Island Breeze #7 A fishermans view of Paliki

After a few days of improved winter weather and a late night phone call we found ourselves at Argostoli harbour aboard the fishing vessel Melissa ready to motor up the Paliki coast. Captain Simos had invited us to join him as he returned his boat, Melissa, to it’s summer mooring in Agia Kyriaki (where he […]

Island Breeze #6 A Kefalonian-French Connection!

To celebrate the start of spring we decided to venture out and participate in the event “Good France” – the worlds largest French dinner held on 21st March 2019.  This international event began in 2015 and is a celebration of the “French Gourmet Meal”, which  is a follow up to the inclusion of the “French […]

My Greek Odyssey’s Episode 10 on Kefalonia will be airing soon!

My Greek Odyssey with Peter Maneas is an Australian 13-part television series that takes viewers to some of the most spectacular and unique islands in Greece where he travels on his super-yacht Mia Zoi (One Life). Peter is a successful businessman born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Bondi Junction to Greek migrants that […]

Traditional sweets and desserts

One of the most well-known traditional products of Kefalonia are the vibrant, deep red, caramelized roasted almonds called Mántoles which traditionally are colored using a kind of seaweed. Other delicious sweets produced on Kefalonia are Pastélia (a candy bar made of sesame seeds and thyme honey), Komféto or Pastokydono (quince paste with almonds), Mantoláto (soft […]

Honey

The island of Kefalonia has an incredible floral and arboreal biodiversity – a paradise for bees! The most famous types of honey are thyme honey (méli thimaríou) which is known as the best quality Greek honey and is produced in June and July, and pine honey (méli elátou) made from the Kefalonian fir as well […]

Meat, Eggs & Fish

MEAT Like Ulysses himself, the shepherd is a typical local job and shepherding continues to be an important sector in the local economy. The animals, in particular goats, sheep, and a smaller percentage of cows, spend their existence mostly in the wild eating mainly wild plants. Meat, milk, yogurt, butter and cheese are the derivative […]

Dairy Products: cheese, yoghurt and milk

MILK & CHEESE Cheeses, milk and yogurt produced on Kefalonia are delicious because of the high percentage of aromatic wild herbs present in the diet of the animals. The most frequently used cheese in the local kitchen is White Kefalonian cheese (traditionally named everywhere on the island as Féta, but since 1994 “Féta” has become […]

Beers, wines, liqueurs & Tsipouro

BEER Fresh, non-pasteurized beer entered recently on the list of the local products of the island – a lager and a red ale. Led by a young trio of Kefalonian entrepreneurs the Kefalonian and Ithaka micro brewery uses 100% Greek malted barley and Kefalonian water well known for its high quality. WINE The discontinuities in […]

Fresh vegetables

Spring and Summer time is an explosion of colors in the vegetable gardens of the island. The summer production begins with the pink king of the island, the red garlic of Erissos (to kókkino skórdo tou Erissoú), a red bulb, white inside, a small but super tasty pearl of Greece. For garlic lovers this is […]

Aromatic herbs

Besides being very tasty and making dishes unique, these delights of nature have numerous beneficial properties and are a staple of Kefalonian’s food culture. Oregano (rígani), is an essential ingredient of Kefalonian recipes and is used to flavor tomato sauces, pies, olives, meats, fish, cheese, egg dishes, salads, and cheeses. Oregano can be easily confused […]

Olive oil

The olive tree, a symbol of peace and prosperity, as well as resurrection, strength, resistance and hope, important in the whole Mediterranean area, has served the Greek population as a source of food and oil for centuries. This sacred element when offered to Gods was deemed by Homer the “liquid gold” and by Hippocrates as […]

Island Breeze #3 – An October afternoon at Porto Atheras

Anna, Yiannis & I decided to make the most of a beautiful sunny October afternoon by driving to Porto Atheras for a short walk and a swim. We began by parking up at the top of the beach and taking the undulating but easy path to the left of the beach, which eventually ends at […]

Navagio “Shipwreck” Beach, Zakynthos (Zante)

A very special day trip from Kefalonia! I recently visited one of the most famous landmarks on the island of Zakynthos (Zante), Navagio Beach, a cove on the northwest shore isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat. The dramatic vertical rock face, lush greenery and pristine, crystal clear water make the beach a […]

Island Breeze #2 – Mobile shopping with the locals

Did you ever hear the cries of ‘gavros, kolios, fresca fresca!’ or ‘karpouzi! karpouzi!’ or the sound of air horns blasting out through the villages? Many people rely on the trucks, vans and sometimes tractors that sell fresh produce and household groceries. Visiting several times a week these mobile vendors are an integral part of […]

Island Breeze #1 – A short seaside stroll in Karavomylos

Everyday my dog Ted and I take several walks together. Without doubt my favourite walk is our first, early morning stroll along the seaside at Karavomylos. We start out from home which is very close by to the sea, and take a moment to breath the cool morning air and watch the sunrise before setting […]

Saristra – first time visitor perspectives from both sides of the stage!

by Sarah O. If you don’t know, Saristra Festival is a 3 day arts and music festival held in the abandoned village of Old Vlachata near to Sami. It’s been held annually (missing just one year) since 2012 and it attracts many artists, bands and visitors from all over Greece and the world! This year […]

Island Breeze #4 – Miracles, Myths and Magic of Kefalonia

Cave of the Nymphs (Melissani Cave) – Karavomylos, Sami Travel to a mythical and magical world and into the subterranean treasure that is Melissani Cave. Surrounded by thick forestry, descend into the ‘cave of the nymphs’ and see it’s beautiful waters, whose turquoise shades change throughout the day as the sun passes over the cave’s […]

Island Breeze #5 – Do something different while in Kefalonia!

  Looking for something a little different? Kefalonia is an island of huge contrast and there’s no shortage of alternative things to do. Here are 3 ideas to start… Go Stargazing! Kefalonia can be fantastically dark at night due to our almost non-existent light pollution. If you travel a few kilometres outside of any settlement […]