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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 July 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019 13 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Hellenika wins award Perfect Pairings: Orange wines ANDREAS KYPRIANOU L et's admit it, orange wines can either combine the best of two worlds (red and white) or the worst of them! Unfortunately, the first of these wines to reach the general public, in the early part of our century, were more akin to the latter. At the same time, it seemed as if all the more producers were popping up with a 'Skin Contact' or 'Orange wine', in their need to keep up with the modern trend. Nevertheless, all things change and this new, or rather 'ancient', style of wine has now become better than ever, and many producers are crafting really interesting wines, which differ greatly from the oxidative style we initially associated with orange wines. This column aims at giving you recipes that are simple to make in your own home, together with other suggestions you might enjoy that will assist you in pairing wine with food. Today, we will be suggesting a humble slow-roast, whole chicken with paprika, cumin and turmeric for your Sunday lunch. My lovely, half-Finnish, wife has made many Nordicinfluenced dishes over the years, that would match this style of wine perfectly, like home-cured salmon gravlax, but lately she perfected her recipe for whole chicken roast with paprika, cumin and turmeric, which she combines with classic Mediterranean herbs like thyme and oregano. The majority of red wines don't really pair with the paprika flavours and most white wines would under perform in this case, except maybe an aged Assyrtiko, but that's another story. Back to Orange wines and the perfect pairing for them. I happened to taste a Tetramythos Orange Roditis at home, that accompanied the gentle protein of the chicken and the northAfrican/Mediterranean spice rub of Mrs. K's chicken really beautifully. Cypriot wine to try: When, and if, you have the chance to visit the beautiful winery of Tsiakkas in Pelendri ask for their experimental 'Orange Xynisteri' and you won't be disappointed! * Andreas Kyprianou is a Cypriot sommelier and current holder of the title of the Best Sommelier of Cyprus. He was also the first Cypriot to have passed the Advanced examination from the Court of Master Sommeliers, last step before the Master Sommelier title. He is the owner and Wine Director of Vino Cultura in Cyprus, that operates a Wine Bar, and a wine shop that imports and distributes wines in Cyprus. ** Republished from https:// www.karakasis.mw/ with the permission of Yiannis Karakasis, master of wine. Iconic Arsakeio arcade to bring the best of Greek cuisine T Arsakeio building in downtown Athens to offer traditional Greek cuisine. he iconic Arsakeio arcade, located in downtown Athens between Panepistimiou and Stadiou avenues, is one of the most iconic buildings of Athens. A major property lease agreement signed on Tuesday will transform the empty arcade into a mini shopping mall and multiplex food court with an emphasis on traditional Grecian cuisine and the Mediterranean diet. The arcade was once known as the Stoa tou Vivliou and housed various publishing houses, along with cafes and a few stationary shops and a hall for book launches. The signing of a 35-yearlease was signed by Legendary Food IKE and the arcade's owner, the Educational Society of Athens (Philekpedeftiki). The property is owned by the same non-profit organisation that manages the private Arsakeio-Tositsa primary and secondary schools. Queensland's Restaurant of the Year in the CourierMail Food Awards 2019. Hellenika at the Calile owned by Simon Gloftis was awarded on Monday. The sister venue of Hellenika on the Gold Coast, it is situated at boutique hotel The Calile, and has been recognised as being "undeniably special". "Maybe it's the spring in the step of the upbeat waitstaff, the sunlight shimmering off the pool or the wafts of wholesome Greek cookery that fill the air," read a comment by the reviewer, in The Courier Mail. The Greek eatery first opened its doors in October 2018, and is a continuation of Hellenika's signature authentic Greek food paired with wines from around the world, including Greece – the wine list features some 500 bottles in total – enjoyed either in the restaurant, on the rooftop, or by the pool. The kitchen is headed by chef Bryan Kelly, a finalist for Chef of the Year, who is committed to using the freshest ingredients. "…that means even the simplest of Greek salads is elevated to new heights, while seafood is flown in A Greek restaurant in Brisbane has been named from across the country to guarantee the best," reads the restaurant's glowing review. "But it is the generous amuse bouche of velvety, lemony fish soup alone that is enough to warrant many a repeat visit." Meanwhile Gloftis was recognised for his genuine hospitality, a philotimo, which the Greeks are known for. "Gloftis works hard to create a happy team and it shows in the way the pinkjacketed staff treat each guest, boasting a casual but genuine warmth that radiates from the inside out. "With passion and panache they help diners through the lengthy menu and all are well-drilled in the confident and incomparable wine list, which mixes the best of Greek wines with labels from across the world, including some under Coravin at remarkably keen prices. "All of this is in a room that combines architectural elegance, space and comfort with a subtle nod to Greek heritage, while being undeniably Queensland." Other finalists in Queensland included Arc Dining (Brisbane), Joy (Fortitude Valley), Restaurant Labart (Burleigh Heads), Donna Chang (Brisbane) and Signature (South Bank).
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