All posts tagged: cyprus

Learning about Feta with Odysea and Roussas Dairy

There’s nothing I love more than an invitation to an event related to cheese. And even more so if it’s about my beloved feta! Feta is a cheese which I’ve grown up with – in Cyprus I always preferred it to halloumi. It was also the cause of many a family row when eating at a local taverna – cubes of it would be scattered on top of the Greek salad at the start of a meal, and there would inevitably always be a fight for the last piece! I was recently invited to a feta tasting at The Greek Larder in King’s Cross, a restaurant I’ve been meaning to visit ever since it opened but frustratingly never got round to it. It’s a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross, in the very cool and completely revamped area north of the station, with large glass windows surrounding it in-keeping with the area. But inside you feel very much like you’re in a traditional Greek restaurant, with local produce adorning the shelves and displays. I was …

Lunch at Suvlaki, Soho

I haven’t tried anywhere near enough Greek restaurants in London yet for my liking! This is the longest I’ve ever spent away from Cyprus now and I miss it a lot, especially the food, so it was definitely time for a trip to a local Greek food spot in Soho. I’d walked past Suvlaki a number of times and had seen them doing lots on social media, so I couldn’t wait to try them out. This week I took a couple of my colleagues who were fairly new to Greek food and didn’t really know what to expect. But by the end of the meal they were definitely impressed! Suvlaki is a small Greek restaurant in Soho that largely specialises in kebabs and skewers, and the menu is pretty straightforward. We decided to order a selection of both, including pork, chicken and wild boar sausage. I can’t say I ever had wild boar sausage in Cyprus, but I knew it would be tasty. We also ordered some chips and a Greek salad. All of the …

Dinner at The Real Greek, St Martins Lane

Quite a few years ago (more than I would like to admit) I had lunch at The Real Greek with a friend. As you can guess from the name, it’s a Greek food restaurant with a number of locations across London. I was in my first job after graduating University and still regularly went back to Cyprus (as much as annual leave would allow!) but I was craving ‘home food’ and came across The Real Greek. But I was disappointed. I felt it was fairly expensive for rather small portions compared to what I was used to at home, and therefore didn’t go back again. However, I was kindly given the opportunity to visit The Real Greek on St Martins Lane in Covent Garden and definitely wanted to give it another try. The lovely Sophie of Sophie Loves Food (check out her blog, her amazing baking will give you serious sugar cravings!) joined me and we were seated in the candlelit window seat. I must apologise that the photos aren’t the best quality – despite being in …

August 2015: A house, a kitten, and lots of blogging!

Hello all! As I’m posting quite a lot on the blog now, I thought it might be nice to do a little round-up of the things I’ve written about at the end of each month, collated in one post. So here’s my first one for August! And it has been a busy month! We exchanged, completed and moved into our very first house in Tooting, and at the weekend, we got our first kitten, Dexter (yes, named after the TV show serial killer!) A month of firsts, big expenditure and lots and lots of packing boxes (which Dexter seems to be having a lot of fun with!) I’ve still somehow managed to keep up with blogging, alongside my day job, so here’s what I wrote about on the blog this month! Restaurants/Pop-ups I visited… I visited a very cool Berlin Brunch pop-up in London. Read more here. I tucked into gourmet sandwiches, salads and puds at Aline in Mayfair (possibly the most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting!). Read more here. For Afternoon Tea Week, I tried …

Chifafa – Kebabs Done Properly!

When I lived in Cyprus, the kebab was a well respected dish. The gorgeous fluffy bread would be filled with all kinds of meaty and veggie delights, bursting with tzatziki. It therefore came as quite a shock and disappointment to discover the ‘British Kebab’ when I moved back to the UK for uni, or rather the ‘Drunk Kebab’ as many may know it by! It’s the go-to destination for late night revellers keen to fill their bellies on the way home, happy to shovel anything remotely resembling food into their mouths. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve certainly been there, but it’s just in no way the same as a ‘proper’ kebab. As such, I was excited to learn about Chifafa, a restaurant/takeaway in Clerkenwell whose aim is to make kebabs ‘the right way’. I just had to check them out and judge this for myself! The venue itself is fairly modern and in-keeping with the other buildings and businesses in the area – it isn’t trying to be Greek, Turkish or Middle Eastern in style. …

Cyprus Series: Vatouthkia Restaurant

It dawned on me this week that it’s been eight months since I was last in Cyprus. And with my mum now living in the UK, I don’t know when I’ll next be going back. Eight months is the longest I’ve been away from the island since I moved there as a 13 year old. The blog is therefore well overdue a post in my ‘Cyprus Series’, and this time, I’m writing about Vatouthkia. I briefly mentioned this taverna in a recent post about Greek/Turkish coffee, but was saving all of the details for a full blown post, which it more than deserves. Vatouthkia was our favourite local restaurant, down a crazy dirt track on the way to the Adonis Waterfalls between Paphos and Peyia. It’s the kind of place which you would only go if someone told you it was there – pulling off from the main road and heading down the track felt like you were toppling over the edge of a cliff! They have since put lots more signposts and adverts up for …

PS Lambis Giveaway and 50% Discount!

You may have seen my previous posts about PS Lambis, a London-based Cypriot company selling the most wonderful olive oil, honey and coffee. If you haven’t read these posts yet, please do, they’re some of my favourites and very close to my heart. As I explained in these posts, the company was set up by the Lambis family in memory of their father, Pambos.      And this week, to mark what would have been his birthday, PS Lambis are giving a whopping 50% off all of their products online. Visit the store here and use the code BRTHDAY15. I really can’t stress how high quality and delicious their products are, so it’s a fantastic offer. And even better, they have kindly given me one of each of their olive oil, honey and coffee products (worth over £40) to give away as a competition prize to one lucky winner! Here’s how to enter: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share this post. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. Instagram: Follow me on …