Friday, July 30, 2010

Gelato, under the Greek sun!

Still about Mykonos :) Actually, I have a few more entries on Mykonos. To those who are new to my blog, you can read the previous entries on Mykonos by clicking the link on the right-hand side panel. Just click on "Greece"!

Anyway, as I travel, I will always make sure I try gelato, or a local ice-cream of the country I visit. When I was in Mykonos, there was a shop selling homemade gelato made from fresh Greek milk! And it tastes so fantastic... Really fantastic! Luckily, the shop was just a few meters from our hotel!

The church of Panagia in Mykonos... It's situated not far from the ice-cream shop. Anyway, its dome reminds me of gelato - served in a chilled cup!

Anyway, this is the shop! Pagoto Mania, and those store-front seats were always full! I had always wanted to sit right there instead of having my gelato to-go but one must be really patient to get the chance! The idea of having my gelato there and enjoying the view of the busy street was cool to me. And luckily, there was a day when that very seat was available! Finally! * En Arip seated on the right was busy having his gelato...

This is the interior of the shop. The counter boy said they have over 24 different flavours available and recommended the best as below. But personally, I love the Nutela & Bounty the most!

Tempting huh? Imagine BEING there!

Since it was summer, everyone was out just to enjoy their gelato! Such a nice sight, to see almost everyone holding their gelato or ice-cream on the street!

And next door to this shop was a mini Carrefour. I just luv the thought of seeing a Carrefour set in a small, old building... This Carrefour is their idea of a neighbourhood sundry shop, serving a small community. But even in Paris, serving a small community doesn't warrant a small Carrefour! So, this is really interesting!

And here, I found a nice ice-cream brand - Scandal! To me that's a bit of a naughty marketing strategy for the brand. Not to mention, sounding a bit catchy too... But what really, really caught my attention while browsing for my ice-cream was its flavours!

Chocolate orgy, anyone?

For a thirst-quenching, instant relief, I love its passion fruit ice-cream below. Such a chilling thrill, for a hot sunny day! It's from Algida or Wall's as it is known in most Asian countries. Overall, the Greek milk ice-cream is still the best!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On the Street... Centrale FS, Milano

Saw this guy as I strolled past Milan's Stazione Centrale (Centrale FS).
I just love his denim jacket!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lemon Jelly with Homemade Orange Marmalade

That’s what I like best: putting final touches to make my jelly agar-agar look presentable... I still remember, during Hari Raya back in my hometown in Muar, Johore, mum have always served jelly or "lengkong" in Javanese language, as dessert during marhaban. She will usually ask me to help her in the kitchen, cutting the jelly onto plates. It was a highly stressful job, since I always ended up breaking the jelly! That's when I asked her to start serving jelly in small cups instead... fuhh...
A fruit wonderland!

Anyway, during my recent trip to Greece, I really enjoyed the oranges there. They were huge and really sweet! I must also mention that fruits were cheap there. For example, 2 Euros could get you 10 oranges!
Just the right mix: fruits in a Mediterranean setting!

Remember the camomile from my Greek herbs entry earlier? This time, I have soaked the orange flesh in the water for 30 minutes with the camomile before boiling it. The result: It gives out a woody aroma and a bit of apple flavour to my orange marmalade. Once ready, I served my homemade orange marmalade on my lemon jelly!

As garnishing for my jelly, I made some sweet orange strips. I had cooked some orange skin in honey and brown sugar.

Once the jelly is well set, keep it refrigerated. Simply arrange the orange marmalade on its top, along with the orange strips before serving. Sprinkle some camomile buds as additional decor.
Another round, maybe?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Delos Island of Mykonos (Part Two)

If u missed Part One, you can read it by clicking here.

We reached the island after almost an hour and a half on the sea. It was that long a journey! Anyway, Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis in the island, and now only ten people are living in this Island. I'm actually not into history, although I had always scored A for my art history studies during my University days! LOL! But to have a chance to visit and see with my very own eyes, some of what I've studied in Greek history? Why not?

So, we started to explore and learn the history of Delos... Here are some of the pictures from the trip...
A wildflower by the entrance...
The island is hilly and barren, but has really great views...

The Terrace of the Lions...

Dedicated to Apollo by the people of Naxos shortly before 600 BC. Had originally nine to twelve squatting, snarling marble guardian lions along the Sacred Way, one is inserted over the main gate to the Venetian Arsenal.

The lions create a monumental avenue comparable to Egyptian avenues of sphinxes. (There is a Greek sphinx in the Delos Museum.) Today only seven of the original lions remain.
Oh little kitty, are you one of the Lions? LOL!
Greek Phallus...

Yes, it's a penis statue! The Greeks called it Phallus. I overheard from a tourist guide, and he said; "There was a time when all babies died after delivery. And the Greek people started to worship the phallus, hoping that their men will bear better genes..." errr...

After a long walk, we were lucky to come across a small cafe on a little hill! We had a fresh Greek orange juice, with some tuna sandwiches. The weather was so good, making having a juice in the hot sun, looking out to the blue Aegean Sea an awesome experience. After the thirst-quenching juice, we continued with our exploration.

Archaeological Museum of Delos
They have a small museum on this island... But they had put up a notice stating that the museum was closed... I was a bit disappointed, but we continued to explore the rest of the island. An hour or so later, we passed by the museum again, and guess what? It was open! LOL! So we went in, to see some really awesome artifacts.
And after the walking and climbing, we had a really enjoyable time on the island of Delos. After spending about half a day here, I was totally flat out during the boat ride back to civilisation... When I woke up from my short nap, we were almost reaching Mykonos harbour...
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