Chicago 2011 – Part Five

Each year we try to introduce the band students to a type of cuisine they may not be familiar with. Last year we had lunch in Chinatown; this year it was supper at the Parthenon. Yum – I love Greek food!


Chicago 2011 - MuralsThe walls of the Parthenon are painted with gorgeous Greek trompe-l’œil paintings intended to make you feel like you’re at a Greek villa. They make me want to visit Greece someday – maybe that’s part of the intent too.


Chicago 2011 - GirlsSome of “my” kids; as I consider all of the band students to be. They confessed that they were looking forward to trying the Greek food, but were nervous too. Teacher and I were looking forward to it with no reservations.


Chicago 2011 - BreadThe first item to come out was this beautiful bread. I’m still trying to lose the last ten “baby” pounds from Little Guy pathetic since he’s almost five I resisted the bread, but everyone else ooh’d and ahh’d over it. It did smell realllly good.


Chicago 2011 - Flaming CheeseNext up was a showstopper: Saganaki. Not only were the kids impressed by the flaming cheese, most of them thought it was yummy.

Saganaki reminds me of a Wisconsin favorite: deep-fried cheese curds, except that the cheeses are different in each. Saganaki is made with kesseri cheese, while cheese curds are made from… well… cheese curds!


Chicago 2011 - SaganakiIt was definitely a hit; half gone before I could snap a photo!


Chicago 2011 - Gyro MeatGyro meat was next. Teacher and I expected pitas and tzatziki sauce too, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be made into sandwiches because they never brought any. Not that I’m complaining; the meat alone was soooo good; rich and flavorful with a bit of crispness along the edges.

Now I’m craving Gyros for supper!


Chicago 2011 - Greek SaladA beautiful Greek salad followed. I love Greek salad so much I could have eaten the whole thing myself then skipped the rest of dinner, but since we were being served family-style that would have been rude.


Chicago 2011 - Roast PotatoesRoast potatoes arrived shortly after the salad. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like, but these were exceptional; cooked perfectly and full of flavor. Yum!


Chicago 2011 - RiceRice and sauce followed closely afterward. Carb-lover’s paradise! I appreciated how they put the sauce on one part of the rice so kids who didn’t want sauce could have plain rice.

So far I didn’t think we’d had anything too unusual. Sure, most of the dishes had Greek seasoning so they were slightly different and there was the Gyro meat, but I think most kids have been introduced to Gyros already.


Chicago 2011 - Chicken KebabsGrilled chicken kebabs – taken off the kebab-er – were a definite favorite! I don’t know how many kids ate the veggies, Teacher and I did – yum! but they sure went for the chicken.


Chicago 2011 - PastitsioNow we have something very Greek and probably very different for the kids: Pastitsio. I’m not fond of Pastitsio because of the texture, but I try it whenever I get a chance. I never liked tomatoes or avocado either, but I tried them and tried them, and now they’re two of my favorite foods! Teacher loves Pastitsio, and is always happy to finish up whatever I don’t eat.


Chicago 2011 - BaklavaFinally for dessert is one of my very favorite foods in the whole world; baklava! Ten pounds or no ten pounds I ate every bit of my baklava and wished for more.

When we were living in St. Louis Teacher bought me a whole pan of baklava for Easter from a local Greek grocery store. You can bet I ate almost the whole thing myself.


Chicago 2011 - Waiting for the BusAfter a quick bathroom break for those that needed it, we flooded onto the sidewalk to wait for the bus.


Chicago 2011 - BusHere it is! Off to the hotel for a little swimming, then bed. The kids were still flying high, but the adults were beginning to feel the effects of the early morning and busy day.

Me included – is it bedtime yet?


To be continued…
Amy Sue

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