Monday, 25 April 2011

Christos Anesti!: A Greekster Story

I see the question marks in your eyes. N. What are you talking about? What is Greekster? Greek + Easter = Greekster. Well let me tell you, it should be it's own Holiday. You think you know Easter? Think again. I must say, in my 27 years of existence, the evening I lived through last night was the most intense Holiday party of my life. If you are unaware of what is a Greek Easter, let me give you a little lowdown. Then again, last night was a true PARTY! The host will probably not read this blog, but I thank her and her family from the bottom of my heart for putting on such a fiesta!

Just picture. 150 people. Full lamb (eyes and all people, EYES AND ALL) roasting on the grill. Enough appetizers to feed an army. Dancing. Drinking. Main meal will remain a meal that goes down in deliciousness history. Candy Bar. Need I go on?

For the Greeks, Easter is a feast. I was lucky enough to have some very close family friends who enjoy the true means of a good party.  I knew the second I walked out of my car that this party wouldn't be like any other. Down the road, I could smell the lamb cooking and the intense Bouzouki music playing. For those that are unknown to Bouzouki, let me give you a little taste.


As I walked into the background, to my surprise, the lamb I smelled roasting was quite something.... I was in Greece. The music, the alcohol, the food. Oh I was excited!

THE LAMB! Photo courtesy of KG.
Oh yes! You thought I was joking? I don't joke. What a sight! And to think that I later on inhaled so many pieces of this delicious lamb. I just don't want to make the connection. There was enough food there for the whole 150 us and more. The host likes to innovate by adding new things to the party every year and she throws a big Easter party like this every year. You better believe that I will be there next year! It's a huge family celebration. Many people were there with their families, or with their close friends. Everyone is happy, nice and well celebrating this holiday. After chowing down on lemon chicken, lamb chops, grilled shrimp, mini BLTs, mini Sloppy Joe sliders, and countless glasses of wine, we were finally ready for the main course. As the entire 150 of us made it inside for the Easter Greek prayer, we were all anxious to try out this lamb that had been cooking there for hours. Let me tell you. My entire body - clothes, hair, you name it, still smell like lamb. Everyone went silent and we inhaled the lamb, the delicious salads, risotto, yabra (oh yes there was some Leb in there!), and grilled chicken.

Once dinner was over...that's when the real party started, just when I spotted the Grappa come out. How I got myself into this? I still don't know. But there I stood at a table with all men, serving me shots of Grappa. I thought Grappa was meant to be enjoyed and not taken as a shot, but the younger men of the place, probably Buena or Cavalli goers, were downing that Grappa like it was going outta style. That was probably the highlight of my night. Sipping Grappa with a bunch of 50-60 year old men. They took me into their little boys club, made sure I didn't have too much, and we all stood there enjoying the.. soothing.. effect of the Grappa.

It's GRAPPA time!!
After I couldn't take any more shots of Grappa, I made my way upstairs to find a huge candy bar! Mini Eggs, Jujubes, M&Ms, you name it, all in Easter colors of course, with mini baggies to pick your own selection. Just as I was stuffing some Mini Eggs down my bag....THE POLICE SHOWS UP. Hmm Hello Crazy Easter Party. You know you're at Greekster when the cops show up! They checked around, I can't really go into details, we even offered them some chocolates for the road, which they kindly declined. And shortly after, left our party and decided to not give us any trouble. Aw. This night was just getting better and better.
Candy Bar!
After the candy bar, came the dessert table. Yes, it's never-ending. Cakes galore. Cheesecake, chocolate cake, chocolate lovers cheesecake, fruit, cookies, pastries, cheese, hmm. there is more. Portuguese cakes. It was a mix of cultures on that dessert table. But my stomach couldn't take it. I just had a little and decided to call it a night in terms of food. We then made our way outside, and the troopers were still there, enjoying an evening smoke. We all sat outside, laughed at each others ridiculous late night jokes, and I just wondered to myself, wow Greekster is AWESOME, how come I had never done this before!! I finished the night with a couple sips of Grappa before heading to my bed and I must say, the Greeks sure know how to party!!!

Just part of the dessert table...
So.....if you don't know any Greek families, GET TO KNOW ONE because you won't want to be missing Greekster. I know this event will be one to never ever miss. A true success, a true food explosion, an awesome evening and boy did I meet some great people!

Until next year....

N.

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