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September 14, 2014

A Short Stop That Is A Tasty Treat…

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Anyone who is a serious foodie will understand my fascination with the beautiful shapes, colours and textures of fresh fruit and veggies.

Back in October 2012  we visited Greece, and on the day we were leaving, our in-laws said that we would be stopping in Argalasti  to visit the local market before we left.

It’s a market that sells clothes and household goods under large shade covers, but all around the perimeter are stalls selling fruit, vegetables and locally made goods like soap, jams, chutneys , soups and pickles.

The temperatures are still very warm, around 26 C but it’s a welcome stop along the way as we stretch our legs and get some fresh air and explore the market.

As usual with thing like fresh peppers grown far away from glasshouses, they not only looked beautiful, they also smelled amazing too.

We are flying back with Ryanair,  an airline that’s tough on excess baggage so selecting a few things to squish into our suitcases has to be dome with care. Luckily our in-laws have spare baggage space because they bought renovation tools from the Netherlands that they are leaving at their holiday home in Platania, on the Pelion peninsular so we can treat ourselves to some home made preserves and locally grown and dried herbs like oregano.  I could of course have browsed for ages but all too soon we are back in our respective cars and winding our way towards Volos.

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September 5, 2014

Argalasti, Excellent Pastries With A Smile…

Filed under: Argalasti,GREECE,Greek Cuisine,PELION PENINSULAR,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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When travelling through Greece, even if unlike us you don’t need to allow extra time for numerous fresh air stops to combat motion sickness, it’s good to take a break and refresh yourself with a bite to eat.

Our brother and sister in law often come to Argalasti, the biggest town that closest to Platania and one of their most favourite places here is a bakery.

It’s this bakery that has been recommended to us and where were are making our last stop before heading back to our rented accommodation in Platania.

The staff are friendly and giggle at the idea of  their bakery being the subject of a blog post, however they are overcome by shyness and ask that I please photograph the food and not them, a request I’m more than happy to comply with.

There are a selection of pastries, and the staff  proudly rattled off the names of each of the delicacies as fast as I forgot them (I have a very visual memory so need to see a list written down to remember anything).  

We have been told to get the pastry that has the creamy filling  in it and once this mission has been accomplished we take our sweet threats  back to the car to share out.

I did try to get a photograph in the car, but I saved by piece to photograph and since everyone was tired, once Himself had finished his piece he got us back on the road again so that we could get the last stretch of the car journey over and done with.

I took  photographs of my pastry whilst the  car was moving and it was only when I saw the shots on the computer I saw how fuzzy they were.

The pastry by then had of course been safely stashed in my stomach and was no longer available for a re-shoot. I can attest that it was delicious and have made a mental note to ask my in-laws for the exact name so that if anyone gets close to a Greek bakery they can give this a try themselves. It’s also a place that we would definitely return to in the future because the pastries are delicious and the staff are so friendly even if their English isn’t too fluent. A big smile is International language of it’s own…

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Hmm, and a sharp photograph of a car dashboard, not quite what was intended…

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