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Greek prawn salad February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.
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Ingredients >
4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2/3 cup Greek Kalamata olives
1 cucumber, chopped
1kg cooked tiger prawns, peeled, deveined, leaving tails intact
250g Greek feta cheece, cut into cubes
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup Greek Sparta extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
8 Greek pitta bread, cut in 8 pieces

For the Dressing >
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup Greek Sparta extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method >
Place the tomatoes, olives, cucumber, prawns, feta and oregano in a bowl. Toss gently to combine.
To make the dressing, whisk the lemon and oil together. Season with salt and pepper. Add to the salad and toss gently to combine. Set aside.
Heat a barbeque or chargrill pan on a medium-high heat. Combine the olive oil and garlic. Brush over both sides of the pitta bread. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden. Serve the prawn salad with the pitta bread. Serves 4.

It’s all Cajun to this Greek February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora.
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Chicago restaurateur shares his love of New Orleans’ cuisine
One of the country’s most popular Cajun restaurants is 950 miles from New Orleans.

It’s owned by a Greek man, who grew up in an Italian neighborhood, in a former Jewish delicatessen on the seventh floor of an office building in Chicago.

Heaven on Seven is owned by Jimmy Bannos, a third-generation restaurateur who fell in love with New Orleans cuisine in the mid-1980s when he picked up a cookbook by Paul Prudhomme. Bannos was so intrigued, he called Prudhomme, who encouraged Bannos to meet him when he came to New Orleans.

After countless visits to New Orleans restaurants, Bannos’ coffee shop began to reflect his infatuation. In 1985 he changed its name from New Garland Coffee Shop to Heaven on Seven, and now there are three Heaven on Seven restaurants and Bannos’ cookbook, The Heaven on Seven Cookbook: Where It’s Mardi Gras All the Time! (Ten Speed, $18.95) is out in paperback. It’s co-authored by John DeMers.

Bannos’ kitchen is stocked with ingredients from around the world, but the ingredients that turn up most often in his cooking are:

• Andouille, a Cajun smoked-pork sausage, often with a bite of hot pepper. Some recipes call for andouille “or Polish kielbasa,” but as good as kielbasa can be, “one thing it ain’t is andouille.”

• Mustard, turnip and collard greens are among his favorite greens, and collards are his pick among those.

• Designer peppers. Bannos never tires of finding new ways to give his food a kick, he said, and has used virtually all of the designer peppers. “You should try them all, too,” he says.

• Hot sauces. Bannos is a fanatic about them, and people bring him hot sauces from their travels. He uses them or puts them on display. His advice for finding a good one: “Find one that tastes best to you.”

• Pickled pork, which adds great flavor to bean dishes, jambalaya and ŽtouffŽes.

• Seasoning mixes, which are standard at every supermarket. His favorite is the one he makes with salt, ground black, red and white pepper, and garlic.

• Tasso ham, a smoky, very salty Cajun ham, used as a seasoning.

A barroom brawl over right to import Greek beer February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Taste World.
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Carlstadt-based Fantis Imports Inc. has started a corporate version of two guys fighting over a beer.

A suit filed in federal court by the importer of Greek olives, oils and cheeses accuses Hellas Import of Brookline, Mass., of improperly claiming to hold the right to sell Mythos lager beer in the U.S.

The beer was created in 1997 by Mythos Brewery Ltd. The company, which calls its creation the “first authentically Greek beer,” says its success has made Mythos the second-largest Greek brewery.

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Fantis says it has held the rights to import and distribute Mythos in New Jersey, New York and three other states since 2006.

But Hellas has claimed, to Mythos Brewery and other parties, that it has exclusive rights to distribute the beer in the U.S., according to the suit, which was filed Feb. 1 in Newark.

At one point, the brewery “temporarily ceased sales to Fantis” at the behest of the Massachusetts company, the suit says.

Fantis is owned by the Makris family of Alpine, which also owns the Thalassa Restaurant in New York’s trendy Tribeca. Fantis, started in 1914, is the largest importer of Greek food and wine in North America, according to The Hellenic Voice newspaper.

Related Links > http://www.mythosbrewery.gr/index.asp?c=5

Ericsson hosts mobile music for Greek operator Cosmote February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet & Web.
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Greek leading mobile operator, Cosmote, has launched Ericsson’s hosted music service solution for mobile operators. The new service is a white label service branded Music Zone.

The service is available to all Cosmote customers who can now access, download and experience music related content from a wealth of major international and local labels. Ericsson distributes content from EMI, Heaven Music, Sony BMG and Warner Music. The Greek aggregator Cosmo Megala Katastimata provides content from Universal Music and other Greek independent music labels.

