Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup
Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup Recipe from the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel and Spa in Santa Barbara, California's Bella Vista Restaurant
The next best thing to joining me on my culinary-travel journeys around the world is watching my culinary-travel documentaries!
Travel to Greece by watching this video and experience a wonderful Greek Islands Gourmet Cooking Class in the village of Thera on the island of Santorini.
“My #1 choice for a fabulous gift is A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class (DVD). It is one of the most beautiful (and educational) productions I’ve seen. Cynthia Daddona hosts this cooking-lesson-tour-romantic-interlude from the Greek island of Santorini. This 71-minute DVD is as much a travelogue as it is a cooking video. The videography is beautiful, Cynthia is an engaging host, and the recipes are oh-so tempting. A section of the production is devoted to exploring ingredients, and it’s fascinating! If you can’t take a trip to the Greek islands this year, this is the next best thing!” — Nancy Gaifyllia, New York Times’ About.Com
“Greece is the Culinary Word! If you ache for the Aegean yet your bank account hurts even more, let Cynthia Daddona and her latest release, A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class take you to the spectacular archipelago of Santorini. Daddona, know for her best-selling book Diary of A Modern Day Goddess, was married on this enchanted isle, so she’s a perfect guide to its beauty and culinary bounty.”— George Yatchisin, Food Editor – The Santa Barbara Independent
“A Must Have for Every Household” — Greek Star Newspaper
“Entertaining & Inspiring DVD! The scenery is absolutely stunning. Santorini, Greece is picturesque and the island is full of history, character, and delicious cuisine. Cynthia Daddona, the host of the program, has a charismatic personality on-camera and draws you in with her enthusiasm about Santorini and a selection of its signature dishes. The cooking class featured in the program has a do-it-yourself appeal and you feel as welcome in the kitchen as a family member would be. The dishes featured on the DVD all look mouth-watering and appear to be easy to prepare–which is always a plus. This DVD has a mixture of history, culture, delicious cuisine, and a touch of romance–and the combination works! I highly recommend it.” — E. Melia, Tucson, Arizona
“I highly recommend A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class DVD hosted by Cynthia Daddona. It is an incredible and uplifting video that made me feel like I traveled on a private journey without leaving my home. I felt like I was right there in Greece with Cynthia. As a host, Cynthia is authentic and brilliant on-camera. Her videos, book and work over the years, have inspired me to want to cook and travel, but most of all Cynthia has awakened me to want to experience more of my inner joy and to live a life with more appreciation and celebration. There is magic in experiencing Cynthia’s energy, expressions, ability to connect with others and a refreshing inner spirit that sparkles on-camera and in-person. It is the spirit of who Cynthia is and the way she lives her life as a celebration. After viewing the DVD, I couldn’t wait to eat Greek food. On Cynthia’s website, RomancingTheTable.com, I learned the important elements of the Mediterranean Diet and how to make a traditional Greek salad that I love eating several times a week. I think A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class DVD, Cynthia and her online recipes & lifestyle tips are refreshing and delicious!“
— Teresa Rodgers, Organizational Consultant, DivineOrder1.com
“This DVD has it all: Comedy, Food, and Romance! What a little treasure this video is! I was looking forward to viewing this video, as I am of Greek descent and have visited the beautiful island of Santorini many times. I also enjoy regional Greek Cuisine and found the recipes and techniques in this video very intriguing and I think easily adaptable for the home chef. The bonus section at the end showcases various cheeses and herbs of Santorini, and is definitely a visual treat for the most die-hard foodie!
This video features a destination cooking class and takes place on the dramatic island of Santorini– which was the also the setting for the wedding of the filmmakers. Interspersed among the cookery class and food tips are scenes of the natural beauty of the island, and glimpses of a traditional Greek Island wedding. I really liked the personal story and felt like I was experiencing the culture of Santorini, and thought the filmmakers did an excellent job incorporating those extra touches into the finished product. Additionally, the scenery is so gorgeous!!!
