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    ZWT9 - My Big Greek Wedding

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    Mia in Germany
    Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:46 pm
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    Thank you Paula icon_smile.gif
    You have to go to Greece once, it is a beautiful country!
    Baby Kato
    Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:43 pm
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    Hi Paula wave.gif

    I will be recording this challenge for my teammates.

    I will come back with our wedding destination, once it has been chosen. thank you.
    PaulaG
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:15 am
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    Baby Kato wrote:


    Hi Paula wave.gif

    I will be recording this challenge for my teammates.

    I will come back with our wedding destination, once it has been chosen. thank you.


    I have you down. Thanks much
    Baby Kato
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:26 pm
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    Hi Paula, my teammate has selected Skopelos as the location for the wedding challenge....

    This island is not on your list, may we still go there, or do we need to pick a different destination.

    Thank you for your help in this regard .... icon_lol.gif
    PaulaG
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:48 pm
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    Never mind me. I am often computer challenged.


    Last edited by PaulaG on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:50 pm, edited 1 time in total
    PaulaG
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:49 pm
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    Baby Kato wrote:


    Hi Paula, my teammate has selected Skopelos as the location for the wedding challenge....

    This island is not on your list, may we still go there, or do we need to pick a different destination.

    Thank you for your help in this regard .... icon_lol.gif


    BK, I just checked. It is on the list and your team has it marked. icon_wink.gif
    Baby Kato
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:56 pm
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    PaulaG wrote:
    Baby Kato wrote:


    Hi Paula, my teammate has selected Skopelos as the location for the wedding challenge....

    This island is not on your list, may we still go there, or do we need to pick a different destination.

    Thank you for your help in this regard .... icon_lol.gif


    BK, I just checked. It is on the list and your team has it marked. icon_wink.gif


    Thank you my dear friend, much appreciated.... icon_biggrin.gif
    sheepdoc
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:27 pm
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    Sheepdoc for Mike and the Appliance Killers, Karpathos
    PaulaG
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:48 am
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    sheepdoc wrote:
    Sheepdoc for Mike and the Appliance Killers, Karpathos


    Your island anxiously awaits the event. icon_smile.gif
    Studentchef
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:54 am
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    [URL=http://s121.photobucket.com/user/drussell41/media/ZWT9/ZWT9banner.jpg.html[/URL]

    Here is the challenge for the Tasty testers.

    I have had the privilege of organizing a wedding on the island of Rhodes, which happens to be part of several islands that make up the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes is known for several things, including being called the sun island as well as the famous Colossus of Rhodes, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    Because of this me and my party of 100 people knew that Rhodes island has a lot of history and a lot of culture. But it is also known for their beaches and some of their medieval towns.

    We flew from Athens to Crete, where I rented a ferry to go from Crete to Rhodes. We could have flown directly from Athens, but I thought the ferry was a nice way of stretching our legs and for all of us to socialize.

    There are some awesome places to go, including the capital city of Rhodes city. In that city, people spread out to visit various places, including the Byzantine Museum and the Archeological Museum. Some people even went to visit the Valley of the Butterflies.

    Before the wedding event, I did organize one major event, for everyone. All 100 guests showed up. I had reserved, for the day, the golf course in a lovely village near Afandou beach. It was a great success. We all had plenty of fun. My team, who are part of the 100 guests, especially had a blast.

    We were all paired up, and I was able to have plenty of fun with JackieOhNo!, while strawberrybird and ellie_ were paired up. Dieina b, Debbie R and Nif had all decided to become a trio. It was a great time.
    Just_Ducky was with us too, as the experienced golfer, teaching us the game.

    When it came to the wedding itself, we had a ball. And the Greek food was fantastic. There were also plenty of Greek music and traditional Greek dancing which we learned as we joined.

    The menu included this 5 course meal:

    Greek Wedding menu

    After the night was over. We all slept in, shopping in some of the other villages, as the island offers plenty of opportunities for tourists to tour and shop. We took the ferry back to Crete, as we had plenty of time for our plane ride to athens.


