Posts Tagged ‘Athens’

Nuts and dried fruits Athens Central Market

December 3, 2020

The place for nuts and dried fruits in Athens the stalls outside Athens Central Market.

Spoilt for choice, not only between the different stalls, but also between different grades or different origins. 

Nuts, dried fruits, chocolate coasted, yoghurt coated.

Quality is vastly superior to anything found in England. 

Nearby Mokka for excellent coffee.

Walk along Koile Valley

December 3, 2020

One of my favourite walks in Athens is along the Koile Valley.

From the pine woodlands at the foot of Hill of the Muses, past Church of Agios Demetrios Loubardiaris a valley opens up.

I follow a barely discernible path along he side of the valley, though more people must now walk this path as easier to follow.

I walked along the Koile Valley three weeks ago Wednesday, Athens in lockdown. A cold day, cold north east wind blowing, but sheltered from the wind in the valley.

I walked a little way into the pine woodland on the lower slopes of Hill of the Muses. Too windy to climb to the top.

One of my favourite walks in Athens, follow the footpath that runs along the side of the Koine Valley, then back the other side. Once an ancient route from Athens to the sea.

Along the valley can be observed the foundations cut into the rock of ancient dwellings, along the bottom of the valley cut into the rock an ancient water channel.

Athens can be teeming with people, always peace and quiet along the Kolne Valley, not a soul to be seen. Not today, more people than I am seeing in usually busy parts of Athens. I can only assume, in lockdown, taking a walk for exercise.

Usually I encounter wild tortoises but sadly not today.

Sticky Rice n friends revisited

December 2, 2020

Three weeks ago Tuesday lunch from Sticky Rice n friends .

I had visited Sticky Rice n friends a couple of days before and had lunch, enjoyed, decided to try again. Athens was in lockdown, very little open.

Lunch from Sticky Rice n friends, Filipino street food.

Grumpy Greek not around. Young Filipino guy who I had not noticed before very helpful, together with Filipino chef discussed what to have. Deep fried chicken in batter with stir fried rice and vegetables.

I walked to a little square outside Thissio Metro Station. Very warm in the sun.

My lunch tasty and generous portion size. Stir frying the rice with the vegetables made a big difference to the taste.

I had made myself lunch, cheese and bread. I gave to a guy on a park bench, maybe homeless. He thanked me.

Backtracked to The Underdog for a takeaway coffee.

Later, I looked in Sticky Rice n friends, thanked for my excellent lunch.

Μ Ν ΣΑΚ ΚΟΥ ΛΑΚ

December 1, 2020

Walking from Kolonaki Plaza to Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies via a route I have not walked before I pass by an interesting coffee shop, Μ Ν ΣΑΚ ΚΟΥ ΛΑΚ, state of the art equipment, coffee shop for the bookshop of a publisher.

Horrendous location, busy polluted main road, or would be but for lockdown.

The coffee served Redd. I do not stop a coffee as earlier I had had a cold brew from Redd.

Carpo

December 1, 2020

Three weeks ago Monday, Athens lockdown day three.

After picking up a cold brew coffee from Redd, passing through Kolonaki Plaza, I take a different route on existing the square, not the route I usually take which would have taken me past taresso.

I happen upon Carpo, a similar concept to Cashew, a coffee shop, dried fruit, nuts, honey, chocolate, but not as trendy boutique look as Cashew, but otherwise the same.

Coffee beans in a chute not a good idea. Beans will oxidise and roast date not known.  With spolt for choice speciality coffee coffee taht often are aslo roastereis buy benas from coffee shops.

Takeaway coffee The Underdog

November 30, 2020

Athens Sunday three weeks ago, Athens in second day of lockdown.

Walked around The Acropolis to Thissio, then to Sticky Rice n friends Filipino street food for a bowl of lunch, deep fried chicken, stir fried vegetables and steamed rice which I ate in the little square overlooking Thissio Metro Station.

Then back tracked to The Underdog.

Usually on a Sunday, many people about, stalls, but now second day of lockdown, few people on the streets though more than Saturday, first day of lockdown.

The Underdog is usually ram packed on a Sunday horrendous noise, today me and the barista.

My cappuccino an improvement on Saturday, but that was my fault, I allowed it to cool down.

Peristeri evening before lockdown

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs.

Tuesday bars, restaurants and coffee shops closed. Midnight night time curfew. Friday last day of freedom before lockdown on Saturday.

Plaka deserted, Peristeri by contrast full of life. People on the street, everywhere open, the restaurants open, though serving takeaway only.

A long orderly queue, social distancing for a bookshop. If England, it would have been for consumer crap.

Had I advised people where to go, with restaurants closed in Plaka, I would have said hop on the Metro and spend the evening in Peristeri, except with lockdown, would not have bene possible, as only able to go out for local exercise.

Places to visit, Cashew, Mind the Cup, Manor House.

Takeaway coffee Mind the Cup

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs. Last day of freedom, Saturday lockdown and would not be possible a trip on the Metro as only permitted exercise locally.

After a trip out to Eat Me and Kudu, passed back through Syntagma and headed out to Peristeri.

Peristeri full of life, an orderly queue for a book shops, contrast with Plaka deserted.

I look in Cashew which I had not seen before, coffee shop with nuts and druid fruit, I headed to Mind the Cup.

To Mind the Cup, a takeaway coffee and a bag of coffee.

As with The Underdog last year and now Kudu, Mind the Cup also coffee in Nespresso capsules.

Kudu revisited

November 28, 2020

The day before lockdown Friday three weeks ago, a cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this would be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

A trip to Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Returning on the 418 bust, as I approached the Metro station I knew where I was, hop off the bus and whilst in the locality, pay a visit to Kudu which I had visited last year.

Kudu was surprisingly very busy for a coffee shop in lockdown, takeaway only.

Have a takeaway coffee and a bite to eat.

New Synesso espresso machine. They have bought two for lockdown. They expect to be busy.

The shelves were almost bare, restocked whilst I was there. But why bring boxes of coffee in large cardboard boxes, to then throw away, why not reuse the boxes? Why bring coffee in bags, why not in large reusable food grade plastic boxes for coffee brewed in the coffee shop?

Coffee on the shelves has meaningless best by, even worse a date that is two years hence. Best by is meaningless for coffee. Only meaningful date is the roast date.

Last year, The Underdog coffee in Nespresso capsules. Kudu doing the same.

Why stock tea pigs? Not quality tea.

Eat Me Cholargos

November 28, 2020

The day before lockdown Friday three weeks ago, a cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this will be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

First Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Cannot get on where driver is sat, have to get on at exit. No idea how to pay. Some have a card, others simply walk on.

Eat Me a typical bakery serving coffee, no ambience. I did not like. A bakery cum, coffee shop. The coffee though good, as was my cake.

Coffee sourced from Dimello.

Not somewhere I would go out of my way to, but if lived or worked in the locality, then yes would pop in for a coffee.

Hop back on No 418 bus.


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