July 2, 2017

Kastellorizo, a colorful oasis in Greece!

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I had long wanted to visit this place. I remember an old family friend sharing with us his adventures from Kastellorizo, with his eyes wide with awe at the memory. Two years ago, September of 2015, I let out a quite loud whoop of excitement the moment i stepped my foot at the harbour, locals didn’t mind at all, they are used to that kind of expressions since gawping is encouraged here and best done during the golden hour. This colourful paradise and the breath-taking views, were enough to persuade me for my second trip, a year later. This story is from mid August 2016, with the days bright and hot, too hot.

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Where to stay:

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If you want the get the full experience of the island, do book your room here. It’s an order not a suggestion. Mediterraneo is a historical waterfront house converted into a sweet and fabulous little hotel. Marie created a delightful little haven with vibrantly coloured bedroomslooking out over the harbour and a sunbathing terrace on the quayside. A magnificent suite occupies the ground floor, where you can just step out and dip into the inviting aquamarine waters. Step down a bathing ladder into the crystal clear sea with rainbow-hued fish darting around your toes. Swim across the bay to the island’s hot spot for a drink!

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Mediterraneo Kastelorizo Hotel, Megisti, Kastellorizo tel / fax +3022460 49007, for more information visit their website here. 

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Where to swim:

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Sea taxis come and go from the harbour to Agios Georgios, a swimming and snorkelling place with a small tavern, sun-beds, shades, clear and warm waters . It’s the island’s summer meeting point for people or sea turtles. A great place to spend the day!

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Where to rest:

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Although the island has a wide array of fish and seafood restaurants to choose from, I really love this little place tucked away behind the hustle and bustle. The Olive Garden has its own  unique hippie character. Stop by this folk yard for a glass of wine, a light meal, coffee or tea. During the summer nights, live music takes place under the vines, the candles are glowing and some king of magic happens here!

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Olive Garden, Megisti, Kastellorizo, tel +30 22460 49109

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Where to “buy” memories:

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This is my all time favourite antique shop, in Greece. The owner is a fantastic French woman who spends six months on the island running this very special business at the harbour. You can spot her in the morning taking long walks along the island, buying groceries with her little straw basket and her white linen dress. You can spend hours inside the shop, looking at her treasures brought here from France and Europe. Do not miss this experience!

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When to go:

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September is the ideal season to visit Kastellorizo, the island has left behind the tourist season, everything seems more authentic and the weather isn’t so hot. You can reach the island by plane or by ferry from Rhodes island.

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

June 27, 2017

how bathrooms should look like!

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The bathroom, yes the bathroom is a very very important room. It’s where the bath, and other important daylife “things” take place. It’s where your toothbrush sleeps at night, where your soaps meet, where your anti-wrinkle creams live among deodorants and perfumes. So do not, ever, underestimate this little room. Deal?

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What you have to do, right immediately, is pay attention to the small details. Invest in plants, lots of plants, which is the core part of this “human-bathroom” relationship. Then add a piece of art, beautiful things and ceramics, that you’ll greet every morning. For no reason must you forget the candles, the second important thing inside these 15 square meters. Now you’ve made me happy!

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what’s in my bathroom right now: one. two. three. four. five. six. seven. eight. nine. ten. eleven.

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(image sources: a.b.c.d.e.f.g.h.i.j)

June 17, 2017

Elisavet’s Rolled Focaccia

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Long time no see, but now see now! Let’s celebrate our comeback with the most delicious rolled focaccia,prepared by Elisavet!

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Rolled focaccia the Ingredients:

For the dough:

500gr strong flour
9gr salt
1 tbsp olive oil
7gr dry yeast

325ml lukewarm water

For the filling:

roasted red peppers
sauteed oyster mushrooms
fresh basil
tomato and aubergine chutney (you can use tomato sauce instead)

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The preparation: 

In a bowl combine flour,salt and olive oil. Put the yeast into a jug and add the water. Stir well to dissolve the yeast. Just pour the water into the bowl with the flour. Mix it with a fork and then turn the dough into a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Cover with cling film and leave it to rest for about 45 minutes. This amount of dough is enough to make two rolled focaccia.

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Cut the dough in half. With a rolling pin open the dough into a rectangle shape. Spread the chutney( be carefull to leave 1inch on each side). Add the peppers, mushrooms, basil and grate the parmesan cheese. Pick the bottom side and pul it on top, then do the same thing with the top side. Fold the side parts as well and then start to roll it trying to keep all the ingredients inside. Cut them into 2inches pieces. Arrange them in a tray lined with parchment paper making sure they have enough space beetween them. Bake them at 200°C for about 20-25 minutes checking them every now and then. Enjoy!

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recipe by Elisavet Deleha, photography by Gertrude Gary Milk

(post created especially for teapot.gr)