My husband and I just returned from an incredible two-week trip to Greece and Istanbul. I have always wanted to visit both of these places. Greece looks so picturesque and tranquil, and Istanbul seemed like a crazy adventure. For months before our vacation, we spent time researching hotels, activities, top things to see...and most importantly, where and what to eat.
Our first stop was Athens. While wandering the city we discovered a row of culinary markets. There was a huge meat market, cheese shops and spice shops, and lots of stalls selling varieties of produce.
And then there was this one guy who just sold buckets of snails.
The food in our next destinations, Mykonos and Santorini, was classic mediterranean fare...lots of seafood and salads and FETA ON EVERYTHING. Yum.
Mediterranean food is one of my favorites and I like to think I cook in a similar way--emphasis on fresh produce and seafood, simple seasonings, and lots of bright olive oil. We had tons of seafood, which was mostly charred on the grill with delicious local olive oil and a squeeze of lemon at the table.
After about a week of straight seafood, we were ready for a land product. We found a tiny gyro hut around the corner from our hotel and ate our next three meals there.
Our final night we did an incredible three-hour wine tasting with a sommelier, complete with a plate of cheese and meats and a view of the caldera.
Next up, Turkey...