good things guide
Everyone loves good things.
That idea rests at the heart of this little project.
We love sharing great food, treasured traditions, and new discoveries with our dear friends. In that spirit, we've compiled some of our favorite vendors, recipes, and books to share with you. The best places to find a great Greek wine? Fantastic ideas for Mediterranean food? Starter texts for those interested in a journey into the pleasures of the Aegean? This is a good place to start.
Check back as we'll continue to update this list! If you'd like us to add something, drop us a line!
wine and spirits
Happy Harry's (Fargo, ND)
99 Bottles (Moorhead, MN)
France 44 (Minneapolis, MN) *will ship
Surdyk's (Minneapolis, MN) *will ship
South Lyndale Liquors (Minneapolis, MN)
Yiannis Wine Shop (Virginia Beach)
B-21 (Tarpon Springs) *will ship
Bill's Imports - Mediterranean grocery (Minneapolis, MN)
Landmark Creamery - sheep feta (Paoli, WI)
*Slabs of feta cheese are sold at Costco. Look for Dodoni brand.
igourmet - Mediterranean cheeses and grocery
Diane Kochilas's Greek Specialty Market - single-origin, artisanal Greek foods
My Santorini Network - Santorinian products available for worldwide shipping (Santorini, Greece)
mediterranean cookbooks and recipes
Greece: The Cookbook. Vefa Alexiadou. Phaidon, 2017.
Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget To Die. Diane Kochilas. Rodale Books, 2014.
Orexi: Feasting at the Modern Greek Table. Theo A. Michaels. Ryland Peters & Small, 2019.
Opa! the Healthy Greek Cookbook: Modern Mediterranean Recipes for Living the Good Life. Theo Stephan, Christina Xenos. Rockridge Press, 2017.
The Greek Vegetarian Cookbook. Heather Thomas. Phaidon, 2019.
COMING SOON! Midwest Mediterranean: Finding Health & Flavor with the Foods of the North. Clardy, Myrdal, Nammour, Schultz, Schultz, and Thomas. (In press: Theran Press, 2021.)
from the web
Horiatiki - The Greek villager's salad! Serve with rustic country bread; don't even think of crumbling the feta!
Dakos - a Cretan meze consisting of a slice of soaked dried bread or barley rusk topped with
chopped tomatoes and crumbled feta or mizithra cheese.
Tzatziki - A classic recipe for the everyone's favorite tangy Greek dip. Serve with pita.
our EVOO recipes of the week
The Sinner's Caprese Sandwich. From the Kitchen of Good Strangers, Taylor, TX.
Melitzanosalata. From the Kitchen of Sam and Coralie Wai, Moorhead, MN.
Midwest Mediterranean Bean Salad. From the Kitchen of Megan Myrdal, Fargo, ND.
Garden-Fresh Tzatziki. From the Kitchen of Cady Rutter, Moorhead, MN.
Pollo alla Salsa di Peperoni. From the Kitchen of Kaatrin Holmberg, West Fargo, ND.
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Capers. From the Kitchen of Liz Schultz Nuytten, Greenfield, MN.
introductory reading for travel to greece
Ancient Greece, Art, and Archaeology
Boardman, J. 2016. Greek Art. (Fifth Edition.) (Thames and Hudson)
Cline, E. 2012. The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean. (Oxford.)
Herodotus. The Histories. (Various publishers.)
Martin, T. 2013. Ancient Greece. From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times. (Yale.)
Oakley, J. 2013. The Greek Vase. Art of the Storyteller. (J. Paul Getty Museum)
Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. (Various publishers.)
Pausanias. Guide to Greece. (Various publishers.)
Byzantine, Modern, and Contemporary Greece
Cahill, T. 2003. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea. Why the Greeks Matter. (Anchor)
Gallant, T. 2016. Modern Greece. From the War of Independence to the Present.
Hetherington, P. 1992. Byzantine and Medieval Greece. (John Murray)
Kazantzakis, N. 1960. The Last Temptation of Christ. (Simon and Schuster)
-- . 1953. Zorba the Greek. (Simon and Schuster)
Mazower, M. 1993. Inside Hitler’s Greece. (Yale)
Moss, S.W. 1950. Ill Met By Moonlight. (Paul Dry)
Nejad, F. 2016. The Curse of the Ancient Greeks. (AuthorHouseUK)
Pressfield, S. 1998. Gates of Fire. (Bantam)
Renault, M. 1958. The King Must Die. (Vintage Books)
-- . 1962. The Bull from the Sea. (Vintage Books)
Schultz, P. 2012. Get Your Greek On! Basic Greek in Two Weeks. (Theran Press)
GP's Greek Kitchen, 2553 Kirsten Ln S, Fargo, ND 58104
Minneapolis / St. Paul
Christo's Greek Restaurant, 2632 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
It's Greek to Me, 626 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Naughty Greek, 2400 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Christos Minnetonka, 15600 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345
greek art / design / music
Athena Design Workshop - woodblock printed art, decor, and gifts (Athens, Greece)
Beetroot - modern designs in various media (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Syrtos - performed by Kelly Thoma and Ross Daly (Houdetsi, Crete)
Hamsi - composed by Kelly Thoma, performed by Kelly Thoma and Ross Daly (Houdetsi, Crete)