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These Will Be The Top Dining Trends Of 2018
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Greece Becomes a Magnet for Well-Off Arab Tourists

Greece Becomes a Magnet for Well-Off Arab Tourists

Greece is becoming a magnet for well-off tourists from the Middle East as more regular and charter flights connect Athens and the Greek islands with Arab capitals.

By Tasos Kokkinidis
According to a report in euro2day.gr, the Middle East is the fastest growing market for Greek tourism.

A significant proportion of guests in the five star hotels of Athens and other cosmopolitan destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini, come from that region.

Top luxury hotel executives in the Syntagma Square area, say that the tourism boom is down to American and Arab customers.

At the same time, data show that Middle Eastern airlines are constantly increasing their available seats on the Greek routes, while charter flights from the countries of the region have grown steadily in 2017.

For example, in 2016, visitors from Lebanon recorded an increase of 30% compared to 2015, while the upward dynamic was maintained in 2017.

The rapid rise of the Lebanese market is also reflected in the strengthening of air links between Greece and Lebanon.

Starting in the summer of 2018, Aegean airlines will add Mykonos and Herakleion to its destinations from Beirut. Middle East airline is also launching flights to Greece.

The Lebanese love Greek beaches, according a tourist executive interviewed by euro2day.gr. This is evidenced by the fact that last summer 16 charter flights every week were taking place from Beirut to the South Aegean and Crete, he adds.

In Saudi Arabia there is a doubling of requests for tourist visas for travel to Greece.

At the same time, the Saudia airline is in an advanced stage of negotiations with the Greek airport authorities to launch direct flights between Riyadh and the Greek capital.

The two countries are already connected by the Aegean flights and since November 2017 by the new Greek airline Air Mediterranean.

In 2018 Greek Tourism Workshops will be held in five Middle East countries, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, aimed at capturing the interest of high-income travelers.

In workshops that will bring together travel agents, hotel representatives and other officials of the tourism industry will be held in India (Delhi, 22/1), Kuwait (21/2), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, 21/3), United Arab Emirates (Dubai, 21/4) and Lebanon (Beirut, 2/5).

VIA GREEK REPORTER
Greece is becoming a magnet for well-off tourists from the Middle East as more regular and charter flights connect Athens and the Greek islands with Arab capitals.

By Tasos Kokkinidis
According to a report in euro2day.gr, the Middle East is the fastest growing market for Greek tourism.

A significant proportion of guests in the five star hotels of Athens and other cosmopolitan destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini, come from that region.

Top luxury hotel executives in the Syntagma Square area, say that the tourism boom is down to American and Arab customers.

At the same time, data show that Middle Eastern airlines are constantly increasing their available seats on the Greek routes, while charter flights from the countries of the region have grown steadily in 2017.

For example, in 2016, visitors from Lebanon recorded an increase of 30% compared to 2015, while the upward dynamic was maintained in 2017.

The rapid rise of the Lebanese market is also reflected in the strengthening of air links between Greece and Lebanon.

Starting in the summer of 2018, Aegean airlines will add Mykonos and Herakleion to its destinations from Beirut. Middle East airline is also launching flights to Greece.

The Lebanese love Greek beaches, according a tourist executive interviewed by euro2day.gr. This is evidenced by the fact that last summer 16 charter flights every week were taking place from Beirut to the South Aegean and Crete, he adds.

In Saudi Arabia there is a doubling of requests for tourist visas for travel to Greece.

At the same time, the Saudia airline is in an advanced stage of negotiations with the Greek airport authorities to launch direct flights between Riyadh and the Greek capital.

The two countries are already connected by the Aegean flights and since November 2017 by the new Greek airline Air Mediterranean.

In 2018 Greek Tourism Workshops will be held in five Middle East countries, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, aimed at capturing the interest of high-income travelers.

In workshops that will bring together travel agents, hotel representatives and other officials of the tourism industry will be held in India (Delhi, 22/1), Kuwait (21/2), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, 21/3), United Arab Emirates (Dubai, 21/4) and Lebanon (Beirut, 2/5).

