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Introducing the Ya’sou Gyro!

Ya’sou Gyro

Even if you’re not Greek, you may have heard the Greek expression “ya’sou” or “yassas” in your travels (or maybe even right here at Freskos!) Greeks often greet each other with this friendly, casual phrase, but what does it mean?

What Does Ya’sou Mean?

Literally translated, ya’sou means “ to your health” – and is used to greet someone and wish them good health. That’s why, in the spirit of “your health,” Freskos has an exciting new item on our menu – we call it the “Ya’sou” gyro and it’s available exclusively at Freskos.

What’s in the Ya’sou Gyro?

As with all of our classic Greek sandwiches, we start with a warm pita – fresh from the oven, thinly sliced red onion, tomato, fresh sprigs of dill all topped with a generous dollop of tzatziki.

Why Avgolemono for Cold Weather?

When many Greek-Americans think about traditional home cooking, Avgolemono soup naturally comes to mind. It's the family gathering, holiday and rainy-day comfort food. It's the stay-home-from-school-with-a-cold-food. Avgolemono is the Greek answer to "Jewish Penicillin" aka chicken soup. Conjuring up delicious flavors of chicken, manestra (orzo) and lemon as well as nostalgic memories and family history, this is a recipe that many Greek children grew up with and that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Not Fast Food – Fast Casual and Healthy Too!

When people think of fast food, they think of burgers and fries, drive throughs and – let’s be honest – greasy food. That’s why, at Freskos Greek restaurant we don’t call ourselves fast food, we call ourselves “fast casual.” But what does fast casual mean, anyway?

Fast. When the kids are hangry after a visit to the Eli Whitney Museum, you know you can get a fast meal at Freskos. When you’re going to a show at The Space – you won’t be late if you stop for a bite. All our salads, sandwiches and entrees are made fresh to order, but our top-notch kitchen staff can whip your order together grígora (that’s Greek for quickly!) If you’re in a super rush, order ahead online!

Top Five Dishes to Try in Greece… or Hamden

If you’re planning a trip to Greece, your palate is in for a real treat. Super fresh produce – oranges, tomatoes, and beans with rich cheeses like Feta and right-from-the-oven pita and flatbreads. Just plucked -from-the-Mediterranean seafood. Olive oil that was picked, pressed and bottled locally. No matter where you are in Greece – the capitol city of Athens, the Peloponnese, Macedonia or any of the islands – there are some traditional staples that you simply must try in order to fully embrace the culinary beauty of this diverse country. Best of all, they’re all available right in your own backyard – at Freskos in Hamden.

Here are the top five Greek dishes you should try:

Gas Prices and Healthy Eating

Gas Prices Healthy Eating
Gas prices have been at a record high this summer – and are now slowly coming down. At the time this article is being published, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Connecticut is hovering at around $4.35. So, we’re all looking for ways to cut costs just a little. We’re driving more conservatively… no more pedal to the metal. We’re driving less, trying to consolidate our errands and make fewer trips to the store, the pharmacy, and the pump. But what about healthy eating? Everyone knows that junk food costs less than fresh-from-the-garden ingredients… packaged foods are cheaper than homemade and hand-prepared meals.

It’s all Greek to Me: a Lesson from Freskos Greek Restaurant

When you’re lucky enough to travel to the gorgeous and vast country of Greece, you're bound to pick up a few words. “Gea sas” (pronounced “ya sas”) means hello (or goodbye depending on context). The seemingly contrary “ne” (pronounced “neh”) means “yes,” and of course “efaristo,” which means “thank you". Greetings and polite words are good to know when you’re enjoying a meal in a restaurant – but even in far-flung villages in the Peloponnese, you’ll find that most restaurant workers speak English. (If they don’t, you can always point to what you want on the menu!)

The Mediterranean Diet

You may think the Mediterranean diet is another fad, like Atkins or Whole 30 but the term was first coined in the 1950s when researchers discovered that heart disease wasn’t as common in Europe as it was in the U.S. – specifically countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea: Greece, Italy, France and Spain. So, what makes their diet so healthy? Read on.

Why the Mediterranean diet?

For the record, Freskos is a Greek Restaurant – we’re not doctors. Some doctors and researchers have found that the Mediterranean diet is a healthy eating plan that helps prevent heart disease and even stroke. By eating fresh, healthy foods, and incorporating traditional flavors and cooking methods, you could be on your way to a healthier lifestyle. And it’s truly delicious, too!

Greek Food Near New Haven

Freskos Hamden CT

Greek "street" food like souvlaki is found on every corner of Greece today. Now it is also in New Haven Connecticut! And it is no exaggeration to say that youthful Greek generations have matured on it. Simple, easy, and healthy, it provides a well-balanced meal. It includes almost all of our daily nutritional requirements: protein from the meat, carbohydrates from the pita, and fiber and vitamins from the vegetables. Even our marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper provide valuable antioxidants. Whether you choose chicken, pork (the most popular in Greece), shrimp or tofu, you can guarantee it's delicious. All our food is made fresh to order at FRESKOS. We like to say, "we don't make fast food, we make great food as fast as we can."

Scientists finally discover what makes Feta the healthiest cheese in the world


From the Greek City Times
View the full article here

According to dieticians and doctors around the globe, Feta is the healthiest cheese option in the world and now there is clear evidence to prove it.

The Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) announced that a group of researchers has decoded the “DNA” of authentic feta cheese produced in Greece, unlocking its secrets at a molecular level, it was announced on Wednesday.


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