In Spain they are called "Tapas", in Greece "Mezedopoleia" and in Crete "Rakadika". In the narrow streets of the Old Town of Rethymno, there are traditions that meet modern life. The streets are filed by forgotten, nevertheless treasured, smells remind us of our grandmother's traditional cooking, as food comes from tasty appetizers that are served with love and care in small plates accompanied by "karafakia" (small bottles of 0.2 or 0.4 lt. each) of raki one after the other.
Gathering in the famous "rakadika" of Rethymno you identify huge amounts of energy for talks and jokes that come natural. Mezes traditionally cooked like in our houses and a variety of raki, ouzo, wine, rakomelo and other liqueurs make up the stage of the outdoor tables accompanied by folk melodies.
In the centre of the town, on Vernadou street, between the Minaret and the Folkloric Museum, a number of small traditional tavernas, the famous "rakadika", add another aspect of slow living in this town. Dozens of people of all ages and of all social classes, even from different countries, every night gather to chat endlessly. And if one Cretan treats you a "raki" don't say no... they might get offended.
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