Only way to chill in 48 C (118.4 f) weather - Whip up a Greek Frappe

I knew it was going to be hot as hell when we set out to sail the Ionian Islands in Greece during the months of June and July of this year. Little did I know that translates to over 40 C almost every day, and often, a heck of a lot warmer. I think the highest the temperature climbed to was a balmy, and stroke inducing, 48.5 C (119f). YIKES

The only way to keep somewhat sane on those days, other than to guzzle a bucket full of ice cold beer, washed down with a gigantic Greek margarita, (made them with ouzo - try it, they are pretty damn good), was to whip up the ubiquitious Greek frappe. Even the the old guys playing a roaring game of backgammon at the local bar, were sipping on it. Heck if they weren't drinking ouzo over ice, maybe they knew something I didn't.

Traditionally made with Nescafe, yep, I said Nescafe. Although, they claim that the European Nescafe has an oilier and more delightful texture than what we serve, or don't, in North America. Not only was it a lifesaver, it is delicious and ridiculously easy to make. 

Greek Frappe

  • 2 teaspoons high quality instant coffee (I use espresso)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (if desired)
  •  4 ounces Cold water
  •  Ice cubes
  • 3 ounces regular milk (frothed with a hand milk-frother if desired)


Place the coffee, sugar, and 2 tablespoons cold water in a cocktails shaker or blender. Shake or mix well until mix becomes a thick brown foam. 

Place ice cubes in a tall cocktail glass. Slowly pour in the brown foam. Slowly pour in remaining water and top with frothed milk if desired. Serve with a recyclable straw to stir, a small sweet treat, and enjoy!

Only way to chill in 48 C  (118.4 f) weather - Whip up a Greek Frappe

Only way to chill in 48 C  (118.4 f) weather - Whip up a Greek Frappe

Meteora, Greece

A magical day spent In Meteora, Greece, 

A UNESCO site featuring stunning monasteries built on the tip top of monolithic stone pillars, some as tall as 1200 ft. Only six remain, one still using wooden carts on rope to pull the visiting priest up the cliffs. Yikes
P.s. if you were a Roger Moore fan they filmed “For your Eyes” only. 
The video we took does not do it justice but you get the idea :)


A Whimsical day in the Countryside - Nekromanteio, Greece

First off the Temple of Nekromantelon - A eerie temple that is devoted to Hades and Persephone. Nekromantelon means “Oracle of Dead” The believers came here to talk to their dead ancestors about the past and the future. It was a tricky undertaking as the dead were a spiteful and pissy lot. Before they could pose their questions, believers had to undergo a crazy ritual involving 39 days of eating broad beans, pork, barley, oysters and a type of hallucinogen before sacrificing black sheep. Once the 39 days were up they posed the questions to the “oracle” who the dead would use as a vessel for their answers (this involved a lot of chanting, speaking in tongue and flying about using theatrical cranes).

We topped this off with a swim in the River Acheron(Sixt) - FREEZING COLD- Greek mythology states that the newly dead would be ferried across the Acheron in order to enter the Underworld

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Ionnina - Greece

What a day - serious find. Ionnina, Greece. The first indications of human existence in Ioannina basin are dated back to the Paleolithic period (20,000 years ago) as testified by findings in the cavern of Kastritsa. Much later - Ali Pasha lorded over the land, living in riches beyond belief (hence the term Pasha) Eventually getting decapitated and buried in the town. I think there is also a story of his son's lover who he also wanted to bed. When she denied him, the bastard stuffed her in a bag and threw her in the lake that the town surrounds.....

How about a big fat stogie with that dessert?


I admit I've puffed on a few in my lifetime. Always felt, and smelled like crap the next day. Not sure if it was the Stogie or the humongous amount of booze that usually went along with it.  

I've given up the habit, or almost. When I stopped in a "Tempio del Gusto" in Spoleto I just had to order the Cigar smoked Tiramisu. I figured I was either going to be handed a stogie to suck on in between bites of the creamy coffee flavored treat or an old Italian dude would be blowing smoke in my face. Either way I was hooked.

As the waiter poured us a glass of Vin Santo, my dessert showed up covered in a glass lid. The old Italian guy must have already gone back to his smoke. As the waiter set it down he lifted the lid and up wafted a cloud of cigar smoke. It was friggin amazing. I swear, it was like I was smoking and eating and drinking all at the same time. Can't get much better than that. 

I was able to sneak back into the kitchen thank you Chef Eros, yes, that really is his name. He showed me the tiny little machine that burns cigar smoke and pumps it around your dessert before they capture it with a lid. Crazy fun and I can just imagine the possibilities, cheese, drinks, nuts.... endless.

Not sure what contraption they are using but I recommend