Glikolemono: The Sweetest Cafe in Larnaca

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The other day after an afternoon of perusing the shops in downtown Cyprus ( very exhausting life while on vacation here, I know), we decided to find a cafe to sit down for an afternoon caffeine pick-me-up. After walking around for a bit, my cousin Christoula suggested we try out her favorite cafe, Glikolemono, which means “Sweet Lemon” in Greek. Nestled in an alleyway, which is quite the trend for cafes and restaurants on this island, with rows of adorable vintage cafe tables and chairs, sits this charming little cafe. Inside, the floor is a Moroccan tile, and the pastry windows are alive with the sweet treats that they churn out fresh daily from their quaint little kitchen in the back.  Continue reading

My Crazy Yummy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Today I’m posting a Comfort Classic recipe for Monday, since I actually haven’t made a real “one pot meal” in the last week. But I figure my spaghetti and meatballs are so delicious and comforting, which is just as important for a Monday meal. My spaghetti and meatballs recipe is one of my go-to classics dishes I have been whipping up for over 10 years now. After years of practice and perfecting, many a guest can attest that this is one of their favorite meals I’ve produced from my kitchen. It’s one of those comfort classics that I often times crave after a tough day. Or after an easy day. Then again I could eat this pretty much any day actually. I use a smoked cumin in the sauce, which adds a special, savory quality you will LOVE when you make it. Fresh tomatoes are also key to keeping everything fresh and bright. The meatballs are packed with all kinds of spices and even Parmesan cheese that really set them apart from other meatballs. And of course, I recommend using perciatelli instead of plain old spaghetti, for it’s magical sauce-soaking powers.  Give this a try. Trust me. You will NOT be disappointed 🙂

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Southwestern Purple Potato Frittata

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This frittata is not only perfect for breakfast, but makes for a pretty mean southwest- inspired dinner. I always love how hearty and filling a flavorful egg dish can be for dinner.  There’s something very comforting about being able to cook everything in one skillet, and end up with a yummy, delicious meal that’s not something you would normally think of to cook come dinnertime. The purple potatoes add a nice contrasting color with the tomato, egg, and cilantro, but you can always use a nice red potato if you’re scared of eating purple things. I, personally, am a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple potato eater… Aside from the awesomeness of the purple potatoes, this one also has a great amount of cheese, which is essential for the perfect frittata bite. Throw some bread on the grill to serve it with, and you’re in business. 

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