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Dolmadakia Yialatzi is a vegetarian dish and a popular Greek meze which consists of vine leaves stuffed with rice, onions, parsley, dill, fresh mint, olive oil and / or pine kernels and black currants. Today, I'll show you step by step how to make this delicious Greek meze. Dolmadakia Yialantzi... Continue »
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Cooking is like blogging. Sometimes you are short of ideas or short of time or reluctant to put something on the grill for yet another day, or simply too lazy to try a complex recipe. There are days when you haven't planned your menu, take-away or delivery is not an... Continue »
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The first time Alkis and I spent a summer holiday in Chalkidiki was 10 years ago. I must admit that we were quite disappointed and since then we had excluded Chalkidiki as a holiday destination. In the summer of 2003, we spent a week in Kallithea situated at the first... Continue »
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The 58th Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest was held last night at the Malmö, Arena Sweden and was broadcast live. More than 125 million people from all over the world watched the planet's biggest song contest. Beautiful 20-year-old Emmelie de Forest from Denmark won the contest with her... Continue »
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I will fight and fall like a Greek (Grigoris Afxentiou in a letter to his wife, Vasiliki) Photo Credit Grigoris Afxentiou is the pre-eminent hero of the EOKA struggle 1955-1959 to liberate Cyprus from British colonial rule in an effort to unite the island with Greece. Afxentiou was born in... Continue »
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For yet another year, Valentine's Dinner at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel was a very special event set in the Les Etoiles Restaurant. The Maître d'Hôtel, Mr Kyriacos Shiakallis, led us to our table. He is by far the best Maître D' in Cyprus! After a long day at work,... Continue »
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February arrived in Cyprus with a huge grin and gorgeous sunny days. I could almost smell Spring in the cool breeze coming from the sea, flirting with my veranda throughout the weekend and spoiling us with mild temperatures rising to 20 degrees celsius on the coast. But just about as... Continue »
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It was early December when Alkis surprised me with a Christmas holiday in London. I was thrilled, to say the least, as I had only been to London once and that was almost 30 years ago. My only worry was whether I'd survive the 5-hour flight to Heathrow Airport. Considering... Continue »
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Day 3 - Boxing Day Trafalgar Square That was quite a day! We left the hotel soon after breakfast and came back late at night. We started our day with a stroll at Trafalgar Square. This square commemorates the victory of the British navy at the Battle of Trafalgar against... Continue »
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I've been often told that Christmas in London is magical. But mainly because of my fear of flying, I've never felt brave enough to fly for more than 4 hours. The last time I visited London was for a very sad reason, soon after my graduation from the University of... Continue »
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Since my early childhood, Christmas has been magical to me. Much of the magic was in mum's delicious cooking. I can still smell the clove and cinnamon in mum's kitchen , the delicious dishes she'd prepare for the family using her imagination and creative talent in cooking. But what really... Continue »
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A few years ago, an American friend of mine invited me to a dinner party on 9/12/2005. Although I couldn't understand why she had sent out the invitations so early, I replied that I would be unable to attend because December 9th was a Friday and I finished work at... Continue »
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Regardless of colour, race, religion, social status, nationality or ideology, our main purpose in life is to be happy. To me, happiness is subjective and relative to what each one of us expects in life. It's variable as it changes with age. In my childhood, happiness was playing with my... Continue »
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The Crucifixion I am a christian, a Greek Orthodox, and I solemnly observe our religious events and ceremonies. I am not a very religious person, though, in the sense that I rarely go to church and I only fast during the Holy Week before Easter. Does that make me a... Continue »
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Time Out Cyprus By Time Out editors 1. Head for the hills Platres Agritourism is a growing trend on the island, but it hasn’t yet caught up to the high visitor numbers the coastal resorts attract. Consequently, a holiday in the Troodos Mountains is recommended for anyone in search of... Continue »
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Leisure time seems to be a luxury for me these days. I usually start work at 9:30 am and come back home at 9:00 pm. What's more, I work on Saturdays and more often than not, I've got marking to finish on Sundays. But I always regard my work as... Continue »
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As always, at this time of year, I'm jammed up with work. I'm not complaining, though. Unemployment has rocketed since 2011 and right now more than 50,000 people are out of work. In a small country of 700,000 this is dramatic! Many people cannont buy their daily bread and some... Continue »
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Saint Valentine's Dinner 2008 The first and important thing to know is that the table cutlery in formal dinners has a specific order. The ones that are away, that is, away from the plate, are the ones that we have to use first. And then we will continue with the... Continue »
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The traditional Greek coffee, always served with a glass of water After a long day at work today, I was looking forward to a hot cup of coffee before fixing dinner. I used to be a coffee lover and would have at least 5 coffees in 24 hours. But since... Continue »
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