Ode to Dodoni

One thing I really like about Houston is its abundance of international food.  Not only are there thousands of restaurants to choose from, but there are also many specialty shops, bakeries and grocers such as Hong Kong Supermarket, Viet Hoa and my favorite, Phoenicia Specialty Foods.  A trip to Phoenicia is an inspiring culinary adventure.  The smell of spices, busy aisles full of people from many countries and floor to ceiling selection make the store feel more like a bazaar.  Phoenicia has a great selection of produce, meat, deli and bakery items and specializes in European and Middle Eastern imports.

Some time ago I sampled several varieties of feta and fell in love with Dodoni.  The guy behind the counter told me that it was an excellent choice and that it was produced in the village of Dodona, which is located in an especially beautiful and sacred area of Greece.  I have no idea if it’s true, but I’m a sucker for a good story and can tell you that Dodoni feta is delicious wherever it’s made.  It has a mild but complex taste that adds flavor to salads, omelettes,  sandwiches and many other dishes.

Dodoni Feta at Phoenicia Specialty Foods

French, Bulgarian, Greek, Domestic… what’s a girl to do?

This summer we discovered a Turkish Kebab place off the main square in the university town of Ulm, Germany.  What a find!  I had an incredible flat bread vegetarian sandwich stuffed with fresh cheese and vegetables, which inspired my version below.

Feta, Etcetera

Top a Greek pita with your choice of the following:

  • Hummus
  • Cubes of feta cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomato
  • Diced bell peppers
  • Chopped onion (red or sweet yellow)
  • Cucumber (I like baby or Japanese cucumbers)
  • Pickles
  • Julienned radish
  • Grated carrots

Serve and enjoy.  You can combine the leftovers in a bowl and marinate with your favorite dressing for a nice salad for your next meal.

Feta Etcetera Pita


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. highschoolfoodie
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 20:08:22

    This looks great! I live in San Antonio but love visiting Houston for all the great food. Anyway I love your blog and have been reading your posts. thanks for sharing, yum!


  2. puravida
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 21:09:45

    You should definitely visit the Phoenicia store at 12141 Westheimer, and while you’re there go to their deli restaurant around the corner! I recommend the shawarma sandwiches and you can try lots of side dishes (mezze) for only $1.50 for a petite-size dish.
    And I really like San Antonio!


  3. Tom Simpson
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 21:17:43

    wow, this looks and sounds so good…i just got back from Bosnia, where they have an amazing salad (called shopska) that’s basically fresh chopped veggies (cukes, bell peppers, tomatoes) topped with a blanket of feta…unbelievably good…


    • puravida
      Aug 17, 2012 @ 22:38:59

      Sounds great! I’ll have to look that up and give it a try!


      • Tom Simpson
        Aug 17, 2012 @ 23:38:35

        it’s something i eat almost daily! with a little lemon juice…a friend in atlanta tells me there’s a turkish restaurant there that serves something very similar, which would make sense, given Bosnia’s strong connections to the Ottoman Empire…


  4. puravida
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 10:26:01

    Hi Tom, Now I’m really intrigued about Bosnian heritage and cooking! Can’t wait to do some research.


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