Top 10 Greek Songs: May

Introducing our new monthly article! Each month we will be bringing you the top ten Greek songs (in no particular order) for the month based on radio charts all over the world – helping keep you updated and always listening to the incredible music of our country! We try our best to only mention music that was released in the month! So, it’s all relatively new!

Let me not bore you any longer with my thoughts and comments and get straight to the music!

Happy listening!

1. O Giatros – Giorgos Tsalikis

 

2. Παντελής Παντελίδης – Καράβια Στο Βυθό

 

3.  Όσο Θα Λείπεις – KINGS & Γιάννης Πλούταρχος

 

4. Σπασμένα Κομμάτια Της Καρδιάς – Αντώνης Ρέμος 

 

5. Τα καλύτερα παιδιά, έχουν ψυχολογικά – Knock Out 

 

6. Ξενυχτάς – Nikos Souliotis & Konstantinos Pantzis feat. Εύα Μπάιλα 

 

7. Cocktail – Giorgos Tsalikis & KINGS 

 

8.  Haide – Έλενα Παπαρίζου

 

9. Ώρα Να Γυρίσεις – Μαλού 

 

10. Μικρέ Μου Δυναμίτη – STAVENTO

 

All music on this list is sourced and compiled based on information provided by the charts from different radio stations and Greek music websites. 

Our Ex President: Where is she now?

We interviewed our ex NAHYSOSA President, Andrea Spyron (2015 & 2016) to find out more about her exciting adventure and what she has been up to since handing over to current President, Andreas Coulbanis.

1. It has been approximately 5 months since you did the official handover. How did you feel in that moment and how do you feel now?

Wow! It was a bit hectic then I won’t lie to you. I was a bit worried I would have left something out or that there would be a misalignment of perceptions. It’s quite tricky to talk through everything you know and what you may think the other person may know. It was also crazy trying to pull all the admin after Congress in time. So it was a bit stressful, and I was sad to be saying goodbye to about 6 years of my life, but once I handed over I was quite relieved – just emotional haha.

2. Since handing over, you have probably had a lot more free time on your hands, what have you done with this free time?

Well I didn’t leave much time to waft to be honest. December/January was a very busy “holiday” or “life catch-up” period for me. We also tried to do the handover when both of us had time. I was also busy making plans for the year which actually saw me jump onto an airplane at the end of February for a few months with no definite direction. However, I am a bit of a control freak, so I did need to know that I’d be adding value during this time in some way. I previously came across information about Greek language courses through the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and I like the idea of having a “routine” but being able to use Thessaloniki as a base should I want to venture into Europe. It also worked out nicely because I have family here.

3. What made you decide to leave South Africa and travel?

I’m not going to lie to you there were quite a few factors. But I can tell you that I wasn’t too fulfilled or challenged in my job (which I wasn’t sure about in general) for a while. I then also realised I’m not paying anything off or attached to anyone, I’m free from committee responsibilities and obligations, and I generally enjoy travelling. So if there was ever a time to “take a gap year” – it would be now.

4. What made you choose the Greek course?

As I mentioned above I couldn’t deal with not knowing a basic plan. I guess now is also a good time to mention that my Greek isn’t very good, at all, which is a regret of mine. So sticking with the NAHYSOSA ethos of UNITY, KNOWLEDGE, CULTURE I decided to continue the experience in my own way and improve on something so valuable to being a Hellene…while I try find myself haha!

5. What made you choose Thessaloniki?

A bit of what I mentioned before but I have also never been to Greece. I suppose I could have gone to Cyprus or tried to do something online, but this travel thing was also about getting out of my comfort zone, learning about myself and how I manage when experiencing new things. And Greece is beautiful so why not 🙂

6. Have you stayed in Thessaloniki the whole time or have you travelled? If so, where and what was your experience of these places and travelling?

I have been a bit restless. Before I came to Thessaloniki I stopped off in Cyprus for a brief family visit. After two months here I managed to go to London because I absolutely love the city and I have family and friends there. It’s such a great city! Easy to get around, and so interesting. I don’t think you could ever get bored there. Every time I go back I have such a blast. I also manged to briefly visit Zurich. I’ve always wanted to travel to Switzerland. And so before it got too expensive over the summer I thought it would be a good time to get my first taste of it. I can save you all a lot of money and tell you that Lindt is indeed the best chocolate to come out of Switzerland. Sorry to break it to you…

