Travel

First Stop: Peter Minakis’ Athens

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
First Stop: Peter Minakis’ Athens

I was recently approached by the folks of Culinary Backstreets to share with their readers where I would eat upon immediately arriving in Athens. The site’s focus is to explore a city’s authentic dining scene and they offer gastronomic walking tours of Istanbul, Barcelona, Rio, Mexico City, Shanghai and Athens. Click on the link and […]



Longing For a Greek Breakfast

Mar 5th, 2014 | By
Longing For a Greek Breakfast

For the past few years, there has been a movement in Greece to showcase authentic Greek breakfast items. Emphasis has been given to hotels, inns and restaurants that are frequented by tourists. This is being done because if you’ve visited Greece (and the rest of Europe), you may have had one of those “continental breakfasts”…you […]



Estiatorio Milos in Athens

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
Estiatorio Milos in Athens

Surely, one of the best meals I had last year had to be when I dined at Estiatorio Milos, located in the Athens Hilton. Centrally located (every cabbie knows where the Hilton is), you can get to this place with little trouble and you’ll be rewarded with a Greek dinner, par excellence. Estiatorio Milos has […]



September in Santorini and Crete

Dec 14th, 2013 | By
September in Santorini and Crete

One of the best times to visit Greece is in September – the crowds are gone, the prices are friendlier for flights and the hot evenings giveaway as the days grow shorter. Hot days, confortable evenings spent in two of Greece’s most popular destinations for food, culture and beauty – Santorini and Crete! Santorini – […]



Ladadika District of Thessaloniki & Beyond

Dec 9th, 2013 | By
Ladadika District of Thessaloniki & Beyond

This past summer while in Greece, I finally got to enjoy and explore my favourite Greek city, Thessaloniki in September,  when the temperatures finally dropped to a comfortable level. That period was in September and it’s a wonderful time to visit Thessaloniki. The city is Greece’s second largest city with a population of about 1.5 […]



Join me next Easter in Athens, Olympia and Corfu

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
Join me next Easter in Athens, Olympia and Corfu

Join me next Easter in Greece as we tour Athens, ancient Olympia and finish the week celebrating Easter in Corfu from April 13 – 22nd. I have partnered with some friends who created the Thessaloniki-based company Culinary Experiences. DAY 1 Athens – Arrival and evening walkArrival & check in at the hotel. Head to the […]



Kalofagas Cooks at Chicago’s Avli Restaurant

Nov 12th, 2013 | By
Kalofagas Cooks at Chicago’s Avli Restaurant

I’m delighted to announce that I will be traveling to Chicago to cook at Chicago’s Avli Estiatorio (restaurant), located just north of the city in Winnetka. Proprietor Louie Alexakis and I have come up with a menu that will showcase dishes from my repertoire and some from the kitchens of Avli. I’m also pleased to […]



Greek Cooking Workshop in Southern Peloponnese June 22-29th, 2014

Nov 1st, 2013 | By
Greek Cooking Workshop in Southern Peloponnese June 22-29th, 2014

I am delighted, excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a cooking workshop in the southern Peloponnese. Specifically, we will be based in Neapoli, a port town that’s about 90 minutes southeast of Sparti. Earlier this summer, my tour partners Barbara and Connie introduced me to all the artisans, cooks and participants in the […]



Everything Mediterranean Cookbook Launch in Montreal!

Oct 27th, 2013 | By
Everything Mediterranean Cookbook Launch in Montreal!

Come meet me in Montreal on Thursday, November 14th and help celebrate the launch of my first cookbook, Everything Mediterranean. I will have books for sale (sign them) and will also prepare some appetizers from the book and demonstrate a couple of recipes. I am partnering here with Cook and Date and I would like […]



In Praise of Kasseri Cheese

Oct 26th, 2013 | By
In Praise of Kasseri Cheese

The chatter among Greek food-a-philes of late is that Greeks eat more cheese per capita than any other nationality. Even more than the French! We don’t have cheese courses (at least not in a traditional way) but it appears on our breakfast table, in cheese pies, on salads, part of  meze platter, on pasta, in […]