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Where did Santorini get it’s name?

In search of the source of Santorini’s name Once upon a time, the island best known as Santorini was called Kallisti – ‘the most beautiful one’, and in modern times the official name is Thira, but the world knows it by the name first mentioned around 1100 by a Muslim geographer who wrote about ‘Santurin’, …

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Tsiknopempti – Feast of the Carnivores!

Tsiknopempti, literally meaning smokey Thursday, or BBQ Thursday, has a special place in the heart of every self respecting Greek, as it is the tradition where they eat as much meat as they possibly can. It signals the start of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox church members are permitted to eat meat before fasting for Lent. And of course, if you’re not going to eat meat for forty days, you have to make the last day count, right?

Heritage and Memory – Focus on Jewish Greece

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A ten-day virtual event, Heritage and Memory: A Focus on Jewish Greece, will be held January 27 – February 6, 2021 – bringing together the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Greece’s assumption of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The purpose of IHRA is to unite governments and experts to promote, …

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Yiayia’s spanakopita

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This time, I thought I’d share with you an original recipe for spanakopita, one of the most typical and popular dishes in Greek cuisine. This is very similar to what you’d find in the cookbooks or on cooking shows on T.V…  the thing is though, I got this recipe from my grandma, and my grandma …

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