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    Posted: 07 Oct 2015 at 2:22pm
So, we are back from our two weeks in Kassiopi. What a lovely two weeks it was. We stayed in Sun Rise Apartments this year and would stay there again. They are to the right of the harbour (as you face the sea), behind the Manessi Apartments. Great location, quiet & peaceful but 2 minutes walk to the harbour and everything Kassiopi has to offer. Our apartment was clean, light, airy, well equipped and very comfortable. The balcony afforded a great view of the castle and the harbour. We spent a couple of hours on it each morning enjoying our pain aux raisin and coffee along with the view. Oh those pain aux raisin! I think they call them raisin & custard croissants in the bakery. We ate far too many of them but they were so good.

The weather was mostly good. Very hot for our first couple of days, we needed the aircon. Our friends stayed at Melina Bay and were very happy there. One of our friends was visiting Corfu for the first time so we thought he might want to be out & about a lot but he was quite content to sunbathe on Kalamionas beach most days. We visited Kalami, Acharavi, Roda, Sidari, Paleocastritsa and Corfu Town. We had a puncture on the hire car (Value Plus replaced the car) and had a wet boat ride to Corfu Town. We also had two dry boat rides to Corfu Town and went in by car. We used the new car park on the main road near the new port –easy to get to and 3€ for all day. In-between we relaxed and pottered around the Kassiopi shops - some interesting new ones and some revitalised previously existing ones.

We had a couple of disappointments – one taverna served me unpeeled king prawns, didn’t provide a fingerbowl until I requested one then the waiter tried to tell me that prawns are always served that way. On the same evening we walked up to a café bar we had used on previous visits and were surprised to be informed that they didn’t serve coffee at that time of the evening. Their ‘waiter’ went on to tell us, in so many words, that if we didn’t like it we could go elsewhere. We did and we didn’t use either of those establishments for the rest of our holiday.

We enjoyed some good food and some great food. Limani has been our favourite lunch spot for a few years now and continues to be so. Harbour Bar was, again, our usual pre-dinner rendezvous. We also had a few post dinner drinks in Virginia’s. We re-visited & enjoyed Kalami Beach Taverna, Sousouro, Petrino & the restaurant at the Melina Bay (delicious seafood saffron risotto on our last night, with peeled prawns). New eateries we tried this year and would happily re-visit in the future were Uncle Simos in Kassiopi, Alegria in Acharavi, Alipa in Paleocastritsa and Bikolis in Peroulades.

Back in 2001, on our first visit to Corfu and staying in Kalami, Porto was the first taverna we ate at in Kassiopi. I had my first tastes of Lamb in Gastra, Bourdheto and Yiouvetsi there and enjoyed them all. We hadn’t been in Porto for several years but noting that it was under new management we decided to try it one night. The Lamb in Gastra was even better than I remembered, my companions enjoyed their meals there too and Porto still has the old photographs of Kassiopi and Corfu Town inside. There are a couple of Corfu Town in 1862.

Our first morning back at home was a rude awakening – no balcony, no view, no sunshine and no pain aux raisin! However we are back in Kassiopi for a week next May, following our first cruise. It’s a few years since we last visited early season so we are looking forward to the lighter evenings and being able to enjoy those views for longer.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Oct 2015 at 4:43pm
Lovely report Deedee, we just got back on Sunday too from Kassiopi, our paths probably crossed, we wandered up to Sunrise both this time and at Easter to try and find some contact details but to no avail, could you let me have them please, you can send me a private message if you do not want everyone to find this little gem.
I bet I know where you were served the prawns without a finger bowl too  Wink

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Oct 2015 at 7:35pm
Thank you Susie B.

I have pm'd you. It's not that I don't want people to find Sun Rise. I'm happy to reccommend them. I think there's a site rule about not posting contact details on the open fora.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Oct 2015 at 10:16pm
Lovely report Deedee...we too enjoyed lunch times at Limani this year :-) Sent you a pm.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Oct 2015 at 5:13pm
Oh Deedee, I do believe we met on the first night we arrived in Kassiopi but I have no recollection.  I blame the 3.15am rise and still being up around 1.15am the next morning.

Nothing to do with the drink at all.

Glad you had such a great time, so did we.

Probably see you again next year.  Annie Embarrassed  x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 3:02pm
We did Annie. You introduced me to your son.

I woke up feeling a little delicate one morning -after a night out with Elliemay!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 7:51pm
Don't blame me. Lol 
That tsipouro cocktail at the end of the meal was good though. I only had a little glass, don't know where the rest went. x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 11:50pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 6:37pm

I'm up for that Sue.    I'm back on 20/05/2016 for 1 week. Are you around then?

Elliemay - I'd forgotton about the Tsipouro! Not blaming you, I poured it down my own neck. It's just that being in such convivial & comfortable company does rather encourage one to lose one's inhibitions.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 7:12pm
The EU are trying to impose a new tax structure on Tsipouro. If they have their way it could be put in the same tax band as imported Whisky.
Here is a link to a Greek Newspaper about the tax hike.

 http://www.ekathimerini.com/202280/article/ekathimerini/community/tax-hike-on-humble-greek-drink-threatens-towns-future
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 7:41pm
Branded Tsipouro, what's that? Lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 8:04pm
 In many locations it is a bottle kept under the counter with no I.D. which the locals know about. A brand, that is something for cattle and horses. Do you know a horse called Tsipouro.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 9:07pm
Just so glad that you enjoyed our night out together in Alegria Deedee. Had a great time too. Thanks. xxx
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I could well be around at the end of May Deedee. Look forward to putting faces to names.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Oct 2015 at 5:33pm
Deedee, it must be the company we keep, surely!!  LOL

Sue Avrio, I wish I could visit May and June and September but there is only one chance of that and that is NO chance.

If you do all meet up, please have a Tsipouro for me as the only one I have tasted is from Kalami Bar, wicked or what?!!  Shocked

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Oct 2015 at 6:43pm
Weeminx,
The tsipouro we had at Alegria in Acharavi was warmed, with orange peel, honey and cinnamon (can't remember any other ingredients Lol). It was then sieved. Tastes lovely but is lethal. Close to rakamelo but that has cloves, not  sure if the rakamelo we had did. Need to write the recipedown next time Aaron tells me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Oct 2015 at 11:23pm
It's got cloves in as well Ellimay.
You can infuse it with anything.
Last year I mixed some pomegranate juice sugar into Tsiporo, worked out pretty well.
This was after a herbalist in Zagoria described how he made a mixture of Tziporo with cranberry juice. He had various different ones, but we only tried that particular one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 2015 at 7:55am
Thanks Bob and Wendy. Couldn't remember. Like the idea of mixing tsipouro with cranberry juice.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Oct 2015 at 2:45pm
What ever you mix it with guys, it is lethal!!!

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