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To be Greek is to love food

On 13, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In History, Wining & Dining, Xenia | By Xenia

To be Greek is to love food—to truly, deeply love it. Greek mothers show devotion by preparing big, delicious suppers. Greek hosts show guests their respect and affection with elaborate feasts. Good food is as much a part of our heritage as the invention of philosophy and democracy.

We care so much about good cooking that it figures in some of our most famous (or infamous) stories. For example, consider the myth of the Sons of Pelops, the rulers of Argos (the birthplace of the Trojan War). The Pelops Boys got into a bit of an argument…apparently Thyestes engaged in some naughty behavior with Atreus’s wife Aerope. Understandably, some bad blood developed. But after a time, Thyestes wanted to make peace, and Atreus replied with an invitation to a banquet. It was a grand feast; the brothers drank deeply of the best wine, laughed over old times, and all seemed to be well. Until Atreus revealed what the main course had been: a stew made from the flesh of Thyestes’ two young sons.

A terrible way to treat a guest—but Atreus had a good teacher. His grandfather, Tantalus, had served his own son Pelops at a banquet he gave for the gods. He expected them to appreciate the depth of his devotion, but he had misjudged his audience. Appalled and nauseated, the gods condemned Tantalus to an eternity of thirst and hunger in Hell, and brought Pelops back to life. Of course, they did not know that the family would keep repeating history.

To fool someone when it comes to food, that’s a crime punishable with an eternity of torment! That is why, instead of inviting the ancient Gods, Domes of Elounda invited 5 award-winning chefs to prepare some of their most exciting recipes for our guests. Some of our visiting stars are Greek natives; others have been invited from neighboring countries. All of them have a passion for amazing flavours. Should the gods come to visit, they won’t be disappointed; we aren’t afraid of repeating Tantalus’s mistake! They, and you, can expect fresh ingredients, fresh ideas, and the excellent preparation that our Anthos restaurant always strives to offer guests. So visitors to Elounda can look forward to a month of feasting and revelry in the true Greek tradition. We’ll save family drama for the fireside stories. See you at the table!

 

Xenia

 

 

27

Jun
2012

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By Marina

Slow Food Celebration: Domes of Elounda Reaps What It Sows… Gastronomy Meets Luxury Vacation

On 27, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In Events | By Marina

This season, down by the pool with a stunning view of the Venetian Castle on the island of Spinalonga, world leading chefs will present dishes featuring locally-produced products in a slow fashion during a huge culinary festival.

A new awarded chef will take over every second weekend for 5 weekends from 6th of July to the 1st of September, satisfying the palettes of the most demanding guests.

 

Specifically:

July 6-7: Cappellini | July 20-21: Geneletti | August 3-4: Magganas | August 17-18: Garfagnini | August 31- September 1: Skarmoutsos

This summer we will present the revolutionary Slow Food Celebration.

Slow food is an idea that links the pleasure of food with the commitment to community and the environment. With respect to the cultural and nutritional heritage of Crete and Mediterranean cuisine as well as the natural resources of the region, local village chefs as well as famous Greek and Italian chefs will turn the preparation of their dishes into a ritual… closely monitoring the entire process, starting from the growth and cultivation of the raw materials and following them all the way to the dish!

For the third consecutive year, we invite all food adventurers and overall travel enthusiasts to join the festival and savor! In 2010 during the First Annual Festival De la Gastronomie, 7 awarded chefs such as Marco Garfagnini, Georgios Troumouches, Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Lefteris Lazarou, Yves Mattagne, Franck Putelat and Thodoros Kassavetis prepared and served 50 epicurean dishes for 700 guests with culinary demonstrations spread over a period of 4 weeks.

 

In 2011 a joint degustation was organized during the Second Annual Festival De la Gastronomie. Infamous Chefs, namely Philippe Geneletti, Tomomi Ohashi, Marco Garfagnini and Emanuele Cappellini, discussed their food culture and prepared over 50 regional specialties; showcasing secret recipes and introducing their food philosophies to 700 guests, who took zestful pleasure in the inclusive experience.

