"Cretan food" Food and Drink Tip by Spincat

Food and Drink, Crete Island: 13 reviews and 10 photos

Cretans are the longest lived people in Europe, and it is hard to know whether this good health comes from their genes, the food, the climate, exercise afforded by living on a steep slope, or the pace of life.

I find Greek food delicious - much of what I enjoy comes from its freshness and flavour.

Dishes you are likely to come across include

Tzatziki: Yoghurt, cucumber, garlic.
Melitzana : an aubergine dip (gorgeous)
Dolmades: stuffed vine leaves
Kalamari : fried squid
Tiropita/Tiropitakia : little filo pastry pies filled with salty feta chees
Spanokopita: the same as above but including spinach
Taramasalata : cod roe pate (fabulous)
Keftedes - little meatballs
Horta : wild greens served luke warm

I particularly like Cretan baked dishes: moussaka is well known, but do try pastitisio - a very comforting dish. 'Yemistes' stuffed vegtables, can also be delicious.

Local wine, served in glass of tin carafes, adds to the flavour of it all. 'Kikkino' red is particularly potent and rich tasting.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2006
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