Greek Parea welcomes anyone who enjoys the good life

Be part of the Greek Parea and explore your roots

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Greek “Parea” Companionship Fan

It is almost inarguable that the world of Ancient Greece could well be dubbed the birthplace of modern civilization. From the ancient Greeks we get our idea of democracy, the blueprint for the modern republic, and some of the most brilliant political writings to date. Not only was Greece a political model for the modern world, but there are so many contributions to culture and society the Ancient Greeks gave us it is almost impossible to list them all.

Greece is a country bordering on the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, a beautiful place abounding in pastures and forests, craggy hills, rocky cliffs, and miles of white sand beaches trimming azure blue crystal clear waters. From this land we know the conquest of Troy, the great name of Alexander the Great, and the brilliant poetry of Horace and Homer. Everyone is familiar with the great plays Equus and Oedipus, among others, and the well-known philosophies of Aristotle and Plato.

Ancient Greeks and modern Greeks

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Greece

From the Greeks we get the complex and vibrant stories of mythology, the gods Zeus and Apollos, the god-man Hercules, the goddesses Athena and Hera, and the many wood nymphs, centaurs and sirens. The Greeks made great contributions to science, mathematics and art besides their astounding literature.

The ancient Christians considered the Greeks to be worthy and brilliant targets for their relatively new religion, and many of the original texts of the New Testament were written in the ancient Greek language. The Greeks eventually embraced Christianity and Constantinople was the first center for Christianity. Today many Greeks consider themselves Eastern Greek Orthodox. However, in the small villages nestled in the cliffs by the sea, there are still some who call on the gods for help in their everyday concerns.

It is no wonder then, that modern Greeks are a proud race, jealous of their culture. Notwithstanding their lofty and magnificent heritage, the Greeks of today are a warm people, who welcome others to celebrate their music, dance, costumes, and distinctive cuisines which includes the well-known ingredients of lamb, beef, goat’s milk and cheeses, honey and nut encrusted desserts, and liquor, especially their own Greek ouzo.

The Parea, a word which literally means “companionship”

On the internet, on facebook and twitter, you can find groups of Grecophiles who band together to celebrate Greek life and Greek culture. These groups are known as the parea, a word which literally means “companionship” but which encompass all aspects of enjoyment of life: hopes, fears, dreams, loves, aspirations and experiences all to the tune of Greek music, dance, theater, art, travel and cuisine.

ancient greek dance Greek Parea welcomes anyone who enjoys the good lifeThe Greek Parea is a unique venue in which you can explore your roots while bonding with other people who enjoy everything Greek. Members of the Parea include chefs, musicians artists, poets actors and those who just love the culture and want to be part of it. The parea travel, talk and share all that life has to offer, all in the context of the great Greek traditions and innovations that inspired a phenomenal culture that left its thumbprint on almost every modern society today.

The Greek Parea welcomes anyone who enjoys the good life, and the good people who are part of it. Venues for the Greek parea can be found online, or in any restaurant, theater, coffeshop, Greek Tavern, bar or bistro which boasts Greek culture and Greek cuisine.

Let the ouzo flow. Savor the dripping honey on the baklava. Recite the Iliad. Travel, dance, sing, talk, hug and kiss. Enjoy life and let new worlds open for you in the company of joyful people. Find the parea, and let the adventures begin. Be part of the Greek parea. It is at your fingertips.

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Greek Meatballs (Keftedakia) Recipe

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Greek Meatballs (Keftedakia)

An amazing quick and simple popular traditional Greek recipe of baked meatballs with the traditional Greek name “keftedes” or “keftedakia” (small meatballs).

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 5 slices of old white bread, without crust
  • 2 lb. (I kg) very finely ground lean beef or lamb
  • 2 medium-sized grated onions and two minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs. each of finely chopped mint and parsley
  • Salt and pepper, 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 eggs, beaten, oil for frying

Meat Balls – Keftedakia recipe Directions:

Soak the bread in water, then squeeze it very dry and mix well with all the other ingredients except the oil to form a firm paste – a food processor is ideal for this purpose.

Allow to rest in refrigerator for an hour, then form into small balls, roll in flour, coating them well, and fry in hot oil.

Place the meatballs (keftedes) in a colander lined with kitchen paper to drain for a minute or two but take care to serve them as hot as possible. Makes enough for 6 when combined with other Greek mezedes and a traditional Greek salad.

Do you want more Greek traditional recipes? Visit AllGreekSalads.com or Get the All Greek Salads Recipes Android App on Google Play.


Holidays in Lefkada Island Greece

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Porto Katsiki Beach Lefkada

Lefkada (Lefkas) is a beautiful island in the Ionian Sea, which is separated from Mainland Greece by a 25-meter artificial canal and two bridges connect it. Lefkada is characterized by beautiful beaches, impressive sites, mountainous terrain, lush landscape and hospitable inhabitants, making it one of the finest vacation destinations in Greece.