Finally, I have to say that this video also has a sense of humor! Cynthia Daddona is really engaging and does a great job of keeping things flowing and has a very warm and charming personality. I would recommend this video for a foodie, a travel fan, or for a fan of romance.” — Terry Chlentzos, California
“Watching “A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class” DVD made me feel like I was on a personal tour with an energetic, warm guide and TV host, Cynthia Daddona. Not only did I get an overview of the main sites of Greece and the beauty of Santorini, I got to participate in a private cooking class. Cynthia’s love for the Mediterranean along with her joy, feel and knowledge for Greece is delightful.” — Lori Cooper Wardrobe Consultant, WardrobeWisdom.com
“I liked this DVD because I got an overall picture in my mind of Santorini, which I would hope to visit someday soon. I liked the menu and the cooking demonstration from the restaurant. I found it easy and informative. I liked hearing about the native plants that were used for the recipes. To me, interspersing the photos of the wedding and of this incredibly beautiful island only enhanced the DVD for me. I liked the travelogue that went along with the cooking demo. All in all it was fun and informative to watch.” — K. Carralejo
Follow award-winning on-camera personality, comedian, goddess author and Greco-Roman beauty, Cynthia Daddona, as she explores the romantic and delicious Greek island of Crete. Together with her Greek-American husband James, who makes special appearances, they are known as The Goddess and the Greek®. This delicious, entertaining and informative romantic, culinary travelogue is the next best thing to actually being in Crete, Greece's Big Island! Watch and enjoy Crete in all of its glory!
“I just watched your documentary Crete – Under the Grecian Sun this afternoon and I enjoyed it very much. The writing, editing and hosting are quite good and its fun to watch." — Larry Sakin, Exec. Producer – BEING GEORGE CLOONEY documentary, Radio-Host-Writer and Alternative Energy Advocate
“Crete – Under the Grecian Sun gives an overview of how to live the Mediterranean lifestyle, where to stay while in Crete, Greece, the sightseeing that’s a must, and it’s so informative without being a stuffy documentary. If you want to explore Greece and it’s culture, this is a great starting point. Cynthia Daddona’s presentation is warm, friendly and just plain fun! You can almost smell the food, feel the ocean lapping at your feet and the breeze blowing against your skin.” – K.L., Arizona
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Goddess and the Greek’s Crete adventure! The food looked so good! I loved the interviews with the locals and the experts. Cynthia is delightful and I felt like I was on the trip with her and her husband! They made the travel look easy and overall left me with a strong desire to hop on a plane to Crete after planning my very own Greek vacay. Such a cute couple full of joy and light!. Thanks to the Goddess and the Greek!”– Roxy Angel Superstar, California
“I thoroughly enjoyed this video. It had the unanticipated effect of lifting my spirits in addition to educating me about Cretan cuisine, sights, history and way of life. It had another surprising effect – I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and start preparing and cooking a meal (unusual for me). Following hosts Cynthia and James, with their delightful positive energy, I felt as if I had been to Crete myself. The video provides excellent visual details of traditional Cretan food, but it goes far beyond the food itself to emphasize the importance of the connection to the land and traditional ways of life such as taking siestas and socializing outdoors during meals. I enjoyed the excellent historical background and felt as if I were tapping into some very old and basic element of being human. I also enjoyed having a taste of the local music, dance, museums, spiritual and archaeological sites, and a visit to a 800-year-old olive tree! I appreciated the advice about what to look for in an olive oil. With excellent interviews with local hotel and taverna owners (great for shy travelers like me), the video is nothing short of a celebration of life.” – Amazon Customer
The Ancient Greeks recognized their standard of cooking as an important art form inspiring Archestratos, in 330 BC, to write the first cookbook. The area of ancient Greece now known as Southern Italy and Sicily has often been referred to as Magna Graecia (Greater Greece). This is because many cities of Southern Italy and Sicily were founded by ancient Greek colonists beginning in the 7th century BC. As a result, the area's cooking was forever influenced by the ancient Greeks. Later, Greek gastronomy influenced many of the Mediterranean cultures and when the Romans recognized this, they soon hired Greek cooks for their kitchens and Greek cultural tutors for their children. Coming next year!
France has its Riviera, Italy has its Riviera, Mexico has its Rivieras, but Greece has no Riviera? Greece has many Rivieras! Join The Goddess and the Greek as they explore the Romantic Rivieras.
Coming next year!
There’s the French Riviera, the Italian Riviera, the Mayan Riviera, the American Riviera, the Mexican Riviera and now, The Greek Rivieras of Greece and the Islands. From the Athens Riviera to the Riviera Islands of Santorini, Crete, Naxos, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Rhodes, Corfu, Skiathos and more!
Follow our award-winning host, lifestyle journalist and author, Cynthia Daddona (AphFoodite® Greek Goddess of Food) as she explores the Rivieras of the world and, yes, even a big city like Athens has one.