VIA GREEK REPORTER

Mykonos Islanders Oppose Government-Approved Casino Creation

Mykonos Islanders Oppose Government-Approved Casino Creation

The Mykonos municipality is set against a government decision to build a casino in the cosmopolitan island, popular among tourists from around the world.
Photo - Hippie Fish Mykonos Restaurant
By Theo Ioannou
The island mayor, Konstantinos Koukas, has brought the opposition of the city council to the attention of prime minister Alexis Tsipras sending him a letter, which he made public.

The Mykonos municipality stated its position on the matter during the short public consultation held by the government, but it stresses that it was not taken under consideration before the decision was made.

Additionally, in a plenum on December 7 of last year, the Mykonos City Council voted unanimously to conduct a referendum on the casino issue, to gather signatures for a petition against it, and to authorize the mayor to take any necessary legal steps to stop the government decision.

“Mykonos does not need a casino,” the mayor’s letter to the PM reads. “It needs schools, hospitals, infrastructure and motives for public employees to come to the island. After these issues are resolved by a state that benefits with millions from taxes imposed to our profitable touristic enterprises, then we can talk about the possibility of building a casino.”
The Mykonos municipality is set against a government decision to build a casino in the cosmopolitan island, popular among tourists from around the world.
Photo - Hippie Fish Mykonos Restaurant
By Theo Ioannou
The island mayor, Konstantinos Koukas, has brought the opposition of the city council to the attention of prime minister Alexis Tsipras sending him a letter, which he made public.

The Mykonos municipality stated its position on the matter during the short public consultation held by the government, but it stresses that it was not taken under consideration before the decision was made.

Additionally, in a plenum on December 7 of last year, the Mykonos City Council voted unanimously to conduct a referendum on the casino issue, to gather signatures for a petition against it, and to authorize the mayor to take any necessary legal steps to stop the government decision.

“Mykonos does not need a casino,” the mayor’s letter to the PM reads. “It needs schools, hospitals, infrastructure and motives for public employees to come to the island. After these issues are resolved by a state that benefits with millions from taxes imposed to our profitable touristic enterprises, then we can talk about the possibility of building a casino.”

Greek Food Instagrammers you should now

Greek Food Instagrammers you should now

Whether you’re in need of some dinner ideas, surfing the web, or trying to share your Greek recipes with the world, you should be following these Greek food Instagrammers. 

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Their combination of close up succulent images and Greek restaurant destinations will make your mouth water and stomach growl. From desserts to food carts, to traditional meals, each of these sites should give you something to look at.

Greek Food

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Greek food Ελληνικες Γευσεις (@greek_food) στις

Greek Food embraces the traditional food of the country. With images of meals that are popular throughout Greek history, Greek Food aims to connect Greek food lovers from all over the world. And they also include the description in the Greek language in every caption. They strive to post pictures of delicious Greek food that represents the country’s cuisine. Including seafood, spinach, eggplant, lentils, sesame pastries and more! Within each post, Greek Food connects with their followers. And what’s more, it often has conversations with other food lovers either in English or Greek.

Greek Recipes

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Greek Recipes (@greek_recipes) στις

Greek Recipes is owned by Diana Moutsopoulos who makes her own recipes and takes her own photos. The best aspect of her page is that almost all of her images have the recipe typed up right in the comments! They are simple, delectable, and always inspired by her love of Mediterranean foods. Moutsopoulos includes several different kinds of foods but mostly they are the most important meal: dessert! She has recipes for molasses cookies, cinnamon cookies, pumpkin spice latte cake, and her secret to koulourakia. This is a traditional Greek dessert usually served after Holy Saturday. But of course, you can never forget her savory potato cakes, meatballs, or braised lamb neck.


Greek Food Goddess

Greek Food Goddess  is the perfect fit for this Instagrammer’s name. It is obvious to see that she loves Greek food and enjoys sharing images of it with her followers. The videos Greek Food Goddess are to die for because, like lentil soup video. You can imagine the warmth of the steam on your face as you bend over the pot to inhale the flavors of this traditional Greek dish. The majority of her images on Instagram are close-ups to the dishes so that you can see every texture, shape, and ingredient in the dish. And that is the best part! It is almost as if you can feel the smooth Greek yogurt slipping down your throat. Or the savory and salty flavor of a tender piece of octopus on your tongue. Greek Food Goddess posts daily so be on the lookout for her majesty’s masterpieces.

