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
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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. 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!
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.
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
- 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 🙂
- Combine yogurt, olive oil, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
- If using parsley, chop a small handful into the marinade.
- Add chicken pieces to the bowl and stir to coat very well.
- Cover bowl and let chicken marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Cook the chicken on a grill OR preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Place chicken in medium-sized casserole dish and bake for 55 minutes, or until golden brown on top.