January 2006 Newsletter
 This Month 
Watch Your Manners in Greece: Communication   Special Feature : With Music and Dance
What's New!!!! Featured Destination: Kythnos 
Saint Namedays in January. January Recipe.
Suggestions & Comments. Subscription Information.
January's Recipe:
Baked orzo with vegetables

(Youvetsi Me Lakhanika)

   

 
Ingredients:
- 1 generous cup / 250ml Greek
  extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely shopped
- 3 tomatoes, skinned and finely
  diced
- 1 stick celery, finely sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and
  finely chopped
- 4 cups / 500g kritharaki
- 8 - 12 keftedakia
- 1 3/4 cups / 200g crumbled
  sheep's milk cheese
- Salt
- Freshly ground pepper


Pre heat the oven to 350F (180C).  Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic until softened.  Add the tomatoes, celery, and bell pepper, then season with salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat and cook the vegetables for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the orzo.  Half fill a high-sided flameproof dish with the vegetable and noodle mixture, top up with hot water, and stir.  Bake in a preheated oven for about 1 hour.  Shortly before the end of the cooking time, top with the keftedes and the crumbled sheep's milk cheese and leave in the oven for a few minutes to brown.  Serve straight from the dish while still hot. 
 

Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece"
by Marianthi Minola

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Watch Your Manners In Greece
Communication

Continued from December's Issue...

- Organizing breakfast meetings is not customary in Greece. We usually have breakfast with friends when staying in a hotel or when we are guests at somebody's house.

- Coffee has well nigh replaced a nutritious breakfast in our country.

- Iced coffee is very popular in Greece, and some consider frappe (cold, frothed Nescafe) as one of the greatest Greek inventions after Euclid's elements! A gentleman should never drink this coffee (or any other drink) with a straw, since this spoils his facial expressions.

- The traditional Greek cafeteria ("kafeneion") has been replaced by French or Italian style cafes. Etiquette manners apply at all such establishments, whether traditionally Greek or European-influenced.

- When people go to cafes they don't just drink their coffee and leave. Sitting at a cafe is one of Greek's best hobbies. Contrary to the norm in many other countries, no waiter will stand in front of you asking you to pay the bill and implying you must leave as soon as you have sipped your last drop of coffee. You may lazily sit there all day and no one will disturb you unless of course you have fallen asleep and the cafe is closing.

- Inviting someone for tea is not common in Greece. On the rare occasions when an invitation is made for tea, it is usually an evening event, and is more commonly attended by women than men.

- Dinner invitations are usually for between 9 and 10 o'clock at night.

- Greeks are not known for their punctuality. If, however, an invitation is for 9 o'clock, we should arrive no later than a quarter of an hour after the appointed time, especially if it is a seated dinner. Pre-cocktail drinks have been especially invented for this reason. If we are going to be more than half an hour late we should call and inform our hosts. (You should follow etiquette and try to be on time; but do not be surprised if everyone else is late).

- In Greece we have kept the American custom of always offering our hostess a gift. This is necessary when invited for dinner at somebody's house. It is rather unrefined to arrive at a reception with flowers or a present. It is advisable to send our gift either the day before or the day after the dinner party.

- At an informal dinner party it is always a sign of politeness to offer to help our host or hostess with the dishes and cleaning up of the table. We shouldn't insist if our hostess refuses. What's important is to at least offer to help.

- There are two ways of seating our guests in Greece; one is according to protocol, the other is according to their personality.

- The seat of honor is on the hostess' right. The honorable guest is usually the eldest person or the person with the highest title. The next most honorable guest sits on the hostess' left. According to English formalities the most honorable guests sit at the head of the table, whereas in France they sit in the middle. At a friend's dinner party however, where all guests are of a similar age, the guest of honor is the newest comer.

