Monday, October 6, 2014

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm - Seen on a Greek Menu


I'm always taken aback when I see this on a menu in Greece. The English call meatballs faggots, and the Greeks serve this dish, which they call soutzoukakia, in a tomato sauce. But Lamp in Lemon Sauce (lamb, obviously), Kiddling (baby goat) cooked in "gastra" (an earthenware pot) and a whole section devoted to Oily (veggies cooked in olive oil)?  


Yet in spite of how it's stated on the menu, the food is good, and so is the view

Yup, that's octopus...

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    1. I never get tired of eating Greek food..

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  2. I would like to try that octopus. I've seen them catch them in Greece then bash them on rocks repeatedly to tenderize.

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    1. The bashing part is not my favorite, but the result is delicious~

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  3. Always wanted to try octopus, but will continue to hold off on the lamb. :0
    Looks like "the life" Amanda.

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    1. I like octopus best grilled with lemon and olive oil - (guess I'm a big carnivore, because I love lamb, too :)

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  4. I see octopus and feta. Mmmm :)

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    1. Good eye Loree - they do go well together!

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  5. Stop! You're killing me! I so want that quay-side table and food. (I can't complain, I had a similar feast on Gozo in July.)

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    1. Now I'm curious - where is Gozo?

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    2. Gozo is the little island immediately next to Malta. It's a 30 minute ferry ride across the channel. This July I had a week to myself in Malta while my wife and kids were back in the States for the summer. Some amazing archaeological sights in Malta. I loved hiking around the Hagar Qim temple complex which is supposedly older than the pyramids. I had the place all to myself.

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    4. Thomas, That is really interesting. I've never been to Malta (and obviously, Gozo) but have heard a lot about it. Since you have been there you might be interested in Loree's blog (who has commented above). She lives on Malta and writes about it frequently on her lovely website:
      Stories and Scribbles

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  6. OMG - no matter how they call them their food is usually soooooo goooood!
    I would love to join you by that table:)

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  7. Looks amazing. I love funny translations about food.

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    1. The only other place I've seen similar hilarious translations of English are on sweatshirts my sister brought back from Japan..

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  8. Well, that is "interesting." Hope you enjoyed all that you tasted.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. I did — my appetite for this food is seemingly endless...

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  9. Oh, my gosh! Adventurous palate. ;)

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    1. You know, I used to think so Sis, but octopus has become a staple food in Greece. There are things, however, that I won't touch (thinking of what Anthony Bourdain consumes on his show - now THAT'S an adventurous palate :))

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  10. i don't envy octopus or lamb, but that view is so, ah, authentic!!! i want to know more about your travel schedule. how often, where, why, when? it is so fun to follow you.

    love
    kj

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    1. KJ, I will be heading back to Greece in January or February to continue doing research for my book, 100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go.

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  11. It all sounds better in Greek! I've actually grown to like octopus if it's prepared the right way and not to rubbery.

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    1. I've never had octopus that was rubbery.But I guess I'm fortunate to have only eaten it in Greece, where they know how to prepare it.

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  12. I would be a horrible world traveler... not sure I could stomach the tentacles!

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    1. I know, it does seem off-putting and a bit daunting. But prepared correctly, the taste is actually worth it.

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