7. What has your experience of being away from home and family and friends been like?

Since Congress 2014 I have been using the phrase: “It’s not where you go. It’s who you’re with!” and this cannot be more present in my life right now. I am grateful to have taken this opportunity and I’m not ready to come back home juuuuussssttt yet. I also did want a bit of alone time to pull myself towards myself (also a trademark of mine). But there have been many times when I’ve been through something or seen something or tasted something or whatever it may have been that made me think of someone back home. Or how I had a good time experiencing something and would have loved to have shared it with those close to me. This isn’t my first time away from home home (yes x2) but it is my first time out of South Africa for so long, away from everyone I know for so long. And it’s truly made me appreciate what I am blessed with each and every day as well as what we have in South Africa. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about our “Rainbow Nation” more than I have since I left and I’m so proud to be able to show anyone and everyone who will listen what we as South African Hellenes are up to. And let me tell you, it blows their minds.

8. Where do you see yourself after this experience?

Even me I’d like to know! No but I guess just more settled in life. Hopefully more mature to make the most of what I have in front of me and to stop wishing about the future and staring so long at it that I do not live in the present…I’m sure this answer will change as each week passes though.

9. Do you miss being involved in NAHYSOSA and do you see yourself being involved again? If so, in what way?

I do miss NAHYSOSA. I am fortunate enough to have mostly had a good experience. It gave me so much I cannot even begin to explain. But I guess if it wasn’t worth it, we wouldn’t work as hard as we do for it. However after six years you get a bit tired. In your thinking and your effort. I also feel NAHYSOSA cannot grow if the new, fresh and bright ideas and limited due to “traditional” thinking (I’m also a control freak rememeber 😉 ). So I don’t think I will get involved again. I will however always be there to support NAHYSOSA and the affiliates as best I can. But I’ve also learnt to never say never…so you never know 🙂

10. Any advice for someone deciding to leave South Africa and travel abroad for a long period of time?

It depends on why you’re going to be honest. If it’s just because you want to party my advice will be a little different to if it’s for career or personal purposes for example. But I guess the general is as follows: 1) Budget. Budget for the known and for the unknown. This will also determine your path, whether you’re free-wheeling or have a plan. You’ll know how hard you need to work before or if you’ll also need to work while you’re abroad… or how soon you need to start working after you’re arrival 2) Packing isn’t easy. Especially if you’re crossing seasons. A lot of winter jackets are becoming warmer and lighter. So invest in the right gear. But also understand you can’t take everything with you. So prepeare to mix and match and wear things again. Also consider that you can buy things as you go if you really need. Toiletries are also an issue. They take up a lot of room and weight. So consider taking what you need for maybe the first month and then be prepared to buy as you go (see … budgeting!) 3) It takes quite long to get ready for a trip! Don’t think you can pack on Monday if you’re leaving on Friday for five months abroad. If you need Visa’s and documents make sure you start well in advance trying to acquire them because, let’s be honest, admin very rarely runs smoothly. 4) Embrace it! Whatever you go through – make the most of it! Live for then. Don’t think you can come back later to enjoy a place. Enjoy it now because you are there NOW. 5) If you’re going alone – a great and cheap way to meet people is through pub-crawls. They’re usually there for the same reasons so it’s a good start if you’ll be spending some time in a city you’re not too familiar with.

Interview conducted by Angeliki Vayanos. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To: Tzatziki & Taramosalata

Introducing our second monthly article – the ‘How To’. Once a month we will bring you a form of ‘how to’ piece in various different aspects – cooking, dancing, speaking Greek and so much more.

This month, we decided to start off with a yummy Greek recipe of two of our favourite dips, tzatziki and taramosalata. Add these to any meal with some pita bread and your guests will love you!

Happy cooking, happy eating! Mmmm.

Infographic designed & compiled by Eugenia Papathanassiu

Recipes sourced from:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/383616/tzatziki

& http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/taramasalata-recipe-greek-fish-roe-dip-taramosalata/

Bursary Fund Information Release

A proud day for the organisation and all our affiliates 💙

Many people don’t always understand why we devote so much time to an organisation voluntarily but when we are able to support those in our Hellenic family using the funds we raise, it truly is a blessing and provides purpose and motivation to keep growing, pushing and raising more funds for such an incredible cause 💙

We would like to thank each and every single person that made this possible and helped contribute to the NAHYSOSA Bursary Fund and helped the students who received the funds in 2016. It is thanks to everyone who supports us in many different ways that this is possible.

We are so thankful and so proud today 💙

Unity • Knowledge • Culture •

BRIEF: Easter

Three times a year, NAHYSOSA releases a ‘brief’ that serves as what you might call a newsletter. Informing you of what us and our affiliates have been up to and includes articles, pictures and other news. THIS year we decided to change the briefs up a little bit and theme them.

