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5 Greek food blogs to follow

(CNN) – Your epic Greece vacation is about to begin and all you can think of is all the delicious food you can enjoy during your stay.

Luckily, we’ve got what you need to get you there: a selection of food blogs and vlogs that will make your mouth water and maybe even inspire you to try a recipe or two.

Here are five Greek cooking gurus you should be following right now.

Diane kochilas

Greek cooking expert Diane Kochilas shares healthy recipes, cooking tips and home videos on her website.

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Chef, author and cooker show host Diane Kochilas hails from Ikaria, the Greek island famous for the longevity of its inhabitants.

She is an ambassador for healthy Greek cuisine and offers countless Greek recipes on her website, ranging from classics such as spanakorizo ​​(Greek rice with spinach) and dolmades (vegetarian stuffed grape leaves in a fresh tomato sauce. ) to more creative recipes such as pumpkin, sweet potato, moussaka, mushroom “pitta gyro wrap sandwich” or hot chocolate spiced with mastiha.

Kochilas’ favorite Greek dish is a whole roasted eggplant with crumbled feta and crispy sardine bones with crunchy sea salt from MeZen, a small meze restaurant in the mainland port of Volos.

“Athens is an amazing food city, especially for a glimpse into hip, modern Greek cuisine,” she says.

“Thessaloniki is also a great food city. But wherever you travel here you notice how close the Greeks are to the land. This is the real secret to good food, understanding the ingredients and the seasons, and knowing how. use all the beautiful things that grow wild. “

His most recent cookbook “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die” is based on Ikarian wisdom on all things food.

My little expat kitchen

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My Little Expat Kitchen is run by Magdalini Zografou, a “Greek girl who cooks in her small expat kitchen in the Netherlands”.

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It consists of a variety of recipes, from traditional Greek cuisine to more international dishes, and its detailed personal items vibrate with skillful photographs that are sure to send you straight to the kitchen.

The Athens-born blogger enjoys experimenting with new flavors, but tends to revert to traditional dishes in her everyday cooking.

Briam, a vegetable dish made with eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and onions cooked in a tomato sauce, is his favorite recipe at the moment.

“Served with freshly baked sourdough bread and feta on the side, it’s a meal heaven,” says Zografou, who has lived in The Hague, Netherlands for eight years.

Greek barley bread, gemista (tomatoes and peppers stuffed with baked meat in a tomato-olive oil sauce) and tiropita (Greek cheese pie) are My Little Expat Kitchen’s three best recipes.

Athens is Zografou’s first choice for a foodie traveling to Greece because “you can find everything from traditional Greek cuisine to modern cuisine”.

She also recommends mezedopoleia, Greek restaurants that only serve meze (small plates of traditional Greek food) so you can try all the different dishes.

Olive tomato

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Elena Paravantes OliveTomato’s blog focuses on the nutritional value of the Mediterranean diet.

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Chicago native Elena Paravantes’ love affair for cooking was sparked by her mother, who exclusively cooked Greek dishes for her family.

She is now a dietitian, nutritionist and writer specializing in the Mediterranean diet and has lived in Athens with her family for 15 years.

With OliveTomato, she aims to spread awareness of the true Mediterranean diet, combining her professional knowledge with her own experiences. Authentic Mediterranean diet recipes, personal antidotes, tips for cooking Greek style, updates on new research, and food guides for those visiting Greece are all on the blog’s menu.

Green beans (fasolakia lathera) and roasted okra (bamies) are his favorite recipes in summer.

“Consumed at room temperature, ideally the day after cooking, they go perfectly with the feta and are perfect for summer,” she explains.

His recipe for tender grilled Greek beans in tomato sauce (gigantes plaki) is among the most popular on the blog.

The Peloponnese, which offers simple Greek cuisine and quality products such as the world famous Kalamata olives, is its best tip for anyone visiting Greece.

Highlights related to the cuisine of the region include traditional Arcadian casseroles, fir honey from the village of Vytina, eggplants from Leonidio, traditional salted pork (known as syglino) from Mani and cellars. of Nemea with the famous Agiorgitiko grape for wine lovers.

In Athens, Paravantes’ favorite dishes include savory pies from Lykavittos bakery in Kolonaki, Vlassis for traditional Greek casserole dishes, Cafe Avissinia for meze, fun and people watching, and 2Mazi and CTC restaurants. for creative dishes with a strong Greek influence.

Do you eat greek

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Beef youvetsi, a slow-cooked stew with tomato sauce and orzo pasta, is one of the most popular recipes on the Eat Yourself Greek blog.

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Based in Athens, Eugenia Makrogianneli founded the cooking blog Eat Yourself Greek to collect Greek family recipes and keep in touch with friends in the UK, where she worked for a few years.

For her, Greek cuisine is about heritage and memories, as well as tasty, simple and healthy dishes like grilled sea bass with olive oil and lemon.

“I love lesser-known dishes like artichoke stews or black-eyed beans with greens. Quick, simple recipes that are very nutritious and require few ingredients,” she says.

Homemade marinated anchovies perfectly complemented by a cold glass of ouzo are Eugenia’s favorite.

One of the blog highlights is Makrogianneli’s beef youvetsi recipe, a simmered stew with spicy tomato sauce and orzo pasta.

“The pasta is cooked in the sauce, then you add a generous portion of melted cheese just before serving. It’s delicious and very easy to prepare, ”she says.

Crete is its main gastronomic destination in Greece as it believes it presents the best of the Greek diet – lots of vegetables, some delicious meat dishes, a wide variety of cheeses and raki, the island’s signature drink. .

Besides the blog, Makrogianneli also runs the Eat Like a Greek dinner club (with fellow food blogger Artemis Tsipi), which caters to travelers who want to enjoy simple Greek dishes.

Kitchen Economy by FT Bletsas

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Thessaloniki-based Eftychis Bletsas’ Cooking Economy YouTube channel features Greek cuisine vlogs and recipes.

Eftychis Bletsas

Eftychis Bletsas (aka FT) is a food, travel and music addict who has presented food and travel TV shows in Greece for over a decade.

Based in Thessaloniki, FT also has his own YouTube channel, Cooking Economy by FT Bletsas, where he uploads vlogs and recipes as well as his travel adventures around the world.

Gemista (tomatoes and peppers stuffed with rice), imam bayildi (stuffed eggplants), simple grilled fish with lots of fresh vegetables and a simple salad with premium olives, feta cheese and Cretan rusks are some of its best dishes.

Her most popular videos are her recipes for aloe vera juice and a Greek pie called Kixi (pronounced kee-hee)

“Thessaloniki is one of the main destinations for foodies in Greece, and possibly also in Europe,” he said.

For a quality meal with the best Greek produce from local producers, FT suggests visiting Zithos Dore, a classic restaurant popular with locals.

Another of her favorite food stops is Zagorohoria in the Epirus region, a destination known for its delicious traditional Greek pies.