The romance of the sun-kissed Greek Islands, with brightly coloured quaint buildings looking out onto amazing views of cobalt blue waters of the Aegean Sea, is incomplete without the company of some delicious and refreshing Greek style Mediterranean food.
Greece is a top destination choice for honeymooners. And a vacation to the picture-perfect Greek islands such as Santorini, Corfu, Crete, Paros and Mykonos with their charming beachfront villas, luxury resorts and boutique hotels, is the perfect setting for couples to indulge in the best of Greek cuisine.
Greek food is typically light, uncomplicated and uses a lot of freshly grown produce which gives it a lot of health benefits. We are here to introduce you to some of the best Greek dishes that are a must try on your trip there.
Multi-layered moussaka is a signature dish of Greek cuisine that is a must have when you are in Greece. The combination of fried brinjal or eggplant, potatoes, minced lamb cooked in a tomato sauce, loads of lovely béchamel sauce poured on top and then baked, is what turns these humble ingredients into a mind blowing delicious platter of food. Even if you are not a fan of eggplant, we really urge you to give moussaka a try.
This dish is a staple food of the locals and is commonly prepared in most households. You can step into any of the casual eateries in Greece and order this dish to savour the rich cheesy, creamy smooth textures of a perfectly cooked moussaka. The moussaka served on the Greek islands is milder in taste with more herbs added to make it lightly flavoured, as compared to the one prepared on the mainland.
Whatever else your meal comprises of, including Horiatiki or a classic Greek Salad in your order is an absolute must. The light and crunchy freshness of bell peppers, cucumber, onion and tomatoes with a beautiful melt-in-the-mouth slab of feta cheese, topped with the best native Greek olives, seasoned with a sprinkling of herbs and a generous drizzle of olive oil is what goes into making the perfect Greek Salad.
Have it as a starter or as a side dish with your main course. The joy of eating a colourful Greek Salad in Greece, prepared the traditional way is a gastronomic delight that you simply have to experience.
Another delightful Greek dish is tomatokeftedes, which is the local name for tomato fritters. If you find yourself craving for something savoury and deep fried, these traditional batter-fried fritters, commonly served as a vegetarian main course food on the island of Santorini (hence the name), will remind you of the pakodas back home. It is a simple preparation of tomatoes, onion and mint mixed in a batter and deep fried. Crisp tomatokeftedes are best had by dipping them in tzatziki, a well-known and traditional dip made with Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon, dill and olive oil.
Greek food is also famous for some amazing desserts that you should definitely not miss out on. Loukoumades is a doughnut-like sweet treat. Crisp and golden fried on the outside, soft and fluffy when you bite into them, Loukoumades are an anytime, anywhere sweet delicacy that will make you happy. A sprinkling of cinnamon powder followed by liberal lashings of honey and sometimes crushed walnuts makes these doughnuts even more irresistible.
This one is not just for discerning coffee addicts. Trying Ellinikos or Greek coffee is an experience. This Greek style coffee is served in a traditional ‘briki’ or long handled copper coffee pot. You can have Ellinikos customised to your preference, strong and very sweet, medium sweet or strong and without sugar.
While planning your trip to Greece, do ensure that along with your other important travel documents, you also have Travel Insurance for Greece. Make sure you buy travel insurance beforehand because it is a necessary financial safeguard that actually saves you money when you travel. Insuring your overseas trip will allow you to enjoy the best of traditional Greek culture without worrying about your valuables or any emergency that could arise. You can be free to enjoy your trip relaxed in the knowledge that your travel insurance will have you covered just in case you land with an accident or end up with your luggage getting lost or misplaced. Even if your trip is cancelled, you won’t lose out if you have taken out travel insurance.