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Culinary trips around Chania

February 23, 2019

Do you love greek food? Which is your favourite dish?
A Swedish travel agency listed the list of ten popular Greek meze in their last campaign about Greek holiday dreams. And yes there are many options to choose when you are at the Greek restaurant….

  1. Manouri med koukounari Greek cream cheese with pine nuts.
  2. Fasolakia Cutting beans braised in tomato, onion and olive oil.
  3. Saganaki In short, a piece of deep-fried cheese. Measuring!
  4. Midia Green mussels on a rice bed. Grilled with garlic butter.
  5. Dolmathakia Wine dolm filled with rice, nuts and various spices. Also works to eat hot and cold.
  6. Feta med meli Filo dough filled with feta cheese, topped with honey and sesame seeds.
  7. Taramosalata A spread made of fish rum, olive oil, lemon and potatoes or bread. Perfect to put on a piece of bread.
  8. Pantzaria Citrus marinated beetroot with feta cheese and roasted sesame seeds.
  9. Gigantes Beans in tomato and olive oil.
  10. Saligaria White wine Sautéed snails filled with garlic butter.

Did you know that Cretan cuisine differs from the rest of Greece? If you plan to visit Chania this year and love greek food do not miss to do some nice food trips while you are there.

Many of my friends and neighbours in Sweden rent their own car and travel around Crete, and often asks me about my culinary trips. So here are my best food trips around the area of Chania. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the area if you are fond of the gastronomic culture of Greece. Cretans love their soil and produce everything from wine to honey…

Chania town

Leave your hotel or accommodation and walk in the old town and the port of Chania. Old town with its charming Venetian style. Here you will find a good offer with restaurants with a lot of Greek food. My husband and I were delighted with a small fish restaurant at the harbor. There we saw the first time we were there that they had guests who were fishermen and locals mixed with tourists. At Stelios Psarotaverna, Akti Enoseos, you will find fish and seafood on the menu.

Visit a winery

Manousakis Winery, Vatolakkos Chania. In the village of Vatolakkos you will find the wonderful vineyard Manousakis. It is the story of Theodore Manousakis who leaves his village as 11-year-old for America and returns 50 years later to plant the first vineyard in his former home town. Book a tour to learn and taste the vines and enjoy the food in the restaurant.

Milia

Milia restaurant, Vlatos, Chania. The story of the medieval village Milia which once was abandoned and now refurbished to a mountain retreat. Here they cultivate and harvest organic products. The restaurant serves Cretan dishes such as organic vegetables, baby goat and lamb dishes. The village is located near the village Topolia.

Olive oil tour

You see olive trees everywhere in Crete. And a lot of olive oil is produced here. We visited TerraCreta’s facility in the Kolymbari area. Here you can book a tour and learn about olive oil and taste the different varieties, for just olive oil I didn’t know much about until we visited the facility.

Elos village

Elos village, located 60km from Chania, on the way to Elafonissi. The village is known for their chestnut trees. In October you can buy nuts at the village stores and they make tasty dishes with chestnuts as well. I have been there twice at different restaurants and always equally satisfied.

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Crete Food Travel

Crete – the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean sea

March 23, 2018

Once upon a time the center of Minoan civilization which is the earliest known civilization in Europe. Today one of the most popular destinations for Scandinavians and many others.

And the reasons for spending your holiday in Crete are many, the beaches with the long bathing season and the sights with Greek ancient history are just a few. But what I’m most impressed of is the gastronomic culture. The Cretan cuisine is fairly considered as one of the healthiest and most delicious in the world.

Rethymno

If you ask the staff at your hotel what they are doing after the holiday season is over, they will probably tell you that they are taking care of the piece of land and the olive trees they own. Crete produces olive oil of course, wine and even their own beer. The name of the beer is Charma and is very tasty. And the best part is that you usually can visit the producers and taste and learn about products in place. We use to rent a car to make trips around the island to discover the producers or the restaurants with the authentic Cretan cuisine.

Greek sallad, Dakos, Skaltsounia

The last time we visit Crete we stayed in Rethymno and drove up to the little village Maroulas and there at the top of the hill we found a little nice family restaurant Fantastico with a fantastic view. The typical dishes we use to order as starters besides the Greek salad are:
Dakos also known as Koukouvagia, consisting of a slice of soaked dried bread or barley rusk topped with chopped tomatoes and crumbled feta or mizithra cheese, and flavored with herbs such as dried oregano.
Skaltsounia or Kaltsounia is pastries with kafkalithres or mironia, Greek wild greens that reminds of spinach. The locals here are very fond of drinking Raki or Tsikoudia the traditional wine of the island made on distilled grape peel. The Cretans love Raki so much that almost each family has its own unique recipe and can contain up to 37% alcohol. Raki is usually served after the meals with or without dessert.