So, the FIRST BRIEF OF THE YEAR HAS BEEN RELEASED and is called the ‘Easter Brief’. Showing you how NAHYSOSA and the affiliates around South Africa, celebrated Easter as well as pictures of the Epitaphio’s and other beautiful Easter ‘things’.

Happy reading!

Click on the following link to view and download the PDF: Easter Brief

 

 

 

15 Greek Restaurants for Mother’s Day

Has your mama opted to take a personal day this Mother’s Day by not whipping up her typically sumptuous Sunday spread? If so, why not recreate a similar ambience by spoiling her and taking her to one of these Greek restaurants near you?

Have a look below at some our restaurant picks across South Africa! Click on the name of the restaurant to be directed to their website to see more.

Cape Town

Spiro’s Restaurant – Hout Bay, Cape Town

An afternoon drive to Spiro’s in Hout Bay guarantees customers an open-armed welcome by Spiro himself to his laid back establishment. A family-orientated appeal and a play area for the little ones top off a dining experience comprised of sizeable portions and well-priced wine. The Cycladic decor and stone-clad deck have often prompted customers to confuse the Atlantic for the Aegean.

   

Maria’s Greek Café – Gardens, Cape Town

Dining amidst the fairy-light adorned trees of Maria’s Greek Cafe resembles a romantic sunset picnic on a Mediterranean olive farm. If the family chooses to forgo this restaurant option on Sunday, why not bring a date to this rustic retreat? The anti-haute cuisine and acclaimed starters serve as the ultimate complement to some great conversation and could secure a ‘’nice Greek boy/girl’’ for mama.

   

Greek Fisherman Restaurant – V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Many tourists flock toward this hotspot to dine amidst breathtaking views of the waterfront’s harbor and Table Mountain. With uplifting blue and white decor and an excellent location, the Greek Fisherman also serves as a suitable setting for sundowners. Check out their Mother’s Day special on their website!

   

Johannesburg

Parea Taverna – Illovo, Johannesburg

Parea possibly adheres most to the traditional, village-style theme of Greece and Cyprus on this list. Bright and bold colours with rural decor mimic Mediterranean seaside landscapes and the welcoming nature of the owner and the staff mimics the warmth of Mediterranean homes. Indulge in Parea’s festivities to experience a taste of its extensive vegetarian menu as well as some plate-breaking and belly dancing on selected days.

Mezepoli – Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

A chic and trendy take on Mediterranean cuisine characterises Mezepoli, also known as the ‘sister eatery’ of the previously mentioned Plaka. Daytime corporates and after-sunset fun seekers frequent Mezepoli to feed off of the signature fusion cuisine. As the name suggests, meze-style dining is prevalent, ensuring a small taste of everything complemented by the restaurant’s budding social scene.

The Greek Sizzler – Northwold, Johannesburg

Yet another ‘no fuss’, ‘no frills’ dining experience with a small town sentiment i.e. the Greek Sizzler. This restaurant resembles a large-scale version of having dinner at your yiayia’s house with its extensive fireplace and folk tunes lulling in the background. Their melt-in-your-mouth kleftiko and cosy atmosphere are perfect for a winter’s evening, but don’t be fooled – a courtyard closed by a wall of bougainvillea transports one to suppertime on an island with those cousins from Athens that you haven’t seen in years.

BBQ Workshop – Sandton, Johannesburg

This twisted version of Greek street food complements the South African palette so, so well. The establishment boasts an urban appeal with reasonable prices and plentiful portions, but don’t let that fool you. It is often very occupied and sometimes requires a booking during peak hours. Do not leave without trying their less than traditional yet very decadent ‘Vaflaki’ – a concept pertaining to ‘’mini waffles’’ which was first introduced in Greece.

   

Soul Souvlaki – Maboneng, Johannesburg

Soul Souvlaki defines the urban interpretation of Yiayia’s cooking and is nestled in the heart of the trendy Maboneng Precinct a.k.a. hipster central. It is fitting, of course, that this eatery is situated in an old shipping container with a charming antique kitchen that produces mouthwatering tzatziki. Grabbing a bite here is a bargain but doing it while experiencing post-modern graffiti, chatty markets and artists painting or taking photographs is priceless.

