Lively gossip outside the Halki Greek Market along Athens Street.
These bright purple eggplant were eye-poppingly beautiful.
Sea salt imported from the motherland of Greece.
This meat and cheese counter gave me flashbacks to my grandparents’ small town grocery store (Justice Grocery) in Hopewell, VA.
The world famous spongedocks at Tarpon Springs, FL.
Locally harvested sponges of all shapes and sizes are sold on the sidewalks.
A statue dedicated to the brave FL sponge divers from days gone by.
We brunched at Costas Greek Restaurant in Tarpon Springs.
The bread is baked fresh daily by a little Greek bakery just down the street.
This “gi-normous” sesame seeded loaf (just $2) came home with us.
Stuffed grape leaves topped with a tart lemon butter sauce.
The tangy grape leaves were packed with rice and spicy meat inside.
We also dug into a massive wedge of flaky spanikopita (spinich pie).
We were totally stunned at the portion size of these pan-fried smelts — massive! Squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Then devour the whole fish (bones, tail … everything!). We found that dragging the smelts thru a little extra virgin olive oil was also pretty darn tasty. No rules, people — just enjoy. “OPA!!!”
Our two boys loved dipping this crispy calamari into the bowl of cinnamon-scented, red marinara sauce provided by the fine folks at Costas. Nice touch!
This decadent, honey-drenched dessert treat (“Kataifi”) put an exclamation point on our late morning feast. We plan on returning soon to sample some flaming cheese and chargrilled octopus tentacles (they look simply delicious!).
To learn more about the Historic Tarpon Spring Spongedocks, please take time to peruse their community website …