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The Italian travelers from Verona and the Italian gastronomic feast in northern Corfu

Laura and Luciano from Italy, preferred to visit northern Corfu, during their vacation, in late May, unlike most compatriots who prefer August. As good friends and colleagues of, they had prepared us, since last winter, about their high gastronomic requirements. Being a cook in a hotel in Verona, Luciano, and a tourist journalist for a magazine in the same city, Laura, were certainly travelers and not tourists. Early in the evening they arrived in Acharavi and of course the first question after settling in their room was "Christina, what shall we eat?".

The Italian restaurant "Compass" in Roda was my first thought. I knew from the outset that the owner and cook Salvatore would satisfy the demanding tastes of our guests. We arrived at the "Compass" at 09:00 in the evening and we found easily a parking spot. "So far so good," I thought as we went into the restaurant.

Salvatore welcomed us with a smile and before leading us to our table, he guided us to his crystal clear kitchen. "We keep going very well," was my satisfied thought.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 1 άτομοLaura and Luciano, clearly pleased with the reception of Salvatore and as related to the subject, began a familiar conversation with Salvatore about the gastronomy and preferences of tourists in northern Corfu. I did not understand much of Salvatore's gourmet creations, as my culinary knowledge is limited, but from the shining eyes of our guests I immediately realized they were impressed and satisfied.

The environment of the restaurant as well as the immediacy of Salvatore, gave us an idea about what would follow at the table.

Laura and Luciano did not ask for a menu. They asked Salvartore to bring whatever he considered. In just 10 minutes, Salvatore began to bring to the table a feast of colors, images and fragrances that made us craving them.

At the beginning, the table was decorated with Tagliere misto (wood board of various kinds of cheese, cold cuts, fried mozzarella, mix bruschetta, arancini & caprese salad), Feta al Forno (baked feta cheese with tomato & herbs), straccetti di Pollo (chicken with veg & tomato sauce - spicy) and salad caprese (with rocket, tomato & mozzarella).

What if they were only appetizers. We immediately made them disappeared and we were filled with the big portions of Salvatore, but our mind was stuck in the impressive pizzas served to the rest of the satisfied customers of the restaurant.

For Luciano, Salvatore brought a Greca pizza (with sausage, olives, feta cheese, tomato & oregano). Laura took a Capricciosa pizza (with tomato, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, aubergines & olives). And I took a Quattro Formaggi (with tomato and 4 kinds of cheese).

Incredible pizzas, we were left with a stunning taste of flavors tied together.

The Salvatore's gastronomic journey did not stop there. Stuffed by the large quantities of appetizers and amazing pizzas, we asked the Salvatore, the next dishes to have smaller quantities as we wanted to taste a dish from each menu category.

The seafood was next. 3 dishes that left us with spechless. Salmon alla Grigla (grilled salmon fillet), Salmon al Cartoccio (with seafood sauce in foil) and Gamberoni al limone (kings prawns in lemon sauce).

One step before we burst out of the great food, Salvatore kept shooting us with their gastronomic creations. Next in line was the meat. Fillet Steak (served with balsamic vinegar sauce), Beef Fillet (in green pepper sauce), and Chicken Fillet (with cheese, ham & tomato sauce).

The silence that prevailed at the table made me feel content, seeing our guests finding exactly what they were looking for.

And along with the wonderful Cabernet wine, there were 3 great sweets. Cheese Cake, Brownies (ice cream) and Pannacotta (light fresh desserts served with the fruit of the forest coulis).

Laura and Luciano were ecstatic and began to search for their bags. "What are they doing?" I wondered, and before I finished my thought, Luciano pulled out his notebook and noted recipes given to him by Salvatore so he could apply them to the hotel where he was working in Verona. Laura, took off her camera, and photographed Salvatore's dishes, writing at that moment the tribute she would do for him, within the tourist magazine where she works in Verona

At that moment I realized that the first day of our guests went extremely well. It goes without saying that after so much food, there was no other program to go out at night. We remained at Compass until the early hours, drinking the wonderful wine and talking to Salvatore about his experiences on the island.

The three of them immediately showed that they had chemistry and switched telephone and social media profiles. A great friendship had just been born. A friendship with common passions as the love for gastronomy, northern Corfu and tourism.

And what else would someone ask for, in order to see his guests satisfied? Grazie Salvatore ...

