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Cretan Food – 100% PURE LOVE Farm-to-Table Mediterranean Cuisine in Crete!

– Hey everyone, hope you’re
having an amazing day, it’s Mark Wiens, I’m in Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece. And I think one of the best
reasons that you can come to Crete is to experience
the authentic Mediterranean food culture, and so I’m
on my way this morning to go eat at a restaurant which is known for preserving authentic Cretan food, we’re gonna jump in a
taxi, it’s a little ways outside of town within the mountains, and I’m looking forward to eating and to sharing with you
some authentic Cretan food. (soothing atmospheric music) This restaurant? It is at Charamia? (speaking in foreign language) Okay, thank you. Yeah, I think it’s about 20 kilometers just straight up in towards the mountain. (upbeat electronic music) We’re driving further and
further into the mountain range, the rugged mountain range, we’ve passed by just an endless sea of olive trees, you can see vineyards, you can see all of, just the lush Mediterranean herbs, we passed by sheep,
flocks of sheep and goats. You can just sense how
rich the land is here, and how fertile it is. When I thought of coming to Crete, this is the dreamy
landscape and environment that I had literally dreamt about and what I wanted to experience
when I came to Crete. It was really quite a journey to get here, we wound around the mountain roads, and, oh, I’m standing kind of in the middle of the road right now, but the owner was here to greet us at the restaurant, you can smell, he still cooks over fire, the restaurant is over here, we’re gonna definitely get a look at
all the food he’s preparing, but the dining room is up here. Wow, this is an absolutely
beautiful place. Oh, I am already thrilled that we made the journey here. Oh. Amazing! – Where are you from, USA? – [Mark] From USA, my
wife is from Thailand. – Thailand?
– Thailand, yes. – You, you? – [Mark] Thailand also,
America, from Arizona. – Arizona. Mountain goat. Why you here? – [Mark] Because I love to eat. (chuckles) Wow, this is amazing. Wow. – Creta food. – [Mark] Creta food. (man speaking in foreign language) – Come here, sir, come.
– Okay. Wow. (speaking in foreign language) Wow. Dolma?
– Dolma. (speaking foreign language) – [Mark] Amazing. All wood, all traditional stuff. Everything is cooked in
traditional Cretan ceramic pots, this is an amazing, an amazing place. And outside is where he’s
doing most of the cooking over fire, the traditional way. You can smell the aromas of the meat, the lamb, and the goat. – Maybe you like to look garden? – [Mark] Sure! Everything is from your garden. And from your, and the meat, also? – Here, it’s no restaurant.
– Yes. – Here is farm.
– Okay! – Different.
– Okay. – Restaurant, from supermarket, farm, we want people, garden, and animal. – He’s such a nice,
friendly, passionate guy, you can tell how he has, he
pours his love into his cooking, and he cooks over fire, he
has all these stews going over the coals, and he
has everything cooking in traditional Cretan clay, ceramic pots, and he made sure to tell me
that this is not a restaurant, this is a farm, so all of the ingredients are from right here on their farm, the vegetables, they have animals, they have the livestock,
they have all the herbs and all the ingredients, I know for sure they get their own olive oil, this being in the mountains of Crete. This is a spectacular food place. Wow, thank you. – You’re welcome.
– This is peaches? Peaches, or? Okay, because we get started eating some of those meaty stews,
I’m gonna walk around with Adam around the garden, but first, he just picked some, I think these are either peaches or nectarines, no, they’re fuzzy, I
think they’re peaches, he picked them right off the tree there. Oh, it’s like crisp like an apple, but then it has the flavor of a peach! Oh, it’s really good. Oh, cows, okay. – We have a family of cows. – [Mark] Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh. – We have family on the mountains– (loud insect chirping drowns out dialogue) And they take their (mumbles) every day. – Wow. We’re taking a walk down to the farm to see some of the
produce and some of the, are there are more animals also? – Yes, of course!
– Okay. And these are all olives. Oh, lots and lots of olives. – [Adam] Every vegetable you
can eat at the restaurant is from here. – Everything that’s cooked is
all from within the garden, and from within the farm, it’s a farm! Wow, this is straight farm-to-table, and when I talk about
straight farm-to-table, this is like straight from
their backyard to the table, that we’re gonna eat. Look at this land! Thank you.
– You’re welcome. Okay, mama and big father. – [Mark] Okay! This is absolutely a Mediterranean oasis, a Mediterranean paradise. (Adam bleats) (sheep bleating) (sheep bell tolling) You wanna try?
– Okay. This is amazing! Amazing. Amazing.
– Soft, eh? – Yeah, really, really soft. Hey, guy! One of the things that fascinates
me about Cretan culture is that, traditionally, people are known for living very, very long lives, because of the way they eat, and they always eat off the land, they eat seasonal, the
traditional Cretan diet, and this is a throwback to the past, this is the way people ate in the past, this is the way they
would raise their animals, eat from the land, and eat seasonally. And this is the best way to eat. – You can taste.
– Okay. – It’s very sweet. Superfood. – Oh, yeah. Mm.
– It’s good, right? – Really good, thank you. – Take it all. If you want–
– No, they’re really, really good. Are they blackberry,
maybe blackberries, or? Mm. Really sweet and juicy. That was actually a completely unplanned trip to the farm, I just
started talking with Adam, who runs the farm, and runs the livestock, and we just ended up walking further and seeing all the livestock, but now we’re sitting down to eat. That just increases my
hunger and my excitement. And this is some of the house wine. ‘Kay, gotta try some of that. Wow. That is spectacular. Oh, and I’m sure, oh, actually, we’re sitting
right under some grapevines. I know the wine is made
right here as well. I gotta try some of this bread. Oh, and it’s very, very crispy. You can feel it’s crunchy in your fingers, and then it looks like there is definitely some oregano on it. It’s really crispy, it’s really dense, it tastes like Crete! And also, as we’re sitting down to eat, they’re about to play
