Tuesday, November 10, 2009
the last week we were in Crete, there was a raki-making party. Tracy (from pdx) was with us for a week that Chris and Kate were there, so she got in on this event. they were distilling the grapes that we helped "smash" the 2nd night we were in Vamos.
this is the still, outside of a large and quite nice taverna. the fermented grapes go in the kettle (the dome-shaped thing on the right), the steam goes thru tubing which is submerged in the water tank (behind the ladder), and the raki comes out thru a pipe... it's down low on the left in front of the tree. and that's the making of fire water lesson for this evening.
Aristotles was intrigued by the fire.... and stayed back a respectable distance from it.
the decor inside the taverna was interesting! this is the head of a critter which i think was a goat hanging on the post in the corner. (ummm.... rustic!)
on the wall beside the fireplace. fascinating... and i wish i could have found out something about it.
and the cozy fireplace. above it is a wood cut-out of the island
Crete. and then the ever handy rifle used to shoot into the
air as part of the evening celebration... late evening ....after lots of wine and raki!
we had a nice Greek dinner while the distilling was going on,
and it was an ok evening, but not at all like other raki parties
we have been to.... mostly Brits and Dutch. nothing wrong with
that, but missing the authentic Greek flavor we've enjoyed
previously. and no gun shots!!