No Such Thing as Too Much Greek Food

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 09, 2008

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Flag of Greece  , Crete,
Sunday, September 28, 2008

We were scheduled to walk back to Phaestos to catch the charter bus to lunch, but after compassionate Basil saw how long the walk back would be, she called the bus driver to ask him to meet us at Agia Triada instead. We lunched in the little town of Vorri at a very nice tavern staffed by what looked like 16-year-old triplet boys of Crete. I had bread, potato salad with peas in it, tzatziki (which is yogurt dip with cucumber and other yummy things in it and you spread it on bread or slather it over your gyro), horiatiki salad, and moussaka, which is a sort of casserole made with layers of sliced potatoes, ground beef, eggplant slices, and a bechamel sauce on top. Grapes for dessert. I sat with Cricket, Grizz, Groom, and Basketball. Along with Red and Spencer, who sat further down the table, they make up a quieter group of students I don't know very well, especially because none of them are taking my communication classes. It was nice to be able to spend some time with them and get to know them a little better.

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.
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