May Mythos & Mezes

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May Mythos & Mezes

Postby D and E » 13 May 2016, 09:30

Back by "popular demand" well Gemma1 actually :D here is our blog for this year's May visit. Hope I have remembered how to size the photos. As ever the spelling will be as quirky as one sees on the menus in Greece. Here goes -

Tuesday Day 1

The day started at 06:00 with D packing. E being the sensible one had packed the day before. GreyamCat was then persuaded into his cat box and transported to his holiday accommodation for the next two weeks and on this occasion was remarkably calm about the whole adventure.
We finally got on the road at 09:30 only to have to turn back when a conversation highlighted that a very important item was missing. Thankfully we had not travelled too far. So starting out again we got to our first stopping place - Cardiff - by 13:00.
The stop in Cardiff, as well as affording us the opportunity for lunch in Yo Sushi, was necessary for D to buy a new pair of Teva sandals as he forgotten that he had left his old pair along with numerous other bits and pieces of Symi clothing for the refugees last October. After a very pleasant lunch of healthy tuna, salmon and beef teriyaki we were back on the M4 by 14:30.
Traffic was light but the rain was never far away and we experienced numerous cloud bursts that slowed us down. Wanting to avoid the M25 we headed off at J13 and cut across country going over the Hills of Surrey through some wonderful villages and countryside and by this time the sun had come out.
We reached Gatwick at 19:00 and checked into the very busy Sofitel where we always try and stay due to its proximity to the terminal building, it's cocktail bar and it's wonderful Brasserie. As Olympic had moved us from the 09:00 Germania flight onto the 05:30 EasyJet we were able to check our bags in at 20:00.
To be fair to Olympic they did offer us two alternative flights - either the early EasyJet or an afternoon Thomson flight. Wanting to give ourselves every chance of getting to Symi on the afternoon ferry and not minding early mornings we chose EasyJet.
After checking the bags in through the automated bag drop terminals - excellent use of technology and so simple, yet another example of the human being taken out of the equation - we had a couple of cocktails and then dinner in the Brasserie. The cooking here remains top notch.
D started with a trio of crab, lobster and prawns whilst E had sea trout. D then had the blackened cod in a lobster bisque on a bed of sea asparagus which could not have been better. E had chicken supreme in a peppercorn sauce. To end we shared the lightest of cheesecakes which had a ginger base, creme fraiche and fresh raspberries and blackberries that came with an amazing apple sorbet. And to mark yet another holiday to Symi we drank a half bottle of the most superb champagne - Ruinart.
And so a long day ended at 22:30
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The Trio of Crab Prawn and Lobster
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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

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Bourataki
Wednesday - Day 2
So it was an early start with the alarm showing 03:45. Checked out of the hotel, through busy but very slick security and we were sitting having coffee by 04:30. Flight was called and we were in the air bang on 05:30. Usual good service from EasyJet and with a tail wind we were in Rhodes some 3hours 30 minutes later.
Bags reclaimed, with the traditional Mythos from the vending machine, and on the Olympic minibus to Akantia. We were dropped at a small taverna that we had been to before - just opposite the entrance to the port - where our bags were stored. We had about an hour and half before embarkation so decided just to remain there and have an ouzo and retsina with some lovely olives. We got chatting to fellow travellers as you do and P&J, who were first timers to Symi, were very gracious listening to us bang on about our idyllic destination. The Olympic Rep on Rhodes provided us with the ferry tickets for the 15:00 sailing of the Blue Star but there is still no Symi Rep so she did not travel over. A very pleasant journey over with P&J and of course the obligatory group selfie up on deck as we rounded the headland and glimpsed Yialos in all its splendour - we were "home".
Symi Tours are still taking care of the transfers on Symi so a guy with an Olympic board is there to greet and then it's onto to the minibus and dropped near the accommodation. We are back in Anastasia's and she was there waiting for us with the usual warm welcome.
Unpacked and in Yianni's Rainbow Bar by 19:00.
As people of tradition (some might describe us as boring) we headed to Giorgio's which is always our first night choice when staying "up". A Mezes of very garlicky tzatziki, green beans cooked in a wonderfully light tomato sauce, the lightest of meatballs, beef cooked in Metaxa and of course, one of our favourites, the bourataki accompanied by the usual half kilo retsina and a large bottle of water came to €40 with tip so things haven't changed.
So another long day came to an end.
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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

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The Custom House
The Customs House
Thursday - Day 3