- If it is a family meal, the two mothers-in-law sit on the left and right hand side of the host and the fathers-in-law accordingly on the right and left of the hostess. Father in law number 1 sits opposite mother in law number 2 and father in law number 2 sits opposite mother in law number 1. Couples sit opposite each other. If the atmosphere is relaxed, we may sit wherever we wish.

- A widow keeps her husband's seat, married women have priority over divorced women, and unmarried ones come last.

- If we don't like our prearranged seat, we shouldn't swap places at our own will. We should let our host know as soon as we see him. Years ago, if someone was displeased with his seating arrangement, instead of leaving the table and showing offence, he or she crossed the knife and fork over the plate and refused to be served.

- In Ancient Greece, when the future king of Sparta, Agisilaus, was seated in a non-honorary place, he commented that, "It is not the seats that honor men, but the men who honor their seats."

- Men must wait for women to be seated first.

- We should wait for our hostess to sit before we take our places. We should also wait until she commences eating before we do.

- It is customary in Greece, when dining at a restaurant or taverna, for men to pay the bill. However, many women nowadays in Greece offer to pay the bill, or at least to contribute their share.

- If a lady has invited a gentleman, however, it is useless for him to make any move towards paying the bill.



Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece" by Christos K. Zampounis

 
Special Feature: With Music and Dance

The word "music" comes from Greek, and originally applied not only to music in the narrow sense but also meant all the musical arts, and therefore included dance, which is one of the oldest forms of human expression.  Young men dance in Homer's Odyssey; Sirens sing, or at any rate emit sounds; Pan plays his pipes and Athena, briefly, the double flute; Apollo plucks the lyre - no wonder songs and dances with traditional connections still have a firm foothold in Greek daily life.  Even in the cities it is not unusual to see young people dancing step sequences, parts of which may be hundreds of years old, and Greek children still learn some of their country's best-known folk dances at school. 

When people talk about Greek music today, they usually mean songs written in the 19th century, which have a historical or political significance.  Many of them were protest or resistance songs, with which people could identify. 

The most important Greek musical genre of the last century is the rembetiko, which originated in the poor quarters of Athens at the time when the first Greek refugees from Asia Minor, who had lost everything they owned, settled there around 1923.  With no money, no jobs, and pushed to the margins of society, they met in the evenings in the simplest restaurants to give musical expression to their melancholy.  Today people compare the rembetiko to the American blues, which arose in similar circumstances.  This kind of music, which has become socially acceptable since the 1950s, has hardly changed, although the conditions in which it is performed have.  What was once the lament of the homeless has now become entertainment for relaxing evenings, when there is not only singing and dancing but also a great deal of eating. 

 
The bouzouki is considered the most Greek of all musical instruments.  No music bar can be without it. Gaida, the Greek bagpipe,
is one of the instruments used for folk music.
Modeled on the ancient lyra, this three-stringed instrument is played like a violin. Tambouri, the classical drum,
is beaten hard and makes a muffled sound.


Among round dances of rural origin, two basic groups can be distinguished according to their tempo  and types of steps.  Sirtos are slow round dances with sliding, shuffling steps.  Pidiktos are faster; the dancers hop, skip, stamp, and jump.  Round dances are always danced in a counter-clockwise direction. 

Among the five best-known of the 150 Greek dances are two centuries-old peasant dances, kalamatianos and tsamikos, and three dances, seibekikos, khasapikos and tsifteteli, belonging to 20th-century urban popular culture.

Kalamatianos:
this dance, which comes from Kalamata in the Peloponnese, is danced by a number of people holding hands in a line.  The leader dances variations on the basic long-short-short step. 

Tsamikos:
this dance from Epirus is also known as the "handkerchief" dance, because the leader and the second dancer hold opposite corners of a handkerchief.  This round dance in three-four time is danced mainly  by men.  At the time of the war of independence, it was thought of as the dance of the mountain fighters.  At the climax of the tsamikos, the leader executes complicated, truly acrobatic leaps. 

