Full disclosure – I am a picky eater.
I am getting much better, leaps and bounds really. Now before you all attack me for not liking the food in Greece, let me first give you some background and insight.
I was an insanely picky eater when I was a kid. I would hate to have a kid like me. From the age of one and a half, I used to make dry retching noises when ever I could smell food. I was the worst kid to take to dinner parties. I remember one summer when the only thing I ate was toast and butter. And cheese. For every, single meal. Now there were some things I would eat. When I was a toddler I was renowned for stealing the sugar jar from the table, hiding behind one of the big lounge chairs in my Grandparents living room and eat it from the jar with a spoon. Because of course I did. (I would still do it today, except now I feel no need to hide then eating my pure sugar.)
I grew up in the absolute centre of North America. The heart of the heart of the heart of Canada. I didn’t see the ocean until I was 17. I didn’t even see a lake until I was 17. (I didn’t see a lot of things until I was 17). As a result, we did not eat seafood in my household. The first time I ate fish I was well into my 20’s. I enjoy eating white fish now, but let me tell you, it has been a long journey. I still do not eat shell fish, and prawns freak me the fuck out.
We also didn’t eat a lot of meat when I was growing up. This wasn’t because of any ethical or religious reason. We were just poor. I grew up very poor, and meat wasn’t often on the menu. Except for bacon because you just make the necessary sacrifices for bacon, amIright? When I was grown on out in the world on my own, I decided to become a vegetarian as well. I was a vegetarian for about five years. I eat meat now though, but I am still not a huge meat eater. And I absolutely hate fatty, chewy meat. Hate it.
So let me tell you about the food in Greece. Greeks love their seafood. Fish… all sorts of fish. Shell fish. Grilled octopus. If it lives in the sea, it will be on a Greek menu. The other really popular food in Greece is the Gyro. If you are after cheap eats in Greece, you will probably end up at a Gyro shop. The meat, usually pork, rotates on a spit and it shaved off and served with sauces and chips and pita. Now this is great in theory, and I did find some Gyro places that I liked in Greece, but the problem often was with the fattiness or grisliness of the meat. Chewy, fatty or grisly meat really turns me off my food.
There were some foods in Greece that I did really like. I had some amazing lamb dishes while in Crete, and moussaka was a safe bet no matter where we were in Greece. But since we were travelling to lots of small towns and were travelling on a small budget, we mostly ended up at dodgy Gyro places. There are only so many questionable Gyros a girl can eat before enough is enough. In the end, I just started skipping meals. Greece was a great place to lose weight for me. But I turned it all around once we entered Albania…. now there is a cuisine I can really get behind! (more on that later)
A lot of people absolutely love Greek food. Dan loved the food. I didn’t. I want to hear about your food experiences in Greece. Is there a Greek food I should try that might change my opinions? Let me know in the comments.