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It’s amazing the hidden gems you can find on your doorstep.

Don’t you just love it when you find somewhere really special?
Especially if it’s a place that serves delicious food. I love, love, love food, what can I say.

Caravan by the Sea, a family owned taverna, is one of those special places in Lesvos. At the first sign of spring I want to jump in the car and head straight there.

This divine little taverna is situated on the water’s edge in Avlaki near Petra, on the North Western side of Lesvos Island.

Only the freshest of ingredients are used in the kitchen and most of them are from their own surrounding garden.

Filio is the chef and you can taste her love of cooking in every delicious mouthful. Everything she cooks is amazing.

Stelios is the super-duper host who looks after every guest beautifully. While both Filio’s and Stelios’s mums lend a helping hand with the preparation you can sometimes find them manning the BBQ.

Caravan is secluded, which adds to its charm and with its proximity to the water all you hear is the gentle lapping of the Aegean Sea.

Visit Caravan at dusk, when the sun sets over the island and casts a beautiful golden glow to the water. It is picture perfect.

And what’s my favourite dish? Well that’s a very difficult question. I love everything! I must say though the Roka Salata and Yia Yia’s Dolmadakia are pretty amazing as are the fresh sardines and the Sfougato Pie. But I always want to eat everything on the menu!

Sadly, the season is coming to an end and I may only get one or two more meals in before Caravan closes for the winter.

My tastebuds will be waiting in anticipation for next spring.

Caravan by the Sea photographed by Claire Lloyd

IMG_4403 Sweetie and I have been on Australian TV! Sadly Sweetie couldn’t make it in person but she was certianly mentioned. Here is the link to Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise. Thank you Samantha and Larry for having me on the show. This weekend I am being interviewed live by Michael McDermott for The Well Informed Traveller . My interview will go out at 7pm Friday night New York time, so take a listen. Also the lovely Laura McWhinnie has posted My Greek Island Home on her fab site This Island Life. Thanks Laura! Matthew Usmar Lauder took this photo of Sweetie and I, thanks x.

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Finally I am sitting down to say thank you M&C Saatchi. Just before Christmas my friend Tom McFarlane suggested I come into the agency and bring my book, My Greek Island Home to sell in their fab canteen. Tom said it was the perfect Christmas gift. He spoke to the lovely Victoria Uriarte and asked her to come up with something tasty for lunch, with a Greek twist. I set myself up in the corner like a proper saleswoman and enjoyed meeting and chatting to various agency folk that came through the door. It was a lovely thing to do everyone was so friendly, a great atmosphere. The food was just yummie, Victoria really went to town. Slow roasted stuffed leg of lamb, chicken poached in red wine with olives, spanakopita, roasted chat potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, Greek salad, tzatziki, green beans with almond’s, figs baked in fig leaves with ricotta and honey, honey soaked vanilla cake with sesame seeds and poached peaches with crushed pistachios and honeyed yoghurt. As you can see from the photos there were smiles all around. What a great place to work, if I worked there I’d never go home. Thank you Tom and Victoria and thank you to all those who purchased a copy of My Greek Island Home, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Starter meze plate of zucchini and feta fritters, chargrilled octopus and skordalia, haloumi, fennel,orange and olive salad.

A cold glass of Tselepos Mantinia Moschofilero.

Grilled swordfish, eggplant relish, spinach puree and watercress salad.

Honey cream, lemon curd, strawberries and toasted almonds.

Christine Manfield’s delicious food inspired by Lyndey Milan and Claire Lloyds books! I can’t wait to get back to Universal for another meal. http://www.universalrestaurant.com/home.html

Thank you Chris Manfield for the delicious lunch today and to Lyndey Milan for talking with me. It was great to see everyone there so a big thank you to you ! A great lunch.

If you love delicious food and love Greece I suggest you book up for lunch at Universal with Lyndey and I. The fabulous Christine Manfield will be cooking up a storm with recipes from both our books. Lyndey and I will be talking about some of our  Greek experiences.

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