some live Cretan music right in front of us too. The view is spectacular,
(speaks in foreign language) can’t get better either. And with live music as
we’re hanging out here, this is relaxing
Mediterranean Crete paradise. – Mountain goat.
– Oh, mountain goat. Yes. The chef, he’s just gonna bring us five different dishes, I’m
not sure all the dishes, but he’s just gonna bring
his personal favorites. And the first dish that he brought out, I was gonna wait for all
the dishes to come out, but I absolutely cannot. The first is stewed Cretan mountain goat. Look at those chunks of all-natural meat. Look at, okay, I’m just gonna pick up one of these guys right
here, look at that. (serene guitar music) Oh, it’s tender, but it has an amazing
almost herb flavor to it. Whoa, that’s spectacular. That’s about as meaty and
wonderful as you can get. Oh, that is flavor meat
overload right there. It’s really, really good. And it is stewed and
cooked very, very tender. But you can, it’s a natural
free-range, grazing goat, so it has that natural texture to it, but it’s very, very tender. Their white wine here is
absolutely fantastic too, and they just brought us one more dish. I’m still blown away by that
wild goat, that mountain goat. Next dish is aubergine, eggplant, this is a dish that
looks like it needs to be eaten with bread. Gonna break some of this
bread, scoop on some of this, it’s really nice and saucy. Mm! You can taste the fire in that eggplant! It’s been cooked over the
fire in that ceramic pot, the eggplant is melt-in-your-mouth tender. And then it’s just kind
of a mellow flavor, but what I love about it is
it just tastes so natural, and also just the fact that the eggplant is just melt-in-your-mouth. Another dish has arrived,
and the chef brought it to our table himself. This is chunks of veal, and he
said this is from their farm, this is Cretan veal, this
is a traditional dish, it’s been stewed again, you
can see the chunks of meat, you can see the herbs in
here, I can see some rosemary, I can see some, mostly braised rosemary, and I can smell the rosemary. Okay, this looks like I’m
gonna go in with my knife here, cut a piece of this, just let it soak up some of that sauce on the bottom there, and get a closeup look at that, that looks extremely tender, and that rosemary in there, oh! Wow. Oh, you can taste the rosemary, and I think I can taste
the white wine in there. Follow that. (traditional Cretan music) Wow. This is the Cretan life right here. This is awesome, this is
absolutely outstanding, I’m loving it! Oh, some veal juices! A little bread. Next up for some dolma, and
this is a plate that we got. I think these are actually wrapped in, I think zucchini flowers, and then there’s rice
and the spices in here, and then this is a zucchini,
and then with yogurt. Let’s cut this open so
we can see what’s inside, oh yeah, you’ve got that rice, I think there’s dill in there, and maybe some other herbs, and then I’m gonna dip
it with the side here. Oh. Oh, that dill! Comes in so nicely, and then that rice is nice and gooey and gummy,
almost like a pudding. And then, yeah, I think
that is the zucchini flower. That’s fantastic. It’s really refreshing. Oh. The zucchini just melts in your mouth too. The owner just brought us a cup of tea, and I think this is some
kind of Cretan mountain tea. Mm! Rosemary tea! Yeah, that’s what it tastes like to me, rosemary and probably some
other Cretan herbs as well. You probably need this to
wash down that mountain goat. (traditional Cretan music) And the final dish we
got is a Cretan salad, and just like the rest of the dishes, they do not take the salad lightly here. This is absolutely gorgeous,
this is one of the most beautiful salads I think
I’ve ever seen in my life! And you can be for sure
certain, 100% guaranteed that all of the ingredients in this salad, all the vegetables that you see here, everything that you see here, is from right here on this farm. I know the owner would
not have it any other way. Some of the vegetables
appear to be roasted, there’s some eggplant and
potatoes that are roasted, and some peppers, but then there’s also an abundance of other
vegetables, there are cucumbers, there’s some type of grain,
there’re raisins in here, and beets, and tomatoes. This is insane. Oh. That’s just bursting with natural flavor. Oh, that tomato is ridiculous. It’s so juicy, and so refreshing, and then I got some corn in that bite, I got some raisins. This is definitely a roasted pepper here. Oh. I think it’s just olive oil on top. Oh, and as you dig deeper into the salad, you can see, there are chunks of the rusk, which are the crunchy
bread down here as well. Dig deeper, there’re more
and more fresh herbs as well, and vegetables. That just tastes like pure health. And some fresh watermelon for dessert. That is just the ultimate way
to end this Cretan food meal. (vibrant guitar music) (clapping) – [Agust] We see you
next time, four people. One, two, three, and then one more. (chuckling) One, nothing, madame.
– I hope so. – Is me, three.
– I hope so. This has been by far the best meal that I’ve ever had in Crete, and I think, and I haven’t eaten at that many places, but I think this is a
place, if you love to eat, this is a place you should
make an effort to come to, when you visit Crete, no
matter where you are in Crete. He’s doing an exceptional
job, and again, he said, the owner says it’s not a
restaurant, but it’s a farm, and he cooks traditional
Cretan food recipes, he’s an amazing guy, and, thank you very much, thank you,
thank you, you are awesome. – See you next time.
– And he is the man right here, he is the man,
I love this experience. Okay, so I wanna say a big thank you for watching this video, please remember to give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it, I’d love to hear from you in
the comment section below, I’ll have all the details
about this restaurant in the comment section below, oh wow! The snails, he’s cooking
the snails right now. But you can check out
all the details below, and thank you very much for watching this authentic Cretan food video, and this is the place to come, this is definitely the place to come, you’ve gotta come here. Thank you again for watching,
I am feeling amazing, and I’ll see you on the next video.


