08.18.10Yiannoulis Taverna a little hidden gem…

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Rushing today, trying to scan and capture Paro’s charm…Imagine, I almost walked by in my mission by this sweet small tavern.  What made me stop was that it was filled with Greek people and tourists eating homemade dishes that smelled exactly like my Mothers’s cooking. Yiorgos the owner asked me if my name was Yannoulis, the name of the Taveto rn. He is charming and invited me in for an Ouzo.  I am not a drinker but he was so insistent that I thought he may become insulted!  When a Greek offers to “Kerasi you” you have to accept because in the acceptance he or she gains a personal acknowledgement and joy that can not be translated in english. It is a heart opening to welcome you and no matter what the surroundings are there is a compelling and heartwarming feeling that sticks to you.  So here I am eating homemade savory sousoukakia (oblong meatballs stuffed with herbs and smothered in freshmade tomato sauce and of course my beloved Horta (Greens) drizzled with olive oil.  And I have succumbed to a few sips of Ouzo which to tell you the truth sitting under this little tucked away terrace at the back of the Tavern I have embraced.  They are the tingle that unite the flavours of the simplicity of traditional foods served with Xapa…happiness and zest.   What more could you want? and the prices are reasonable, so if you are in Paros and want a simple meal with pathos…passion served with lots of heart and smiles, come on by and tell them Eleni Sent You!

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