Our Greek Grub meetup was a success! We rolled through Souvlaki GR with a team of five hungry peeps ready to devour anything in their path.
While our good friend Kira made her return after our previous ramen rendezvous, we had three new members to add to the squad: Tatsuya, and Janhvi.
Tatsuya was visiting from Toronto where he is currently learning English. I’m envious at how well he’s able to express himself in a second language while I can barely spout off a sentence in Spanish and I was raised by a Puerto Rican grandmother who is knee deep in novelas. I am a disgrace.
Janhvi is a vegetarian who is totally willing to eat chicken if put under the right circumstances. Expect to see me test these waters by catching her off guard with unnecessary poultry peer pressure. I’m sure Kira will help me out…. 😉
The first round of our Greek exploration involved multiple mezedes spreads: Skordalia (Garlic), Tzatziki (Yogurt-Cucumber), and Tyrokafteri (Spicy Feta).
The pita and spread was merely a tool to fill our bellies before we embarked on an obnoxious endeavor: the Psarou Punch Bowl.
This concoction includes Tsipouro, Pomegranate Liqueur, Skinos Mastiha Spirit, Champagne, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, and Sage. It took only 3 cups to get me sauced up enough to make repeated inappropriate statements that could’ve possibly made our neighbor-diners uncomfortable. … oh well.
As we liquored ourselves up, we destroyed the pitas and spreads while having far too much fun one should have while eating.
Below was the end result of the punch bowl…
The spicy feta spread that we started off our meal with made such an impact on me that I ordered a SGR Souvlaki Pork Pita that came with it as well as tomato, red onions, and fries.
It was very good. I would consider it a wonderful compliment to being slightly tipsy in the early afternoon. But my suggestion is that if you have a big appetite, order more than one. On a day that I am completely famished, I think I can run through about three of these gyros.
After tearing up the Greek cuisine, of course we had to have some dessert at the DOUGHNUT PLANT!!!! I’ll be very honest here. I was more excited about the trek to the Doughnut Plant than I was for fancy gyros.
C’mon man… do you see that picture above!? How can you not be excited for that crazy selection? I know DeRM was open…
Overall, we had an amazing time. I’m not sure how we couldn’t have considering that we consumed about two gallons of alcohol, plowed through tasty pita-wrapped Greek meats, and topped it off with high level donuts. It was a perfect blend of intoxication inspiring great conversations and the comfort of sugary goodness. Even though it’s only our third meetup, I feel like we’re already cultivating a tight-knit group of people to enjoy these moments with and that’s something I’m very appreciative of.