A culinary journey

The History of Greek gastronomy

One of the most important cultural elements of any region is gastronomy. The way of how the local food taste (gustation) is many times connected with the quality characteristics of its society, while it is revealing information regarding its cultural and economical history. Whereas at the same time, cuisine was always a way of communication and a reason to bring people closer.

Food sampling on the yummy Athens Food Tour!

Etymologically, the word “gastronomy” is derived from Ancient greek word γαστήρ (gastér) “stomach”, and νόμος (nómos) “laws that govern”, and therefore literally means “the art or law of regulating the stomach. Greek Gastronomy has recorded a history of around 4,000 years. In fact, it was Archestratos who wrote the first cookbook in history (330 B.C.). In contrast to what many people believe about Greek cuisine, there is a plethora of greek dishes besides “moussaka”, “souvlaki” and “choriatiki” (Greek salad) that are worthwhile.

The four secrets of  the Greek cuisine

Delicious Food Tour in AthensGreek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of flavourings (herbs) and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity. Greek olive oil deserves a special note as it accompanies almost all Greek dishes and it is used in abundant in most of them.

The Greek philosophy
The time of the day when Greeks gather around the table to enjoy a meal is actually a well preserved social custom. The Greek word “symposium” – means “drinking with friends”. Therefore the atmosphere in an ordinary Greek restaurant or tavern is relaxing, simple and informal. In contrary to that the preparation of the food has its own rules. A good housewife in Greece mainly signifies a good cook, and she can spend days preparing a meal for his/her friends and family.

Athens Food Tour in action!

The Athens Walking Tours, which was founded in 2004  and was recently reviewed as the No 1 things to do in Athens by users of TripAdvisor.com, has launched their newest development, “The Athens Food Tour” . On April 14th Athens Walking Tours gave a press conference to eminent foreign journalists and presented the actual tour for them.

What is the Athens Food Tour:

Athens Food Tour is literary a journey through Greece’s rich and fascinating culinary history.  With an extra focus on local delicacies and products, the Athens Food Tour creates a culinary experience that looks beyond the common.

The three-hour tour highlights a full spectrum of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with visits to seven shops. Although the tour focuses on offering visitors a culinary experience, the historical events that have had an impact on the country’s eating habits are highlighted along the route by the guide. The Athens Food Tour presents a true Greek culinary experience.

Tours take place Mondays to Fridays, starting at 10 a.m. The cost of participation is 39 euros for adults and 34 euros for students and children aged 6-12, while children under 6 go free.
For more information, visit www.athenswalkingtours.gr

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