  1. Seema Prasad Author

    Why do people put cold water into hot food while cooking. We, the people of Bengal, are the absolute foodies like the french, and we always warm the water used for cooking. Never put cold water into hot food.

  2. jurex81 Author

    I think I like Cretan people and food better than the Athenian (no offence intended) This episode actually made me happy seeing the sincerity of the people, especially the chef. He's a really nice guy. Adam even says "welcome" from his heart

  3. Zameer Pactyan Author

    Nice Video Mark The place you visited there is my home i don't know why i was not there to meet you i could've take you around 🙁

  4. Understanding Movies Author

    He is a man of great affection, even though he is rugged in appearance. be a wonderful cook.
    Crete Island, where the tomb of Nicos Kazanchakis of the Greek Georgian is located!!
    I'm sure you'
    I love this, this video!!!

  5. Stevo-Solo Author

    I’d love to go there and try the authentic food.When i travel abroad i look for family run restaurants and make a point of asking for food they’d eat,not what tourists expect

  6. Margaret Walker Author

    I live in the NW Arizona desert, have goats, chickens, and over 250 fruit trees and a garden; this is inspiring for my FARM ("Genesis Ranch")! I know people would LOVE to eat at my place, too. I know just what this food smells and taste like. I eat like this ALL THE TIME!

  7. Brenda Scofield Author

    I've just eaten lunch here today. It's extraordinary and worth the challenge of finding it up in the mountains. Goat, lamb, the very best salad I have ever had, lots of great vegetarian dishes and a truly rustic and authentic setting. Go, go, go. Head for Drakona. The restaurant is outside the village about 1K and is written Dounias or Ntounias. Not many signs but keep going until you see it. Worth every kilometre!

  8. YeastLord Author

    Just went to the restaurant Dounias today, 60 Euros from the port and back and our cab drivers were great but they did get lost coming here lol The food and service were amazing the plates just kept on coming 49 Euros for 5 people. If you come to Chania you have to try this place.

  9. Christine Daigle Author

    I would love to live there..I'm canadian..anyone have any idea if this is possible..I dream of Crete..Thank you Mark for showing me more..

  10. Mariana Xoxoxo Author

    What a lovely video Mark!!!!
    The kindness of the people and their beautiful farm!
    And of course the star of the show is their food😍

  11. Luca Toscani Author

    i'm from the south of Italy . there are definitely similarities with our food even if they eat more lamb than we do. I love greek food

  12. Sushi Mamba Author

    Of all the places I have been to Crete stays in my memory as having the best food and hospitality. I still think that the best salad I have ever eaten was in Crete!

  13. josevanrooy Author

    I believe it Mark, this is the ultimate quality food/live there in Creta! (good luck and you may find other fantastic food around the world).

