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Favorite Pastry Shop

I have been going to this pastry shop called BRAVO which was close to  a Greek-Filipino couple friend’s house. Sometimes, after our visit, Mr. Hubby and I would buy their sweet desserts and pastries, called “pasta” in Greek, it means “pastry or cake.” Last Sunday, we passed by. We bought our desserts for dinner, unfortunately no photos since the palate was more important than anything else that day (lol). We bought their mouthwatering “Sokolatopita”, literally translated to English as “chocolate pie.” In English cookbook, it is simply a buttery chocolate cake. It was for Mr. hubby. Mine was “Pasta Krema Sokolata”, literally translated  as “white cream chocolate pastry.”  It took us awhile to decide which ones to get because we know they all taste great! In addition, we also bought their “Portokalopita”, (in Greek it’s called “orange pie”, but in English cookbook, it’s  a type of cake.) It was another delectable dessert of Bravo. We asked the seller if she made them. Then she replied that some she did; after all the store is their factory. I asked if I can look inside and without hesitation we were showed of their workplace. Out of excitement, I forgot to take photos! I will have to get back there and get some snapshots of my favorite pastry shop in Thessaloniki. 😀  

Oh wait, I actually have photos of Greek orange cake, “Portokalopita.” As you can see, we’ve been indulging on it for almost 2 days. It’s amazing it hold out for that long in the fridge!
When you are around Thessaloniki, come and find a Bravo Pastry Shop and try their assorted desserts “pasta” and “pitas!” 🙂

Bravo Pastry Shop Portokalopita. Only 7€ a box.

Eating it sl.o.o.o.w.ly

Enjoy your meal with yummy desserts from BRAVO!



Modiano Marketplace at Plateia Aristotelous (Aristotle’s Plaza)

(Last year I wasn’t blogging much so I have a heart this year to post photos from years ago. The set of photos on this entry are all from February 2012.)

One of the places I like to walk in Thessaloniki city is in Aristotelous Plateia. It is a long and straight road that starts from Ignatia , going down to Tzimiski, and much farther down to Nikis, the paraliya (beach) area of Thermaikos Gulf. Now, I will talk about the upper area of this place.

Also simply called as “Aristotelous”, the plaza is never out of people. Especially in the morning where all shops and markets are open. Left and right, the modern and old shopping areas connect. So one busy market day, I walked there on my own trying to find fresh feta from Modiano Marketplace. It is an old Jewish-owned Market that saw the richer days of Thessaloniki. The architect was also a Jew, Eli Modiano. His family were the financier of this project. During the Ottoman period, it was the only main marketplace in Thessaloniki selling mostly meat. This area was also a place for different races interaction: Jew, Muslim, and Greek Orthodox to mingle with each other as businessmen. Each of this race will have distinctive jobs. From meat vendors to shoe makers.

Modiano Market of today’s era is a place where you can find anything. From Chinese-made clothes to traditional Greek ornaments; from traditional souvenirs to modern-decorated ones; from fresh food to processed ones.

(It was quite busy that I was afraid I’d get into an accident so I took few quick photos. So here are my finds on that day.)

WANT SOME OLIVES? Available in fresh form, canned, or pickled!

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