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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.


November 7, 2020

Cashew is an interesting concept, combine a coffee shop with a store selling loose nuts, dried fruits, honey, chocolate, peanut butter.

Shops selling loose dried goods common in Athens, in UK not so common and would be termed a zero waste store.

What is interesting Cashew, combine with a coffee shop and give it a more up market  trendy boutique look. Whether this is reflected in the prices charged I do not know. Nor how the quality compares with Central Market or Foyer.

I was greeted by the owner, a famous Greek actor or so he tried to impress upon me. He singularly failed to impress me with his lack of knowledge of chocolate. He thought Hotel Chocolat quality chocolate. Er, no, it is a chain, though with better quality than Cadbury’s.

The shop was quite busy. Whether due to only opened a few days ago or last day before lockdown I cannot say. At times too busy, lack of social distancing.

Not impressed by female staff removing her mask to shout across the store to another staff member.

The time taken to bag items too slow and not viable for a commercial operation.

Many of the products failed to list ingredients, not only illegal, could prove fatal to someone with allergies.

The coffee Cafeistas. I did not try as was on my way to Mind the Cup where coffee is excellent and only stumbled across Cashew en route.

I bought a slab of chocolate and a couple of other items. I wished I had bought more of the chocolate which I enjoyed eating, though not on a par with quality bean to bar craft chocolate

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