A narrow ridge of land, but I would not swap it for Babylon
Pindaros, Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes
Nicky is Greek and Nick is English but they share the same passion for good food, amateur theatre, travelling, the arts, opera, sailing and diving. They both made their careers successfully in shipping but decided to follow their «cooking» dream in Greece. Ας a result, they agreed to spend their winters in their farmhouse near Winchester and their summers on the beautiful island of Kea.
Kea is one of the islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Cyclades complex. It is beautiful and quiet and located just one hour away from Athens (by ferry from Lavrio port).
Kea lies away from the tourist stream, however, due to its proximity to the capital city, it is considered top choice for Athenians during school holidays and long weekends.
Kea, also known as Tzia, has picturesque villages and stunning beaches but also small bays and deserted beaches that can be reached only on foot. It is a cosmopolitan island where you can find posh and luxurious summer houses and at the same time it is considered a hiker’s paradise!
It is known for the uncountable walking paths and trails that can take a visitor to various and exceptional landscapes. While walking through those paths one can find cute little villages, amazing old monasteries, isolated coves and the ruins of ancient cities, where the elder believe the nymphs were born. Hydrousa (Kea’s prehistoric name) has been the house of the Nymphs until a fierce lion chase them of the island. Hydrousa has glorious history to present, with the first traces of organised life already in the 4th millennium BC.
In our days, Kea is also considered an ideal place for culinary adventures. The island’s restaurants are among the best in Greece and local olive oil and thyme honey have exceptional quality. It sounds difficult to believe but the island is famed more for its meat than its seafood.
One of the «not to be missed» special local flavours, is the delicious local parma ham called louza, that Nick and Nicky chose to serve with their welcome aperitifs.
The truly interesting couple promise you an amazing local handmade dinner at their dream house «Villa St Nikolaos View», on the foundations of the old family house, with stunning view of the bay and Lighthouse of St Nikolaos.
The key to their cooking is locally sourced raw materials and ingredients in Kea – everything from vegetables to meat. They choose ingredients that are in season and cook only what is fresh on the day. They prefer local cheeses such as xyno, chloro, myzithra and kopanisti but also haloumi that they fry and spice up with fragrant chilli sauce.
If you decide to visit Kea and taste Nick and Nicky’s experience, not only will you be treated to a mouthwatering Greek dinner, with a splash of Italian influence, but you will be entertained by this well-travelled couple who love meeting new people and will let you in on all the secrets of the island!
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