Category Archives: Travel

A Fresh Start

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They say that January is the time for fresh starts…well that’s rubbish, in reality we all know that September is when the new year really begins. Back to school, back to work, the end of supposed summer time freedom. No where is this more acutely felt than here in Greece. My first day back in Greece after a three month work-related  hiatus I was welcomed back by my buddy with the standard September greeting of “Happy Winter.” What!!!  It was 35C and after a summer in Canada I was sweating out of every pore. It is a greeting that says summer is over and it is time to get back to normal life.  So with that being said, my three month summer sabbatical gave me time to think and evaluate life, cooking and where I wanted to take this little thing I call culinarytheology. Over the next year I will be introducing a couple of  new themes. One I’m calling post apocalyptic cookery. In it we will attempt to delve into the deep recesses of fermentation, preservation, cheese making and my favourite, charcuterie. The second theme we will explore is urban sustainability. In it we will experiment to see how we can harmonize traditional seasonal cookery with an urban landscape and lifestyle. To help me I have a couple of new toys…oops I mean tools to achieve these lofty goals.

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POW

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This graffiti describes exactly how I feel today. I look back at the last two weeks and POW, I’ve lost track of time. Sort of like a really pathetic back to the future sequel. I’ve lost track of days and I’m not sure where or when I am. The reason for this is that I am working out all the details for my return to Canada for a three month period. I look forward to and am anticipating a special series of  “On the road in Canada”

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Prague Street Food

You can often tell the depth of a cities food culture by the quality of its street food. Prague’s food is a comfort food paradise. Albeit touristic and a bit of false advertising, the smoked brined ham was definitely the king of Prague street food (It is worth being ripped off to taste it). Brined… continue reading

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Moravian Sparrow and other Oddities

For someone used to mediterranean ingredients and flavours, this dish represented something of an odd comfort food mecca. Meaty, salty (just the right amount), full of carbohydrates and loaded with flavour. (There is even the token vegetable, the cabbage, for you healthy types.) Playing the tourist, I needed to find a place that I could… continue reading

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On The Road In Prague

Prague is the real deal. The streets breathe old world allure and jaw dropping architecture. There was no question in my mind that the visual aesthetics wouldn’t disappoint, but what about the local food? Used to a Mediterranean lifestyle where the evening meal starts at ten in the evening, I wasn’t sure what I would… continue reading

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Wine Tasting For Rednecks

When someone looks at me, the first description to come to mind is not wine nerd, much to my irritation I have to admit the persona first noticed is that of redneck. Truth be told, I am a closet wine nerd. My culinary side loves the challenge of pairing wines with food, my snob side… continue reading

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Tools or Toys

A shot in panoramic mode With men, sometimes it is hard to distinguish between a toy and a tool. I know guys that if you give them a new drill, they are happier than a kid with a new lego set. This phenomenon is dependant on interests and talents. The excitement one derives from tools… continue reading

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Pelion; Katsiki Lemonato

One of the local specialties of Pelion is roasted goat in a lemon sauce or “Katsiki Lemonato” (recipe forthcoming).  As my time in Pelion was drawing to a close I began to be concerned that I would not find a taverna that served this tasty mountain dish. Walking into the square of the central church… continue reading

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Pelion; Centaurs and Moussaka

Agia Kiriaki at sunset It is not hard to imagine why the ancients believed that Centaurs resided on Mount Pelion. Ethereal mist combined with lush vegetation and craggy rock formations almost leave you feeling like something magical and not entirely safe could in fact dwell amidst the chestnuts and rushing rivers. As I navigated the… continue reading

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Pelion and Liquid Sunshine

After a sweltering summer I actually wasn’t too disappointed to hear the downpour of rain outside my window… My excitement wasn’t shared by my visiting Canadian friends expecting sun, beach and fun. With grief likened to a death, we reluctantly decided to go for a drive to view the beautiful sites via car. Amidst the… continue reading

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