Dear Food Lovers and Mediterranean Wanderers
If there’s one thing you’ll fail to come across while travelling through the islands it’s hearing the words: Gluten Free.
I for one, have never heard them and I have been travelling there since I was a kid.
Food in Greece is a huge part of life and it’s to be celebrated. It’s the staple for festivities and all major events. It’s an extension of the Greek language. It’s how they communicate when there’s no room for words. The Greeks love food and are very much people of the land. The soil, air, wind, water is in their blood. Their relationship with food – how it’s grown, when to grow it, how to eat it, how to nurture it, is part of their DNA. That knowledge has been passed down across generations. This means that as intolerance and allergies are on the rise in many other parts of the world, particularly amongst children, in Greece, things have remained unchanged.
I couldn’t imagine a Gluten Free Greece. I’d miss mopping up the olive oil with the bread that automatically arrives at the table when dining at the local taverna, I’d miss the early morning detours to the nearest bakery, following my nose with the wafting smells to get my fix of the freshest bread and spanakopita. I’d miss the handmade pasta, lovingly made by the local grandma of the island and the delicious slow-cooked sauce that it’s going to be soaked in. There is nowhere else I get as excited about gluten as when I am in Greece. And here’s the thing, it never leaves me feeling bloated or agitated. In fact, my body loves it so much, I dose up on more.
Life in Greece is inspired by passion and that passion comes from the love and warmth of its people who – even during trying times are always motivated to live a life fuelled with happiness. This is the Greece that inspires me, the Greece that I love.It’s what I experience in the meals I share and the conversations I have. It’s no wonder you can taste the healing properties in the produce as soon as you bite into it. My taste buds are affected each and every time I visit, because that goodness that exists in what I’m eating is like biting into love. Whenever I leave, the food I eat anywhere else just doesn’t taste the same. The sweetness, the richness the goodness is missing…
I’ve heard of people that go to Greece and never come back. There is a magic, a wonder to this beautiful country that is deeply soul enriching, it captures your heart. It’s that passion that keeps pulling me back after all these years and the reason why I choose it as the destination to host my Retreats. For those of you wanting to open up your appetite to life, you can sample this amazing experience by joining me on the Emerge Retreat – A Food, Writing & Creative Escape to the beautiful Cyclades island of Serifos. Click HERE for more details or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Travels, Paula x