 

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Jun
2012

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Xenia

By Xenia

Zeus: An ancient mystery guest

On 14, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In History, Xenia | By Xenia

Xenia is the Greek word for “hospitality,” which is something that we take pretty seriously. We have very good reason…the ancient Greeks believed that Zeus, father of the gods and the most powerful Olympian, was also the god of travelers. If you didn’t treat them well when they came to your village or home, you might find yourself sizzling from an angry lightning bolt! There are even stories of Zeus travelling in disguise in order to test the welcome that he received in each territory. If he was pleased by their warmth and generosity, he would reward them with special gifts and blessings. But if you were less than enthusiastic in showing a stranger a good time—look out! Plagues and famine could be coming in the near future.

Perhaps we worry less about Zeus these days, but we still care very much that guests feel welcome and comfortable. That is not only true for the staff of grand hotels, but for the host in even the smallest country cottage. It is part of our heritage. Hospitality has three key components for Greek people:

  • We believe in providing a warm, bountiful welcome. We aim to provide good food, shelter, and all of the necessary creature comforts that travelers might need. We respect our guests’ well-being, their stories, and their space.
  • We trust our guests to be equally respectful. When we open our doors, we know they will be equally friendly and gracious.
  • We offer the gift of friendship and fond memories. The ancient Greek hosts always gave their visitors a parting gift—some memento to help them continue their journey. We  think that today’s travelers best appreciate memorable experiences that they can treasure after returning to their own homes.

Hospitality is such a central part of our culture that children are named for it: Xenia for girls, and Xenias for boys. And because I am here to welcome you, and make you feel at home, that’s what they call me.  I am here to help you get to know Elounda—our traditions, our history, our geography, our culture and cuisines—and to show you everything the Domes of Elounda has to offer, so you can make the most out of your visit. So, weary traveler, welcome. If you have questions as you prepare for a stay with us, feel free to drop me a line. I will be glad to help in any way I can.

Xenia

 

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May
2012

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By Marina

Spinalonga illuminata!

On 31, May 2012 | No Comments | In News | By Marina

Yesterday night, whoever was lucky enough to be in the region of Elounda, has eye witnessed a spectacle.

After a long period of darkness, it was the first time that Spinalonga Island has been “lit”.

During the “beta” illumination of the island, there was lighting in the eastern and western wall of the fortress. The lights met the point where the boats anchor at the Venetian fort entrance. The lion of Venice and the Hospital alike has been lighted.

The views from Domes of Elounda to Spinalonga were already breathtaking.. imagine how wonderful it will be enjoying the ridge of the Island enlightened by your own pool or your private outdoor jacuzzi.

28

May
2012

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By Marina

Spinalonga, a piece of art.

On 28, May 2012 | 3 Comments | In Events | By Marina

All the art lovers and artists at heart will be really excited to know that Spinalonga, the renowned Island opposite Elounda, which was once a leper colony, will be transformed into a modern work of art by the distinguished Greek artist Kostas Tsoclis during the summer months.

The inauguration will be on Saturday, the 2nd of June and the exhibition will last until October the 31st.

The artistic intervention, titled “You, the Last Leper,” is anticipated to attract many tourists and guests, who will be visiting Crete during that period and it has been already recognized as one of the largest cultural endeavors in Greek borders and also one of the biggest worldwide.

The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures and multimedia installations that aim to evoke and reflect. Tsoclis has intentionally chosen Spinalonga in order to symbolize the internment of the lepers and also the contemporary forms of social exclusions. Tsoclis wishes to lead the visitor to identify with the ones that suffered and to offer a personal redemption through nature and art; finally letting him realize happiness and the joy of life.

As quoted, the aspiration of this artistic journey is the “liberation from the fear and prejudice that stigmatized for centuries an illness that is now treatable and has been called “sacred”.”

The Municipality of Saint Nicolaos, the Prefecture of Crete, the Museum of Kostas Tsoclis and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as the hoteliers of the region, have all cooperated and contributed to this exhibition.

For further information, please visit www. tsoclismuseum.gr. If you are looking to visit the exhibition, our Front Office team will be more than happy to assist you on arranging your boat trip to the Island, which is only 15 minutes away.

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May
2012

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May
2012

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Our new blog is live!

On 25, May 2012 | No Comments | In News | By Marina

Welcome to our new blog!

This is the place to keep up to date on the latest happenings, events and special surprises during your summer vacations with us!

Here you will find posts and really interesting information about Domes of Elounda and your stay with us, resources about Elounda and the location in general, news about forthcoming special offers and much much more…!We will share with you anything worth mentioning that will make your holidays with us an even more enriched and unique experience!!

All of the above will be provided by our passionate and dedicated team, so make sure to visit us regularly! : )