife on Kefalonia?

    I’m planning a trip to the beautiful island of Kefalonia and I’m particularly excited about the prospect of observing the local wildlife. I’ve heard that Kefalonia is home to some incredible species and natural habitats, and I want to make the most of my visit. Could anyone provide advice on...
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    Greek Rice Pudding Recipe

    I love Greek-style rice pudding! My family used to make this all the time but got away from it. It's one of my favorite desserts! Thought I would share my recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup short-grain rice (such as Arborio) 4 cups water 4 cups whole milk 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla...
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    How did the Mycenaean civilization fall?

    I'm curious about the decline of the Mycenaean civilization. I know they were a dominant force in ancient Greece during the Late Bronze Age, but I'm not clear on how their civilization came to an end. What were the main factors that contributed to their fall? Were there specific events...
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    Question about the Fates of Greek Mythology

    I am helping someone gather information for a school project on Greek Mythology so your input is much appreciated. This is more like, to help the person know enough information to be able to research it. The project is about the Fates. These mysterious beings, often depicted as three...
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    Cumin in Greek Cooking?

    When I was in Greece, I bumped into a "spanakopita" in like a turnover style dough. It didn't have cheese and was spiced with cumin. I hadn't realized people use Cumin in Greece until I tasted it in this dish. I was kind of confused. Do people actually use cumin in Greek cooking? None of the...
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    Best shopping in Athens?

    I'm planning a trip to Athens and I'm a bit of a shopaholic. I want to make the most of my time there and experience the best shopping the city has to offer. From what I've heard, Athens is a treasure trove of markets, boutiques, and shops - but I'd really appreciate some local or experienced...
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    Learning about hospitality in Greece

    That's so true about Philoxenia! It seems this is something permeates the whole culture. Thank you for chiming in!
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    Summary of the Nine Muses of Greek Mythology

    I've been studying about Greek Mythology and I bumped into some information about the 9 muses. I thought I would give a summary of who they are and what they represented. I feel like the Muses are often forgotten! In Greek mythology, the Muses were goddesses who presided over the arts and...
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    Greek Halva Recipe to Enjoy During Lent?

    I love Halva year round but I often see it a lot during Lent. My recipe doesn't seem Lent friendly to me. Any ideas on how I can adapt it? Ingredients: 1 cup semolina 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter 2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts...
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    Learning about hospitality in Greece

    I was trying to explain to some non-Greek friends about hospitality in Greece. I feel like it's next level, but how do you explain it? Could anyone help me explain any of the following: Traditional welcome gestures in Greece Common household customs when visiting a Greek home Etiquette for...
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    Ideas for Celebrating the New Month - Kalo Mina

    I usually just wish everyone I see "Kalo Mina" but in the back of my mind, come to think of it, I do try to do something a little extra - like go to brunch or go to eat. I think it was subconscious - but I do feel that the new month is reason to celebrate!
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    Greek methods of food preservation?

    I remember my family doing some things to preserve food as I was growing up but we got away from them. The thing is, some of the options were actually delicious! My yiayia made sun-dried tomatoes, spoon sweets, her own tomato paste, etc. It was one of the things that made her food delicious. I...
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    Best way to make saganaki?

    So, it's really not so bad, dousing the saganaki with ouzo and then setting it on fire. It's kind of fun! I would first try it in a controlled environment. Maybe near the sink in case you have a mishap - you'll have water nearby. Tip - use a kitchen torch with a long nose so you can keep a...
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    Most common seafood in Greece?

    From what I can tell, here is a list of common options: - Octopus - Sardines - Anchovies - Calamari - Shrimp - Mussels - Red Mullet - Sea Bream - Sea Bass - Cuttlefish
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    Tips for saving money in Athens?

    I'm planning a trip to Athens and though I'm excited, I'm also trying to be mindful of my budget. The charm of historical sites like the Acropolis, the Plaka district, and experiencing the vibrant Greek culture is something I cannot put a price tag on. However, I am looking for ways to stretch...
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    Tips for Traveling to Greece on a Budget

    Traveling to Greece is a dream for many, conjuring images of stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant Mediterranean culture. However, experiencing the wonders Greece has to offer doesn’t have to break the bank. Let's face it - it can be expensive to get there - especially if you are...
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    Spend the day at Corfu Old Town?

    Can you spend an entire day just exploring Corfu Old Town? I'm planning my itinerary for a trip to the gorgeous island of Corfu, and from what I've seen, the Old Town looks like a mosaic of historical and cultural influences with Venetian, French, and British vibes. Has anyone here spent a day...
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    What is in season this time of year?

    I want to start being more mindful about eating seasonally. It's winter where I live - what's in season now? What I can think of: 1. Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are small, nutty-flavored vegetables that have a distinctive taste. They can be roasted, stir-fried, or steamed and make a...
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    Greek Name Days Celebrations

    I have been encouraging my family and friends to let me know when their name days are. I know for my immediate family, of course, but I want to start honoring name days in addition to birthdays like they do in Greece. But aside from wishing someone Chronia Polla, or happy name day, what else...
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    Spanakokeftedes - Greek Spinach Balls

    I recently had something called "spanakofetedes" or spinach balls, at someone's else. It was the first time I had them and I loved them! I know that in Greek cuisine, especially in Greece, you'll often see dishes like these made of various veggies. Like on Santorini, they make something like...