Avgotaraho – Gourmet Greek bottarga

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Avgotaraho (αβγοτάραχο), Greek bottarga, is a delicacy of cured Grey Mullet Roe. Natural without preservatives, with high nutritional value and a pleasant long-lasting aftertaste. It has been considered a delicacy since the era of the Pharaohs and it was an important element in the Ancient Greek diet. Its value was also known in Byzantine times, while nowadays it occupies a prominent place among gourmet products. It constitutes a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reinforce body health by acting positively on the cardiovascular system and by strengthening the immune system. (text source: Trikalinos official website)
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On the islands and coastal regions of Greece, salted preserves, in other words fish preserved in salt, are an essential part of the local culinary landscape.In the past, when refrigerators had not been invented yet, each family salted fish mostly during the summer to be consumed during the winter months, when fishing was difficult.
Accompanied by a glass of tsipouro, salted preserves are a simple, but original delight to our taste buds.

The dehydrated eggs of the female grey mullet constitute the raw material for the production of “Trikalinos” fish roe. It is slightly salted, molded into pencil-sized sticks and surrounded with natural bees wax for the natural preservation of the product without chemical preservatives and additives. Fish roe was an important element of the diet of Ancient Greeks and has been considered a delicacy since the Pharaoh era in Egypt. “Trikalinos” fish roe stands out for its amber colour, soft texture, its fine, complex flavour which reminds us of the sea, and its long aftertaste. At the same time, it is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which strengthen the body’s natural defence and health. To enjoy the fish roe, cut it in thin slices, remove the wax and serve on warm toasted bread with soft goat’s cheese, a few drops of lemon and some dill. Combine it with a Greek distillate!  (text source: Yolenis official website) Read more...

The Greek sweet red wine | Mavrodaphne

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Mavrodaphne (μαυροδάφνη), a Greek sweet red wine. There is a great variety of Greek wines. But if you are a wine lover and have got a sweet tooth, then you will definitely love this red wine, high quality Mavrodaphne. Mavrodaphne is a rich and sweet Greek red wine that is served cold after a meal. So make sure you put it in the fridge when you start cooking your meal. It is blue cheese’s best friend. Sip it slowly to enjoy the after-meal time and feel its dense aromas and flavours of chocolate, caramel, coffee and raisins. Some people prefer it at room temperature as a liqueur, served with dark chocolate and nuts. 
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The Mavrodaphne wine tastes just like the Portuguese port. The hot Greek summer sun loads the grapes with sugars thus producing a really sweet wine. It is produced in the Achaea region, Northern Peloponnese.

Other food pairings of this wine are platters with fruits, mature yellow cheeses, puddings and fruit tarts. Read more...

Tsipouro, Greek meze’s perfect companion

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Tsipouro (τσίπουρο) is a strong, crystal clear, distilled spirit, an authentic Greek product, made from high quality grapes. It is served in short glasses with or without ice, to a group of friends, while having Greek meze (μεζές). It brings togetherness, cheerfulness and hospitality.
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Tsipouro is produced in many areas in Greece with different names such as tsikoudia or raki in Crete. In certain regions aromatic seeds of anise are added in the still for flavored taste, completely different to the pure and plain one. If you haven’t tried tsipouro before, try both of them to see which one you prefer most. 

It is said that tsipouro made its appearance in the 14th centrury and was produced by the monks in Mount Athos. Since then, apart from its main use as a spirit, it has been used as a remedy or medicine. Keep some portion of tsipouro on the tooth that aches to numb the area and take the pain away temporarily. Rub the area on your body where you feel muscle pain to take the pain away. Or drink hot tsipouro with honey (also known as rakomelo) to relieve your sore throat. Read more...