Friday, March 25, 2011

Take A Bite Of Scylla!

The Greek tale of the Scylla, a monster, with six heads, that Odysseus must sail past during his travels, is an example of one of the earlier sightings of what we now know today as The Kraken. Stories tell us that this huge, many armed, monster could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship's main mast, making it obvious as to how one would attack the ship in the first place; by wrapping their arms around the hull and capsizing it. After that the crew would either drown or be eaten by the monster.

The Kraken of this myth is probably what we know today as the giant squid. The giant squid can grow to a remarkable size, and like all squid, a giant squid has eight arms, a mantle (torso), and two longer tentacles (the longest known tentacles of any cephalopod). These giant squid also have a sophisticated nervous system and complex brain, and some are thought to be able to wrestle with something as big as a whale.

Whether Scylla was truly a giant squid, or maybe just an over-sized octopus, she would – in all reality – still taste as good as any other type of seafood anyone has ever had. Size isn’t what matters when it comes to seafood – but it could help a bit. At Ziziki's, you could opt for the smaller version of Scylla & the Kracken: calamari or to stick to the souvlaki's with yummy sea-snacks like tuna and shrimp. Opa!

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