A Meal to Remember in Thessaloniki

In 2012, I took a short visit to Thessaloniki to visit my college friend and her boyfriend. Over a long meal, we discussed how the perception of Greece in the west has become saturated with such rubbish about the economy, that visitors have all but stopped going.

I was left that evening with a profound desire to bring to light the intensity of the problems that arise from troubled regions of the world, particularly this gorgeous country. My hosts, on the other hand, were obsessed with giving me the full Greek hospitality experience.

This meal resulted. I don’t have many words, except to say that this was only half of dinner, and years later, it’s every bit as memorable as the conversation. If Greece is not on your travel radar, it should be. Riots are spot specific, and it’s the locals who suffer from the lack of tourism, not the international jet-setting crowd.

Dessert with a dash of cinnamon

Dessert with a dash of cinnamon

Minced meat with melted mozzarrella

Minced meat with melted mozzarrella

Onions stuffed with minced meat

Onions stuffed with minced meat

Meatballs in a tomato gravy

Meatballs in a tomato gravy

Sauteed cauliflower with broccoli and mushrooms on the side

Sauteed cauliflower with broccoli and mushrooms on the side

Lamb with tomatoes

Lamb with tomatoes

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