Pola’s Summer Salad

July 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

To celebrate the beginning of the summer, my friend threw a party and served this amazing summer salad. When I asked her how she made it, she said that she basically threw together some ingredients that were in her fridge. The salad was very fresh and juicy and like a fusion of a greek and fruit salad. It is one of the best salads that I’ve had in a long time and I will be definitely taking this to my next bbq.

watermelon cut into 3/4 – 1 inch pieces
strawberries cut in half
cucumbers cut in quarters lengthwise and into 1 -1 1/4 inch pieces
red pepper cut into long thin strips
cooked quinoa
crumbled feta
sliced almonds
dried cranberries
roughly chopped dill
roughly chopped mint
olive oil
balsamic vinegar

Combine the ingredients in a big bowl, toss and serve.


Food adventure at Greek Days

June 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

Last weekend I went to the annual Greek Days celebration on West Broadway in Vancouver. I mark the yearly event on my calendar and save my appetite for the delicious goodies that are for sale. As the years have gone by, there has been a huge increase in vegetarian options available. Last year, I tried the veggie gyros which was a disappointment so I decided to start my culinary pilgrimage at the Malaysian restaurant, the Banana Leaf. The had two vegetarian options: the roti canai ($2.75) and vegetable spring rolls ($2.75/2 pieces), so I bought both. They  were both delicious though a little hard to eat while standing up.

The next item on my agenda was dessert and specifically, the greek donuts loukoumades ($4).

These golf ball sized pastries are made fresh and fried right on the side of the street. When they turn golden brown in colour, they are placed into a colander to allow the excess oil to drain.

Next, they are gently rolled and bobbed in a sweet sugar syrup.

When you order your donuts, they are scooped into a container and sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds. Each bite of the donut was heaven. The donut was not too doughy nor too sweet and the sesame seeds added a nice savoury touch.

After I ate my donuts, I was quite full and continued on my journey. I tried a greek salad, ate some olives and drooled over another person’s greek fries. By the time I left, I was so full and surprised at all the number of veggie options that were available this year. Overall it was a great food adventure and next year I will go with a couple of companions so that I can try all the veggie items.

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