Stala, a drop of beer

In the small space of the brewery three young people, Zoe, Thanassis and Alexandros, are producing three fresh, unpasteurized and double fermented Ales: Pale Ale, Strong Ale and ROUSA the Irish red Ale.

A visit to Epirus Brewery, an artisan beer brewery in Rodotopi village close to Ioannina city and less than 25′ from Zagori. The name of the company is “Stala”, meaning “a drop”, but what a drop! In the small space of the brewery three…

Basiles Ketas Winery in Lampsista

Basiles Ketas Winery in Lampsista

Certified Biological wines from Zitsa area A visit to the winery of Basiles Ketas in Lampsista, 15′ away from central Zagori, right after the harvesting of the wine grapes from his vineyards in Zitsa. Stay posted, more about this winery soon!

Traditional Café in Elafotopos, Zagori – “ΚΑΦΕΝΕΙΟΝ ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΙΣ”

Traditional Café in Elafotopos, Zagori - "Καφενείον Συνάντησις"

A really small traditional Café, or else kafeneion as cafes are called in Greece, that had been eluding my radar for quite a while, that has little to offer in terms of goods but a lot in terms of “experience”. Greek coffee, tsipouro, boiled cauliflower…

Honey processing by the beehouse in Tsepelovo

Honey processing by the beehouse in Tsepelovo, Zagori

Today we, the whole family that is, had an enlightening visit to the Beehouse in Tsepelovo village where Moses explained to us all steps involved in honey processing. The following pictures describe each step that the bee keeper follows in order to process the honey…

Recipe for traditional Greek sourdough bread

Recipe for traditional Greek sourdough bread

A well “fermented” recipe by Marina S. (To read the recipe in Greek click here) The sourdough starter Ingredients 1 cup flour ¾ of a cup bottled water (tap water contains chlorine which kills the fungus) Some olive oil for preservation in the refrigerator Process time…

Trachana { Frumenty }

Traditional Trachana { Frumenty }, Zagori, Ioannina, Greece

Trahana is part of the culinary scene in the hoseholds of the Zagori region. It is a centurie’s old traditional food made every year by the women of the Zagori but also of Greece in general. Nowadays it can be readily found in the supermarkets…

Vine harvesting in Zitsa, Ioannina

Vine harvesting in Zitsa, Ioannina

Only 35′ away from Central Zagori is the wine zone of Zitsa where it is almost vine harvesting time and the area has a couple of very interesting Vineyards: Domain Glinavos & Zoinos Winery. They are both open to visitors but please call them for…

Allium ursinum or wild garlic

Allium ursinum, also known as wild garlic or bear leek, is a wild relative of chives and is native to Zagori. The Latin name is due to the brown bear's taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them; they are also a favourite of wild boar

Wild garlic also known as ramsons or bear leek, is a wild relative of chives and is native to Zagori. The Latin name is due to the brown bear’s taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them;…

Artisan cheese making in Anemi guesthouse, Zagori, Greece

Artisan cheese making in Anemi guesthouse, Zagori, Greece

On Sunday April 5th, the Agrotouristic Guesthouse Anemi in Kato Pedina Zagori, organized an artisan cheese making happening in their restaurant – jazz café. The cheese making techniques were presented by the skilled chef and amateur cheese maker Basilis Paparounas with a long tradition in…

Kafeneio Mesochori at the square

"Kafeneio" or "Vaggelio", as we call it around here, is a very cute cafe - tavern at the square (πλατεία in Greek) in Kato Pedina village that has established itself through the years as the local hangout in Central Zagori

“Kafeneio Mesochori” or “Vaggelio” as we call it around here, is a very cute cafe – tavern at the square (“πλατεία” in Greek) in Kato Pedina village that has established itself through the years as the local hangout in Central Zagori. Rain or shine,…