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Food on Cyprus is fresh and filling June 24, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Cyprus.

The food on Cyprus, as might be expected, is similar to Greek cuisine, with lots of grilled seafood, lamb, a beef- and-onion stew called stifado, and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

But it also has one specialty that appears to be unique to the island, and anyone visiting should be sure to try it. A meze is a multicourse meal made up of small dishes, a meal of all appetizers that will leave you with a variety of tastes and a full stomach.

It can start with samples of tzatziki; hummus; tahini; potato salad; beets; and terrasalata, a fish roe dip, with bread and olives. Next might come some small meatballs, sausages and chunks of pork in a wine sauce. It is followed by fish dishes, cod, octopus, crab and calamari rings, and then perhaps a kebab or sizzling slices of chicken or beef. The meal is finished with fruit, apples, pears, grapes, and if you are lucky and the owner likes you, a complimentary Cyprus brandy.

The key is to go easy on the bread and dip, eat slowly and don’t worry if you cannot finish everything.

Most restaurants will have meat, fish and mixed mezes. They start at about 6.50 Cyprus pounds (about $15), depending on how many courses are served.

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