• Ikaria: The Incredible Blue Zone Greek Island of Long LIfe

    Located 10 nautical miles (19 km) southwest of Samos, the magical Greek island of Ikaria is in the Aegean Sea. It received its name from Icarus, in Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who fell into the nearby sea. Ikaria was featured on CNN, Oprah, several best-selling books, magazines such as Men’s Health, numerous newspaper posts, and on many sites ionline. So, why is this Greek island so magical? What makes Ikaria island so incredible? On this 99-square-mile island, one in three residents live to the age of 90 years and older. Gregoris Tsahas, in the feature photo, is 100 years old and smokes a pack of 20 cigarettes a…

  • 86 Year Old Greek Baker in Greece Goes Viral with Traditional Phyllo Making

    Featured in a video by Business Insider, Hatziparaskos has gone viral in a video crafting some of Greece’s beloved handmade phyllo alongside his only employees — his wife Katerina and his son Paraskevas. The 86-year-old baker from Crete, Giorgos Hatziparaskos, is one of the last people in Greece who still makes the country’s famous multi-layered phyllo dough by hand.  Hatziparaskos is seen in a video by Business Insider, alongside his only staff, his wife Katerina and his son Paraskevas, crafting some of Greece’s beloved delicacies by hand.  In 1960, long before the emergence of large-scale, commercial baked goods, which had replaced traditional bakeries in much of Greece and around the…

  • 10 Ways You Know You’re Greek

    1.) YOUR NAME DAY IS A BIGGER DEAL THAN YOUR BIRTHDAY…HRONIA POLLA!!! Almost every day of the year is devoted to a Christian saint or martyr, according to Greek Orthodox tradition. When a Greek is named after one of these saints, the saint’s feast day becomes their “name day,” which is celebrated in the same way as a birthday, but even BIGGER in Greece! See Greek Orthodox Name Day Calendar by Greek Boston 2.) YOU WISH EVERYONE A “KALO MINA” (HAPPY MONTH) ON THE FIRST OF EVERY MONTH AND USE THE WORD “KALO” VERY OFTEN. Greeks love to put the word “kalo” or “kali” (which means good) in front of…

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