Mykonos is one of the most popular destinations in the Greek isles, ranking right up there with Santorini. It seems that everybody who is anybody makes at least one journey to this great travel mecca. Well, I’m about to reveal just how uncool I am here: I fully expected to hate the place. In fact, we would not have gone there at all if it weren’t for the fact that the only way to reach the ancient site of Delos is by boat from Mykonos. The island has a reputation as a wild party destination, and if there’s anything I dislike more than beach holidays it’s bars and nightclubs. I’m more of a communing with nature, enjoying the peace and quiet kind of gal, you know? Well, was I in for a pleasant surprise. What the guidebooks and glossy brochures fail to mention is that Mykonos is also a quaint, blue-and-white labyrinth of narrow alleyways dotted with historic windmills and rock-hewn churches. I’ve got no idea what goes on there at night (nor do I want to know), but by day it’s really lovely.
Oh, and dinner was a lovely surprise too. More than that, actually; it was a downright coup. Remember how I promised a happy ending to the story of the to-die-for baked eggplant dish that couldn’t be made without feta cheese? OK, here it comes. We found a cute, traditional Greek tavern called Kostas that had a number of vegan options on the menu, but what really sold me on the place was when I saw they had a dish called imam. I had come across this name several times when researching vegan dishes in Greek cuisine. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was; I just knew it was made with eggplant and was one of the few dishes left on my list of things I had not yet tried. Well, guess what? Imam IS the baked eggplant dish that was served at Skala Restaurant in Santorini, only without the feta cheese! Mind blown. This is my new favourite Greek dish. Possibly my new favourite dish period. I know the photo doesn’t do it justice, but trust me, this stuff is amazing.
By the time we got back to Mykonos we didn’t have long before we would need to jump on another boat back to Athens, so we decided to grab something quick to eat at the branch of the Greek fast-food chain called Everest we had seen at the port. This branch did not have spanakopita like in Heraklion, but they did have a sandwich bar where you could choose all your own ingredients. I asked for a sandwich on wholegrain bread and stuffed it with all kinds of yummy veggies, like sun-dried tomatoes, olives and sweet corn.
Perfect travel food! And so this brings us to the end of the island portion of our Greek adventures. The rest of our time will be spent on the mainland, where we are soon to discover all kinds of archeological wonders, breathtaking scenery, and of course delicious vegan food. See you on the other side!