Zeus Street Greek
Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Zeus Street Greek (@zeusstreetgreek) στις

How can Zeus Street Greek make their food look so gourmet?
“Food Honestly” is what Zeus Street Greek lives by. They pride themselves in their fresh vegetables, free-range lamb, dedicated potato farmers, daily baking, and the quality, sustainability, and integrity of the people they work with. Although based mostly out of the Sydney, Australia, area, Zeus Street Greek have a location in Perth, Australia’s west coast. And other locations up and down the east coast. While their Instagram reveals intimate images of ice cream sandwiches, pitas, and flavorful goodness to their 14,000 followers, Zeus Street Greek’s website is inviting and easy to navigate. If you want to learn more about the business, the food, or the merchandise, check out now these Greek food instagrammers!

Whether you’re in need of some dinner ideas, surfing the web, or trying to share your Greek recipes with the world, you should be following these Greek food Instagrammers. 

greek-food-instagrammers



Their combination of close up succulent images and Greek restaurant destinations will make your mouth water and stomach growl. From desserts to food carts, to traditional meals, each of these sites should give you something to look at.

Greek Food

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Greek food Ελληνικες Γευσεις (@greek_food) στις

Greek Food embraces the traditional food of the country. With images of meals that are popular throughout Greek history, Greek Food aims to connect Greek food lovers from all over the world. And they also include the description in the Greek language in every caption. They strive to post pictures of delicious Greek food that represents the country’s cuisine. Including seafood, spinach, eggplant, lentils, sesame pastries and more! Within each post, Greek Food connects with their followers. And what’s more, it often has conversations with other food lovers either in English or Greek.

Greek Recipes

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Greek Recipes (@greek_recipes) στις

Greek Recipes is owned by Diana Moutsopoulos who makes her own recipes and takes her own photos. The best aspect of her page is that almost all of her images have the recipe typed up right in the comments! They are simple, delectable, and always inspired by her love of Mediterranean foods. Moutsopoulos includes several different kinds of foods but mostly they are the most important meal: dessert! She has recipes for molasses cookies, cinnamon cookies, pumpkin spice latte cake, and her secret to koulourakia. This is a traditional Greek dessert usually served after Holy Saturday. But of course, you can never forget her savory potato cakes, meatballs, or braised lamb neck.


Greek Food Goddess

Greek Food Goddess  is the perfect fit for this Instagrammer’s name. It is obvious to see that she loves Greek food and enjoys sharing images of it with her followers. The videos Greek Food Goddess are to die for because, like lentil soup video. You can imagine the warmth of the steam on your face as you bend over the pot to inhale the flavors of this traditional Greek dish. The majority of her images on Instagram are close-ups to the dishes so that you can see every texture, shape, and ingredient in the dish. And that is the best part! It is almost as if you can feel the smooth Greek yogurt slipping down your throat. Or the savory and salty flavor of a tender piece of octopus on your tongue. Greek Food Goddess posts daily so be on the lookout for her majesty’s masterpieces.

Zeus Street Greek
Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Zeus Street Greek (@zeusstreetgreek) στις

How can Zeus Street Greek make their food look so gourmet?
“Food Honestly” is what Zeus Street Greek lives by. They pride themselves in their fresh vegetables, free-range lamb, dedicated potato farmers, daily baking, and the quality, sustainability, and integrity of the people they work with. Although based mostly out of the Sydney, Australia, area, Zeus Street Greek have a location in Perth, Australia’s west coast. And other locations up and down the east coast. While their Instagram reveals intimate images of ice cream sandwiches, pitas, and flavorful goodness to their 14,000 followers, Zeus Street Greek’s website is inviting and easy to navigate. If you want to learn more about the business, the food, or the merchandise, check out now these Greek food instagrammers!

