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Day 19: Athens

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Day 19: Everything was closed, I couldn't buy any bread or any sort of produce for breakfast. I was sad. I happened to see some guy walking down the street with a big bag of tomatoes and asked him where he got them, he said he bought them yesterday and he gave me two! That was so kind and it made my morning. The rest of the day I spent hiking up and down the hills around the Acropolis because everything else was closed.
Then in the afternoon, I just wandered around getting the feel for the city while dropping by every church and monument that didn't require opening hours.
I went to a horrible restaurant at night. I had to walk through a lot of pee puddles, graffiti and abandoned buildings at dusk to get there. It should've been great, but I wasn't impressed. The orzo shrimp dish I ordered tasted like smelly feet. Really. Here is my review for "A Little Taste of Home".
I went here with high expectations, hoping for something "better than sex" as another reviewer has written.

There are four reasons why I'm giving a poor review.

1. The waitress just plunked down an open 2 euro bottle of water in front of me. I didn't ask for it, I thought it was a gift. Normally I never buy bottled water. The tap water in Greece is fine, why would you push unsustainable plastic products onto your customers like that if it's not a cheap money grab?

2. I ordered what I thought would be a delicious Greek comfort food dish, orzo with shrimp. I don't know what was in it, but I believe there was some old cheese that got into it somehow. It tasted like stinky smelly feet. When another waiter asked me how I liked it, I had to be honest and said what I thought.

3. There is no coffee and no tea. WHAT?

4. I met some nice people across from me and they asked me what I ordered and if it was good. I told them I had the orzo and that it was bad. The waitress overheard me. She said "PLEASE MA'AM"... and turned to them saying "It's a nice dish, really"... Wow, do you really want me to lie to your customers for you? Who do you think I am? I saved you from another bad review, missus.

On the other hand, the owner took the time to show me that his cheese was fresh and that he had no idea why I tasted smelly feet. But dammit I am not picky and I would never lie. It really tasted like smelly feet. Anyway he even sat down with me and gave me a chocolate mousse and some mastiha as consolation. I really appreciated that, but I would have been happier with a some sort of discount or a write-off of my meal so that I could just forget the whole thing. I didn't actually want dessert, (I had declined it but they brought it to me anyway) even though the chocolate mousse was amazing. (I don't believe there's no sugar in it by the way, I know what 100% cocoa tastes like and that's not it)


Posted by baixing 13:20 Archived in Greece Tagged athens

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