Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My Night with Peter Minakis
Well, it was more like "our" night with Peter Minakis since my husband was along. I thought I'd make a somewhat scandalous title since earlier in the day that we were supposed to meet Peter, his status on facebook mentioned our plans and included the phrase, "scandalous photos to follow"...very funny. Well, there aren't any scandalous photos but there is evidence that we've met.

A little more than two and a half years ago, when I was sitting at my computer starting my blog I wouldn't have imagined that I would be meeting and keeping in contact with so many amazing people. Sure, I've read the blogs and commented but I had never expected an ongoing conversation about all things Greek and more importantly, food. Although I'm not technically a foodie, I love food and I do actually use the recipes and suggestions that my Greek foodie friends have to offer, since Greek cooking wasn't a part of my life until I married Kosta. Well, actually cooking wasn't a part of my life until I met Kosta, but that's another post in itself.

As I skim the sites of the Greek food bloggers for new recipes to try, I often find myself enthralled in the history, stories and anticdotes offered with the recipes. What I really love is reading a post of a foodie with a sense of humor, since I love to laugh and can't wipe this permenant snicker off of my face. Peter's site has  everything that I look for and more. What's more, is that he's so personable and does try to address everyone that comments or comes in contact with him somehow. I'm not sure how he does it, but, he does.

After following his site for a while I realized that his  family summer home in Greece is very near our home. So, we exchanged tweets and agreed that it would be nice to get together when he was in town. So, after he arrived we set up a date and that was that.

Everything was set that day, we decided that we would stay in his village, Nea Kallikratia, for dinner and all that was left for us to do was to show up. Well, it turns out that we had a pop-in that evening. Typical. We had plans (for once) and as things are running smoothly, someone pops in. It was supposed to be a five minute visit and it turned out to be over an hour. Great, I still had to get dressed. So, I called Peter to tell him that we would be late. Ever patient Peter was understanding since first, he's Greek and second, he's in Greece where almost everyone is late for almost everything.

We met Peter in front of  a church in his village, parked our car and enjoyed a nice walk toward the seafront.

We started the night with drinks at a beach bar. The water was so calm, the ambient music was perfect and the bar wasn't overcrowded, perfect!

After our drink we headed toward one of Peter's favorite Psarotavernas, one he's been dining at for as long as he's been spending his summers here. Look at how happy he looks! What a perfect "foodie" picture, I  think.

As you can see, there's always octopus on the table when Greek seafood lovers are out. It was delicious!

Here's something different...I chose grilled eggplant over eggplant salad and this is what was served. Roasted eggplant with melted feta, lots of garlic and parsley. I have never had this before and it was scrumptious.

Here we are with Peter. The picture was taken with his camera since I failed to get one. Thank you Peter!

He also took a picture of us, it's rare that we have someone available to take a good picture of us and with such a great background . We had a wonderful dinner, wonderful conversation and now, we have a wonderful new friend. Thank you Peter, we can't wait to see you again next summer!

Related Links: 
Greek Food and Beyond
Grilled Sardine Fillets With Chips ( here he shares another great recipe along with his summer routine)
Kalofagas on Twitter
Pay it Back with Food


  1. Cheryl, a wonderful synopsis of our evening together. As for the scandal...there's always next year and we'll have TMZ call us for the dirt! lol

  2. Peter,
    Thank you! Yes, next year we'll have to involve TMZ worthy scandal! You're so funny! Again, thank you...we had a fantastic time. :)

  3. looking forward to going to nea kallikrateia some time - what a wonderful time!

  4. Maria,

    It's just minutes from would love it. We did have a wonderful time. Have a great day!

  5. What a wonderful post Cheryl! Bravo!

  6. Phivos...thank you! I'll see you very soon!

  7. After this post i am nery hangry

    and wanted to tell you that you are very kind

  8. Thalassokrator,

    Yes, the photos of the beautiful food can make anyone hungry. Thank you for the is very kind of you! Have a fantastic weekend :)

  9. Cheryl,
    How wonderful that you had a marvelous evening out. You and your husband look so happy and what an attractive photo of the both of you together. The dazzling smiles show a married couple in LOVE!
    I popped over to check out Peter's site, very nice, thank you for pointing us all in his direction. (even those of us who don't really cook love to pretend vicariously that we do.)

  10. Hi Biddy! Yes, we had a great time and once again, with no children. That's twice in 2 months:)
    Thank you for the compliments regarding the photos...very, very sweet of you!
    Peter's site is great for anyone, even if you don't cook a lot because his posts are so full of fantastic information, great stories and above all, great photos. I always want to make what he's offering but it's not always feasible so I too, live vicariously through his posts sometimes...and I love to cook. Have a beautiful Sunday!

  11. Love octopus...
    Got to get a move on with my blog...
    Take care Cheryl

  12. wonderful drink & dinner time in greece! roasted eggplant with melted feta pic...sounds new and delicious to me, haa...greece. enjoyed the photos, thank you!

  13. Jude~isn't it nice to have octopus fresh whenever we want it?
    Can't wait to see what's coming on you blog, but don't stress...we'll wait! Have a great day:)

    Malu~If you're open to trying new foods I think that you would enjoy these flavors. Greek food is fantastic!
    About the're welcome. Someone has to see the melon pics!! haha. Have a wonderful week sweet Malu!

  14. First time visiting your blog after reading Peter's post. It seems that you had a great time. The food looks lovely.

  15. Ivy,
    Good morning, thank you for the visit! We had a wonderful time with Peter and it was an honor to share the scrumptious food with him.
    Have a nice day:)

  16. I too got to meet Peter when he visited NY nearly two years ago. It's great how one can form such friendships via the blogosphere. Lovely photos!

  17. Maria...I agree with you, it's great that great friendships can be formed via the blogosphere. Some of my closest friendships were formed this way.
    It's really great to know that you met Peter, he's such a wonderful man & funny too. Our kids love him. We're very lucky to call him a friend as well. Thanks for visiting and mostly...thank you for following!!
    Have a wonderful week!

    BTW...your blog is incredible!