Seibekikos:  this was originally a dance for men, but is now also danced by womenThis improvisatory dance is led by one person, or by people who circle round one another.  In the world-famous film Zobra the Greek, Anthony Quinn danced something resembling a seibekikos.  This dance is considered difficult, because it has no set sequences of movements.  It relies entirely on the dancer's individual interpretation.

Khasapikos:
 in this "butcher's dance," men and women hold each other by the shoulders with outstretched arms.  The basic pattern of the step sequence is three side-steps to the right, three to the left and two cross-steps forward.  The movements of khasapikos are slow and dignified.  The origin of this dance is uncertain, but people have tried to find a connection with the Byzantine makellariokos (makellaris as in butcher).  The sirtaki is actually a simplified version of the khasapikos and was specially created to the music of Mikis Theodorakis for Anthony Quinn in the role of Zorba.  Nobody  could have foreseen at the time that this compromise solution would become the most famous of Greek dances.  Where the khasapikos is tense and concentrated, the sirtaki is relaxed, but lively, and speeds up toward the end. 

Tsifteteli:  this dance of Turkish origin, with its circling, markedly sensual movements, used to be the all-female equivalent of the khasapikos.  It is another dance that is no longer danced separately by the two sexes.  

 

Bouzouki of my dreams

Bouzouki of my dreams
 
Greek Folk Music

Greek Folk Music
Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek
An Invitation to Greek Dance CD

An Invitation to Greek Dance CD
Athan Karras Collection of Traditional Greek Dances

Athan Karras Collection of Traditional Greek Dances
Greek Dances The best folk & popular dances

Greek Dances
The best folk & popular dances
Greek Blue Instrumental Waves (2 CDs)

Greek Blue Instrumental Waves (2 CDs)
Dinner in Greece

Dinner in Greece
 
Rebetiko-The Best Collection

Rebetiko-The Best
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A Night in a  Greek Taverna

A Night in a
Greek Taverna
20 Original Greek Dances DVD (PAL)

20 Original Greek Dances DVD (PAL)
Greek Dancing with Athan Karras DVD (NTSC)

Greek Dancing with Athan Karras DVD (NTSC)


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Nikos Vertis PES TO MOU XANA cd single
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Giorgios Giannias Proto Thema

 
Giorgos Tsalikis Piretos

Giorgos Tsalikis Piretos
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Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Dromoi Parallili (2 CD)
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Stratos Dionisiou AKOU VRE FILE LIVE(2CD)
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Adrianna Babali, Min Pis Pote
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Marinella Tipota Gen Ginete Tihea
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Stamatis Gonidis 2 CD & bonus DVD (PAL)

Stamatis Gonidis 2 CD & bonus DVD (PAL)
Elena Paparizou Mambo

Elena Paparizou Mambo
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Natalia, Ise H Mousiki Mou
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Dimitra Galani & Alkisti Protopsalti, Zontana Sto Vox
 
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Peggy Zina
Pashalis Terzis

Pashalis Terzis
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Notis Sfakianakis Ana...gennisis
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Despina Vandi, SPECIAL EDITION & 4 new songs (PAL)
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Nikos Kourkoulis, TA KALITERA (2CD)
Anna Vissi, Nylon (Dual Disc) CD & DVD

Anna Vissi, Nylon (Dual Disc) CD & DVD
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Elli Kokkinou SEX
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Sakis Rouvas The Ultimate Collection 1991-1996 CD w/ Bonus DVD
Antonis Remos San Anemos CD

Antonis Remos San Anemos CD
 
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Antonis Remos, San Anemos (Dual Disc) CD & DVD
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Antzela Dimitriou Ta Kalitera 32 best of... (2CD)
 
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Pitsa Papadopoulou
 
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Zafiris Melas Balantes Ke Zeibekika
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Haris Alexiou Paraxeno Fos
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HRISES EPITIHIES 2006 (2CD) 30 super hits
HRISO PAKETO 2006