Cosmote’s Music Zone service, is integrated, hosted, and managed by Ericsson. End users can seamlessly access a number of music content categories such as realtones, polyphonic/monophonic ringtones, artist images and graphics and the latest music industry news. The service agreement also includes full track and video downloads and streaming. To enhance end user experience, Music Zone goes a step further by providing personalized content suggestions based on end users individual tastes and preferences as well as the possibility to access the service from both WAP and web portals.

Erik Oldmark, Vice President and head of strategy and portfolio management, business unit Global Services, says, “Hosting is a great way for operators to launch services quickly, simply and cost-efficiently and that’s what we’ve done together with Cosmote. We are pleased to continue our successful cooperation with Cosmote. Pre packaged local and global content from Ericsson further completes the Cosmote music service. We feel confident that Cosmote’s subscribers will greatly enjoy this new music service.”

Ericsson’s hosting solutions for enablers, content and applications are part of its industry-leading managed services offering. Operators and media companies can offer consumers a series of portals prepackaged with content from companies such as EMI, Warner Music International, Sony BMG Bloomberg, Heaven Music, Kamera, FashionTV, Mixipix, etc.

The music service is commercially available to Cosmote’s customers. For more information, visit www.cosmote.com.

Related Links > http://www.ericsson.com

Cyprus wines of the week February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Cyprus, Wine And Spirits.
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The Kyriakides Brothers, owners of Vasilikon winery, seem to have decided that three is enough. Three labels that is. Since 1993 when Heracles, George and Yiannis founded Vasilikon at Kathikas village in Paphos, the white Vasilikon and Ayios Onoufrios, usually a blend of red grape varieties, were the only two wines produced. Methy, their Cabernet varietal, a limited production wine has been available since 2005. These are wines for everyday consumption, Methy for Sundays, and good value for money.

The 2006 Vasilikon, K&K Kathikas Winery, Paphos region, Alcohol Volume 11% has the typical colour and aromas of the region Laona Akamas. Yellowish with greenish hints, I actually found this less intensive in aromas than last year’s vintage. Yet, this is more aromatic than many Xinisteri-based grapes that I have tasted. It is fresh, with notes of citrus blossoms, peach, honeycomb, green apple and then pineapple. Juicy and light, crispy with some traces of minerals on the palate freshened by a riveting backbone of acidity. Simple and refreshing, best enjoyed with fried Mediterranean fish, shellfish (grilled), salads with greens, tomatoes, feta cheese. Serve at 8 degrC.

2005 Ayios Onoufrios, K&K Kathikas Winery, Paphos Region, Alcohol Volume 12%. This is a blend of imported grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache with two indigenous varieties: Mavro and Lefkada. Inky red, alpine strawberry, racy blackcurrant and cherry pie flavours. It has a lovely mouth feel, light to medium, the black fruit spread on a framework of subtle tannins. An inviting and warm wine with a pleasant aftertaste, savour with grilled meat dishes, pastas based on tomato sauces, pizza. Serve at 16-17 degrC.

Greek festival continues today February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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Venue hosts annual litany of food, entertainment and fun in Suntree

The St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church has done it again. For the 35th year, the church pulled together a weekend’s worth of authentic dance performances and flavorful Greek cuisine. It’s not too late to experience it all, either. The festival will be open from noon to 8 p.m. today.

Various Greek dishes are served, such as lamb, gyros, stuffed grape leaves, baklava, and a new addition to the menu, fried calamari. Eddie Gallos and Tom Kandalepas grill 2,000 pounds of pork tenderloin shish kabobs every year at the festival. That’s been their job for the past 20 years. In addition to the copious amounts of food available, there’s a bar with lots of drink choices, from $2 draft beers to $4 glasses of ouzo, a Greek specialty.

Bob Quibodeaux, Pat Henderson and Manuel Mora-Valls drove all the way from Orlando to take in some Greek culture Saturday. The trio of friends belong to a dance club, and had been practicing up on their Greek moves. They were the first ones on the dance floor when The Grecian Strings, the live band, started playing.

Clad in red and gold costumes ordered straight from Greece, the advanced group of Grecian Odyssey Dancers lined up at 1 p.m. for the first authentic Greek dance performance of the day Saturday.

“People seem to really appreciate it,” said Ioanna Hawkins, director of the dancers, who works with them year-round to choreograph dances that represent six different regions of Greece.

Danielle Pasvantis, 13, dances in the intermediate group, and wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world. “This is how we grew up,” Pasvantis said, about participating in the celebration every year.

Greek festival
What: A cultural event jam-packed with food, entertainment and vendors.
When: Noon to 8 p.m. today.
Where: St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 5965 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL.
Cost: $2 for adults, free for children younger than 12.
Information: Call 254-1045.

Metal Day Music Festival February 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.
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Metal Day Music Festival is set to take place April 4 at the Fencing Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece.

Scheduled to appear, until now, are Manowar, Rhapsody Of Fire, Epica and Tiamat.