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Canada Owes Its Popular Regina Pizza To Four Greek Immigrant Brothers

In Canada, pizza aficionados have to thank four Greek immigrants for the country’s own unique pizza, known as Regina Pizza.

Greeks – Even Alexander The Great – Have Loved Ice Cream for Centuries

How long have the Greeks had a love affair with ice cream? How about since at least one hundred years before Alexander the Great? In fact, ancient Greeks were attracted to “ices” as early as the fifth century BC. In those...

Tom Carvel: The Greek Who Introduced Soft Ice Cream to America

Tom Carvel, born Athanassios Karvelas, was a Greek immigrant who brought soft ice cream to America and made the Carvel empire.

Unraveling the Mystery of Longevity on Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria, a beautiful island located in the eastern Aegean, may look similar to any other Greek islands, but there is one vital difference.

Mastiha: The Unique Mastic Gum of Chios People Call ‘White Gold’

Mastic, often referred to as the "Tears of Chios" or the "White Gold of Chios," is a product produced only on that particular Greek island. Since antiquity, this sticky resin, which seeps from the bark of mastic trees, has...

Chestnuts: A Very Special, Very Greek Wintertime Delicacy

In winter, roasted chestnut street stalls are a common sight in Greek cities. The sellers have small, portable braziers, heaps of roasted chestnuts ready to sell in paper cornets, and yet more that are still roasting. Dimitris, a 20-year-old selling...

The Ancient Roots of Greek Souvlaki, the World’s First Fast Food

Many would think that souvlaki is a type of street food originating from the many years of Ottoman rule in Greece, but this is not true.

Greece Markets Famous Ancient Olympia Olive Oil

Citizens of the world can now enjoy a taste of Ancient Olympia, home to the Olympic Games, in the form of its olive oil. The Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and Sports, along with the Office for the Promotion of Cultural...

Eleusinian Mystery Rites Drink May Have Been Hallucinogenic

Kykeon, the mysterious drink from the past linked to the Eleusinian Mysteries -- few know of its existence, and fewer still speak or write about it. By Giorgio Pintzas Monzani But it was an essential part of a ritual that took...

How Greeks Brought 50 Kinds of Pie to America

Although Greek food is known and loved around the world, one specific type of traditional food, the Greek pie, holds a special place in the country’s cuisine, as it is among the oldest, simplest and most delicious dishes one...

Why Do Greeks Boil Their Coffee?

There's no doubt that Greek coffee remains one of the country's best known, and most flavorful, culinary traditions but -- in these days of instant coffee and Nespresso machines -- why do Greeks stick with this centuries-old method? Coffee first...

Kumquat Liqueur, the Iconic Local Drink of Corfu

The Greek island of Corfu is known internationally for its unique kumquat liqueur. When visiting the Greek island of Corfu and wandering around the picturesque little roads of the old town, you are likely to see a variety of bottles...

How to Prepare the Ancient Greek Sauce Garum at Home

Today's recipe for garum takes us back many centuries into the past, to one of the most appreciated and widely used culinary preparations of the ancients. This is the ninth in Giorgio Pintzas Monzani's series about the foods of ancient Greece...

Ten Greek Wines for Your Dinner Table

Greeks are amongst the first peoples to have produced wine into the world and Greece has some of the oldest vineyards extant, making the country justifiably famous for its great local wines. The earliest evidence of wine production in Greece...

Artichokes: The 3,000-Year-Old Greek Superfood

The artichoke is one of the oldest known Greek superfoods, with many powerful medicinal properties, while it is also used in delicious recipes