Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In celebration of International Womens Day..

International Womens DayImage by JIGGS IMAGES via Flickr
Delphie (Cardesifire) (IWD) is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

It is celebrated all over Greece.

So, last night, to kick up my heels and be united with women world wide, I went into town with five wild, crazy, charming and (yes, sadly for all my guests- no pictures) anonymous women friends to a delightful and VERY reasonable little restaurant- in fact it's name is Godero ( Γοδέρω) which means delight or enjoy.

It is a Mezedopoleio (μεζεδοπωλείο) or restaurant that provides exceptional Meze's or starters. It was a wonderful evening, and tho I don't have pictures of the food either - (it was so good and we all helped ourselves - making it very difficult to get pictures with all the passing of plates and clinking of forks!)

There were many women out celebrating together.

What always surprises me is that people didn't really arrive until around 10 pm. (we arrived around 9:15 and were the first table seated!) The restaurant is normally a hangout of students, which at first made me worried a bit, but when we got there I found it perfect.

I will describe a bit of what we had: first a delicious salad, then feta cheese in the oven, roasted hot peppers, a dish of melt in your mouth pork, mussels, homemade french fries, bites of tender beef in sofrito sauce, deep fried tomato "meatballs" (and I am CERTAIN at least two or three other things I can't remember...as I was drinking tsipouro*)

The wine and tsipouro (Τσίπουρο) flowed freely, and we all enjoyed ourselves, except for our "driving" friend. As she has a young baby at home, she volunteered to stay sober for the police traps.

For dessert we ordered a little "selection" of chocolate souffles, Bailey's Irish cheesecake, and cherry cheesecake (with a side dollop of whipped cream) They were all the size of large cupcakes, and they were delivered to the table on a lovely platter- with five spoons! So again, sorry, no photos.

I am, however, including a few photos of the lovely interior. There was a large garden in the back that I am certain will be delightful in the summertime. I look forward to going back to this great place again!

*: Tsipouro is one of the oldest spirits in the world. It is first mentioned in Mount Athos, in Greece of course, in the 14th century A.D.

(also forgive the quality of the pictures: the photographer much enjoyed the tsipouro AND it was pouring down rain besides!)
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  1. It does sound like you had a wonderful time. How nice that you were able to get out. Maybe we should move to Corfu...then I could go out too! and the desserts sound incredible! :D

  2. Dear Cheryl,

    I wish you could move to Corfu too! (only I'd miss seeing all the lovely pictures of yours side of Greece...) We did have a good time. I don't really go out all that much with my friends, as they are all so very busy, so it was a real treat for me.

    The desserts were REALLY good. (I didn't even mind that I burned my tongue on the hot chocolate in the middle of the chocolate souffle!)

  3. Oh what a lovely way to celebrate International Womens' Day. The food sounds absolutely wonderful!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. Wow the food sounds so good and to have women go out together like that is so much fun. A wonderful holiday.

    I also read on to some more of your delightful posts. I love to read them. Greece seems like a wonderful place to live.

  5. Makes me want to visit Greece, at least I can enjoy Feta cheese, roasted peppers and olives here too. I helped my grandson do a report on Greece last year, you live in a beautiful country!

  6. What a super way to celebrate...here, there were any amount of po faced lectures to attend...not the same somehow.

  7. Dear Ayak,

    It was a fun evening, I'd watched stuff on television about "events" around the world, and this seemed a perfect way to celebrate in my little tiny corner.

    Dear Bernie,

    I always enjoy going out with this group of women. We all laugh so much, and as we have different areas of interest and friendships, it's nice to catch up on everyone's news.

    Thank you for reading my back posts. Yes it is a really special place to live and I know I am very very fortunate to have chosen the opportunity.

    Dear Wanda,

    Greece is a beautiful country. Corfu is particularly beautiful. As the climate here is temperate and much "wetter" than the rest of Greece, it is much greener and flowers bloom all year round. (if I don't cut back my roses, they just keep blooming all year 'round!)

    If the opportunity comes up, I highly recommend a visit to see Greece. There is so much to see.

    Dear Fly,

    Ah the morose and serious French, must make this holiday into a day of intellectual discussions on the progress of women etc...

    While we here in Greece are way more grasshopper-like and just fiddle about enjoying the moment. (of course that doesn't work out economically so well...)

  8. Sounds like a mouth-watering evening, Jes. What fun!

  9. Dear Percy Bique Silley,

    The bard himself (Shelley) was thinking about chocolate I'm sure in 'Love's Philosophy'...

    All things by a law divine
    In one spirit meet and mingle -
    Why not I with thine?

    (The chocolate souffle was brilliant- dark and rich and warm on the outside and all gooey thick and rich (and REALLY hot) on the inside...

    Dear Viv,

    A delight. And the great news was that everyone wants to do it again soon! (even if it's NOT Intl, Women's Day!)

  10. Sounds like a fine time, especially envious of the desserts.

  11. dear Madame DeFarge,

    the desserts were brilliant... unlike last night when we went to the Chinese and indulged in bleh fortune cookies.



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