Lefkada Town

Lefkada Town, the capital of the island, has its own special personality, with its tile roofed buildings and surrounding green landscape. The fortress of Agia Mavra, located a short distance from the capital, hosts the Festivals of Literature and Art every summer. The main square is the meeting place of Lefkada Town and is packed with people every evening. The church of Agios Spyridonas is on its northwest side is worthwhile a visit. The heart of the town is along the main street, which leads to the main square. There you can enjoy a soft drink or the special local almond emulsion “soumada” in one of the quaint cafes.

Vassiliki Village

Vassiliki is a scenic fishing village, located 38 km from Lefkada Town, with a well-developed tourist infrastructure, small whitewashed houses, a picturesque harbour and a stunning beach. The bay of Vassiliki is one of the best known areas for windsurfing in the Mediterranean. Apart from Vasiliki Bay, there are many other bays in the area with golden sandy beaches such as Agiofyli and Porto Katsiki. From Vassiliki Harbor a ferry departs twice a week for Kefalonia and Ithaki. In Vassiliki there are an abundance of restaurants and taverns that served local delicacies, as well as scenic cafe, bars and night clubs for your night time entertainment. Vassiliki also possesses plenty of hotels, apartments, studios, villas and rooms for rent that offer comfortable accommodation.

Lefkada Beaches

The shores of Lefkada are full of exquisite beaches and crystal clear waters that range from deep blue to emerald green in color. On the western side, visitors can swim at Pefkoulia, Agios Nikitas, Kathisma, Mylos beaches and the top of them, Egremni Beach and Porto Katsiki Beach , while Vasiliki Bay and Agiofili Beach are located in the south. Gyra and Ai Yiannis are located on the northern side of the island, while to the east are the beaches of Nikiana, Nydri, Vlychos and Mikros Gialos.

Local Cuisine & Nightlife

Lefkada has an excellent local cuisine, with tasty traditional dishes. To start off, we suggest you sample the local sausages and salami. For your main course, you can try whitebait pies, “savoro” (fish marinated in rosemary and raisins), “bourgeto” (fish in a tomato and onion sauce), squash pie and cabbage pie. Lefkada Town is the place where the island’s nightlife entertainment is concentrated, although Nydri and Vasiliki are worthy competitors.

 

Onychomycosis – Nail Fungus Infection

foot fungus treatment healthy nails Onychomycosis   Nail Fungus InfectionOnychomycosis, also known as “Ringworm of the Nail,” is the clinical term for a fungal infection of the nail. While the term can refer to an infection of either the finger or toenails, the toes, in particular, provide a more conducive environment for the fungus to flourish, and thus most infections will be found there.

The dominant symptoms—thickened, yellowing, crumbly and/or brittle nails—can occasionally apply to other conditions, making hard statistics on infection rates difficult to pin down. The prevalence of onychomycosis has been pegged as low as 6% in the adult population, and as high as 12-15%. The percentages escalate dramatically, though, over the age of 50. Infection rates of nail fungus  in children are low, almost nonexistent.

Several fungal species can cause onychomycosis. The most common are dermatophytes, simple parasitic fungi that feed on keratin, the dominant protein in the nail. These fungi flourish in warm, moist, and enclosed environments, all traits which leave toenails particularly vulnerable. That is not to say that everyone is equally susceptible. The nails of the young and healthy, for the most part, can usually defend themselves, unless other factors are involved. But with advanced age, the nail becomes weakened and is less able to fight off the fungus on its own. Other risk factors include diabetes and immunodeficiency, poor hygiene, nail trauma (which reduces the nail’s ability to protect itself), athlete’s foot, hyperhydrosis (extreme sweating) or any other overexposure of the nails to wet conditions.

Along with the aforementioned symptoms, severe cases can result in the nail detaching completely, or worse, can lead to dangerous secondary infections. Those with already weakened immune systems or diabetes are particularly vulnerable to these secondary problems.

The combination of low price, comprehensive treatment approach, natural ingredients, and lack of dangerous side effects have made homeopathic solutions the preferred method for getting rid of toenail fungus for good. For the first time, nail fungus infections have met their match. Some natural nail fungus remedies like tea Tree, Jojoba, Almond, Lemongrass Oils soothes and moisturizes the skin, and prevents itching and irritation are ideal remedies to treat toenail fungus. Some patients recommend a home remedy vicks vapor rub to treat toenail fungus  and they protest that is very effective and can clear up fungus very fast.

Enjoy Breathtaking Sites During Your Holidays In Thassos

The world of Thassos is perfection and beauty harmonized with elegance. Not anybody in their right mind would leave out the Island in their travel plans. Holidays in Thassos are unique and come with a unique crystal mien that makes a person curse when that time to go home is nigh after the holiday, since the beauty of the island is ultimately addictive.  If you have never gone to a place that might leave you wondering what you have been doing wasting your time and money in other unsatisfactory destinations, then holidays in Thassos will most likely leave you wondering whether to refuse to go home or spend an extra day in the island.

