New year, old habits

My first post for 2018 is all about how I spent the last days of 2017. Exactly the same way I’ve been spending it the last few years, in the same house in Ano Doliana in Arcadia, with the same company doing exactly the same things. Things such as eating lots of amazing food, playing cards for hours and when in need of a break, we go for long walks in the nearby chestnut forest. Unfortunately there was no snow this year, check last year’s post though. Having a routine in your vacation is so comforting and clearly I don’t want to change this recipe at all. But I did change one recipe this year and that’s the season’s cocktail. Last year it was all about Grey Goose Le Fizz, this year it is all about Espresso Martinis. The recipe is quite simple, all you need is 45ml Grey Goose Vodka, 25ml espresso, 15ml coffee liqueur, a pinch of fleur de sel, lots of ice and (VERY) good shaking skills. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with grated chocolate or a few coffee beans. This was the perfect accompaniment to our long card sessions, perfect both before or after dinner. Try it out, if you like coffee you will love it!

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August in Chios

Chios has been one of those islands that I have always wanted to visit but never made any actual plans. Until this summer, where everything just fell into place and I visited this beautiful place in the north aegean, under the best of circumstances. Although it’s a relatively big island and five days are not enough to see everything, I had a perfectly designed itinerary from one of my friends, so I got to see literally nothing but the best! I would definitely recommend Chios as a vacation destination, beaches are many and some of them are absolutely stunning, food is great and there are many interesting villages, museums and sights to be seen. Check out some of the photos I took in these five days on the island!

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The Le Logis experience

Last week I was invited by Grey Goose to their 17th century chateau, located at a tiny village named Juillac-le-Coq, a 20 minute drive from Cognac, right in the heart of the French wine land. The amazing chateau can be visited on an invitation only basis. Once arrived we were greeted by our amazing hostsess Nadia Melot, who literally manages the entire home to the finest detail. From there on we had excellent food and well, lots of the world’s best vodka! The visit included an induction to the history of the brand by the man himself,  Francois Thibault, a mixology lesson and a fun bread-making class led by Nadia.  Our rooms were very cozy, just like the rest of the communal spaces like Le Salon and the breakfast area in the kitchen. Below are some photos and a short video just to get a glimpse of what these two amazing days in Le Logis were like!

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Flying beyond 2016

I was more than intrigued when I received my invitation for Christina’s New Year’s Eve party. To me, and to many others I’m sure, the holiday season stopped being fun when my childhood ended. Instead of a time off school, with endless presents, lots of favorite foods and games in the snow with my cousins, it had become a tightly scheduled period, with endless obligations and days of hectic work. Of course, I have to admit there are a few nights that are destined for fun, and Christina’s reception was one of those…Christina is a great cook, with her own catering service, renowned for her amazing parties, always with the best music, the tastiest finger food and the most eclectic cocktails. On the night of the event I had a friendly couple over for some cocktails to warm us up…

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