HRISO PAKETO 2006
 
Minos 2006 (2CD) Super Hits

Minos 2006 (2CD) Super Hits
KOLASI 2006 + bonus DVD (PAL)

KOLASI 2006 + bonus DVD (PAL)
HEAVEN 2006...H SILLOGI

HEAVEN 2006...H SILLOGI
TA DIKA MAS LAIKA classic and new

TA DIKA MAS LAIKA classic and new
KAFE ME TIN ELENI + bonus DVD (PAL)

KAFE ME TIN ELENI + bonus DVD (PAL)
Greek Mix 2005 (2CD) 46 dance hits

Greek Mix 2005 (2CD) 46 dance hits
GREEK LOUNGE 2  songs from Greece & around world

GREEK LOUNGE 2 songs from Greece & around world
TA TRAGOUDIA TOU STRATOU LIVE (2CD) + bonus DVD (PAL)

TA TRAGOUDIA TOU STRATOU LIVE (2CD) + bonus DVD (PAL)
Stamatis Kokotas Oi Megaliteres Epithies Tou...

Stamatis Kokotas Oi Megaliteres Epithies Tou...
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Yiannis Kalatzis Oi Megaliteres Epitihies tou...
Haris Alexiou Oi Megaliteres Epitihes Tis - Best of Alexiou

Haris Alexiou Oi Megaliteres Epitihes Tis - Best of Alexiou
The Best of M. Theodorakis

The Best of M. Theodorakis
Dimitra Doumeni Make a Wish Christmas Holiday classics

Dimitra Doumeni Make a Wish Christmas Holiday classics
 
Hey Yia Yia CD

Hey Yia Yia CD
 
Antenna 1 - Min mou les Antio complete season 8-DVD set (NTSC)

Antenna 1 - Min mou les Antio complete season 8-DVD set (NTSC)
Eurobasket Belgrade 2005  7 DVD set (PAL)
Eurobasket Belgrade 2005 7 DVD set (PAL)
Neraida Ke To Palikari - NTSC zone 1

Neraida Ke To Palikari - NTSC zone 1
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown in Greek

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown in Greek
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, in Greek
Herbs, Greens, Fruit The Key to the Mediterranean Diet  by Myrsini Mabraki

Herbs, Greens, Fruit The Key to the Mediterranean Diet by Myrsini Mabraki
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone by Myrsini Lambraki

Cretan Cuisine for Everyone by Myrsini Lambraki
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Greektown Chicago Its History - Its Recipes

 
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Peloponnese Cradle of Civilization and Olypmism
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Comedies and Famous Lines - Comodies kai Atakes
 
Mezedes kai Fagakia pou egrapsan istoria

Mezedes kai Fagakia pou egrapsan istoria
 
   
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Andreas Laskaratos - Epilogi Keimenon
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Alexandros Papadiamantis - Patera Sto Spiti & four more short stories
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Michail Mitsakis - Athinaios Chrysothiras & To Filima
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Andreas Karkavitsas - O Zitianos - 5 CDs
     
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Greek Myths and Legends

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Thomas the Train 4 (PAL)
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Baby Einstein OI PROTES MOU LEXIS (PAL)
 
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  Featured Destination: Kythnos


GEOGRAPHY.
This island, the second of the Western Cyclades, lies between Kea, Syros and Seriphos. It is 99 sq. km. in area, has 98 km. of coast, 1,502 inhabitants and is 52 nautical miles from Piraeus. Its capital is Kythnos (Chora) or Mesaria. A ferry boat operates between Kythnos and Lavrion, via Kea, as well as Piraeus (more frequent during the summer).

The terrain is mountainous (highest peak Profitis Ilias, 368 m. a.s.l.) with small areas of flat land and many coves. The population is engaged exclusively in agriculture and animal husbandry. The island is particularly well-known for its therapeutic springs (Loutra), on account of which it was known as Thermia. With very few tourists and lovely beaches, Kythnos is an ideal spot for those seeking solitude and island life with minimal comforts.

