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20 June 2006


Ted Laskaris

Many years ago, I was taken by a friend to a Greek kafenion in the middle of a large Texas town. I do not remember the name of the establishment, but that was a real kefenion, complete with marble-topped tables and the calendars from Greece on the walls.

Another time, I was traveling through northwestern Florida and I stopped at what I thought was a fish restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It turned out that the owner was from the Brachami neighborhood in Athens... and in the back of the restaurant he, too, had a kafenion, small but with all the little details in place. He even brewed Greek coffee using the briki (the small pot with a long handle) which he placed in a sand box that had a gas fire underneath. This was really sophisticated Greek coffee brewing!

As for Ted leading the way, I'm glad you've chosen to set up this blog because you are a natural blogger (this is a cold-blooded estimate - I can be nasty when I need to). So, yes, I'll take some of the credit, but, ultimately, it is one's own good job that brings it all together. Blog away!

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