How to make Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves

Dolmadakias. Dolmades. Dolmas. Simply put – Greek stuffed grape leaves. I love these little things! I mean, just look at them. So cute and so flavorful. Little stuffed pockets of rice mixed with fragrant herbs… all rolled inside a grape leaf. And bonus! They’re vegan! But you can add minced meat to them if you’d like. They go both ways.

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The Best Organic Farmers Market

I’d have to say that the mother of all Farmers Markets lies right here, in the Greek Islands. Out of all the ones I’ve been to, at least. And that’s saying quite a bit, because we have some pretty awesome Farmers Markets back in the States. The greatest thing about these outdoor specialty markets, to me, is the fact that

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How Traditional Greek Raki Is Made

It’s that time of year again! Rain clouds, hot cocoa, cozy sweaters and of course, the holidays! Fall is my most favorite time of year and I couldn’t help but get lost in the cobwebs and spooky horror flicks; but since Halloween just passed, I knew I had to stop my holiday madness (at least for a little bit) and give you guys a special treat!

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A Journey to Greek Hospitality

It has been a wonderful summer, but like all good things, it must sadly come to an end. And while I sit back and reflect on all of the amazing memories, there is one in specific that tops them all. It was just another day exploring Crete with my two cousins, Brandy and Jon. During their visit we sun

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How to do Amsterdam right – Special Edition

It has been less than a week since we landed back on Greek soil from an amazing trip to Amsterdam. And I just want to put it out there… this was my very first trip to the Netherlands. I’m sure you’re saying, “How does she know how to do Amsterdam right if she’s only been there once?” Well… it’s because I’m

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Dormition Day: Greek Holiday Edition

   “Chronia Polla!” Or as we would say, “Many Years!” Name-Days are extremely important in Greek Orthodox religion; more so over Birthdays. Every Greek celebrates their Name-Day, which is a specific day addressed to someone who shares the same name as a Saint. Every Saint is celebrated, but none as gloriously as the Virgin Mother Mary. It is on August 15th

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10 vital tips you need to know before visiting Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a breathtaking beach. Located along the South Western coast of Crete, Elafonisi will captivate you with pink sands, turquoise waters and beautiful juniper trees. I recommend reading more info about the beach, but for now… let’s get on with 10 vital tips you need to know before visiting Elafonisi. 1. PLAN YOUR TIME ACCORDINGLY. Depending where you’re coming from, just

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Bakla-What?!

Baklava (Bok-la-va) is a very popular Greek dessert, and I’m so in love with it! So, what is it? Baklava is deliciously rich and gooey – loaded with sweet honey and nuts nestled between layers of crispy pastry dough called Phyllo. It’s a bite-sized, flakey dessert that leaves your fingers an absolute mess. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? You can find this delectable dessert in every

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First Impressions of Crete

Its been just about three months since I moved to Crete and here’s a few things I’ve come to notice so far:   1. Fanny Packs. They’re a thing. And mainly just for the Greek men. They all sport them like they never went out of style. Thank goodness too, because I love wearing mine. Although, I do get some ‘looks’… hence

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Elafonisi Beach: pink sand and turquoise water

 Elafonisi Beach can be wrapped up into one word: Breathtaking! Dan and I recently had the opportunity to travel to this off-the-beaten-path gorgeous beach. And when I say opportunity, I mean you can’t travel here year round. It can be extremely dangerous depending on the weather conditions. Elafonisi is located along the southwestern tip of the Island of Crete, Greece, and is

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