- Find the Italian restaurant "Compass" in Roda, next to N.S.K travel
- Reservations +302663063778



Aug 08, 2019
From today the 6-day ascent for the pilgrimage to the Pantokrator Monastery

The great pilgrimage to the Holy Monastery of Pantokratoros for the celebration of the Transfiguration of the Savior begins today 1 August. Many believers ascend daily to the highest point of Corfu, a mountain of 914 meters high with an amazing view. The pilgrimage lasts six days.

In antiquity the mountain was called “Istoni”. Its current name owes it to the homonymous monastery built almost on the top of the mountain during the 14th century.

On the day of Savior, August 6 and on the eve, the traditional feast is held in the picturesque village of Strynilla at the foot of the mountain. On August 4, a feast is held in Petalia.  Petalia is a very beautiful, picturesque village on the mountain of Pantokratoras. It is built on a slope that has the shape of a petal on this enormous mountain, a fact that gave the village its name. Read more about Petalia

The Monastery of Pantokratoras is built at an altitude of 914 meters, on the tallest mountain of Corfu and it is named after it. According to the charter of the monastery, which is saved in a parchment in the General Archives of Corfu, the Monastery of Pantokratoras was founded in 1347, when the residents of 23 villages of the mountain built the monastery.

Aug 01, 2019
Irene Pouliasi at the group exhibition "distress it" in London, Chalton Gallery

" can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough"

3rd August 2019 @ 18:00
Freya Tewelde, Irene Pouliassi, Lora Nikolaeva, Weichung Lu, Ani Mkrtchyan

In his seminal work the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams takes time to explore all the possibilities that a towel in space can provide to its owner. Composing a lengthy list of situations in which this one seemingly insignificant object can play a much larger role in the life of a hitchhiker. Within this exhibition the artists employ objects in the same way, exploring the capabilities of what their works can offer the viewer through the gaze of the millennial era. Distress It acts as both a critique on current times and a call to escape to a substitute reality. The pieces react to each other, some proposing the future while their counterparts pull them back to the actuality of the present.

Lora Nikolaeva is concerned with navigation and engagement within a dense media landscape, where the self and the greater human journey becomes both assayed and diminished. Investigating the influence of digital media, communication and online culture on the human experience, and the situation of oneself in a social fabric increasingly infiltrated by commercial interests, politicised platforms and moral posturing. Her background in the medical sciences influences the aesthetic choices made within her work, a clinical sensibility contrasted against libidinal overtones that define our consumption and regurgitation of popular culture and fragmented content in the digital slipstream.

The presence of the mass media can also be felt in the works of Irene Pouliassi. Allegorising the current socio-political situation utilising utopic release from the confines of her carefully constructed dystopian home, detecting how art is connected with periods of trauma and intense social concern. Exploring her personal trauma through the collective social unconscious of our epoch, Pouliassi creates fetishistic assemblages that combine collected garments, found objects, sex toys; and organic material including teeth and hair.

In opposition to these first works, Weichung Lu provides us with a gleeful opportunity to examine our innate human impulses. Her abstract paintings challenge us to explore our subconscious and reveal the primitive memories within us that bind us together, aiming to allow us to find out where we truly belong. Using oil paint, Lu begins by creating abstracted canvases through which she draws out futuristic and imaginary animals, contemplating our desire towards nature.

Working across sectors of interdisciplinarity in art, Freya Tewelde analyses postcolonial studies in complex urban environments. Touching on the notion of blackness and ambiguity through isolated performers and moving images that re-orientate post-identity construction. Performative elements of her practice explore the overlooked and the reaction to public perception. Tewelde aims to form a clear consideration that art remains committed to fixing roots and mending traumatic experiences that define and isolate selfcare. Her works attempt to re-evaluate regimes of systemic power that bind the position of the individual in relation to cultural and global forces that govern our societies.

The exhibition moves to a film projection by Ani Mkrtchyan who investigates the microcosm of the town where she was brought up in Northern England. With more narrative tones, Mkrtchyan grants us a gaze through the window to the private life of an unhinged individual who documents his exploits with a hand held camera. The work is a character exploration revolving around certain types of men that she grew up seeing. Mkrtchyan alludes to the nefarious nature of the character but never explicitly shows us proof of his wrong doings.