    Last edited by Studentchef on Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:10 pm, edited 2 times in total
    PaulaG
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:21 pm
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    Studentchef wrote:
    [URL=http://s121.photobucket.com/user/drussell41/media/ZWT9/ZWT9banner.jpg.html[/URL]

    Here is the challenge for the Tasty testers.

    I have had the privilege of organizing a wedding on the island of Rhodes, which happens to be part of several islands that make up the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes is known for several things, including being called the sun island as well as the famous Colossus of Rhodes, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    Because of this me and my party of 100 people knew that Rhodes island has a lot of history and a lot of culture. But it is also known for their beaches and some of their medieval towns.

    We flew from Athens to Crete, where I rented a ferry to go from Crete to Rhodes. We could have flown directly from Athens, but I thought the ferry was a nice way of stretching our legs and for all of us to socialize.

    There are some awesome places to go, including the capital city of Rhodes city. In that city, people spread out to visit various places, including the Byzantine Museum and the Archeological Museum. Some people even went to visit the Valley of the Butterflies.

    Before the wedding event, I did organize one major event, for everyone. All 100 guests showed up. I had reserved, for the day, the golf course in a lovely village near Afandou beach. It was a great success. We all had plenty of fun. My team, who are part of the 100 guests, especially had a blast.

    We were all paired up, and I was able to have plenty of fun with JackieOhNo!, while strawberrybird and ellie_ were paired up. Dieina b, Debbie R and Nif had all decided to become a trio. It was a great time.

    When it came to the wedding itself, we had a ball. And the Greek food was fantastic. There were also plenty of Greek music and traditional Greek dancing which we learned as we joined.

    The menu included this 5 course meal:

    Greek Wedding menu


    Thank you much for your post. The Valley of Butterflies sounds beautiful. I love the mode of travel to the wedding. Could you please share we me how the people got back home?

    The menu looks great.
    Studentchef
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:11 pm
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    PaulaG, I have edited the story, so you can go back and check it.
    PaulaG
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:18 pm
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    Studentchef wrote:
    PaulaG, I have edited the story, so you can go back and check it.


    Sleeping in, shopping and a ferry ride. Sounds wonderful. Thank you icon_smile.gif
    evelyn/athens
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:18 pm
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    My beloved niece, Julia, and her doting fiance, Angelos, decided to have their June wedding on the beautiful island of Cefalonia (Kefalonia, Chefalonia - take your pick!) because great-great-great grandfather Alexandros was from there. The wedding took place Sunday, June 16, 2013.

    A great number of Julia's and Angelos' guests came from overseas, as our happy couple are both studying abroad. All the work for looking after the guests was happily assigned to me, the loving aunt, so that the couple could spend time relaxing before the big day. They are so lucky they have me! I am a TOTAL control freak and, it's either my way or the highway!!! Fortunately, I had some good friends along - my GODDESSES - twissis, mersaydees, smellyvegetarian (she really doesn't smell that bad!), Random Rachel, pammyowl, Pesto lover, Ck2plz and Jostlori to help me delegate.

    To head out to Cefalonia, we boarded a specially-chartered jet at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport and touched down just 30 short minutes later at the airport just outside of Argostoli, in Cefalonia. Some members of Angelos' family, who live near Patra, just hopped on the ferry for the relatively short (3 hour) trip across.


    I booked the Thalassa Boutique Hotel on the island, to make sure our guests received the kind of accommodation and hospitality Greece is famous for!


    Saturday, being a free day, I enlisted the help of a reputable, local Tour Operator to transport guests to some local beauty/interest spots to make their trip completely unforgettable.

    Firstly, we visited the Cave of the Nymphs, also known as Melissani Cave (but 'Cave of the Nymphs is SO much nicer, don't you agree?).


