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ethnic food • pattiserie • trattoria • vegetarian • value for money • taverna • street food • pastry shop • pizza • sandwiches • middle eastern food • mediterranean food • greek food • ice cream shop • indian food • juice bar • italian food • parsi food
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am an archaeologist and a licensed tour guide. I love exploring the past and sharing my stories with others because I believe that antiquity is not a long lost strange realm. It is part of who we are.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
J S Bach Partita no 2 BWV 826 and Manos Xatzidakis - Gioconda's smile
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Athens and where did you get it?
Bean soup or fasolada at Diporto. An underground historical tavern.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Athens that you particularly like?
Baba Au Rum, http://babaaurum.com/%CF%84%CE%BF-baba-au-rum/
Where can you get the best cocktail in Athens? Which one do you like?
Baba au Rum is a tiny cocktail bar at the heart of the historical center. They have an enormous collection of rums and an extraordinary list of splendid cocktails. My favourite is called Four Seasons Gathering..This drink harvests the taste of the Mediterranean good life all year round. Its main ingredient is the native minty Mastiha. This is a resin obtained from the mastic tree. In Greece, it is known as the "tears of Chios," being traditionally produced on that island, and, like other natural resins, is produced in "tears" or droplets. You can't leave Greece without tasting this local delicacy in cocktails, liqueurs or even in ice cream!
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Mastic liqueur made from mastiha resin. This precious substance derives from a little tree that grows in the Greek island of Chios. It is like sap. Every summer the residents of the Mastic villages of Chios, known as Mastichiades, carve the branches of their trees from the Schinias region with an iron tool. This process has been repeated in the south of Chios for the last 2500 years. Another local delicacy are the spoon sweets.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Athens. How do you spend it?
As simple as possible. Here's the picture: at home with good friends around a table full of Greek cheeses and meze, Mediterranean dishes and salads. Some fine Greek music (rebetiko) and lots of wine. Wine means freedom for me. It means conversation. All philosophical dialogues (a greek word that means "the exchange of wisdom") in antiquity where done around this kind of tables.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Palermo, Sicily. I adore coastal historical cities. That is why I am in love with Athens!