Food has always been a source of happiness and comfort for me and it’s a main component of why I want to travel. Since arriving at the port of Athinos in Santorini I have had so much delicious food. I’ve eaten everything from street food gyros, to tomato basil seafood risotto, to traditional moussaka. After experiencing all the amazing food Santorini has to offer, I asked myself why the does the food here taste so much better than back home? Then I remembered I was standing on a volcano.
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Every culture has its own unique cuisine, and it dates back to the very beginning of that country. For Greece, it dates back 4000 years and is a part of the history and culture of the country. Many of the ancient Greek foods are still present in the culture today; such as olive oil, white wine, wheat, and meat. I will be comparing the food in Greece today to how it was in the past, and how the food of a place can change within a culture. I will take you with me on a day’s worth of food in Athens, Greece.
At the start of the day we all have breakfast, traditionally, the Greeks had barley bread dipped in wine for breakfast, also served with figs or olives. Today a Greek breakfast usually consists of a pastry, such as the pastries pictured above, which can be sweet or savory, This is an example of how an old culinary custom can change within a culture through time.
Now it’s time for lunch. A gyro is currently common greek street food, it is made with some type of meat, tomatoes, onions, and a yogurt sauce wrapped with a piece of pita. The meat is grilled on a rotating skewer, cooked slow and long, which shows evidence of it from the Mycenaean Greek and Minoan periods. Gyros have also grown popular in other countries, which shows how one countries cuisine can influence another.
Many Greeks have coffee late in the afternoon. For many people, coffee is a necessity. The Greeks love their coffee, and have had their unique coffee since 1957. The frappe (pictured above) is a common coffee drink in Greece that is made from Nescafé, water, and sugar and has a thick layer of foam on top.
Now it’s time for dinner, or a pre dinner since most Greeks don’t eat dinner until nine at night. Pasta is considered to be a traditional Italian dish, with the first known record of it in 1154 in Sicily. But not many people know that in Greek mythology, it is believed that the god Hephaestus invented a device that made strings of dough. This was the earliest reference to a pasta maker.
At about nine or ten at night it is time for dinner. This is considered a more traditional Greek dinner, it consists of a Greek salad, yogurt sauce, dolma, spanakopita, gigantes Plaki, and bread. One of the foods in this meal that has been around since ancient Greece is dolma, which is grape vine wrapped rice. In Ancient Greece is was called fyllas. This shows how some of the first food eaten can still be a common meal in today’s society.
It is now about 2am, and to finish the day, a cup of gelato is the way to go. Gelato started in Italy but has since grown all over the world and is now a popular Greek dessert. Now the day is over and the day was spent eating amazing food in an amazing place.