Sometimes you feel like you need to get away, but you just can’t. Right now a flight is definitely out of the question, but it’s possible to bring the sights and tastes of Greece into your home. Experience ancient Greece with an acropolis virtual tour! Then make a Greek-inspired dinner that will be so good, your family will feel like smashing their plates on the floor afterwards. Here are some images, videos and wonderful recipes to help bring a little bit of Greece into your life.
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Take an Acropolis Virtual Tour
The Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) has created an interactive Acropolis virtual tour that includes images of the most prominent monuments. Click this link to explore the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and more. You can also check out some of the pictures below, which we took on our visit to Athens.
Chicken Souvlaki Recipe
The only thing better than seeing the sites of Athens with a virtual tour of the Acropolis is getting a taste of Greek food. Souvlaki is incredibly easy to make with either boneless chicken or pork. Here’s my easy recipe:
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil
- 1/4 cup (62.5 mL) lemon juice
- 4 large cloves of fresh garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons (10 mL) dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2.2 lbs (1 kg) fresh chicken tenders or fresh chicken breast cut into small pieces. (You may substitute pork for chicken.)
Combine all ingredients except chicken in a covered glass casserole dish. Add chicken pieces and coat with marinade. Cover dish and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Soak wooden skewers in water while meat is marinading. Put meat onto skewers. Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high. Lightly oil grill surface. Grill skewers about 10 minutes turning frequently until outside is lightly browned and chicken is thoroughly cooked (165 F). Serve with rice and Greek salad.
Easy Greek Salad Recipe
Greek salad makes a fantastic side with Greek souvlaki. Here’s a simple recipe.
- 1 English cucumber cut in small chunks
- 1 pint of grape tomatoes (cut tomatoes in half if they are larger)
- 1/2 red onion sliced in quarter rounds
- 1 red sweet bell pepper – sliced in small pieces
- 1 yellow sweet bell pepper – sliced in small pieces
- 1/2 cup calamata olives (may substitute pitted black olives)
- 1/2 pound (225 g) feta cheese cut into cubes.
Place the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing to taste. I typically use Kraft Greek Feta and Oregano dressing, because it tastes good and it’s super easy. I have also made my own dressing from scratch using this recipe:
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil
- 1/4 cup (62.5 mL) red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pepper
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dried oregano
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Plan a Trip to Greece
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