Friday, July 20, 2012

Ziziki's Taverna Wins Best Mediterranean - Addison Magazine

Ziziki's Taverna has once again won Favorite Mediterranean restaurant in the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards! A special thank you goes out to our Addison patrons, who have nominated and voted for us - to victory - TWO YEARS in a row for this great honor!

We've once again won Favorite Mediterranean restaurant with Addison Magazine Reader's Choice Awards! Thank you for making Ziziki's Taverna - Addison's Best Mediterranean Restaurant! OPA!

Pictured: Joni Linton, Ziziki's Taverna manager, Lulian Hankollari, Ziziki's Taverna bartender/server and Neel Gibbons, Ziziki's Restaurant manager

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Little Greek Culture: The Cretan Wine Festival is No More

For years, the Touring Club of Rethymnon, in collaboration with the Municipality of Rethymnon, organized the Rethymnon Wine Festival – a 2-week celebration of Cretan wine, music and dance. You bought a carafe and some glasses, and you could drink as much wine as you wanted, whilst listening to some very good Cretan music and watching some fantastic dancing. Sounds like heaven (or maybe Mt. Olympus), yes?

In 2008 the municipality of Rethymnon made the decision to stop organizing the Wine Festival, at least in the same format.

In 2009 the Wine Festival was re-introduced, but with a completely new identity and format. Then again, in 2012 the identity of the festival was changed-the 1st Cretan Diet Festival was born. 

Now, don’t let the word diet scare you off. This isn’t a festival that centers around diet food. Rather it’s a cultural experience that goes beyond wine and music to include food, crafts and other traditional Greek food products. 

Thinking it’s time to hunt up those tickets to Greece you purchased a while back? Oh. No tickets to Greece? Well, that’s alright. We can give you a taste of Greece here at Ziziki's…bring your appetite!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Make Your Own Greek Salad Dressing

Run to your fridge and grab a bottle of salad dressing. No, really. Go.
What are the ingredients? The best things in life really are the most simple things. 

So, what’s a salad lover to do? Easy! Just make your own dressing! It takes minutes to do, you probably have the ingredients, and you can reuse one of your old glass salad dressing bottles for storage.

Everyone loves a Greek Vinaigrette. It makes even a simple plate of spinach something special to enjoy.  We can share some recipes with you, without giving away our famous, traditional, ancient Greek cuisine secrets. OPA!

Basic Greek Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
Add all ingredients to a jar or container with a tight fitting lid.  Shake well to combine. Refrigerate after use. Makes 1 cup (8 oz).