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Hello and welcome!

Hi, I’m Eleanna, the owner of this blog and I’m very happy to meet you!

Are you curious about new places and cultures? Do you enjoy trying new exciting local dishes when you travel or recreate them at home? Then you’re at the right place!

About me

A multicultural heritage

Athens, Crete, Istanbul, Odessa, Moscow, Varna, Bucharest: these are some of the places my family has called home for generations. As a result, even though I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, I had a truly multicultural and multilingual upbringing.

The food we would cook and eat in my family was just as multiethnic as our origins: from my maternal great-grandma’s Cretan cheese and honey pies to my paternal grandma’s Salată de boeuf (the Romanian version of the “Russian Salad”), and from my maternal grandma’s Russian Easter brioche (Kulich) to my maternal grandfather’s favourite snack, French “pain au chocolat” (he was from Istanbul, but grew up in France and spoke fluent French), the cuisine I grew up with was definitely multicultural.

A love for travel

My first travel experience was at the age of 4, when I went on my first airplane trip with my mother, from Athens to Crete. Needless to say, it was “love at first flight”! Going on road trips in Greece and abroad with my parents further fuelled my love for travel. So, as soon as I finished school, I went on my first solo trip abroad. To this day, it is my favourite way to travel. Exploring a new city on my own, camera in hand is when I’m at my happiest!

In Istanbul, my maternal grandfather’s birthplace, in front of the famous Blue Mosque

About the blog

Following my studies in Greece and the UK, I tried a “regular” desk job for a while, but, needless to say, it didn’t make me happy. After several experiments in freelancing (e.g. computer support, English as a foreign language tutor, etc), in 2013 I found my calling in blogging, following a trip to Istanbul, Turkey. I was so excited about the sights and foods of this amazing city, my grandfather’s birthplace, that I felt compelled to share my experience with the world.

Flying Fork Tales is my latest project, born during the pandemic of 2020 (being in lockdown meant a lot of free time!) Here I share with you my latest discoveries, the best-hidden gems, and local delicacies that I find in my hometown Athens, Europe, and beyond.

Whether you plan a city break in Europe, a longer visit, or just want to recreate some exciting new ethnic dishes at home, I hope my blog inspires you to explore all the amazing places and foods this culturally rich continent has to offer.

xoxo,

Eleanna

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