Carnivore Diet Guide to Athens

In Greece when you say rare, it really means medium well. when you say medium well, it means well done, and finally, when you say well-done, it means burned.

I’m sure there are many cultural reasons to explain this, but when it comes to eating beef in Greece, this has to change.

So… here is what you will do when you go to Greece. Find a place that serves beef and order it by saying “American Rare”, or “Αμερικανικο Rare” (Amerikaniko Rare). The server will give you a weird look and warn you about the risks and blah blah blah. The butcher and/or chef will show you a huge genuine smile and look forward to preparing the meat for you. They are not used to people ordering their beef rare and they get excited whenever it is requested.

My Top Pick: ERGON House Athens

Address: 23, Mitropoleos Street, Athina 105 57, Greece

Ergon has a small grocery section where you can buy some milk, butter, cold cuts and even caviar in addition to your usual supermarket staples such as pasta, bread, mustard…etc

The front is the ideal place for having a business lunch and once the butcher opens at noon you can pick from a wide array of American, Argentinian, and Greek meats, and have it cooked for you to your liking.

I ordered the beef liver and asked them to hold the potatoes and to cook it ‘american rare’. From my experiences in Greece this summer, asking for rare is not enough, you have to make sure that you really mean rare because in Greece the people are used to cooking their meat well-done. And yes… you should have seen the look on the face of my waittress when I said ‘American rare’ and to hold the potatoes… “don’t you want a salad to balance out all that meat?”. And you should have seen the look on the butchers face. Huge smile of delight and excitement!

Quick Bite: Kostas (Come Early)

Pl. Agias Irinis 2, Athina 105 60, Greece

Kosta is a short walk from ERGON. Everything here tasted great. I recommend you get the souvlaki pita with everything except the tomato sauce.

In the Suburbs: Kozis

P. Tsaldari 34, Melissia 151 27, Greece

Kozi’s is a South African steakhouse with some really good cuts of meat from both Greece and abroad. If you are near the Marousi area, you must go. And I recommend the Greek beef cooked rare. You will not have to tell them ‘american rare’, but I think that will drive the point further and will excite your server and chef alike.

Now most tourists spend a few days in Athens before going to an island. I usually spend some days in Athens and then I go to Chania, the easternmost city of Crete.

In Crete: Pork to Beef to Wild

Daskalogianni 68, Chania 731 00, Greece

This place is open late – until 6am – and likes to think of itself as fast-food. Don’t let that fool you because this place is anything but fast-food in the ‘american’ sense of the word. The chicken is from Greece, the pork from The Netherlands, and the Beef from Argentina. Again, I ordered the beef and asked them to hold the bread and all other sides. I ordered it rare but it came to me ‘american medium’, and since then I started using the phrase ‘american rare’. The beef was very tasty and the presentation was interesting:

Se anammena karvouna

24, Chatzimichali Giannari 20, Chania 731 55, Greece

Comes in as a close second to Pork to Beef to Wild. Again, ask them to hold the bread.

Back to Athens, I did not get a chance to check out these places:


Lepeniotou and, Agatharchou, Athina 105 54, Greece

A southern themed BBQ place but with a twist – Greek craft beer.

Another Place for Beer: Athena’s Cook

20 Nikis, Athina 105 57, Greece

Athena’s Cook has beer from all over Greece. Last time I went there back in 2016 I remember trying a bunch and whatever I snacked on was good.

#CarnivoreDiet Update

So I have been experimenting with the Carnivore Diet on and off since around mid-January of this year (2019, for those of us visiting from the future).

I started off the year at at roughly 205 pounds and have been holding at a steady 190 pounds since then. Additionally I have been going to the gym every day during lunch, where all I do is 3 or 4 machines. (I have doing this religiously since the summer of 2018) I do not track which machines I do, nor do I look to hit a certain muscle group or part of my body. I just try to give each machine my best or “my all” and the rule I follow is simply to work out whatever is not sore.

I also avoid working on my legs because I play soccer on the weekends and that is enough to work those muscles out.

My ab muscles are starting to show and I have lost a lot of fat around my body and my face looks slimmer.

Two days ago I found a doctor who is a big advocate of the Carnivore Diet. Yes, he is a dentist, and no I am not trying to mislead you – do I look like a Big Pharma rep? Anyway, he said that one should not do Carnivore Diet with Intermittent Fasting (IF), which is exactly what I have been doing. He said that whenever your body is malnourished or needs something, it speaks to you. One way is through hunger, another is through stress, or depression or just feeling tired.

Since I am very accustomed to my Intermittent Fasting Routine, this is never really an issue for me, however there are some days that I just want to eat before my usual 6pm which is after I have gotten home after work and have settled in.

Anyway, here is his site, check him out!

And some recent meals…

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Carnivore Diet – for real?

