Blinken, kalitsounia and a shot of raki

On Saturday, 6/1, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at his home in Chania, Crete. Αfter a private meeting, an extended working meeting followed. They exchanged views on international and regional issues and discussed the Greek-US relations. They talked about further positive steps in the field of defense cooperation and focused on developments in the Middle East and Ukraine. 

The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean was also discussed. The prime minister reiterated Greece’s firm and timeless position in favor of the peaceful resolution of disputes and good neighborly relations based on International Law, principles that ensure regional stability and security. 

After the end of the meeting the Greek prime minister gave a tour of his house in Crete and showed him Souda Bay and the American base. The prime minister treated his guest to kalitsounia and a shot of raki. 

It was not the first visit of a senior US official at Mitsotakis family house. In 1991 President George H. W. Bush, visited prime minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis (the father of Kyriakos Mitsotakis) and he addressed U.S. forces at the Souda military base. Bush tasted traditional Greek cuisine as a guest in the Mitsotakis family house. He and and First Lady Barbara were said to have been really impressed by the cooking skills of Mitsotakis’ wife, Marika, who made a dish of stuffed vine leave (dolmadakia). 

Food, eating and family lunches and dinners are a constant point of reference for the Mitsotakis family. In her book “Recipes of love”, Marika Mitsotaki, wife, mother and cook extraordinaire, serves up a lifetime of memories, the turbulent as well as exciting mosaic of her life as spouse of one of the country’s longest serving statesmen. It is accompanied by the traditional recipes of “kyria Marika”, including the one for her legendary ‘dolmadakia’.