No Such Thing as Too Much Greek Food
Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
148Trip End Dec 09, 2008
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We took the bus back to Heraklion after lunch, and then had free time. Basil offered to lead anyone who wanted to join her to a taverna that she knew was open on Sunday for dinner. This was the day I downed three Pepto Bismol tablets in punishment for eating such a rich dinner after our huge lunch. We shared fried zucchini slices, pureed fava beans drowned in olive oil, tzatziki, bread, the Greek version of Swedish meatballs (VERY good), melon slices, and raisin spoon sweets made by the taverna owner's mother. I've read about spoon sweets. Old Greek women candy fruit and even sometimes vegetables in a thick syrup. It looks like a compote. They're called spoon sweets because they're so intensely sweet you can only eat a little spoonful. But oh so good.
The students also tried raki, a specialty of Crete. Raki is an alcoholic aperitif made from the second pressing of grapes after winemaking. It is clear and served in little shot glasses. Very strong and meant to be sipped. We saw Cretan men dressed in black drinking raki at 10AM at some sites.
There is no such thing as too much Greek food.