This week we are bringing you a taste of the Mediterranean, Peter Minaki – a man who knows his dolmades and isn’t afraid to blog about it. The man behind Kalofagas, a nifty website that’s all about Greek, from recipes, to Toronto restaurants, products, and travel, Kalofagas has got it covered. Peter gives his readers great insight to his travels in Greece through his fork and the fresh ingredients that surround him. All of the inspired recipes take a twist on a traditional favourite, making them as unique as the creator. Each of the recipes Peter features on his blog are filled with helpful hints and tricks, to ensure that the final product tastes the way he intended them to taste.
When Peter isn’t in the kitchen mixing up some fresh ingredients, he loves to be in the know of what’s happening in Toronto. Discovering new cultures, cuisines and recipes is what he lives for – if you haven’t figured that out that already. Now on to the dish! OPA!
1. When and why did you start writing about food?
I began my blog Kalofagas back in May of 2007 to show/feature Greek cuisine in a better light…beyond souvlaki and Moussaka.
2. What do you love most about food?
Cooking it, sharing it, eating it and watching people’s reactions to it.
3. What do you do when you aren’t writing about or eating food?
Cooking it. I develop recipes, cook all the dishes on my blog, and photography.
4. Do you cook? If so, what’s your specialty?
Yes, Greek and Mediterranean dishes and I am now organizing and cooking monthly Greek Supper Clubs. I plan a themed menu with Greek dishes for small gatherings in various venues around the city.
5. What’s your favourite type of food(s) and where do you go to get it?
Greek, Mediterranean, fish, seafood, cheeses, traditional dishes from cuisines around the world.
6. What’s your favourite hidden gem?
Artful Dodger, my “local pub”… eclectic clientele, great staff and a good pint over good conversation.
7. What’s your go-to restaurant?
At the moment it is Holy Chuck Burger if I want a decadent burger fix.
8. What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
Seafood dinner at a taverna in Santorini beside a small harbour, boats coming and going, the fish and seafood caught just hours before appearing on my plate.
9. What’s one restaurant you have to try before you die?
French Laundry in Napa Valley.
10. What’s your biggest restaurant pet peeve? (Play nice.)
Any dishes with foam on it. Chefs don’t seem to get NO ONE looks for foam on their plate. What’s the big deal in spooning air on a plate?