HISTORY. In antiquity the island was known by several names and has been inhabited since Neolithic times, as evident from recent finds from Loutra, dated 7000 - 6500 BC, the earliest proof of human presence in the Cyclades. In Mycenaean times Dryopes lived here and it was they who gave the island its present name. Kythnos played an active role during the Persian Wars, joined the Athenian League, was subject to the Macedonians, Ptolemies and Romans and in Byzantine times belonged to the Thema of the Aegean. During the Latin occupation it was part of the Duchy of Naxos. In 1337 it was ruled by the Italian Gozzadini family who maintained their preeminence even after the island was pillaged by Barbarossa (1537), up until 1617 when they were ousted by the Turks. During the reign of king Otto it was a place of exile for revolutionaries and political opponents.

 SIGHTS-MONUMENTS. The island's capital, Chora, stands on a hill in the hinterland and is not visible from the sea. The typically asymmetrical Cycladic houses spread out to right and left of the two parallel main streets. On a nearby spur stands the monastery of the Virgin of Nikos. There are several Postbyzantine churches in Chora (the oldest is the Holy Trinity), built according to Western prototypes since the Catholic faith held sway here for quite some time. The majority have wood carved iconostases (Saviour, Taxiarchs, Christ, St. Savvas, Transfiguration) with important icons in the Veneto-Cretan style, painted by the hagiographer Skordilis.

North of Chora (approx. 1.5 km.) are the remains of a Hellenistic tower. 4 km. south of Chora is Dryopida, a characteristic Cycladic village with its snow-white houses built on either side of a dry river bed. In the church of St. Minas there is an intricately carved wooden iconostasis and despotic throne. At the southern edge of the village is the Katafyki cave with a wealth of stalagmitic and stalactitic decoration, as yet unexploited.

Southeast of Chora (16 km.) stands the monastery of the Virgin Kanala, patroness of the island, whose icon is reputed to have been found in a canal, hence the epithet. On her feast days (15th August and 8th September) pilgrims congregate here in great numbers.

Northeast of Chora (4.5 km.) is Loutra, renowned for its medicinal springs. North of Loutra, at Palaiokastro, are the remains of the medieval capital of the island with the ruins of its Venetian castle on the hilltop. Parts of the enceinte are preserved but almost nothing has survived of the houses, which numbered more than 1000. Only two of the 100 or so churches are preserved, dating from the 13th and 14th century, that of the Virgin (Our Lady) of Mercy being in better condition.

On the west side of the island (approx. 8 km. from Chora) is the harbor of Mericha and north of this, at Vriokastro, are traces of the ancient city. Northwest of Mericha is the islet Aghios Loukas, joined to the main island by a narrow spit of sand. South of Mericha, in the locality of Flambouria, is the church of the Virgin Flambouriani.

The island's azure waters and numerous sandy beaches are excellent for both swimming and fishing: Episkopi, Kolona (only by caique), Kanala, Flambouria (by boat), Aghios Stefanos, Aghia Irini, Kalo Livadi. These beaches are accessible by bus or on foot, whereas those with a boat may explore all the island's coves, as well as visit neighboring Tzia. Refueling station at Mericha. There are a few hotels, rooms and apartments for rent.
 

 

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 Saints' Namedays in January

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Agiou Basileiou
2
Savva
3 4 5 6
Theofania
7
Synaksi Ioannou
 

8
Dominikis

9

10
Grigoriou Nussis
11
Theodosiou
12 13 14 15
16
 
17
Antoniou
18
Athanasiou & Kurillou
19
Makariou
20
Eythimiou
21
Maximou / Neofytou / Agnis
22
Anastasiou / Timothetou
23
Agathagellou
24
Xenis
25
Grigoriou Theologou / Margaritas
 


 
26
Xenofontos
27 28


 
29
Ignatiou
30
Trion Ierarxon
31
Kyrou & Ioannou An/ron
 
         


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