I must admit that it’s been difficult at times to reflect on our recent trip to Greece — because thinking too much about it just makes me want to go back! Greece has been on Chris and I’s travel bucket list for some time, a particularly strong draw because my mom is Greek (specifically, from the islands of Kos and Chios). While I cannot speak the language and I still have much to learn about my heritage, it’s a part of my identity that I take a lot of pride in and want to explore further.
We had a great time at Oroscopo, an Italian/Greek restaurant near our hotel and the National Gallery. Just off the plane and checked into our hotel, we were exhausted and oh so hungry! It was also August 15th, the Dekapentavgoustos holiday (celebration of the Virgin Mary) in Greece, so most places were shut down… but not Oroscopo, luckily!
We dined outside, enjoying potato soup (on the house), our first Greek salad of the trip, lamb entrees, house white wine, free tiramisu, and complimentary digestifs.
Which brings me to another favorite on the list…
2.) Enjoying complimentary digestifs and dessert at the end of most meals.
I don’t know if we were going to more touristy restaurants (probably sometimes — but not every time!) or if it was just Greek hospitality, but we were brought complimentary digestifs, dessert, and/or fruit at almost every dinner. The digestifs ranged from Ouzo in Athens, Raki in Crete, and Skinos Mastiha liqueur — one of my favorite discoveries of the trip — at Oroscopo. But more to come on mastiha in a moment.