So I told someone at my favorite Greek supermarket in Astoria, Queens (Titan Foods – that I am playing around with the carnivore diet just as a joke. She replies to me that eating just meat sounds more like a cheat day every day.

Now I am reading more about it and I am finding a lot of evidence for it. Take this chart of constipation vs fiber intake:



And this persons testimony:

I have been doing carnivore as much as I can during the week since mid-January. I started the year off at 210 pounds and am now 188. My abs are starting to show again, my upper body is gaining mass, and last Sunday I saw someone who says I look younger now than I did 10 years ago the last time he spent a lot of time with me while I was serving on the board of a Greek social club.

Anyway, I also combine the carnivore diet with intermittent fasting and I try as hard as possible to buy grass-fed cuts, I eat it with all the fat and I buy all kinds of organ meats.

And yes, when I say carnivore diet, I mean carnivore diet, not meat and potatoes, not meat and broccoli, just meat.

Grassfed Beef

Here is another site that sells grass-fed beef.

You can order online or search for local retailers.

By the way, if you live in Queens, NY, check out Queens Natural Meats, you will need a car to get there, but if you are up for the journey, call before you go to make sure they have enough of what you are looking for – because grass-fed beef is rare and they don’t always have everything in stock!

Queens Natural Meats:

And while you are there, be sure to check out the Queens Health emporium:

I love the Queens Health Emporium, because everytime I go there I see the intense diversity of New York City and witness the fact that all traditional/ethnic cultures value the same things, and these things lead to a health and happy and fulfilling lifestyle!

And if you are a technophile like myself, a MicroCenter is also nearby…

Cold Brew vs Burned Brew Coffee

According to NPR, a California Judge has tentatively ruled that coffee must carry a cancer warning label due to a chemical that is produced during the roasting process.  If you read the entire article you will see that this same chemical also causes reproductive toxicity.  I don’t know if that means it harms a pregnancy or if that means something else, but either way it does not sounds good.

The bad news however, is that the lawsuit was filed 10 years ago.  This means it took 10 years to get the word out that exposing coffee beans to high temperatures is unhealthy.

I have already heard this before from numerous health “nuts”.  They all basically say the same thing – that cooking destroys the nutrient content of your food and the higher temperature you use the worse the food gets.  We have heard of the studies published in the early aughts that charred and well-done meat contains a cancer-causing chemical, again – generated from the high temperatures, but I still see people ordering their steak or burger well done.

Some may say, “but John, what about E. Coli?” and I respond – if you are scared your meat may have E. Coli, you should not be eating it in the first place, you should only be eating clean meat that was raised in as much of a humane way as possible, and that meat will almost certainly have a lower incidence of E. Coli.

Now for some anecdotal evidence.  Do you have any friends that drink cold brew coffee only? If so, ask them why.  Do you also have any friends that if they drink a cup of coffee on an empty stomach say to you that their stomach hurts because they have acid-reflux disease? Well, I got news for you, acid-reflux is not a disease, it is a reaction of your body to too much acid and other toxic stuff being introduced in to your body.

So what should you do? Stick to cold brew…

Coffee causes cancer, I thought you knew. Starting from tomorrow, drink some cold brew!

Good Cooking Oil vs. Bad Cooking Oil

As a big fan of Dr. Cate Shanahan, I frequently check her book “Deep Nutrition” and her website whenever I want to check whether something is good or bad, and today I was reading about cooking Chinese Food and I checked her site.

So Peanut Oil and Sesame Oil are both okay to eat!

Here is a link to a beautiful infographic:

List of Good Fats and Oils versus Bad

For those wondering, my favorite Chinese dish is Ma Po Tofu and it is my dream to learn how to make this myself completely from scratch without using a single preservative or otherwise “bad” ingredient, and I am currently reading this article about it –

Ma Po Tofu in Chinese: 麻婆豆腐

(I tried zooming in and drawing these characters today, it was fun)


Processed Food Causes Cancer? Duh….

According to the Daily Mail, processed foods are driving up rates of cancer.

Okay, do we really need a study to come to this conclusion?

Well, yes we do, and let me explain why.

When you go to the airport, wait in line for TSA screening, they always post signs saying what is prohibited, and I always laugh when I see the signs saying “no bombs” or “no guns” allowed on the airplane.  The reason is that some people genuinely do not know or realize that you should not carry those items with you on the airplane.  This is what is called the “failures” of the public schooling system.  See, these people genuinely do not know because they never saw the news on television or read a newspaper…etc.  The other reason of course, is that if somebody is carrying a bomb, believe it or not, when they see that sign they will sometimes inadvertently confess to carrying a bomb in a freudian slip sort of way.

Another reason that we need an article like this is because most people are followers, regrettably.  They will only do something if everybody else or the “in crowd” is doing it.  So by the media reporting this article it makes it seem that the “in crowd” is no longer doing it and they will want to follow the crowd to feel that they are a part of something.