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Thassos Skala Potamia

The first sites you set your eyes on even before you know what the ground of Thassos feels like, is the sea. The royal blue body of water makes you conjure an image of the gods having a bath in one of the most clear and elegant waters that the globe has the joy of holding. The clarity of the water seems to tempt you to throw yourself from the plane and enjoy the best that nature endowed on the island.

When going for a vacation, one looks either for adventure or for luxury and comfort. Adventure obviously screams Africa since that is the one place that you can get a taste of nature at its best. But when it comes to relaxing and just enjoying the sunset, then a Luxury Thassos hoteluri should be your best bet to give you that and so much more. Ever been to Greece? Well, why don’t you make your next vacation all about it? You will get a taste of the Greek history no doubt but also a taste of the Greek sun that is described as one of the best. Wake up in the too-beautiful-to-describe rooms of the Luxury Thassos hotels as you watch the sun emerge from the Aegean Sea.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

student loans debt Teacher Loan ForgivenessCongress and lawmakers have provide a law that have many benefits and ways to eliminate debts, to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program or (TLFP) aims to solve the issue of teacher loan debt, and give the ability to teachers to apply if they teach full time for five consecutive academic years at schools that serve low-income families by the U.S. Department of Education and meet other qualifications. The TLFP grants loan cancellation of up to $17,500 for teachers in certain specialties and up to $5,000 for other teachers, who teach for five years in certain low-income schools and meet other presuppositions. Teachers in an elementary or secondary public or private nonprofit school could qualify for a federal loan forgiveness program, need to send hard copies of the completed Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application Form for 2012 and the required documentation.

Another way to eliminate and successfully discharging debts and control teachers and students finances again is to consolidate loans.  It is possible to consolidate private student loans and federal student loans together and to summarize into one, easy to make monthly payment and in some cases students can consolidate these loans to a lower monthly payment, this is not always the best solution because the borrower if consolidate may lose the tax benefits of federal loans.

11 ways to know if your Greek

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Amazing comedic satire video for Greeks

From Marios Kappos and his cousin “parea” in 3 parts

How to Know if you are 100% Greek

Mario and Adam “parea” are going to tell you if you are 100% Greek (“Gamoto Ellina”)

  • If the only Greek cafe you drink is “Papagalos Loumidis” and you slowly burn it, and when served it it has bubbles at the top, your Greek (“Gamoto Ellina”)
  • If you like to gossip with Mrs Katina your neighbor across the street, your Greek (“Gamo ton Ellina”)
  • If you go to a fast food restaurant at four in the morning and say …”Hey boss get three Gyros with everything on it and one coca cola oh..your Greek (“Gamoto Ellina”)
  • If you have a satellite dish and you catch at least three greek channels your Greek (“Gamo ton Ellina”)
  • If you have your shirt half way unbuttoned and your chest hair are showing along with your chain and cross , your Greek (“Gamoto Ellina”)
  • If you go to a club and they are playing foreign music and you go to the Dj and say… “Hey malaka put on some greek music so we can dance” your Greek
  • If you have a store that is the only income for your family … and you close it to go watch the big soccer game Panathinaikos – Olympiakos, you are Greek Do i even have to say that your Greek ?
  • If you only watch soccer and football and and you don’t care for any other sport then you must be Greek
  • If the only thing your father watches is soccer and the Greek version of Deal or no Deal you are Greek (“Gamoto Ellina”)
  • If you have a kobloi and you are smooth with it as Larry Bird was hitting threes, your Greek
  • If you have a point and you start flailing your arms as if you are playing badminton you are Greek! Ellinara!

  • When your driving and you see a stop sign and you don’t stop, you are Greek
  • If you can express a range o emotions with one word, “Pou echeis paei re malaka”, you are Greek
  • If your dog understands Greek “Paw”, “Talk”, “Roll over”, “Sit”, you are Greek
  • If you think every price has room for negotiation…”How much is this buddy” “5 euros” 5? I’ll give you 3, Alright give me 4, This is the cheap shit take 2,..you are Greek
  • if you ask your dad for new soccer shoes… and says What did you just say? Let me tell you something…”One time i found a soccer shoe in the bushes And everyone called me the man, and you know why everyone called me the man? Because i was the only one in the village to have a soccer shoe. So work and buy yourself a pair. You gotta work…work. So you know what sweat and hardwork is … True.
  • If you drink tea from the mountains with metaxa or ouzo, to deal with any sickness or problem, you are Greek
  • If you are ready to go out and your dad says….Mario, where you going? Downtown? Don’t embarrass the family, you understand? behave? you are Greek
  • When you go to a club and you dance in a circle … , you are Greek
  • If you go to church, to pick up girls, you are Greek
  • When you driving and you see someone you know and you stop in the middle of the road to talk to them, and you don’t care if people are beeping you …, , you are Greek
  • If you do this much work, making these kind of a videos…, you are Greek

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