Greece is the Word – Day Twelve

Today is our second to last full day here in Greece.
I’ve not been able to find diet soft drinks (soda) here apart from Pepsi Max or Sugar Free Coke.
The same thing happened when we were in Japan although I did eventually find it in the odd store here and there.

Here in Greece, I’ve looked in many places and just can’t find it.

In Australia, and I imagine in Canada and America, there are huge selections of diet drinks. These countries also have the highest obesity rates.  Makes me wonder if there is any connection.

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Had to laugh at the name of this store (left).

Wasn’t sure if I was actually reading it correctly at first!

Speaking of walking, in Australia we drive on the left side of the road and consequently, when we walk down a footpath, we also keep left.
I keep wanting to keep left while walking here, but they’re used to keeping right. Everyone sub -consciously walks on the side they’re used to being on.

We drove to Kifisia. Such a pretty place and again, different to many of the other places we have been to in Greece. Kifisia is an upscale residential and shopping district with international designer boutiques, exclusive leather goods stores and art galleries. Imagine my surprise when I saw the store pictured above because that’s where that picture comes from.
There are pretty park lands in the area too.

Here are a few pictures I took as we walked along.


Not many pictures – I thought I took more.

We stopped for lunch and the place we went to didn’t have Greek Salad on the menu so we were forced to be adventurous which turned out to be a good thing because the salad I ate was so delicious with raisans and slices of orange in it. So good!!
We also got some pizza.

I can’t remember what the dish on the far right was called but it was mozzarella wrapped with eggplant and in that delicious tomato sauce. Again, soooo good!

9B790277-B321-465F-BA12-843803D2BCD3On the way back we passed by the Original Olympic stadium. The Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro is a multi-purpose stadium in Athens.

Hubby and I went to take a look and noticed so many people posing in front of it.

Some people were doing star jumps, others were doing John Travolta style dance poses.
It was fun to watch!

Of course, that meant I had to join in. Hubby and I tried to get some star jump pics in but I failed – I should really post the fail pictures because they were way funnier than these but I guess I still have some dignity left so I better work at keeping it.


And now for some other pics we took that don’t involve posing or star jump attempts.


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I lied, there was a bit of posing involved.

Oh and we noticed you could see the Acropolis from here too if you looked hard enough!

I like how the traffic sign here tells you how long you have to wait until you get a green walk signal.

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And a few more pics from the surrounding area…


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Had to laugh at this – I don’t think it was a typo, it probably means something but it was still funny to me.

Hubby asked if that’s the type of wine I like to drink…

Tonight for dinner we were back in that Plaka area – The same area that we caught the subway from where hubby’s wallet was pick-pocketed. I noticed there were quite a few people wearing their bags and back packs in front of them so I did the same even though I felt silly doing it.
By the way, Pláka is an old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, it incorporates labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture

Our company chose a fantastic restaurant where two guys were providing some great Greek entertainment.

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I did take a video later on in the evening when a couple of the diners… or one may have been a server, got up to do some Greek dancing! I took my phone out to video it and then looked around and there was at least one person from every table recording it!

Tomorrow is our last full day here and then a surprise awaits…. Stay tuned.

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Two Bit Villains

Today on the Dining Diaries…

We find that “meat” is a menu item
We discover homemade sodas in any flavour that you can imagine and
We learn that drinks taste better when served in mason jars.

Diners today I took a leap out of my comfort zone and dined at Two Bit Villains. For those who aren’t familiar with this funky little place in Adelaide Arcade, Two Bit Villains is a vegetarian restaurant.

It’s definitely popular with the younger crowd! In our last review, the team brought the average age of diners down but today, I definitely raised the average age of diners. The staff were super friendly despite my age and showed us to a table. It was choka block full!!! We were lucky to get a seat and this was at 1.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

Looking around, it kind of has a pacific island paradise feel… from the fifties. The walls are covered with bamboo and there are plants, retro furniture and miss matched chairs throughout. It was really a groovy place and I was really excited to taste the food here!

The menu was a little daunting for a vegetarian novice like me. I don’t know that I’ve ever been anywhere that is exclusively vegetarian before. I had to wonder why they have to make everything sound “meaty”. Why can’t things just be what they are? They had “meat” repeated on the menu a few times. I get that they’re probably trying to appeal to meat eaters but I think their food is good enough to stand on it’s own and not pretend to be something it’s not.

FullSizeRender (81)I loved their drinks menu!

Such interesting choices including a whole range of different home made soda flavours.

We chose the apple pie soda and it was just so delicious!

Unfortunately this one I photographed wasn’t served in a mason jar but I’m almost positive it would have tasted even better if it had been.

I ended up going for the Smokin’ Sweet Potato Pot Pie. Creamy sweet potato mash on top of a rich flavoursome slow cooked tomato, quinoa and vegetable casserole.
My accomplice chose the El Bandido Burger. A bitey black-bean and quinoa patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese and a swirl of our special chipotle mayonnaise and vegan cheese.
When I placed the order I was asked if I wanted vegan or gluten free options. Big tick there!! Even though my answer was no, I love that the diner has the option.

The menu stated that the Potato Pot Pie would be at least fifteen minutes to allow for baking. I love that they give you that notice! It didn’t really seem that long when it came out but it looked really hearty and delicious. I took a couple of photos so you can see what it looked like when it came out to me, and what the inside was like after I’d had a few bites.

This dish was really hearty and a wonderful Winter dish. I really loved the taste of the creamy mash and the textures of the different vegetables underneath it. Although the serve looked a little small when it was first brought to the table, it really was a generous dish and I felt quite full after it.

The burger was equally delicious
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In fact, I had a bit of diners envy after I had a taste because it was  more than I would have expected. I loved the sesame seeds on top of the bun which had been lightly toasted for a nice crunch. There was a slight taste of chili – just enough to wow your mouth and complimented the wonderfully flavoured bean patty.

This dish really exceeded my expectations and if I find myself here again, this is going to be my first choice!

We both had a serve of those shoe string fries on the side and I’ll mention them because they were crisp and seasoned really well too. Honestly, there really wasn’t much I could fault about this place and looking at the amount of people in here, most people must think the same! It certainly has a “buzz” about it and is definitely worth the visit!

Have you been to Two Bit Villains?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!!

Till next we chow…