1. dpappas87

    Runny Homemade Greek Yogurt

    I have been making my own Greek yogurt (I have a yogurt machine), but I have been doing something wrong. The texture is very thin - thinner than regular yogurt that you find in the store. What am I doing wrong? I know that I am supposed to strain it after, but even after straining it through...
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    Finding last minute travel deals?

    Most of the time when I go to Greece, I know well in advance. I am thinking of going at the last minute soon, and I wonder how to look for last minute deals? One thing I did notice is that from the United States, flights tend to go up in price as the date approaches, not down, but I may be...
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    Greek Dishes with Eggplant

    I have a lot of eggplants from my garden. I gave a bunch away and I still have a lot! What are some Greek dishes that I can cook with them? My thoughts: Briam Melitzanasalata Papoutsakia Moussaka Of these, I am certain I will make at least a few dishes of Briam. I even freeze them once they...
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    Preparing cucumbers for tzatziki

    I wanted to chime in to say that I have been taking the extra step of prepping the cucumbers and I am so much happier with the results! Thanks guys.
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    Crete Minoan Tour

    I have been diving into Greek history and mythology from some of the ancient civilizations. One that I have been studying is Minoan, and all of that culture and history seems to be concentrated on the island of Crete. Does anyone know of a good tour I can take that includes both the history and...
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    Prioritizing Museums in Greece ?

    I am traveling to Greece soon (Athens) and someone in my party loves history. There are A LOT of museums in Athens so I thought that would be a good place to start, but we are also going to Santorini and Mykonos as part of that trip. In Athens in particular, does anyone have any advice about...
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    Best place to learn Ancient Greek history?

    I have been helping a family member in school learn about Greek history but I must admit, I don't know as much as I thought. So, I have been reading wikipedia entries about it. I have no idea if the wikipedia entries are accurate. I mean, how am I really to know? I have been trying to bring the...
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    Prove the mythological gods do not exist

    Wow, that must have been a fascinating moment to witness!
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    Preparing cucumbers for tzatziki

    The last time I made tzatziki, I forgot to do this and the texture was very off. So this is a friendly reminder to all of you who make this. I wish I took pics because it was so gross! I usually chop or grate the cucumbers and then add them to a strainer with some salt and let them drain out...
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    Special way to make a Greek omelet?

    I really just use what I have. If you are new to making omelets, I suggest you learn how to make a great omelet without "stuff" in it so that you can get the technique down, and then you can start adding ingredients. Each ingredient you add causes the omelet to behave differently and it takes...
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    Greek Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

    I tried your suggestion and it was delicious!!! Thank you
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    Where to stay before cruise leaving Piraeus?

    I have a friend who is staying in Athens just a few nights then going off on a cruise leaving Piraeus. This is in the late summer sometime. I told her I would ask advice - I am at a loss because I usually spend longer in Greece and get an Air BnB - at least that is what I have been doing lately...
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    Greek sourdough starter?

    I am sure I am not alone here, but I didn't always realize that Greeks do sometimes use sourdough starter to make bread. I had a type of bread last time I was in Greece that was beyond phenomenal and I asked how they made it. They took me back in the kitchen t show me the starter. Okay, so now...
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    Does it make sense to go from Athens to Crete?

    I plan to spend time in Athens this summer, maybe two weeks, and then that will give me maybe two weeks left in Greece. I didn't want to go nuts traveling all over the place and I have two choices. 1. I could actually stay in Athens the whole time and 2. I could do 2 weeks in Athens and 2 weeks...
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    Greek Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

    It takes just a minute or two on each side to grill shrimp. I also find that I don't like to marinate the shrimp, especially when there is citrus involved (it kind of cooks the shrimp). So to make these, I make a quick batch of ladolemono that also has garlic and some theme or oregano. Then I...
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    How long to spend in Athens?

    I think two weeks would work, too, but I know what you mean. When staying longer you can go at a much more relaxed pace and still see a lot.
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    How long to spend in Athens?

    I am trying to decide how long to be in Athens. I have some people to visit, I want to do some of the city walks (Lycabettus, Philopappou), and I also want to visit some of the sites. I have visited most of the sites in the past, so I am not going to go too crazy here. My goal for Greece is to...
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    Hiking in Athens on Vacation

    Vangelis, thanks for the tips on the hikes and avoiding the crowds! I am looking forward to giving your suggestions a try!
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    Greek Baked Vegetables

    I have heard this called many names - Briam and "Tourlou Tourlou" being two of them. Either way, I make this a ton at lent and I just recently had a great combination. I make it different each time. Here was my favorite combination in recent history: 3 plum tomatoes 2 potatoes 2 zucchini...
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    Hiking in Athens on Vacation

    I decided that the next time I go to Greece, I want to go on a lot of walks or hikes. I know I could always meander anyplace I visit - either walk around a neighborhood or by the beach, etc. I am more interested in finding some great walks or hikes in or near Athens. I saw that Mt. Lycabettus...