After a busy August, the Friendly Veg is embarking on a much needed vacation for two weeks... to Greece! Before I started dating my Greek-American honey, I had the ill-conceived notion that I might only get by with Greek salad and tzatziki... probably stemming from the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where Toula's aunt gasps at John Corbett's character, "Vegetarian?? Okay, I make you lamb!" Coming from an Italian family, I already knew it could be tough for some people to understand what I will not eat and the reasons for it.
However, after a culinary revelation at the authentic Taverna Kyclades in Astoria (if you've never been, you're missing out on the best Greek food in New York!), I can't imagine my diet before eating yigades (giant beans in a tomato based sauce), zucchini balls, fried kolokithia and melanzani (zucchini and eggplant), black eyed peas & spinach, and horta (dandelion greens). Well-rounded, vitamin-packed, and mostly vegan, the Greek palate has definitely become one of my favorite cuisines.
And now, off to Greece, and here's to hoping I'll have lots of vegetarian tid-bits to report back on! See you in two weeks readers!