Food

Drink the “wine of the kings” this Easter weekend!

By: Leila Thanopoulos Apart from the array of freshly baked ‘flaounes’ that will be brought to the table, there is also a traditional Cypriot wine that is a must-have this Easter. This wine is of a unique calibre, in fact it is known to be the oldest named wine in the world.  ‘Commandaria’ is a dessert wine with a flavour that compliments its extensive history. It was first made 5,000 years ago, a...

12 Step Recipe: Tahinopites – Brought to you by the Cypriot yiayia

By Leila Thano TAHINOPITES Yiayia’s Ingredient List:   500 grams of all purpose flour 1 cup of self raising flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 cube of fresh yeast (25 g.) 1/2 cup of sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon 1/2 tsp of crushed mastic 1/2 tsp of cursed machlepi Approximately 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water For the filling:  400 grams of tahini 1 cup of sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon    The ...

Modern day lent in Cyprus – Traditional customs of Cypriot culture leading up to Easter  

By Leila Thano So you were about to take a bite into your tuna sandwich on your lunch break, until a co-worker stops you advises that tuna is not Lenten. “What are you talking about! Fish isn’t meat!” you yell out in defense. Or is it? Cypriots have adopted a modern day approach to traditional practices such as fasting. Even some of the older generations have eased off the strict vegan diets...

Flaouna 3-Way: The traditional, the sweet and the muffin way! 

Flaouna could definitely be characterized as a perfect link between Cyprus and Easter. Heart Cyprus has come up with 3 fun ways of preparing this traditional food. Brought to you by Lidl Cyprus     RECIPES: The dough for the traditional and sweet way ( 8 Flounes): 500gr Flour ½ glass seed Oil ½ tsp. Mahlab 1 sachet  Yeast ½ tsp. Mastic pinch of salt 2 glasses warm water The filling for the tr...

It’s not all about Sheftalia & Lountza, Cypriot baked goods are one of a kind, and they’re vegetarian!

By Leila Thanopoulos ‘Eliopita’  This one’s for the olive lovers. An ‘eliopita’ is a Cypriot olive pie which is made with basic components of the Mediterranean diet, such as olive oil, onion, flour, mint, and of course, olives!   ‘Tahinopita’  No authentic Cypriot entree dish is complete without a dip of tahini, but it’s even better when it’s used in sweets and pastries like ‘Tahinopita’ an a...

You will never find so much smoke in one place: TSIKNOPEMPTI in Cyprus!

“Tsiknopempti” marks the beginning of the Carnival celebrations. It is the day when all Cypriots consume enormous amount of meat dishes. “Tsiknopempti’’ got its name from the Cypriot word “tsikna” which refers to the characteristic smell of meat that is cooked on the charcoal. This festive day predisposes the consumption of meat and other products which will be “prohibited” during the Easter fasti...

Ouzomezedopoleion

Amazing news: Cyprus made it in the list of  “52 Places to Go in 2017” as these are featured on New York Times. We are happy to the Number 21 on the list with the top 52 suggestions with top destinations for 2017. More specifically, the New York Times wrote: “A cultural and culinary renewal on a Mediterranean island. The Cypriot city of Paphos has prepared a slew of events for it...

Don’t miss out on the Limassol Wine Festival 2016

by Stavros Poyiadjis  With a long-lasting history in carnival celebrations, Limassol municipality organises the 55th Wine Festival at the Municipal Gardens in  Limassol. The event will take place from Friday the 25th of August until the 4th of September 2016. Every year more tourists show interest in this festival. This year, Limassol Municipality added new ideas which will make the event more app...

Summer at Jimmy’s Kitchen. You have to try this!

Jimmy’s Kitchen in Engomi, Nicosia has opened its gates for exquisite summer tastes. The tables are out, the balconies are open and a brand new “summer-ish” menu is ready to awaken all your senses and please you. The new menu contains improved refreshing seasonal salads such as watermelon salad, served with Greek feta cheese and rocket and also the very cool Crete salad with traditional Cretan dac...

Το Elliniko Restaurant in Nicosia, is here to surprise us!

The authentic Elliniko (Greek) Ouzomezedopoleio located in Engomi area, next to Hilton Park Hotel, continues to surprise us with its wide range of dishes from the authentic Greek cuisine. With only 8,90euro per person, you can choose one first and one main course from a selection of 24 delicious suggestions. Start with uniquely prepared Greek appetizers such as “politiki salad”, the fr...

An amazing option for the boxing day!

Jimmy’s Kitchen, located in Engomi, is now in festive mood, awaiting you for another memorable culinary experience. With the addition of new dishes which are perfect for the cold days of winter, the restaurant is an ideal option for your holidays! The new dishes are simply delicious. Wonderful starters, including stuffed Portobello mushrooms and gruyere lountza, an amazing salad with quinoa ...