Fruit Plate with Feta and Honey & Dilesi, Greece is delightful appetizer or dessert to make for your family this week. I’m also excited to share a quaint costal town of Dilesi with you today! Our Fruit Plate with Feta and Honey is often served at the beginning or end of a greek family style meal. . . peaches, figs, and blueberries with greek feta cheese and a drizzle of greek floral honey is as close to heaven as it gets! I’ve been writing about my recent visit to Greece for the past few weeks, during my time there I was with good friends from Utah. I was warmly welcomed into their families homes; both in Athens and Dilesi. I’m so grateful to have experienced some of the beauty and history of Greece with the Karpos family.
Fruit Plate with Feta and Honey & Dilesi, Greece
The wanderlust in me loves being immersed in cultures, cuisines, and histories of the world and I love sharing recipes and highlights of my travels as part of our Culinary Journey Around the World. So far in Greece we’ve enjoyed Yiaourti Me Meli & Evia Island, Greece, Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail Recipe & Greece Travel and Horiatiki Greek Village Salad & Acropolis of Athens! Today we are in a quaint village town by the Mediterranean Sea called Dilesi. . . where the Karpos family has a beach home to escape from the summer heat of Athens. It can get very hot during the summer in Athens so in just a quick 30 minute drive they’ve arrived at their little piece of paradise!
My Greek Family
Over the past few weeks you’ve heard me talk about my Greek Family so I thought it was time for me to introduce them to you! The Karpos family are truly wonderful people with huge hearts who I am so very grateful to have in my life. Vasili and Victoria are my very good friends at home, in Utah, and as I have gotten to know all of the Karpos I feel humbled and honored to call them family. While we were in Greece Vasili and Victoria celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. BRAVO! Such a wonderful couple and honored to have been able to share in their celebration.
I’m so happy to have been a part of their kitchen, watching and learning from Vivi and Victoria. I was also able to learn some about the Greek way of life. . . to visit historical sites, restaurants, and see some different areas of Greece with them. It was wonderful and I’m so very grateful to the Karpos family for welcoming me into their home and hearts!
As we spent our days relaxing, swimming, and chatting by the sea. . . we laid claim on this corner of the cafe, everyday! Enjoying traditional Greek Coffee which was always served with a bowl of chips or nuts.
A stormy day in Dilesi, Greece
My first few days in Greece were unseasonably cool as there were storms so we spent some time sightseeing and enjoying the local cuisines of Dilesi. The Mediterranean Sea is mesmerizing and beautiful in any kind of weather. . . I loved every moment being near the sea. Oh and I can’t say enough about the seaFOOD it’s so unbelievably mouthwatering!
DELION a seaside restaurant in Dilesi, Greece
We enjoyed a meal at DELION a seaside restaurant in Dilesi. The greens in the photo above are called ALMIRA, they are are harvested from the sea and very special to this area only . . . they can’t be found any other place in the world! ALMIRA is served cooked and cooled, then brought to the table with a fresh lemons and olive oil for each guest finish as they prefer.
The chef and owner of the DELION restaurant is in the second photo above and can you believe the size of the calamari in the third photo? Amazing AND it melted just like butter in your mouth. . . oh my! Every dish we enjoyed at DELION was absolutely divine.
Souvlaki also known as Kalamaki
I’ve never tasted a Souvlaki like the ones we ate in Greece, naturally, right?! Souvlaki goes by a few names and is prepared slightly differently depending on the region of Greece you are in. . . Kalamaki is a synonym for souvlaki proper in Athens, where the word Souvlaki is used colloquially for any kind of pita wraps. Kalamaki can also be accompanied with vegetables such as tomato, peppers and onions and as a sauce some lemon juice. There are some places in Greece where kalamaki is not connected in any way to souvlaki. In these regions people when they say souvlaki they mean the dish that in Athens is called kalamaki.
Which ever name they go by. . . you can count me in! OMG. I love, love, love them. I also loved that the fries are serve wrapped right inside the pita too 🙂
Photo’s from the beach in Dilesi, Greece
A produce stand and bread shop in Dilesi, Greece
Frequently, we stopped by this corner produce market to buy fruit and vegetables- I don’t speak greek but Vivi would take me in the market with her showing me her favorites and telling me the health benefits and how they prepare them. It was so fun! I really loved every moment of being a part of at-home greek cooking because Vivi is an excellent cook! The beach house is overflowing with fresh herbs, fruit trees, and even has 2 olive trees which she bottles every year- they are the BEST olives I’ve ever tasted!
Local Bread and Pastry shop in Dilesi, Greece
The local bread and pastry store is another stop we often made- it’s filled with breads, cookies, pastries, crisps, and so many kinds of baklava that I lost count! I loved trying new things I hadn’t before plus I really LOVE Greek Coffee!! 🙂
So, I just had to bring a couple of bags of coffee home with me to enjoy. . .
We hope you’ll enjoy more of our Greek recipes!
Check out some of our other Greek recipes and delight in the beauty of Greece in our Culinary Journey Around the World posts. Here are a few for you to enjoy:
- Greek Feta and Roasted Pepper Spread with Flat Bread
- Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce
- Greek Fasolatha Soup
- Horiatiki Greek Village Salad
- Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce
- Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail Recipe
- Lamb Meatballs with Mint Tomato Sauce and Quinoa
- Yiaourti Me Meli
- Dutch Oven Lamb Stew
Fruit Plate with Feta and Honey & Dilesi, Greece is a lovely dish anytime of day!
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