Thursday, June 4, 2009

The San Jose Greek Festival

Having been to several different Greek Festivals in the past, Jonathan and I were looking forward to trying out another in a big city (we went to the New Orleans Greek Festival in 2006, and it was fantastic).

We were able to park about four blocks away, which was much better than most, since we saw people walking for quite a while. I had printed out free coupons for the Festival, so we weren't charged the $5 each entrance fee. When we first walked in, the place seemed huge, but it wasn't that big, surprisingly. We went to a booth and bought some tokens (poker chips that had the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church name and logo on them), since the booths are all cashless. Very good system.

We headed for the food, and while I was originally excited about getting some calamari (the very best I've ever had was at the New Orleans Greek Festival), we decided against it because of the price, and there was no feta or tartar sauce. Instead, I had the Loukaniko and Jonathan had a lamb platter. Loukaniko is a Greek sausage (spicy) that's grilled and sprinkled with lemon juice, then put in a pita with tomatoes, onions, and tzaziki sauce. It was pretty good, and I couldn't finish it. Jonathan really enjoyed the lamb as well. We got a side of Fried Potatoes (but they were little more than plain french fries with no seasoning) and a side of tzaziki (which was the best I've ever had... it had a lot of onions in it), too.

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