   

Mythos – Bedfordview, Johannesburg

When planning a Sunday lunch, one place comes to mind: Mythos. This multi-award winning franchise features 10 restaurants in the Gauteng region. The items on the menu are inspired by the head chef’s family recipes, and she insists that all key ingredients are imported from Greece. Each restaurant is exclusively designed in clear-cut Grecian contemporary style, which is perfect for authentic al fresco dining.

      

Platia – Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park

Situated in Emperor’s Palace, Platia affords its customers the opportunity to take a trip from Rome to Mykonos in an instant. Enjoy a classic Greek meal and Mediterranean hospitality in a modern setting with the occasional entertainment such as belly dancing, traditional Greek dancing and plate breaking. This restaurant’s location also makes it convenient for yiayia and pappou to indulge in a little gambling sesh after their meal.

  

Plaka – Eastgate & Cresta Shopping Centers, Johannesburg

Replicating the minimal architectural styles of Santorini, this franchise incorporates all the elements necessary for unpretentious Grecian dining. Picturesque tones of white and dashes of blue exude a sense of belonging and calmness. These guys take their heritage very seriously, and it shows in the quality of food and undying filoksenia towards their customers.

   

Pretoria

Prosopa – Waterkloof, Pretoria

Prosopa, meaning ‘’faces’’, may be witnessed in excess at this intimate restaurant. With its upmarket appeal illuminated by candles and elegant decor, it is no wonder that customers keep returning. Look out for the manager whose succinct food and wine pairing skills mobilise the overall dining experience.

Toula’s Taverna – Silverlakes, Pretoria

Visit Toula if half of the family is feeling traditional and the other half is looking to expand their palettes in a more eastward direction. This one of those places that is considered a jack of all trades with a Greek restaurant, a deli selling mediterranean products, a children’s play area and a sushi bar called Chop Chop Sushi. Imagine the convenience of having a hearty meal and then not having to go out of your way to pick up some imported olives and kefalotyri for yiayia.

    

Durban

NIKOS Coalgrill Greek – Durban North

This little slice of Hellenic authenticity recently hit the shores of Durban in March this year. The upbeat energy and cool interiors splash onto the pavement, mirroring a sought-after European feeling and the attentive staff will certainly ensure a first-class feast. Drop by NIKOS if you’re in the mood for a quick gyro or if you want to spend quality time with friends and family. Check out their Instagram account, if the pictures don’t have you drooling – then we don’t know what does.

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Bloemfontein

Flames Restaurant & Bar – Preller Square, Bloemfontein

For 3 years, this establishment has been at the forefront of Greek/Mediterranean fine dining in the city of Bloemfontein. Designed with the looks and feels of ‘art deco meets modern illumination,’ Flames gives its patrons an irreplaceable impression of sophistication and class. Customer satisfaction is the name of their game, which means that: Mama will be taken of, and she will be super impressed that you took her to an ‘ωραιό μερος’ with ‘ευγενικους ανθρωπους.’

Let us know your thoughts on these restaurants in the comments below! Or let us know if we left any of your favourite restaurants off!

Article written by Eugenia Papathanassiu – NAHYSOSA Editor. All images belong to Google/Instagram.

Name Day Calendar: May

Never forget another Name Day! Introducing our first editorial piece that will be published monthly – our Name Day Calendar.

How often do you find out it is your own name day because your ‘yia yia’ from a village in Cyprus calls you to wish you? This no longer needs to be the case as we promise to update you monthly on the name day celebrations for the month so you can wish your family members and friends!

Happy name day to all those celebrating in May!

Infographic and information designed and compiled by Eugenia Papathanassiu

New Month, New Look: MAY

A new month, a NEW LOOK for our website and a LOT going on around South Africa. With exams slowly approaching – we suggest you all get involved in these events before we stuck behind our desks and staring at our books!

The following events are happening this month in the various cities:

Johannesburg

1 May: UJHA Shoe For You, Shoe Collection Drive (Collection ends 1 July)

6 May: SHA Beer Pong Tournament

13 May: CYA Mother’s Day Specials with Tastebuds Cook Club

Pretoria

19 May: PHYC Kiddies Sports Day, Community Event

Cape Town

12 May: HSA Annual Slug Bus

20 May: HSA Welcome Church Service

Bloemfontein

13 May: BHYA Come Wine With Me

Please follow all our affiliate pages in order to get more information, details and updates about all of the above events!

What an exciting month – see you at all of the events!

HSA Greek Orthodox Service – 20th May

 A Greek Orthodox Service will be held in English on the 20th May. What a lovely opportunity for non-fluent Greek speakers to thoroughly understand and appreciate the service ✝️. Hope to see you all there!