Visit Greece | Gastronomy
One of the authentic cultural elements of a region is gastronomy. The distinctiveness of the “kitchen taste” (gustation) is many times associated with the quality characteristics of its society, while “revealing” information concerning its cultural and economical history.
Omelet with Staka. Staka is a very Cretan delicacy and is gathered from the crust that the goat milk has on its surface, if you leave it to cool down, after it has been heated. A truly original #Cretan dish! Υπέροχη ομελέτα με στάκα- απόλυτα Κρητικό γεύμα! (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
“Trahanas” or "xinohondros" is made from wheat and sour milk, mixed together, cut into pieces and left to dry in the August or September heat. This way, it is preserved as dry pieces and can be used for cooking all winter long. Its taste is quite interesting and could probably fall in the “love it” or “hate it” category of foods :) In any case, it sure worth a try! Απλώνουμε Τραχανά (Ξινόχοντρο)! (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Feeling hungry? Try one of the most delicious and original Cretan dishes: “Hohli Boubouristoi” (Snails in the pan). The snails are put in the pan with olive oil, flour, wine vinegar, and rosemary to cook. Χοχλιοί Μπουμουριστοί(σαλιγκάρια) κρητικό πεντανόστιμο έδεσμα! (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Looking for some tasty and healthy power breakfast when you’re around? Try some local Barley Rusk (Dakos, better use more “fluffy” not hard ones) with cretan or greek yoghurt and #Cretan thyme honey. Ντάκος με γιαούρτι και μέλι -γευστικό κρητικό πρωινό. (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Today we treat you with “Koubanakia”! This delicious pastry, can only be found in the Eastern #Crete and everywhere in Ierapetra, in pastry shops. Sometimes these are also called “Loukoumades”. Koubanakia are more like a healthy Cretan version of the Donut, deep fried in olive oil and dipped into local thyme honey syrup. Κουνουμπάκια , παραδοσιακό κρητικό έδεσμα! (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Care for a sweet? Then you just have to taste Kalitsounia, one of the most famous treats in #Crete and in Ierapetra in particular! Its main ingredient is local "Mizithra" sweet cheese, and is scented with cinnamon and bitter orange leaves. In the summer you can put them in the fridge for a more refreshing taste. You can find them in any local pasty shop and each one makes them a little different. Παραδοσιακά Γιεραπετρίκα καλτσούνια! (CC-BY-SA 3.0)