Our first full day on Symi and we started late having caught up on some much needed sleep. So first task of the day was to get some provisions in from the supermarket - we always use the one between the Windmills and Giorgio's. All the usual things bought and brought back to the apartment we headed back out and down the Kali Strata where Maria was catching the early season visitors with her dried herbs.
If in Yialos it has to be a frappe stop in Cafe Aigialos - this is a daily routine. It also has wifi as most of the cafe bars have so emails checked and deleted, couple of Tweets sent and the day boats arrive and the usual hustle and bustle commences. We have a wonder around just to make sure there have been no monumental changes and get to another favourite beer stop - the Corner Bar where we see the destruction of the Customs Office which was set on fire overnight when a car parked outside burst into flames. We share a very well made cheese and ham omelette for lunch before continuing our "tour" with visits to Debbie on the square (trousers acquired for E that will be altered by the next day - that's service for you); get money from the ATM; and go round as far as Harani boat yard. All the usual restaurants and cafe bars are open and doing a reasonable trade for this time of the year.
On the return we take the route that takes you past the Dorian and the old Post Office and head for Elpida's for a final beer stop before heading up the Kali Strata and home.
Changed and in Yiannis for ouzo and retsina before our first visit to Lefteris in Zylygos. We expect menus to be limited at this time of year as things are just starting to pick up but we were not disappointed to find that his "signature" dishes were available. The imam (baked aubergine topped with the sweetest of onions) is one such dish and was beautifully cooked. We accompanied this with tuna salad and then for mains we had Symi lamb with lemon potatoes and the chicken with prunes. Both dishes melted in the mouth. A complimentary refreshing watermelon was a fine end to our meal. We did sit out even though the wind was freshening. As we walked home around 22:30 the wind was picking up and became quite strong overnight.
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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

Postby Eliza » 13 May 2016, 14:14

Welcome home I look forward to your blog.
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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

Postby silverfox » 13 May 2016, 15:01

So happy to have your blog to look forward to everyday!

Shame about the fire!

Looking forward to our first night in Giorgio's too!

Just waiting to taste the bourataki.

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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

Postby Gemma1 » 14 May 2016, 08:49

Brilliant start and a great start to my weekend - with my first trip of the year to Greece 3 weeks away yet :D Given the choice, I would have gone for the morning flight too - seeing as you were already at the airport. Sounds as though everything went smoothly - even without a rep on Symi. Really looking forward to the next instalment :)
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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

Postby D and E » 14 May 2016, 12:02

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Mains in Zoe's
Friday - Day 4

The wind that we mentioned in the last post turned into quite a gale overnight and we woke to find it still blowing and our outside chairs at the end of the terrace. D went off on his first bread run of the holiday. When "up" he goes to the baker between Lefteris and Zoe's - a small bread is 60 cents and is warm out of the oven - beautiful.
After the usual breakfast of yoghurt & honey, followed by fresh bread with cheese and ham, the weather decided that we would go for a walk so heading down the "School Steps" we stopped for our usual frappe in Cafe Aigialos and added some freshly squeezed orange juice. We then headed through the square past Iapetos and up the hill, past the cemetery and over the hill past the church. We then decided to keep Nimborio for another day and so turned right and headed back towards Nos but then cutting over and through the church to Hanari.
TzaTi was open for business so we could not resist stopping for a lunch of bruschetta with feta, fresh oregano and succulent tomatoes accompanied by the meat plate of salami, smoked ham, Parma ham and olives. This remains D's favourite lunch venue.
The wind had prevented Poseidon going out and the taxi boats, whilst being in the water, are still not operating.
The wind continued to blow until about 16:00.
After TzaTi we had an ouzo stop at Elpida's and then D popped into Cafe Alegrito whilst E was collecting her trousers and buying some baclava from Patiserie Nicolas.
Cafe Alegrito does a lovely Mezes with your ouzo - cucumber and smoked sausage on this occasion.
We then walked up the Kali and home before getting changed and heading to Yiannis before Zoe's for dinner thus completing the trio as there is no sign of life at The Windmills as yet.
To start in Zoe's we had the feta stuffed peppers and dolmades with tzatziki. Both excellent. We followed this with Mousaka and Saganaki Prawns. Four large prawns in a beautiful sauce of tomato, feta, onion and ouzo. The prawns are straight from the BBQ and after stripping them from their shells are as sweet and meaty as one could wish for.
After complimentary apple and cinnamon sponge and small carafe of retsina we caught up on all the news before heading home to bed with the "promise" of a possibility of rain the next day :o
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Re: May Mythos & Mezes

Postby silverfox » 14 May 2016, 19:15

mmm prawn Saganaki :)

We have a great recipe if anyone is interested.

It still tastes better on Symi though! :)
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