Named after the famous Erebuni fortress in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, Erebuni restaurant (in Greek: “εστιατόριο Ερεμπούνι”) is an authentic Armenian eatery in Thessaloniki, Greece. The place is a must for foodies as both the Armenian cuisine itself and the particular restaurant are exceptional. Armenian cuisine is pretty heavy justified by the fact that Armenia is a land locked country having continental climate and cold winters. We tried the Armenian pies (made on the spot), the aubergine rolls with walnuts and the delicious minced meat kebabs. A big surprise was the traditional Armenian manti, which is something between dumpling and tortellini open on top, stuffed with minced beef and topped with garlic yoghurt. This dish has a great warming effect (ideal for a cold winter night) and is a culinary experience by itself. A great Armenian halva came at the end of a great meal , made of flour, butter and sugar. The ambience of Erebuni is very cozy (seating area is quite small). The service is great while prices are reasonable. All in all Erebuni offers a great culinary experience and is highly recommended.
Taverna Alekos (in Greek “Ταβέρνα Αλέκος”) is a unique village taverna in the area of Rethymno, offering authentic meat-based Cretan cuisine with a creative touch. The taverna always offers a set menu, meaning that you do not order; the food comes to you, which is quite rare for Crete. The food is of exceptional quality and the offered food quantity (number of dishes and portions) is huge. The set menu always comprises salads, appetizers, casserole dishes and stews (served as starters) which vary depending on the day. A complete Cretan barbecue comprising hamburgers (some of the best you can have in Crete!) and steaks is always served as main accompanied with housemade French fries. The indoor area of the taverna is cozy, dominated by stone walls which gives it a rustic and friendly ambience. Taverna Alekos is highly recommended for tasting rustic Cretan cuisine with creative touches. It also offers great value for money. Please make sure though that you are really hungry before going to this taverna, as the offered food quantity is huge!
Fish has always been regarded as a truly healthy and nutritious food. It is a fantastic source of protein, vitamin D (important when you live in less sunny places!), as well as the best source of omega-3 fatty acids that lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Add to that the amazing properties of vegetables, such as carrots, onions, celery and tomatoes (full of fiber, vitamins and folate) and you get the ultimate health booster; the Cretan “Psarosoupa”, i.e., the Cretan fish and vegetable soup, prepared with egg-lemon broth (“avgokoma”). The open seas surrounding the island of Crete (especially the ones to the south!) are some of the best sources for clean and amazingly tasty fish. The Cretan soil is also heavenly for vegetable gardens. There could not be any greater and more balanced combination of what land and sea offers on this magical island.