10 Greek Superfoods you Need to Add to your Diet Now

10 Greek Superfoods you Need to Add to your Diet Now

The popularity of superfoods is growing at a fast pace. This is simply because these mostly natural foods are packed with high levels of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals while they also provide countless benefits that help you live a longer and healthier life. 

greek-superfoods


By Gabi Ancarola
Contrary to popular belief, not all these superfoods are bizarre, hard to find or coming from exotic or remote countries. Some of them have been known and used since ancient times, and many of them come from Greece which, by the way, is home to one of the healthiest diets in the world: the Mediterranean diet. So, why not include at least some of these Greek superfoods in your everyday diet? You will feel healthier in the twink of an eye!

Extra virgin olive oil
The first and most important of all is the Greek superfoods is the green-gold of Greece. Extra virgin olive oil has extreme antioxidant properties and protects against a range of heart disease, prevents heart attacks and strokes, and it is of aid against breast and rectum cancer. Moreover, olive oil eliminates eradicates the Helicobacter pylori, the main cause of stomach ulcer. The leaves from the olive tree are also considered a superfood since the extract helps to reduce blood pressure and sugar levels in the blood.

Thyme honey
Besides a delicious taste and rich texture, both hard to find in other honey varieties, thyme honey has incredible antimicrobial qualities while some consider it also prevents cancer. When buying thyme honey go for a bright orange color, which means that the concentration of antioxidant agents will be higher and, therefore, more effective.

Carob
Carob is the fruit of the carob tree, rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, and particularly high in calcium. It’s also a source of protein and fiber. Carob has always been considered a digestive while it also contains polyphenols that function as antioxidants. It also has alkaline effects on body pH and certain cultures consider carob an aphrodisiac.

Mastic
Chios, one of the North Aegean Greek islands, is the exclusive home to the famous mastic, a sort of aromatic resin collected from the Mastic tree, and very much used in gastronomy. However, mastic is also an important aid to reduce high cholesterol levels while preventing stomach ulcers and the Crohn’s disease. It also helps protect from different types of cancer.

Dittany of Crete
The myth teaches us that goddess Aphrodite managed to heal a deadly injury to her son Aeneas grabbing some dittany, but not any, the variety only growing on Crete. Medical research has proved that this special type of dittany has great antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. In fact, dittany is the main ingredient of the Cretan mountain tea, known to be the cure to virtually anything, from cold and cough to gastrointestinal disorders and skin conditions.

Pomegranate
Well-known all over Greece for ritual purposes related to new life and regeneration, this fruit has a very high content in fiber that is helpful for a healthy digestion, as well as to lose weight while strengthening the heart.

Pistachios from Aegina
Pistachios so delicious that it is rather easy to include them in the everyday diet. They are rich in B and B1 vitamins as well as in copper and manganese, two very important minerals. They also contain antioxidant agents and good fats. Pistachios reduce high triglycerides, sugar and cholesterol levels while they protect from heart disease as well.

Currants
Corinthian raisins, also known Zante currants or Corinth raisins, also called just currants, are dried berries of the small, seedless grape Black Corinth (Vitis vinifera). These sweet, dried grapes that can be consumed alone or in different recipes. These raisins protect against high blood pressure and they also add a sweet touch to food of diabetic patients without increasing their blood sugar levels.

Wild greens
Also known as Horta, wild greens are one of the most important ingredients of a diet that originally included lots of these vegetables, combined with a generous drizzle of olive oil and lemon. Wild greens such as blitha, stamnagathi, and dandelion among others are high in antioxidants, and with an abundant quantity of fiber, a great aid in the digestion process.

Greek coffee
Yes, Greek coffee is another superfood! Recent studies conducted in the small Greek island of Ikaria (known all over the world for the longevity of its inhabitants) may have found that the high longevity rate of Ikarians is linked to the coffee brewed on the island. As an example, Ikarians over 65 drinking the local brew had better endothelial function than those drinking different types of coffee, a benefit even for those affected by high blood pressure. Greek coffee, in short, is a brew primarily from Arabica beans, rich in antioxidants which benefit the vascular function as opposed to filtered coffee. Greek coffee is thicker and offers a subtle and healthier intake of caffeine

VIA GREEKREPORTER.COM
The popularity of superfoods is growing at a fast pace. This is simply because these mostly natural foods are packed with high levels of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals while they also provide countless benefits that help you live a longer and healthier life. 

greek-superfoods


By Gabi Ancarola
Contrary to popular belief, not all these superfoods are bizarre, hard to find or coming from exotic or remote countries. Some of them have been known and used since ancient times, and many of them come from Greece which, by the way, is home to one of the healthiest diets in the world: the Mediterranean diet. So, why not include at least some of these Greek superfoods in your everyday diet? You will feel healthier in the twink of an eye!

