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Afghan Watan revisit

November 24, 2022

Victoria Square, do I eat Afghan Watan or seafood restaurant?

First I looked for the seafood restaurant. It was where I expected to find. I asked were they closed on a Monday? The reason they were closed, no fresh fish.

Today no sea bream, therefore to Afghan restaurant.

Greeted by Afghan waitress. A few days before shy. She later came to to tell me she was pleased I had returned.

Food on display not the same as befire. I asked did it change daily. Yes.
Asked what I wanted. I requested they  told me what everything was then I would choose. 

Food long time coming. I was disappointed. It was not as good as my first visit.

Third Place

November 24, 2022

Always difficult to find.

Looking for Warehouse CO2 I walk past.

I look in. Barista rude. I walk out.

The Underdog

November 24, 2022

After a walk along the Koile Valley I looked in The Underdog.

I wasn’t going to stop but stayed and had a cappuccino.

Koile Valley

November 24, 2022

Les Pepellones

November 23, 2022

For some perverse reason I thought I had to trek half way to the airport, then catch a bus. Wrong. One stop.

I went on a detour, then to Les Pepellones.

Too late for the bus, I was with a friend who whilst at Kudu had booked theater for seven.

We risked life and limb, crossed the road and hailed a taxi. 

Time to throw back an espresso, then leave.

But we both bought a bag of coffee.

Barista was surprised and pleased to see me. A former Greek champion barista.

The coffee shop a project of Create Athens, coffee roasted by a Greek World Champion barista.

Then flag down a taxi.

I would have liked to have stayed longer, but sadly no time.

Heavy rain

November 23, 2022

Heavy rain overnight, I got in early hours minutes before a torrential downpours, torrential rain during breakfast, rain forecast all day, black clouds swirling around the mountains, rain forecast all day, a cool day, a day for the Metro.

A day to visit

Lunch and a coffee at Makrigianni 3. I foolishly forgot to double check where I was going before descending into the Metro. For some reason I thought I had to travel half way to the Airport. Wrong. Only one stop. I could not check, until could ascend, and did not wish to leave the Metro as would have to osyvagsin and did not know how many trips I had left in my ticket.

A change of plan. Visit Kudu,

Head back on the Metro, twenty minutes walk from the Metro Station. Torrential rain when we arrived.

A cappuccino. Three boxes of capsules, an espresso cups (I regret not two) then back to Metro and on to …

Makrigianni 3 lunch and cappuccino

November 23, 2022

Located outside Acropoli Metro, Makrigianni 3 ideally situated for lunch and a coffee.


November 22, 2022

The previous day I had been recommended Kolor by Christos Loukatis, a former Greek world champion barista.

A cappuccino at Mokka I decided to try nearby Kolor.

The first thing I noted, Kolor busy, Taf empty.

The second thing I noticed, wonderful aroma from their espresso blend and the minimal information on the packaging.

The information too minimal.

Minimum requirement

– roast date

– variety
– processing
– origin

– alitutude

A discussion a few years ago with Stephen Leighton, founder and owner of Has Bean. How much information on a bag of coffee? Too much and it it will turn people off . My suggestion, add a qr code for more information.

A long chat with the owner of Kolor. He declined to serve me a coffee, he asked that I return the next day and he will have something special.

.. to be continued …

Foyer espresso bar cappuccino

November 22, 2022

Foyer espresso bar not far from Kolor. I decide to pay a visit.

I am disappointed to learn the excellent dried  fruit  and nut  shop, sister shop, has closed, redevelopment  A big loss.

My caoouccino a mistake. I should have ordered an espresso.

Foyer espresso, guest coffee from across Europe.

Used to stock Standart, but now only back copies. Crass stupidity of Standart. A few years back thetvset tii high minimum order, which meant few places will ing tivstick. Nowvthet have stabbed all reserkjers in the back and can Illy Ider inlunevdurext.

Foyer stocks other magazines including Kennedy (but sold out).

Onl leaving Foyer I pass by … Has it closed? I notice tables and chairs in the alley outside (new). Maybe it has not closed. I will have to visit during daytime. I hope it is still open. It was an excellent coffee shop.

I then pass by    … They used to have Kennedy. Easch time I pass by, they have exosbed. Not good for coffee, excellent soup.

Down the rabbit hole

November 22, 2022

A derelict building, fruit and vegetable market, Athens Central Market.

Last year, or maybe the year before, I had notified people emerging out a hilecfrom beneath the building.

I could glimpse barrels, large barrels. Around the corner, a wooden table.

I decided, down the rabbit hole, nothing ventured nothing gained.

Steep marble steps, very steep, led down into a cellar, stone flags on the floor.

A man dressed like an old fashioned waiter in an ancient French film, with large pots cooking, asked if he could help me. At least I thought that was what he asked me, as he only spoke Greek.

He lifted the lids, one bean soup, the other chick pea soup.

I asked could I have a bowl, half of each.

I sat at a rough wooden table. A white paper table cloth spread on the table. Two chunks of rough bread and two bowls of soup were brought to the table.

The soup tasty, but not very hot.

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