Taki’s Taverna + Baked Greek Chicken Recipe

I love Greek food!  So, so much.  Seriously.

It’s one of my favourite cuisines, next to Japanese (sushi ❤ ), Thai (WHOA just got a craving for coconut mussel soup and roti with peanut sauce), Mexican, Italian, and… basically everything but Chinese. 😉 OH! How could I forget French food? :O

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This was Taki’s Taverna, where my awesome friend Yuki and I went after a tricky English 12 provincial exam. This was also after finals in both Chemistry and Biology, so we needed a refresher! 🙂

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We started with pita bread. Yuki discovered this restaurant and drove us downtown. It was so fun! Taki’s is really cozy and beautifully decorated. A nice lady served us and recommended some great dishes. It’s quieter (MUCH quieter) than Stepho’s, which is also next door on Davie Street.

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Yuki had the recommended daily special, which featured shrimp in tomato sauce with feta cheese and herbs.  <– I seriously have to find a recipe for that!  Remember the time I had the same thing at Casa Grecque in Quebec?

I had the salmon skewers, and both of our meals came with Greek salad, the best herby, pillowy Greek rice, lemony potatoes, and stewed carrots. I loved the tzatziki that my salmon was served with!

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I was so hungry that I dug in right away. The fish was perfectly cooked, and the rice, potatoes, and carrots were perfection! 🙂 Thank you, Taki’s, for such a fantastic, filling meal. This was one of the best Greek restaurants I’ve been to by far.

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Dessert from a Scandinavian (… I think) place next door. I forgot the name of the little place! 😦 Yuki enjoyed their tiramisu – and she shared some with me – and a raspberry tea. I think it was raspberry! I can’t remember and I’m not really a tea person. 😛

I couldn’t decide which cake to get, so I ordered three. :mrgreen: One chocolate mousse, one ‘dalmation’ (with coconut, chocolate, and vanilla), and one vanilla-walnut. I had about half of each and was super, super full afterwards. YUM!

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The day after, I was determined to make a Greek-style dinner for my family! My rendition featured naan bread (I know, I know, it isn’t Greek, but we didn’t have pita bread!), chopped avocado + cucumber + grape tomatoes to make Greek salad, roasted potatoes, a yogurt baked chicken drumsticks, and homemade tzatziki sauce with extra garlic.

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I made the chicken according to Budget Bytes’s Greek Marinated Chicken recipe, which was pretty tasty. I think next time I’ll play with the spices/garlic a bit to adjust it to our family’s tastes, but it wasn’t a bad recipe at all. I actually really liked it! Seline did too, especially with the garlic. Here’s how we made it:


Garlicky Baked Greek Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (regular, not extra virgin)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 scant tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 chicken pieces – 2 drumsticks and 2 thighs
  • small handful of parsley – we wanted to use this, but didn’t have any and it was still great. You can omit the parsley 🙂
 Instructions
  1. Combine yogurt, olive oil, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
  2. If using parsley, chop a small handful into the marinade.
  3. Add chicken pieces to the bowl and stir to coat very well.
  4. Cover bowl and let chicken marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  5. Cook the chicken on a grill OR preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Place chicken in medium-sized casserole dish and bake for 55 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

The tzatziki was made spontaneously and to taste. A nice Greek lady at the hospital told me her recipe, and I tried to make it according to what she told me. Our tzatziki had grated cucumbers, sea salt, lemon juice, garlic, and white pepper – all stirred into plain Greek yogurt.
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Roasted potatoes and naan bread rounded out the meal. Yum!
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I can’t wait to try making Greek salmon skewers or those awesome boiled lemony potatoes. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a relaxing week with lots of sunshine. 🙂

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