Wednesday, December 11, 2013
These ladies will happily feed your sweet tooth.
There's much to love about the food in Portland, but as a recent transplant from Northern New Jersey, the cuisine I've been missing is Greek. I'm not sure I was aware how much I was missing until until my colleagues mentioned the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland yesterday ... and I literally couldn't sleep last night looking forward to our lunchtime excursion today.
Next to the church the corner of Park and Pleasant in the West End and protected from the elements by a huge tent, the festival is where you want to be this weekend in Portland. Souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio, dolmathes, spanakopita - all those fun to say and delicious to eat Greek foods are there, lovingly prepared by members of the congregation and offered at very reasonable prices.
I had a loukaniko sandwich (above) - grilled slices of spicy, intensely flavorful sausage with tomatoes and garlicky tzatziki on warm pita bread (it usually comes with onions too, but I skipped them) - that was every bit as good as Greek food I've had in New Jersey. I couldn't resist bringing a few of the honey-drenched pastries back to the office, choosing kataifi (shredded phyllo stuffed with walnuts and almonds); finikia ((date-filled walnut cookie) and of course, baklava.
The Greek Festival runs through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music and dancing every night from 6:30 to 9:30.
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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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