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February 16, 2018

Well Oiled: On the Hunt for Laderá Stews

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Athens -- It has been said that when Greeks want a good meal, they stay at home, and that when they go out, having fun is the object, the food a secondary concern.Read more
Athens -- It has been said that when Greeks want a good meal, they stay at home, and that when they go out, having fun is the object, the food a secondary concern.

But that was in the past. As diners have become more sophisticated and demanding, restaurants’ and tavernas’ standards have been rising and a mediocre meal is hard to find. But the craving for home cooking, for those laborious, slow-simmered soups, stews, and casseroles that mothers and grandmothers used to devote their days to creating still persists. And the old-fashioned mageirio or mageriko is an institution that satisfies this urge. Read more
February 15, 2018

L’Artesana: Workers’ Delight

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Barcelona -- Years ago, when it was a booming industrial center, Poblenou saw thousands of workers stream in every day to toil away at one of several factories in the neighborhood. Hearty fare was required to keep them going – sure, taste mattered, but sustenance was the most pressing concern. Read more
February 14, 2018

Athens: State of the Stomach 2018

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Athens -- When childhood friends Yioula Svyrinaki and Michalis Psomadakis were planning last year to open up To Laini, a spot that would serve the kind of traditional food and drink found on their home island of Crete, it wasn’t very hard for them to decide on where to locate their new venture: the Keramikos neighborhood. Read more