Food has been the centerpiece of this trip thus far. I’ve shopped for the freshest ingredients in the food market, explored the numerous herbs and spices in an organic garden, and taken a cooking class taught by a professional chef atop a rooftop in the city of Athens.
Contrasting the multiple components of the Mediterranean lifestyle from that of our own, I’ve realized the great difference in their eating habits. It is not only the type of food they eat but how they eat it.
Back in the states, we tend to order our food, work up a large appetite, and then inhale a large portion in a short amount of time. Here, on the other hand, its common to receive different courses of the food in smaller portions (much like appetizers) throughout the entirety of the meal. Food comes in waves and people tend to share, communicate, and be more focused on each other than a large portion put in front of them all at once. With all this in mind, meals end up lasting hours long. By the time you finish lunch, there is not much time before you start entertaining the idea of searching for a place for dinner. And when walking the streets after midnight, the tables outside restaurants are still filled with locals finishing up their dinners! I can only imagine if one was cooking all meals a day that the day would consist of preparing and eating meals in a seemingly never ending cycle. Doesn’t sound to bad.