Distress It brings together the works of five recent graduates from the MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. The artists involved, who are now all based in London, come from a variety of cultural backgrounds including Greece, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Eritrea and Armenia. Each one offers their personal insight on how they navigate the complex socio-political landscape
of the world in which we all live.

Chalton Gallery
96 Chalton St, Kings Cross, London
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Jul 24, 2019
Barcarole: August 7th on Agios Spyridon Perithia beach, for the 16th consecutive year

The overactive Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos", for the 16th consecutive year, organizes the boat festival “Barcarole” on Agios Spyridon Perithia beach, on Wednesday August 7th at 21:00.

A parade of boats will sail along the bay. The party will continue on the beach until dawn.

- The troubadours of Corfu with serenades.
- The Gym "KINISIS" & the school dance with Samantha Brindley dance theater performance (choreographed by Athena Kotsi)
- Dance team "Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos"
- choir "Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos"
- The band Feakes with folk feast.
- Night lake trail (Antinioti lake)

Watch videos of past events. Photo by Stathis Koutsiaftis

Jul 23, 2019
Corfu: A idyllic grecian island getaway

By Tiffany Ryes

For a memorable Grecian getaway, why not go off the beaten track? Skip the crowded vacation spots, the overrated resorts, and visit the small, sleepy, coastal towns on the island of Corfu.

While one of the first islands to open to global tourism in the 1960s, Corfu isn’t as crowded as you might think. The island remains rich in unspoiled stretches of infamous coast and quaint inland towns that you can visit for a more immersive yet intimate and quiet Greek holiday. Carpeted by lush, wild olive trees and dotted with historical, whitewashed buildings, Corfu is one island that should be on top of your island-travel bucket list.

Corfu is an eclectic combination of the cosmopolitan and historical, with posh resorts and vibrant streets juxtaposed with Byzantine-era churches and Venetian-style fortresses. From beach-combing to sight-seeing to sailing and on to wining and dining, if you’re looking for an unforgettable Greek vacation, you can definitely find something to love about Corfu.

Viewing Corfu from the coast

A Corfu holiday is never complete without viewing the island from the turquoise Mediterranean waters and experiencing all of its coastal sights and sounds by boat. An abundant range of boat-rental companies throughout the island’s coast can cater to your island wanderlust. Boats and yachts are available for every budget, starting from 50 euros per day, with petrol charged separately.

Nissaki is an idyllic starting point for exploring the island’s northeast coast, viewing the quaint white-washed buildings and maybe even dropping anchor at a few bays and coves to swim, sunbathe—or have a private picnic.

Companies such as Kaminaki Boats in Nissaki offer a fantastic way to experience Corfu, with a collection of self-drive boats for you to explore in at your own pace, starting from Kaminaki and northward to Kassiopi or southward to Ipsos. Stops in between include boathouses, tavernas and small, historic coastal towns.

Kaminaki Boats offers smaller 15-horsepower boats for two to six passengers for a more leisurely pace along the coast. If you want to cover more ground (or sea), you can also rent 30-horsepower speedboats. These are faster and more efficient, accommodating up to eight people at a time. Driving the boats is easy, and newbies who haven’t driven a boat before can have driving lessons and tests before renting.

More luxurious options for exploring Corfu

Aside from boat rentals, Corfu also offers a diverse range of charter sea cruises such as sailboat, yacht and catamaran rentals for group and private cruises. This allows you to explore farther off Corfu’s coasts and around the northern and southern Ionian Islands, such as Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Meganisi, Paxos and Zakynthos.

Seasoned sailors can rent private sailboats for a more unique and exclusive navigation experience with boats for up to 10 persons starting at just a little over $1,500 per week. Marina charters offer not just yacht rentals, but also transportation to and from port and airport. You can choose the type of yacht that best suits your charter, budget, water activity, itinerary and lifestyle. From solitary sailing through the Ionian Islands to private, luxury cruise parties, Corfu’s charter companies have everything for everyone.

From Athens, you can reach Corfu by plane, which takes an hour or less. There are several flights available daily in Athens. There are also flights to the island from Thessaloniki. For those who are coming to Corfu by car, the best route is from Athens to Igoumenitsa. From here, ferry rides to Corfu are available every half hour, with the crossing taking one to two hours. Car rentals and driving services from the airports are also available, and there are many scenic routes to take on land on the way to the island.


Jul 20, 2019



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