The Distinctive and Authentic Flavors of Mykonos

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Most visitors to Mykonos for the first time are probably looking forward to sampling the renowned Mediterranean diet. However, many might not know that it was actually American Physiologist Ancel Keys who after studying diets from seven different countries in the 1940s and 50s found that individuals in Greece had the lowest rates of heart disease and lived the longest despite having a high intake of fat.
Although not gaining the immediate recognition of its health benefits it deserved then, later in 1993, Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Preventative Medicine and Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Prevention and Professor of Epidemiology went ahead and developed the Mediterranean diet Pyramid under the auspices of Harvard University.
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This time, the two professors focused more on demonstrating that the nutritious diet of a high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, a moderate to high consumption of fish, a moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), a moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of meat products did in fact, promote a healthier lifestyle and a considerable reduction in coronary heart disease.
On Mykonos as throughout Greece, visitors can sample a variety of appetizing and nourishing dishes that culturally define the Mediterranean diet. Their distinct unmistakable flavors are due to the use of fresh seasonal produce, olive oil, olives, appropriate ingredient combination, culinary herbs, garlic, onion, lemon or vinegar. Even fresh crisp salads are garnished with fresh herbs and a vinaigrette dressing.

Different variety of legumes; peas and beans etc are used in many of the Greek recipes and are particularly suitable for vegetarians. They are rich in protein, low in fat, high in fiber and are very easy to prepare with a little olive oil, lemon, tomatoes and herbs. Many of the Mykonos restaurants serve these traditional wholesome dishes along with their usual meat or fish menus.
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It goes without saying that on Mykonos, diners will be able to find every kind of fresh fish, seafood dishes and shellfish there is. Traditionally, Greeks have always consumed fatty fish, such as sardines and anchovies which prevent heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and even depression.
However, there are many different mouth-watering recipes with squid, shrimps, octopus, salmon, tuna, swordfish and mussels which restaurants serve with dips such as “Taramosalata”; made from the salted and cured roe of the cod or the carp mixed with either bread crumbs or mashed potato, and lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil.  “Skordalia”; a garlic dip is also very popolar. Ouzo and fine Greek wines usually accompany these superb island dishes.
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Perhaps the perfect dessert to follow your sumptuous Mykonos meal would be a bowl of delicious Greek yoghurt topped with locally produced honey and nuts. The smooth, thick creamy texture also makes it a great breakfast meal too.
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Finally, here at the Palladium Boutique Hotel our elegant restaurants offer a wide variety of excellent cuisine including beautifully prepared local specialities, International and healthy vegetarian meals. There are tasty appetizers and delicious desserts to whet the appetite, and an extensive wine and cocktail list. We are proud to offer the best in Mykonos dining in one of the most spectacular settings on the island.
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The Palladium Boutique Hotel has one of the finest chefs on Mykonos who delights in preparing innovative appetizers such as this mouth-watering, chilled strawberry soup.
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The Palladium Hotel’s restaurant, “La Veranda” serves tender grilled pork steaks in a marinade of oregano, garlic and lemon.
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Add a touch of fresh lemon and olive oil to bring out the flavor of La Veranda’s wonderful grilled shrimps.
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“Stin ygeis sas” (cheers) and welcome to the distinctive and authentic flavours of Mykonos at the Palladium Boutique Hotel.
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Platys Gialos Beach 84600
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Mykonos, Greece
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