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Monday, July 28, 2014

Santa Barbara Greek Festival

My apologies for two food posts in a row, but I went to the Greek Festival at Oak Park yesterday and the food was too delicious not to blog about!

I love Greek food, so I try to go to the Greek Festival in Santa Barbara every year.  Sometimes they have some fun vendors, but mostly I go for lunch and dessert!  They also have singing and dancing, which I usually watch while eating!

My dad and I shared three things for lunch this year.  We ordered moussaka which is layers of eggplant and ground beef covered by a bechamel sauce.  We also ordered spanakopita which is spinach, cheeses, and herbs in filo dough.  The last thing we shared was tiropita which is cheeses inside filo dough (I think of it as spanakopita minus the spinach).  We also each ordered rice pilaf.  I normally get a roll as well but this year they looked like hamburger buns!

The moussaka was by far my favorite.  I tried it for the first time last year and it is so delicious!  I highly recommend it if you have never tried it!

Ohhhhhhh the desserts!  I could eat these all day every day!  The delicious cookies covered in powdered sugar are called kourambiedes.  They were almost out of these and everyone seemed to be buying many of them!  The little cookie squished in the middle is a melomakarona, or a honey cookie with walnuts on top.  The last dessert is yaourtopita, a lemon yogurt cake.  I loved all three desserts!  My mom wasn't a fan of the cake but loved the other two.  I wish there was a local place to pick these treats up during the year!  Hopefully I will get to enjoy all of the above foods when I go to Greece in a few months!

Have you ever tried Greek food?  What's your favorite?


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I would have enjoyed that, I love Greek food!

Terra Heck said...

I've only eaten Greek food a couple of times. The yaourtopita sounds yummy. I think a Greek festival would be interesting and fun to attend.

Janine Huldie said...

Sounded like a fun and tasty trip. I must admit being Italian and Irish, I haven't had as much Greek food, but my neighbor across the street growing up was Greek and would make us Greek stuffed grape leaves and even have had Gyros. So, I guess that counts :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Yum - Greek food is awesome!

gretchen said...

Ah, Greek food! Just took my son to Papa Cristos here in LA and he loved it. The festival sounds so fun!

Tamara Camera said...

Delicious! I can't say I know anything about Greek food, really. A new place opened up in the downtown of my little city and I've heard it's delicious!

Sarah said...

Mmm... I love Greek food! We stumbled onto a little Greek festival in our town a few years ago and now we've made it a tradition. (Opa!)

Tammy said...

I haven't eaten a lot of Greek foods. I do like gyros and I'm a huge fan of Baklava though :) I can't wait to see your pictures from Greece when you visit. That's a bucket list place for me to visit!

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