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Beyond Souvlaki: Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

Building Blocks: Figs, Greece’s Ancient Superfood

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Athens -- Whoever came up with the expression “I don’t give a fig” had obviously never tasted a Greek fig fresh off the tree. Read more
Athens -- Whoever came up with the expression “I don’t give a fig” had obviously never tasted a Greek fig fresh off the tree.

How figs, almost certainly dried, came to be considered common and worthless in late medieval England is a mystery, but for the Greeks, they have always been something to treasure and preserve, to be enjoyed in all seasons.

As the Bible tells us, figs have been around since the very beginning. After taking bites out of the forbidden fruit, possibly an apple, Adam and Eve suddenly acquired the knowledge that they were naked and covered themselves with the leaves of the fig tree. Read more
August 25, 2022

Zarkadoulas: Crab by the Kilo

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By Katherine Whittaker
Athens Nikea, known before 1940 as Kokkinia (sometimes, you’ll still hear this old name used), is an area that feels almost like a different city, perhaps even a bigger village on an island. Read more
August 16, 2022

Fatsio: A Taste of Old Constantinople

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Athens The brown wooden door at Fatsio looks like the entry to an old house, but two small signs give a clue as to what’s inside. The first reads, “Restaurant Fatsio – Manager Georgios Fatsios, Established 1948 Constantinople by Constantinos Fatsios” and below the hours are listed simply: “Daily from 11am until 6pm”. Read more
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