Witnessing food traditions, perusing local markets, and trying new dishes are imperative if you want an immersive experience of another culture. On private charters, you get the added benefit of bringing your exotic finds back to the boat and having a professional chef prepare the food for you. Did you pick up a bottle of regional wine? Great idea! Then have the stewardess serve you and your guests a glass of the good stuff while you gaze past the yacht's deck onto the land that brought you this delicious libation.
Greek terrain is known for more than just its grapes. You will want to try Greek yogurt (with honey), olive rolls, and fresh figs while wandering on these ancient islands. Simple pairings are best. If you see oysters (streidia) on a menu, be sure to give the red wine vinegar shallot sauce a try. You will no doubt partake in a refreshing glass of wine or two, but don't forget to try the infamous Ouzo while you're at it.
Greek standards that never disappoint:
Dolmádes. Slightly bitter but always satisfying, this combination of rice, currants, and pine nuts has been prettily packaged into rolled grape leaves for your enjoyment.
Keftédes. Let your tastebuds search for hints of mint and cumin as you partake of the minced beef or pork mixed with herbs, egg, and breadcrumbs. This melange is then fried into shape and served with saffron rice.
Mousakás. Cutlets of fried eggplant, layered with potatoes and spiced meat, suspended in creamy béchamel sauce, and baked with cheese on top. Too good to pass up.
Souvlákia. This commonly found plate is frequently served with tzatziki sauce and features grilled, skewered pork chunks with a lemon herb seasoning.