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Pastitsio – A Tasty Souvenir from Greece

Some people buy clothes, crafts or nicknacks as souvenirs when they travel.  I like to buy food!

While driving in the Peloponnese, I stopped in a small town grocery store to get car snacks and water.  Since I think its fun to browse foreign food items, I wandered up and down the short aisles.  I happened upon a shelf of these boxes:

Pastitsio bechamel mix by Jotis

I recognized the casserole on the front as Pastitsio – the Greek equivalent of lasagna made with thin tube pasta, meaty sauce and a fluffy topping.  So I bought a box. Read more

Dining in Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!  While everyone in America is feasting on Turkey, I thought I show you how I feasted in Turkey.  Now enough with the puns, onto the food!

Turkish grill - peppers and kabob

The delicious and ubiquitous grilled pepper

I have to say, overall we ate very well in Turkey!  I love that style of cooking and was pleasantly surprised whenever I ordered something that I didn’t quite understand.  I’ve already written about fish in Istanbul, sour plums and beautiful stuffed mussels but that’s only the tip of the culinary iceberg! Read more

Street Food – Turkish Stuffed Mussels

Midye Dolmasi beautiful street food stuffed mussels in Canakkale, Turkey

Unmanned delicious stuffed mussels along the pier in Canukkale

While art and history usually drives most of my travel choices, I do like to eat well while I’m on vacation.  The flavors become so linked to my memories that one good bowl of tzatziki sends me to the beach in the Southern Peloponnese or a perfectly crispy wienerschnitzel reminds me of the sunny little garden cafe filled with Viennese office workers out to lunch.  I dream of recreating these things.  I do my best to attempt them over the first month I’m home and then on other random weekends when I get a craving for proper Guinness stew.

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