Holy Friday: A Greek Orthodox Day of Mourning

Holy Friday, a day of loss and sorrow. A death knell echoes throughout Greece, from its remote villages to its buzzing cities. Flags are at half mast, and in the days of old, black cloths were hung from windows and balconies. On this day no activities are allowed. And in many remote villages, the only food allowed is vinegar, bread and olives.

Melijazz – The eggplant, the music and the festival

For over a decade, the folks in the Peloponnesian village of Leonidion pay tribute to their prized possession: the eggplant (or Tsakoniki Melitzana) with one of the most interesting festivals in Greece.  Unique to the region, the light purple slender seedless eggplant is appreciated by chefs far and wide for its tender flesh and subtle Learn more…