The Frappe – A Greek Tradition

Originally posted July 20, 2011

We arrived in Athens two days ago with a few hours to kill before the ferry to Mykonos. My first experience with food or drink was in a coffee shop (with free wireless) where we ordered iced coffees. The coffee is strong and I prefer it without sugar, which the Greeks find surprising. Once on the ferry I had some oregano flavored potato chips, which were delicious, and a grilled cheese sandwich. Not exactly super Greek yet.

Mykonos might be the most romantic place I’ve ever seen. The first night we managed to stay up and beat the jet lag with a bottle of rose on the beach.

The next morning I was introduced to the Greek tradition of the “frappe”. I have to admit I didn’t know that they invented it. Again, I won’t order one with sugar, but only a bit of the condensed milk that they use.

These frappes are out of this world. It is one of the most delicious coffees I’ve ever tasted, and no its not blended like Starbucks’ version, there are chunky ice cubes in it. Of course I’ve also wasted no time having a Greek salad (with capers in it here) and calamari… which were both as delicious as expected.

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