#TBT – Our Meal at Avocado Restaurant in Santorini, Greece

Last summer, I was lucky enough to visit Greece with my family. It was the most amazing trip and my personal favorite stop along the journey was Santorini, with Mykonos as a close second! The island was right out of a movie with everything in the classic blue and white color scheme.

Looking out over Santorini
Looking out over Santorini at the classic blue and white architecture

We went wine tasting, hung out at the pool with its dramatic views, went shopping, and ate AMAZING food. There was endless fresh seafood and the classic Greek preparations were delicious.

Avocado Restaurant in particular was one of the best meals we had on the trip. We ended up there one night on a whim as it was right down the street from our hotel. That particular night the wind was unreal and made us unwilling to travel very far for food. Luckily this place was nearby! The food was amazing, as you can see from the picture below and the people there were so incredibly nice and accomodating. They even seated us at a table in the back in order to shade us more from the crazy wind outside.

Our incredible food. Grilled Octopus, Stuffed Calamari, and fresh Catch of the Day!
Our incredible food. Grilled Octopus, Stuffed Calamari, and fresh Catch of the Day!

This was the best octopus I had on the trip – and we ate it almost at every meal! It was extremely fresh and tender delicately prepared with lemon and olive oil – my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Another one of my favorites was the stuffed calamari. It had a delish cheese mixture inside that paired perfectly with the fresh calamari and lemon. Lastly, my dad ordered the catch of the day, an extremely fresh fish cooked with olive oil and lemon. As you can imagine the olive oil in Greece is top notch, and the simplicity and freshness of the seasonings really allowed the seafood to shine.

I can’t wait to go back to Greece, especially Santorini and eat here again!

Dreaming of this hot tub as I sit in my over air conditioned cubicle :(
Dreaming of this hot tub as I sit in my over air conditioned cubicle 😦

xxoo Melissa

Breakfast of Champions – Spanakopita Inspired Scramble

My sister recently had a couple friends over for a little Greek BBQ. On our trip to Greece last year we took a cooking class with Eleni (see link at the end of the post for some of her other recipes) and have been pretty much obsessed with the food since. Anyways, we made spinach pies (or Spanakopita) and we ended up with a LOT of left over filling. Rather than wasting it all, we decided to freeze it and the next morning I used some for this delish scramble.

Finished Product: Spanakopita scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and wheat toast
Finished Product: Spanakopita scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and wheat toast

First – Spanakopita Filling:

To Make the spinach filling you will need (this can be scaled down to make a smaller batch):

2 lbs of fresh spinach
2 large leeks
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cups olive oil.
1/2 cup cut up fresh dill
1/2 pound Greek feta cheese
4 eggs lightly beaten eggs

1) Chop the spinach, leeks, green onions and dill

2) Put the spinach, leeks,  green onions, and dill in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, and begin to “knead” the mixture until all the spinach has been broken down and is wilted.

3) Add the feta cheese and lightly beaten eggs. Mix everything together to create a uniform filling. Put the mixture aside.

4) Heat up a skillet and place the spinach mixture in the pan to begin sauteing everything.

Spinach mixture as we begin to saute
Spinach mixture as we begin to saute

Second – Adding Eggs and Tomato:

5) If you like, add a couple of small cut up cherry tomatoes (you can also dice a normal tomato)

6) Add your beaten eggs to the pan and scramble as they cook. I used 2 beaten eggs.

Spinach mixture cooking in with the eggs and tomatoes.
Spinach mixture cooking in with the eggs and tomatoes.

7)  Continue fold the eggs until the spinach is mixed in and the eggs are completely cooked.

8) Place your cooked eggs on your plate and sprinkle with some additional feta cheese! For a little extra spice add your favorite hot sauce :).

9) Add any additional items you would like to complete the meal – for example, I used turkey bacon and a piece of wheat toast. You could also add a fresh fruit salad or homemade potato hash!

I love this recipe and think it is a unique way to use leftovers. You can easily replicate this with a variety of leftovers. Who doesn’t love a delicious egg scramble filled with flavor – feel free to get creative!

I hope you enjoyed the post and are inspired to try out some new food!

Finished Product! Leftover Spanakopita Scramble
Finished Product! Leftover Spanakopita Scramble

See some of Eleni’s other recepies here: http://www.cookwitheleni.com/index.htm

xxoo Melissa