Extra virgin olive oil
The first and most important of all is the Greek superfoods is the green-gold of Greece. Extra virgin olive oil has extreme antioxidant properties and protects against a range of heart disease, prevents heart attacks and strokes, and it is of aid against breast and rectum cancer. Moreover, olive oil eliminates eradicates the Helicobacter pylori, the main cause of stomach ulcer. The leaves from the olive tree are also considered a superfood since the extract helps to reduce blood pressure and sugar levels in the blood.

Thyme honey
Besides a delicious taste and rich texture, both hard to find in other honey varieties, thyme honey has incredible antimicrobial qualities while some consider it also prevents cancer. When buying thyme honey go for a bright orange color, which means that the concentration of antioxidant agents will be higher and, therefore, more effective.

Carob
Carob is the fruit of the carob tree, rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, and particularly high in calcium. It’s also a source of protein and fiber. Carob has always been considered a digestive while it also contains polyphenols that function as antioxidants. It also has alkaline effects on body pH and certain cultures consider carob an aphrodisiac.

Mastic
Chios, one of the North Aegean Greek islands, is the exclusive home to the famous mastic, a sort of aromatic resin collected from the Mastic tree, and very much used in gastronomy. However, mastic is also an important aid to reduce high cholesterol levels while preventing stomach ulcers and the Crohn’s disease. It also helps protect from different types of cancer.

Dittany of Crete
The myth teaches us that goddess Aphrodite managed to heal a deadly injury to her son Aeneas grabbing some dittany, but not any, the variety only growing on Crete. Medical research has proved that this special type of dittany has great antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. In fact, dittany is the main ingredient of the Cretan mountain tea, known to be the cure to virtually anything, from cold and cough to gastrointestinal disorders and skin conditions.

Pomegranate
Well-known all over Greece for ritual purposes related to new life and regeneration, this fruit has a very high content in fiber that is helpful for a healthy digestion, as well as to lose weight while strengthening the heart.

Pistachios from Aegina
Pistachios so delicious that it is rather easy to include them in the everyday diet. They are rich in B and B1 vitamins as well as in copper and manganese, two very important minerals. They also contain antioxidant agents and good fats. Pistachios reduce high triglycerides, sugar and cholesterol levels while they protect from heart disease as well.

Currants
Corinthian raisins, also known Zante currants or Corinth raisins, also called just currants, are dried berries of the small, seedless grape Black Corinth (Vitis vinifera). These sweet, dried grapes that can be consumed alone or in different recipes. These raisins protect against high blood pressure and they also add a sweet touch to food of diabetic patients without increasing their blood sugar levels.

Wild greens
Also known as Horta, wild greens are one of the most important ingredients of a diet that originally included lots of these vegetables, combined with a generous drizzle of olive oil and lemon. Wild greens such as blitha, stamnagathi, and dandelion among others are high in antioxidants, and with an abundant quantity of fiber, a great aid in the digestion process.

Greek coffee
Yes, Greek coffee is another superfood! Recent studies conducted in the small Greek island of Ikaria (known all over the world for the longevity of its inhabitants) may have found that the high longevity rate of Ikarians is linked to the coffee brewed on the island. As an example, Ikarians over 65 drinking the local brew had better endothelial function than those drinking different types of coffee, a benefit even for those affected by high blood pressure. Greek coffee, in short, is a brew primarily from Arabica beans, rich in antioxidants which benefit the vascular function as opposed to filtered coffee. Greek coffee is thicker and offers a subtle and healthier intake of caffeine

VIA GREEKREPORTER.COM


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