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Stop looking for the pill which substitutes for the Cretan diet.

There is no such thing.

‘’Serge Renaud, 1998’’

 

Crete Island is famous for its tasty and absolutely healthy cuisine. Cretan diet is a representative example of the well known Mediterranean diet and has a long tradition. Cretans include in their diet agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, grasses, legumes, horticultural and bread. This diet is the secret of their health. The olive oil is a basic ingredient of Cretan cuisine, which protects the heart and all vital body organs. You should try the local wine, from the enormous Cretan vineyards, as well as the local raki (tsikoudia), both of which supplement Cretan dinner very well. You can also find spicy cheese and the Cretan rusks of high quality, superior taste and great nutritional value. Meat has a small part in Cretan diet, fish and fish soups however are present more in the Cretan meal. Finally, great elements of the Cretan diet are the sweets, made by local honey, which is produced in an absolutely natural way. Indicatively in the prefecture of Chania, but also in entire Crete, you can try the delicacies presented below:

 

Chochlius: snails that are cooked in a lot of ways, either boiled in salt water with onions and tomato sauce and are titbits for raki, or fried in olive oil, with vinegar and rosemary.

Kakkavia: is the tastiest fish soup that you have ever tried! It includes fish (every fish you can imagine), a lot of lemon, olive oil, potatoes and onions for unique perfume.

Ahinosalata (echinus salad): even if it is an expensive titbit in order to accompany a glass of raki, it is worth trying.

Dakos: it is a snack made by barley bread, soaked in water and vinegar, which is accompanied with small pieces of tomato, garlic and onion, and feta cheese.

Apaki: smoked meat, usually lamb.

Ofto: meat cooked in earthen utensil and fried non pilled potatoes. Staka: dairy product, a kind of butter, custard from fresh milk that is used in many dishes.

Gamopilafo: it is the most famous Cretan dish, a kind of risotto, cooked with sauce from meat and staka.

Cheeses: mizithra, anthotyro, Cretan gruyere.

Kaltsounia: sweet snack with Cretan honey of exceptional quality.

Bougatsa: special sweet. It is a kind of pie, such as the cheese pie, that includes custard cheese and sugar.

Hotel Axos

Maxis Kritis 167, Platanes

Rethymno, Crete, Greece 

Zip: 74100

Tel: +30 2831054472

Mob: +30 6974771078

Fax: +30 2831023513

Email: info@axos-hotel.gr

 

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