Κυρία Eleni’s restaurant

There are two tavernas in Triandaros village, within walking distance of our house.

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We were told we had to visit the one, “Eleni’s Restaurant” – I don’t know the actual name (can’t quite read the sign yet), but our hostesses always refer to it as Eleni’s Restaurant.

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There are tons of brightly colored flowers all around the outside dining area where we sat.

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We asked her to make something for me, nastisima, which means Lenten. The meal consisted of village bread, boiled greens and steamed squash,

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wonderful, fresh beats,

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a glass or two of Mythos beer,

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french fries that were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but not greasy at all – and they barely needed any salt! And NO KETCHUP. I *love* ketchup, but not on these (not that Eleni even has ketchup, anyway).

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Traditional spoon sweet, preserved orange peel in syrup. We’ve had this twice so far, and I think I’ll have to try making it this summer.

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This lemon tree next to the outdoor seating is a good indication of the freshness of all the food in the restaurant. Eleni and her husband grow most (or all?) of the produce themselves.

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Eleni stood outside at the table next to ours and removed the oregano from the stems while we ate. Not only is the oregano used for cooking, it’s also crushed and placed in the flower pots around the restaurant, making everything smell even more wonderful. We hope we can make it back again before we leave.

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