First Night in Athens

Our layover in Zurich was a hectic one. I thought two and a half hours was plenty of time to make our next flight. Well, when you lose each other and you don’t have your phone or passport on you it can be quite a hassle. Luckily, we still made our flight. It was only a couple more hours until Athens. By the way, the scenery of Switzerland was gorgeous. I have to come back someday!

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Zurich Layover

Even though we lost a good amount of time trying to find each other, I couldn’t leave the airport without some Swiss snacks!

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Rivella Soft Drink
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Swiss Gingerbread with Marzipan Filling
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Goldkenn Praline
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Almost There

Helloooooo, Athens! I was so excited to be in Greece! After getting our luggage, we went straight to the taxi line outside the airport. I had the address of our apartment in hand and showed it to the driver. There was a hotel with a similar name and he dropped us off at the wrong place. Oops! Fortunately, it was not too far from our actual place and we found another taxi that dropped us off at the correct location. It was located on a quiet street, but right by all the action. It was perfect. Our balcony had an awesome view too!

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Balcony View

I always look forward to finding a place to eat for the first night at any destination. After walking around for a bit, I noticed a small alley leading to a nice courtyard where dim lighting and plants surrounded the tables. Daphne’s Restaurant is a rustic-chic spot offering classic Greek dishes. I was more than ready for my first meal in Greece!

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Dinner at Daphne’s
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Outdoor Seating

I ordered a glass of their red wine. Good stuff.

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House Red
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Cheers

We started off with some bread and olive tapenade. Okay, so I don’t like olives…at all. I still tried it though.

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Bread and Olive Tapenade

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The Greek Salad had large chunks of tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, olives, and feta cheese. Oh how I love feta cheese!

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Greek Salad

The Dolmades, or stuffed grape leaves, were filled with a mixture of ground lamb, rice, and spices. They were topped with a yogurt and garlic sauce.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves
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Appetizers

The Lamb Fricassee was very good. It had plenty of leafy greens and a nice tangy egg-lemon sauce.

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Lamb Fricassee

I decided to try their Moussaka for my entree. I really enjoyed it. Layers of spiced meat, eggplant, and potato cooked in a tomato sauce and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce are baked until golden brown.

Daphne's
Moussaka
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Dinner

You cannot end dinner without a couple Ouzo shots!

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Ouzo Shots

We walked around after dinner and stumbled upon Athens Sports Bar. Well it was the start of the NFL football season, so we were able to catch a few games while enjoying a couple Greek beers. Nice!

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Athen Sports Bar
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NFL Games
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Mythos Draft

Daphne’s Restaurant
Lisikratous 4
Athens, Greece 10558
+30 21 0322 7971
Website

Athens Sports Bar
Veikou 3
Athens, Greece 11742
+30 21 0923 5811
Website

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Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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