My Food Experiences
Our walking food tour combines tasty food tasting, food history, politics, and culture. It begins with a light breakfast and unforgettable Cretan ...
Chania, GreeceView Experience
This lesson is for those who want to learn about the history, the healing powers of the most popular Cretan wild greens and herbs and how to use them ...
Chania, GreeceView Experience
Fantastic experience! Mariana has a lot of knowledge of not only cooking but also history and culture. We really enjoyed lessons. I would like to come again to her beautiful garden near future.
Mariana Is a very knowledgeable host and I truly enjoyed the bread and wine making she demonstrated. I am so looking forward to her sending us the recipes The lunch she prepared was delicious and I am definitely going to make it for family. If you are a foodie you will enjoy her company and everything she offers.
Mariana was a wondeful host. I had the good fortune of having a private tour. I loved how she provided an insight into Cretan life/history while sampling a large variety of food. I would have enjoyed seeing the farmer's market with her but this occurred only on Saturdays and was not suitable for my schedule. She sent me additional inforrmation with recommendations on sites and restaurants that we visited and thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend!!!!
This was for me a very memorable experience. Mariana is not only a cook but a formally trained in Archaeologist and Sociologist with an emphasis on trends in food developed over many centuries. As Mariana made the cheeses and breads she outlined the trends through conquering nations, culinary explorers and their adaptation to Cretan cuisine. Her explanation of the historical introduction of certain foods and cooking techniques to Crete and beyond made this much more than a "here's the recipe" course. Sitting in the garden surrounded by olives trees, hanging the freshly made cheese on the tree to strain, whilst a variety of breads with and without toppings cooked in several open stone fires and an outside oven (fourno), made this, to me, a valuable and enjoyable learning experience. Before leaving Australia I was baking bread in a cast iron pot. Mariana explained the emphasis on clay pot cooking in Crete and a number of techniques, their historical roots and their uses today. Thank you Mariana and her husband John for being fine and accommodating hosts.
We had a wonderful time on our tour with Mariana. Not is her knowledge of food, best locals and local preparation techniques fascinating, but her background in the history and culture of the island provided an additional layer of understanding and interest to everything we were eating. Mariana is very knowledgeable and took us to some fantastic spots. We ate very well! She even gave us the best recommendation for a restaurant we tried on another island after leaving Crete. We would absolutely recommend this tour with Mariana. Thank you!!!