Here’s the final update from all the amazingly delicious food we ate in Greece. I know you’re sad to see it end, almost as sad as I was when our vacation was over!
Here’s another one of Ben’s breakfasts – cheese, meat, and olives were a common theme. Even though our camera belongs to both of us, Ben often refers to it as “your camera” (ie, “do you have your camera?” every time we were heading out.) And that pretty much makes sense, since he doesn’t know how to use it. He insists he does, of course. But this picture was taken on the night-time setting, even though we were sitting in broad daylight.
I fixed the settings before photographing my breakfast. Yesterday’s breakfast was a little too heavy and left me feeling like a load all day, so today I made sure to fill up on fresh fruit and skip the desserts.
The strawberries got sliced up and added to the yogurt, along with a drizzle of honey from that cute little jar.
After our hike down to the port in Oia to indulge in the freshest of fresh fish, and getting lost on an ATV in dark trying to find the hippest restaurant in Mykonos, it should be clear we’re not afraid to venture off the beaten path. Our visit to Kiki’s, recommended by Frommers and several local sources, was no exception. Located on a very quiet and secluded beach on the north side of Mykonos, Kiki’s has neither electricity nor a sign. I was pretty proud of us for finding it! Kiki’s overlooks a small section of the beach and has a garden like cover. Simple and gorgeous!
One of the great things in Greece was that you could usually get a half carafe of house wine for 5 or 6 euros. Refreshing white was much needed after this journey.
There are fresh salads to choose from daily, and you can mix and match four of them for a reasonable price. We went with the curried chicken pasta salad and a green salad with figs, sesame seeds and a balsamic vinaigrette…
the carrot-pineapple salad and a chickpea and olive salad. So fresh and full of flavor!
There’s a grill in the corner. There’s our swordfish on it! Who knew one order consisted of two large steaks!
There they are, simply grilled with olive and lemon.
On the ride back, although I was stuffed, I couldn’t pass up stopping at a place with this sign:
Look at all that yumminess! I looove checking out bakeries, even though I hardly ever buy anything. It’s so fun to admire all that gorgeous work.
One thing I couldn’t pass up, though, were those mini homemade ice cream cones.
At half a euro, it was the perfect size and price for a little something sweet. It totally hit the spot
For dinner we were craving more traditional Greek fare and fortunately there are about a million and one tavernas in the heart of Mykonos town. We took a recommendation from a Greek-American family we bumped into who happen to vacation in Mykonos every year.
Even at 10:30 pm, I was still pretty satisfied from lunch (which was probably eaten around 4pm) so I wanted to keep it light, but I still had Greek specialities I was determined to try before, and our vacation was nearing it’s end! I wanted to try the stuffed tomatoes, something I had noticed on a lot of menus in Mykonos. They were all out of them, so we opted for another light and fresh option, the eggplant salad. I think I ate eggplant almost every day in some shape or form, and I never got sick of it. Now at home, I totally can’t wait for the two kinds I planted in my garden to come in!
To satisfy my craving for more fresh veggies, we split another Greek salad.
We went with one heavier entree and another meze to share. The entree is not much to look at, so I apologize. But what it lacked in appearance, it certainly made up for in taste! This is boneless lamb braised with vegetables in a foil packet. Tender and delicious!
And another thing I hadn’t yet tried in Greece, and needed to: the giant white beans. These were cooked in a tomato sauce with plenty of fresh dill. Yum!
After dinner we strolled around a bit to digest, and then I insisted on trying one particular gelato flavor I had spotted earlier in the day. What do you do in Greece when you can’t decide between baklava and ice cream? Have baklava ice cream, of course! I can’t imagine a more perfect flavor!
Ben went for the “Cookies” flavor. I don’t know what kind of cookies were in it but it was a really close second to the baklava.
Sadly, this brings me to the last day of our vacation. I need a moment to shed a tear!
Ok. So there was no way we could get out of Mykonos without visiting the famous Paradise Beach, known for being an all-day party spot. We got there towards late afternoon and grabbed some fruity cocktails and lunch before parking our beach bums in some chairs. Ben had a mojito and I had to pick something with “Paradise” in the name. Peaches, strawberries, vodka, check. Other booze I can’t remember, check! PS, we noticed that in Greece they really love to adorn the cocktails with extra straws and lots of glitzy, sparkly things. This is an underdone example!
And when in doubt, always go for the gyro. We shared a mixed grill plate with chicken and lamb. Looked huge, but we did a really good job on it. I was hungrier than I thought!
For our last dinner in Greece, we wanted to stick with tradition and savor it, nothing fancy! We also chose to stay on the beach near our hotel, rather than head into town, since we were going to have a 5am wake-up call for our flight back to Athens. ouch! Fortunately, there was a great restaurant right on the beach recommended by another local hotel owner that we talked to.
They had a great deal for a traditional Greek dinner for two. For 35 euros, we got a carafe of wine and all of the following…
Warm, freshly baked bread…
A Greek meze plate with tzaziki, fava, chickpea salad, eggplant salad, and anchovy spread…
And two entrees. One was an order of stuffed tomatoes (yay, I finally got to try them!). They were filled with a vegetarian rice mixture with pine nuts and mint, yum!
And an order of moussaka. We laughed a little at the description on the menu: “Moussaka, done in the correct way.” It certainly seemed right to us!
There was also fresh fruit and coffee for dessert but I guess they were camera shy. Though we were sad about leaving in the morning, this meal (enjoyed right on the beach, quiet and relaxing!) was the perfect ending to our vacation.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these updates, and that someday you get to go to Greece too and enjoy all the delicious food!