    One of the most important sights in Kefalonia is the limnospilaio Melissani (cave-lake Melissani) located in Karavomilos, 2 km from Sami. With a length of 160 meters and 40 meters wide, is truly a jewel of nature! A section of roof collapsed in an earthquake, creating a huge hole through which pass rays of light which create delightful shadows and wonderful colors that dance on the walls of the cave and on the waters of the lake.

    In the lake there is a small island containing archaeological finds (clay figurine of the god Pan, etc.). 20,000 years old stalactites also adorn the space. According to legend, the nymph Melissani committed suicide because Pan did not respond to her love.

    Then, to cool off, we enjoyed diving in the refreshing waters of Myrto, long-regarded as the most beautiful beach in all of Greece!


    Lunch was just a short 20 minute drive from Myrto - in the picturesque village of Fiskardo. Fiskardo holds a very tender spot in my heart because my own husband, Niko, proposed to me there in 1995.


    I love how all the store fronts and boats are painted in bright pastels (is there such a thing?) making everything so charming, especially as the sun is setting and a golden hue gentles everything. Everyone thinks greek islands are all blue and white - NOT Cefalonia! Cefalonia LOVES colour!!!

    There was plenty of time to purchase souvenirs and keepsakes after our lunch, before heading back to the hotel


    Sunday was the wedding. It was held at 10am in the morning. Why so early? Why, it gets too hot after that!

    The Reception was held that night, in the hotel courtyard. The food was outstandingly good! Of course, I chose the menu. You can see the complete menu here:
    First Course (Meze)
    The Real Melitzanosalata


    Kreatopetes


    Stuffed Greek Onions (made vegan by RandomRachel using Mock Feta Cheese ( Vegan Substitute ))


    Marinated Olives


    Spicy Greek Pumpkin Soup (made vegan by JustLori)


    Second Course (Salads)
    Chargrilled Vegetable and Haloumi Salad


    Roasted Beets With Potato Garlic Sauce-Patzaria


    Greek Salad With Feta Mousse


    Horiatiki Salata: Greek Salad


    Third Course (Sides)
    Greek-Style Vegetable Souvlaki


    Greek Stuffed Mushrooms


    Spanakoryzo (Spinach and Rice)


    Lemon Roast Potatoes (Patates Psites)


    Easy Eggplant Moussaka


    Fourth Course (Proteins)
    Greek Salmon and Seafood Skewers


    Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts


    Rosemary-Mustard Roast Leg of Lamb


    Fifth Course (Dessert)
    Walnut and Ricotta Stuffed Figs


    Frouta Ke Yaourti (Greek Fruit Salad)


    Loukoumathes Me Portokali: Orange Honey Puffs (so that the newlyweds' lives together may be as sweet as honey!)


    Baked Peaches With Pistachio Nuts


    Greek Butter Cookies (made vegan by smellyvegetarian). These were offered as wedding 'favours', along with bonbonieres filled with Jordan Almonds, to our guests as they were leaving.


    And here are the recipes for posterity:
    First Course (Meze)
    Second Course (Salads)
    Third Course (Sides)
    Fourth Course (Proteins)
    Fifth Course (Dessert)


    Unfortunately, our lovely wedding weekend in Cefalonia ended all too soon and Monday morning, bright and early, we all headed to the tiny airport, just outside of Argostoli, to board another chartered jet to take us back to the hub in Athens. Our Greek Butter Cookies were all that were left of that wonderful weekend on a beautiful island in the Ionian, watching a young couple set off on a life together. The fondest of memories will remain (and lots and lots of pictures and all the recipes!) of the whole experience.

    Julia and Angelos would like to thank everyone for attending and helping them celebrate the start of their life together.



    Last edited by evelyn/athens on Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:11 pm, edited 3 times in total
    PaulaG
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:39 pm
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    Ev,

    I will not quote your post but it was beautiful I almost cried. It only makes we want to visit Greece all that much more. Simply beautiful.

    This line had me rolling on the floor!

    They are so lucky they have me! I am a TOTAL control freak and, it's either my way or the highway!!!

    Thank you for playing. icon_smile.gif
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