My Big Fat Greek Christmas List

So we are now into December and soon the mad Christmas-present-buying rush will descend upon us. If you need ideas for what to buy Yiayia / Papou / Auntie Maria / Uncle Stavros / the In-Laws / Cousin Alexi / the local Priest, then perhaps my list of specially chosen Christmas goodies will inspire you.…

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The Perils of Cooking for a Greek Man

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well this is particularly true if your man is Greek. To most Greek men, a woman’s place is in the kitchen and that is where she should stay.

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If Greek Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On

From the catchy laïko-pop tunes of Anna Vissi (Everything I Am), to the electronic harmonies of Vangelis (Chariots of Fire), I have been exposed to all kinds of Greek music since the womb.

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Move over Demis Roussos, here’s Dimitrios Botzios!

In my post My Big Fat Greek Family Part 1: The Baba I explained how my father recorded several Greek and English song tracks in his heyday, when he was being touted as the next Demis Roussos (the thinner version). An accomplished and talented singer and guitarist, he once was…

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100th post! – Important Facts about Greek Men

Let’s smash some plates and break out the ouzo – I have now reached my 100th post! Seeing as my 50th post was a lecture on how to make a Greek man happy, I thought I would continue the theme and enlighten you all with some important facts about Greek men in…

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It’s all Greek to Me!

If you get involved with a Greek man/woman, it would be wise for you to learn the basics of the language. This is so that you can understand what the potential in-laws / siblings / cousins / neighbours / family grocer may be saying about you.

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My Big Fat Greek Family Part 3: The Others

By “others” I don’t mean Nicole Kidman and her family of ghosts, I mean of course the rest of my own family who have been instrumental in my mad upbringing. These include my siblings, my Greek grandparents and my non-Greek but not-really-English grandparents.

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My Big Fat Greek Family Part 2: The Mama

Who must know the way to make a proper home, A quiet home, a Grecian home? Who must raise the family and run the home, So Baba’s free to eat and play Tavli? The Mama! The Mama! Tradition! If you hadn’t guessed those were the lyrics (albeit slightlly altered) to the song…

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My Big Fat Greek Family Part 1: The Baba

Many of my Greek posts have been littered with stories of my mad, moussaka-eating, lamb-roasting, all singing, all dancing, Greek family. Seeing as the majority of the time I delight in taking the mickey out of them, it seems only fair to tell their side of the story. This week…

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The Greek Film Industry

In these dark times of austerity, recession and suffocating taxes, the Greek film industry continues to push forward with new cinematic ideas and movie successes. This week, tickets go on sale for the low budget indie movie Papadopoulos and Sons. Directed by Marcus Markou, the film tells the story of…

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50th Post! – Fifty ways to make a Greek man happy (Rated U)

Well I have finally managed to get to my 50th post since starting my blog way back in 2012. OPA! In celebration I have decided to educate you all in how to make/keep a Greek man happy in fifty ways. Some of you may not want to make your Greek man…

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Hell hath no fury like a Greek man scorned!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mediterranean men (and women) have a fiery temper. By “fiery” I mean of course, completely irrational and unreasonable.

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I’m dreaming of a Greek Christmas…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, except Yiayia in her white blouse; The moussaka was cooking, the lamb had been stewed, For only the Greeks could serve up such delicious food! *

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Greek DIY

Seeing as the Greeks invented everything, they should be brilliant at DIY. Right? WRONG. A Greek man’s definition of DIY is “Do It next Year”. Or never at all.

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Lost in Greek Translation

As is expected when someone speaks a language that is not in their mother tongue, a few words are often pronounced incorrectly. Most of the time this does not create a problem, but now and again this can cause HUGE embarrassment. Mostly for those of us on the receiving end.

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Running on Greek Time

A lot of Mediterranean countries are renowned for their seemingly laid back atmosphere and easy-going lifestyle. What people don’t seem to realise is that whilst a slower pace of life may seem idyllic, a life that completely slows down to the rate of a snail’s pace is just damn annoying! The…

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (in Cyprus)

In exactly one month’s time I will be walking the Green Mile…er I mean…down the aisle. Yes people. I am getting married!

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