friday share v4 - greek edition

Friday, June 12, 2009

an absolute huge part of my life growing up, and still to this day, has been my greek heritage.
being a full blooded greek i have a few guaranteed characteristics:
-i'm loud
-i have dark hair and eyes
-i have a family that's always in my business AND a family business
-i have big boobs and a big butt
-i'm allowed to yell OPA! at any given time
-i grew up in the greek orthodox church
the last item about growing up in the church is what this post is about - kind of. it's about growing up working at my annual church summerfest.

this weekend is the
st haralambos greek orthodox church summerfest in canton, ohio. it's a huge deal for the church and has been going on for as long as i can remember.
there's traditional greek food/dancing/music with standard american carnival rides and food as well. as i highlighted last year this time of year my family runs the saganaki booth (flaming cheese), and that's where i will be tonight - working the booth.



i'll be drinking beer, flaming some cheese, eating loukamathes, yelling OPA at random passers by, all while catching up with friends and family.
sounds like the perfect evening to me and i can't wait to eat all the greek food that i associate so much with my church and my youth.

i'll probably eat a candy apple too, cause i can't go to a fair without getting one.

so what's your favorite food festival item? traditional or nontraditional.

33 comments:

  1. I love all food and all festivals, but my favorite is probably funnel cake... or gyros... probably gyros b/c I can make funnel cake at home. Ooh! No, I know my fave now.. fried oreos! I drag my boyfriend all around the state during fair season to get fried oreos. Yum!

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  2. I so wish I had a cultured family background. My mom always says our family is a tossed salad of heritages, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a pinch of this...you get the picture. I have no pride. :( Ah haha oh well, the fair sounds like a blast! Have lots of fun ...


    and I luurvee funnel cakes! (yes I know they are a heart attack on a plate but momma don't care, momma likey!)

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  3. When I think of fairs, I think of funnel cake or elephant ears, depending on where the fair is located! Another form of fried goodness!

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  4. being full blooded Lebanese myself I share the following characteristics with you:

    -i'm loud
    -i have dark hair and eyes
    -i have a family that's always in my business
    -i have big boobs and a big butt
    -i grew up half in the greek orthodox church (my mama's family belongs to the greek orthodox church in Lebanon)

    plus I think our food is similar, no?

    I'd have to say give me some mediterranean food on any given day!

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  5. what is that flaming cheese dish called, Alexa? It's wrapped in philo right? I saw Bourdain eating that one time and it looked AWESOME!

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  6. fried cheese?!?! ohmygod, i could totally get behind that. YUMMY.

    i guess non traditional favorite of mine are RIBS. i know they're not at every fair or festival but they're at this humungo rib fest in reno, nv that i went to once that happens every year and they are seriously to die for.

    have fun this weekend!!

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  7. If I didn't already have plans for this evening, I would so be making the drive to Canton to drink beer and eat fried cheese with you. For real.

    My favorite festival is the Italian Festival! Nothing beats drinking in the middle of the street.

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  8. hands down favorite fair food meal—a dirusso's sausage sandwich...walk around a little bit, ride the paratrooper, and then later...a hot apple dumpling with ice cream.

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  9. All I saw was flaming cheese and my mouth started watering.

    OPA!

    I don't think Irish girls can say that.

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  10. Definitely funnel cakes. I know they're very common, but I still love them.

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  11. I want to go to that festival!

    Also, I love fried oreos. Mmmmm...

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  12. OK, I love funnel cake but it's so unhealthy that I don't eat it. At the last festival I went to, I actually had Greek food--a gyro. Yummy.

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  13. Oh wow! I so wish I could go to your festival - I love anything to do with cheese and flaming cheese is rad.

    I think my fave festival food is also funnel cake. I never have it otherwise, and it's SO GOOD.

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  14. seeing as my two favorite food groups are basically CHEESE and FRIED, this sounds like the best idea in the entire world.

    i always have to get a funnel cake when i'm at a fair. and then i eat like 1/8th of it and want to die, and pawn it off on whoever i'm with ;-P

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  15. So... I'm from Colorado right? We'd always go to the rodeo and get those big ole' turkey legs. Yum!

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  16. I'm going to yell "OPA!!!" off the roof tonight at HH, just for you.

    I'll send it to you in a voice note. ;-)

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  17. I heart saganaki! Yum, yum, yum!

    As a kid, we always went to the Canfield Fair in Ytown over Labor Day weekend. My brother and I loved Krazy Kones...sherbet-like cones that supposedly got colder as the weather got hotter.

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  18. Um, I love fried cheese on a stick!!!! its like a coney dog only instead of a nasty hot dog its filled with CHEESE!!!!!

    second to that is ice cream on a stick. with nuts.

    flaming cheese sounds right up my alley!

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  19. who knew flaming cheese was so damn good. My neighbors were from Greece and they always brought over homemade food. Loves it!

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  20. I wish I was greek a lot of times just so I can say Opa without people looking at me weird. Flaming cheese looks great btw.:D

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  21. mmmm... flaming cheese!!! yum!

    my face has to be a tie between elephant ears and homemade fresh strawberry shortcake! mmmmm...

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  22. fried cheese curds, funnel cakes, brats with sauerkraut, shaved ice (snow cones), gyros, apple dumplings...gimme everything!

    flaming cheese is definitely next on my list...god i'm hungry all of a sudden.

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  23. Seattle has a lot of festivals at the Seattle Center - namely, The Bite of Seattle every year. Throughout all the festivals in the area though, there are a few booths that tend to be at every one that I can't live without - roasted corn (you get an ear of corn with butter dripping down it, and there's about 20 bottles of different spices and seasonings to shake on it), Berringer Farm strawberry shortcake (a HUGE bowl made with real shortcake and whip cream), and peroshkies - Russian bread dumplings filled with cabbage, potatoes, etc.

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  24. i am so jealous, that sounds like so much fun. yay for the greekness! i love all greek food, seriously so freakin tasty.

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  25. I might be hitting up this festival this weekend! I love Greek food and I am living in Akron!

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  26. I remember when you posted about this last year!!!!

    Damn, time flies.

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  27. Oh boo. I always wanted to go to the Greek Festival with you! When's it making it's way to SLC?? EH???

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  28. I have two fair food rules - 1) I always get corn dogs. 2) I always try something I've never had. I may have to revoke the corn dog rule since I've gone "flexitarian" since February, but then again... I might have to make that my exception...

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  29. When I was six I threw up three times at a fair and then was sick with food poisoning for the next 24 hours. That's a traumatic experience at six and so I still just don't eat food at fairs. It's really sad.

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  30. I hope this doesn't offend you, but I'll give you a huge slap on the butt when I finally get to meet you. Promise to be gentile. Food fairs are second nature in Wisconsin, bring on the fried cheese!

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  31. Despite not having a bit of Greek in me, I kinda want to adopt the random shouting of OPA! It sounds like fun.

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  32. That sounds absolutely amazing. Flaming cheese? Yes, please.

    On a similar, but somewhat unrelated note: I wish we had a Greek restaurant around these parts. I miss the food.

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