January Newsletter

Five Columns Newsletter for Tuesday, January 01, 2008
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Greek-Style Pork Chops

Start the year off right with this tasty dish! For the whole month of January, we are featuring our Greek-Style Pork Chops. Your meal starts off with our tasty garlic bread and a traditional Greek salad with all the trimmings (feta cheese, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, onions and olives). The tender pork chops are charbroiled and then topped with our homemade Greek sauce of lemon, olive oil, garlic and lots of Greek herbs. The pork chops are served alongside homemade oven roasted Greek potatoes.

Enjoy this dinner with our suggested wine of Retsina White Wine



Bring in your MYSTERY GIFT envelope (un-opened) when you dine with us for dinner anytime from January 1st to February 2nd to receive your secret prize!

NEW YEAR: 2008

All around the world, people ring in the new year with age old traditions as well as marking the start of new ones.
A classic Greek tradition is to bake a Vasilopita (St. Basil's cake) to be eaten on New Year's day. The Vasilopita is baked with a coin hidden somewhere in the middle. When it's time to eat the cake, the whole family gathers together and the head of the household starts to cut pieces of the cake. Each piece that is cut is given to a specific person in the family and once the coin is discovered, that person is said to have great luck all year round!

In Spain, Mexico and Venezuela, they partake in grape gobbling. The New Year's Eve ritual is to eat 12 grapes at midnight in order to secure 12 happy months in the coming year.

*FYI - 2008 is the year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac. People who are born under this sign are said to be ambitious and always pursuing personal goals. Thus, are known as one of the hardest-working Chinese zodiac signs.


Vern Peterson

Mindy Johnson

Congrats to our winners this month!

Blessing of the Waters Ceremony in Greece

Every year, on January 6th, Greek Orthodox observers all over the world partake in celebrations for the religious holiday of Epiphany. According to ancient beliefs, January 6th marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and the day that baby Jesus was baptized.

In Greece, people gather at Piraeus, the ancient port of Athens, to hold the largest blessing of the waters ceremony in the country. It starts with the priest tossing a large cross into the cold waters, after which young brave men dive in to retrieve it. The priest will then conclude the ceremony by blessing the boats in the harbor.


This song can be heard playing at the stroke of midnight in most English speaking countries around the globe. We've all heard it but what does it mean and where did it start?

The first version of the song was written by Robert Burns in the 1700's but was not published till after his death. Similar poems and sayings have been recorded even before Burns' time and are said to have inspired him to write this Scottish tune.

"Auld Lang Syne" literally means old long since or old long ago.


Want to know how to greet any Greek on any special occasion (birthday, New Year's, religious holidays, etc)? This universal greeting does it all:

Hronia Pola!

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