Chania, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens

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Mariana & 4 other locals are ready to show you around Chania

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I am an experimental archaeologist-food historian, who recreates Greek historical recipes using ancient or modern techniques for spectacular food events.

In 2009 I founded 'Greek Culinary History & Cooking Adventures' to create interactive, edible experiences that bring historical Greek gastronomy to life through experimental, sensory and public archaeology.

My work takes many forms, including history -themed dinners, historic cooking courses, edible installations, and historical food walking tours.
The walking food tours showcase Cretan gastronomy, culture and history in a unique and attractive way to whoever comes to Chania, with a need to understand and experience the historic and at the same time modern, adventurous and enigmatic city by using all the senses.

I am the author of a Gourmand award-winning cookbook, The Language of Taste, which is a dictionary (in Gr.) of the history and culture of Greek food and the founder and organizer of the biennial Symposia of Greek Gastronomy (conference).

My passions are:

  • Antiques
  • Archaeology
  • Baking
  • Book collecting
  • Books
  • Ceramics
  • Cheese
  • Gastronomy
  • History
  • Meeting People
  • Movies

In my city I have great tips for:

  • Kid-friendly places
  • Shops & markets
  • Local neighbourhoods
  • Hidden gems
  • Culture hubs
  • Historical sights
  • Galleries & museums
  • Art & architecture
  • Parks & nature
  • Restaurants & food
  • Cafés & coffee shops
  • Budget eats

My idea of a great trip is: Understanding cultures through food.

I love my city because: Chania is a melting pot of civilizations!

I have travelled to: England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Morocco.