• Stephanie Tselekis

Food & Culture: What I ate in Greece!

Do you ever ask yourself why certain foods or culinary traditions are so important to your culture? There is more of a connection between food and culture than you may think.

On an individual level, we grow up eating the food of our cultures. For me that was Greek food! It becomes a part of who each of us are. I have vivid memories of my childhood, eating Greek food with my Greek/American family.

I often associate food from my childhood with warm feelings and good memories. Greek food has offered me a sense of comfort as an adult in times of frustration, stress or social distance.

This September, I traveled to Greece and spent two weeks indulging in my favorite traditional Greek meals across Athens, Mykonos and Sifnos.

On a larger scale, food is a celebrated part of culture. Traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to the next.

I appreciate that food is a colorful, creative way to express one's cultural identity in a home.

When I have friends come over to my home, my natural instinct is to serve Greek food. Even though my cooking skills are mediocre (but I'm learning... check out my cooking on YouTube!), I am confident I will always cook with passion, creativity and love.

I think it is important to remember that each dish has a special place in the culture to which it belongs, and is special to those who prepare it.

Food is a doorway into culture, and it should be treated as such! The amount of thought and detail that went into all the food I was served in Greece was simply amazing.

Each chef and server I encountered were so mindful of how they were presenting the food as well as how they were creating the experience for me to eat, that I couldn't have been more inspired.

Here is a look at some of the traditional, tasteful and beautiful meals I enjoyed while in Greece:

Breakfast Meal: Strapatsada, Greek Tomato Scrambled Eggs

Starter Meal: Greek Salad

Starter or Main Meal: Horta Boiled Dandelion Greens

Main Meal: Pastitsio, Pasta

Dessert Meal: Portokalopita, Greek Orange Cake

Dessert Meal: Ypovrichio "Submarine Sweet"

I'm curious, what is your favorite Greek recipe? I would love to hear your comments below!

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