  14. Alec Taylor Author

    Hey everyone! I visited Stelios in his lovely Taverna this past Easter and had the amazing opportunity to not just eat his food but film a short film with him and a local farmer in regards to the Cretan way of life and food. If you are interested in seeing the film the the link is here –> 🙂

  15. Julie M Author

    We went last summer. The address is really difficult to find. The GPS took us to empty mountains 😱😱. But we finally got it. OMG, really worth the trip. The best food I've ever eaten. The chef/owner was so sweet. Lot's of bees surrounded us while eating in the outdoor mountains view. I just ignored it. The bread & cheese was also homemade 👍👍 go and it will be the experience you'll never have. Thank you Mark🙏👍

  16. Carly Aspden Author

    Hi mark, I visited this restaurant this week during my trip to Crete, thanks to this video. It was an amazing experience. Thank you for the recommendation!

  17. Angelo Valavanis Author

    There is nothing better than Greek food, especially Cretan food. I miss Greece so much. I hope I can live there again one day. Long Love Greece and God Bless America.

  18. ynnej esico Author

    this video made me in love with food and excites me and looking forward to eating. For sure this food is amazing since it came from fresh meat, ingredients, and veggies. How i wish i can come to this place too.

  19. thodoras28 Author

    I visited Dounias tavern a month ago because of you Mark and i must say that it was the best gastronomic experience i ve ever had and i m greek and i used to live in Chania but i ve never been thank you very much!!

  20. Jose Hernandez Author

    I would give my soul to live in a farm like that and have that type of lifestyle, in a country, eating off of the land and just enjoying what God gave us.
    It's great to see that there are good people in this world still. God bless Adam and the owner of that Cretan farm.

  21. jurgen de rijk Author


  22. chris murphy Author

    This place is about to get real busy, when we traveled Asia marks YouTube channel was our go to menu we went to a great restaurant in Singapore and the food was so nice and the hospitality was incredible we sat with an elderly couple talking about life I was travelling with my 11 year old daughter and they were so lovely the elderly lady wiped my daughters mouth after she finished eating not that it needed wiping but it was a really endearing thing she done, we went to a duck and pork Bbq place way out of town but it was fab,…. if we go to Crete we will certainly visit this chap

  23. Qrul Author

    The cooking farmer, what an absolutely wonderful human being. Everyone should know their craft as well as he does and if everyone was as hospitable as he is, what a wonderful world it would be.

  24. RONI Author

    👋Mark, Ying, Micha, & All… thank u thank u!! The ppl – welcoming, farm – bountiful, animals – tamed & smart, food – OUTSTANDING!! I haven't seen a meal so appetizing & fresh in a while! The meat, tender & juicy & cooked to perfection! I need 2 get out more😋👍

  25. Grace Tenedero Author

    I wish we can serve meals like this regardless of our location. Amazing practice, amazing people, amazing values.

    I wish too that I can come and experience eating in this farm eatery.

  26. Jane McCourt Author

    I am still on strong painkillers out of hospital, so eating is difficult, little appetite, as I feel terribly groggy. Yet, I really did find my mouth watering at the thought of that bread with a little goats' cheese and a little plate of those freshly picked salads. Even that little cow was so welcoming and yearned to say hello!! I loved this vlog Mark. The sunshine also felt so healing!!! Thank you. xxxx

  27. cruciferousvegetable Author

    Seed to plate, this is what I am working on, except plant based. I am growing everything I eat this time of year and preserving for the rest of it. It's my dream to live like this.

  28. Dru N Author

    your'e gonna lose a lot of people Mark. Why are you filming the animals before you eat them?! I'm not okay with that, and I'm sure 1/2 of your followers AREN'T neither. I will unsubscribe FOR GOOD this time.

  29. Tomtom Yeptho Author

    Pure organic foods wauuuu this is amazing.. This is life! The nature the food wauu I just love it just like how we are living out here in Nagaland

  30. Eleni Kannaviotou Author

    The stuffed flowers were from the zucchini, it is called anthous which means blossom, it is a rice with herbs and grated zucchini and carrot. We Greeks eat them in the Summer season and and vegetarian, nice served cold the next day. Eleni from Cyprus!

  31. Spencer Whiteman Author

    So awesome! We drove up here a couple of weeks ago to check it out after I watched this episode of yours and we almost died driving there (Crazy narrow dirt roads in the mountain haha). Little did we know our GPS was trying to save us some time and take a quicker route to get there. The owner was so friendly, I filmed him cooking and he took me back into the kitchen as well just like this, it was almost identical lol! Biting into the bread was like biting into a rock, super dense, felt like picking up a bar of gold, it was great! All of the dishes were spectacular Thank you so much for this piece/episode Mark, it was my favorite food experience in the islands and mainland!


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