Anyway, I am glad that this study has come out and the results have made it to the headlines, because people do have to realize that processed foods are bad for you.  It doesn’t matter how little “sodium” the food has or how much protein it has, how “organic” or “non-GMO” it is. If it has been processed it is most definitely bad for you.  Most of this food is so processed, that bacteria and insects will not touch it.  There must be a reason for this…

Take that Big Agra!

In closing, here is some Organic Poetry:

If a roach won’t eat it, neither should you.

But if John would eat it, so should you Reports About Sugar Lobbying Since the 1960’s…

Lobbyists shouldn’t even be an issue. Any honest politician – regardless of their party – should not be influenced by anybody other than the people they represent. In other words, any good politician will tell the lobbyist to get out of their office because his constituents will re-elect him regardless of whatever propaganda the lobbyist puts out against them.

I like to tell people that they shouldn’t complain at all about the government and how the lobbying and “special interests” are ruining everything for us. This goes on of course at all levels of government, from the Federal, State and Local levels. It is neither “the Democrats”, nor “the Republicans” or insert 3rd party of your choice. It is they, that we elect by either voting for them directly, or by not voting at all that gives the power to corruptible individuals that make it into office who succumb to the lobbyists on a routine basis.

So several years after Dr. Robert Lustig published his research on Sugar, including how Sugar, namely the refined kind is not only bad for you and causes obesity, but toxic when eaten at any level, the mainstream media has decided to do some research of its own. This includes Bloomberg News, which posted an article sometime in October of 2016 showing how the Sugar Lobby through its influence in the government via Lobbying and research grants was able to get Americans to start eating a low fat, high sugar diet.

Here is the article for you to read (behind a paywall now):

You can also see a similar article on

If you are in a rush, just read the first 2 paragraphs, if not, read the whole thing, and after reading it, head over to the Institute for Responsible Nutrition here:, and see what they have to say about Sugar and its effects on your health.

Then I want you to ask yourself the following questions:
* Does Scientific Research only fund researchers who produce the desired results?
* Are Scientific studies that do not conform with the desired outcome criticized any differently than studies that do not produce the results they were being searched for?
* How many people have died of heart disease as a result of this?
* How many people struggle with obesity due to this?

Anyway, I close with a quote from Plato:

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
― Plato
(courtesy of

Organic Vodka and Organic Gin

I was recently at Butcher Bar in Astoria and noticed two USDA Certified Organic brands of alcohol:

  • Farmers Gin
  • Crop Vodka

The Farmers Gin was great, I recommend you check out their website here:

Crop Vodka has many flavors, and I only tasted a shot of the Cucumber flavored one.  It was in my opinion and taste, better than the Farmers Gin.  I didn’t get a chance to taste the others, but the Cucumber Vodka really was great.  Check out their website here:

And don’t forget, that most of what gives you a hangover from drinking are the extra cheap ingredients that Distillers add to make their products cheaper, look better, and sweeter.  Ever drink homemade wine or moonshine? Every time I do I notice that I don’t wake up with a hangover… Just saying

Honorable mention: The Botanist –  They may not have an organic certification, but they may be working on getting one.  Either way, check out some of the above the next time you want a drink!

Slow Juicing – Review of Omega 8006

So I saw the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, and the sequel “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2”. Long story short it convinced me that I should go out and buy a juicer. After a few searches, I was faced with a dilemma, too many juicers, with too many prices points and features to choose from. After some research I ended up buying the Omega 8006 which retail’s at $300 (USD) dollars. I was lucky and happened to have a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so I paid only $240 for it. I have had it for about 4 weeks now and it has become a permanent fixture in my kitchen. I have also lost around 10 pounds. Most of it is I am sure “water weight” but still, I have made progress. Additionally, I have not been juice fasting in a way that one would call perfect. Morale of the story? You don’t have to do it perfectly, you just have to not give up.

There are 2 general categories of Juicers – Centrifugal vs Masticating

Advantages and Distadvantages of Masticating

  • real quiet, won’t wake anybody up
  • more nutrients
  • more pulp, smoother pulp, no small bits and pieces
  • can’t juice certain types of food
  • can’t make bullet proof coffee – the butter gets stuck at the tip of the Auger
  • smaller, but more expensive
  • make nut juices
  • crush wheat grass
  • slow use
  • have to cut up veggies smaller so they fit down the tube
  • grind coffee
  • left-over pulp is very dry

Advantages and Distadvantages of Centrifugal

  • loud, really loud
  • more oxidation of juice resulting in less nutrients
  • fast
  • a little more clean up
  • bigger machine, takes up more counter space
  • can juice an entire apple at a time
  • fast use

What I have used it for so far:

Bought a bunch of veggies from the market, spent about 15-30 minutes on many mornings juicing the following:

  • celery – have to cut it up into small pieces about 1 to 4 inches long, otherwise the auger gets clogged
  • apples
  • beets – real good result, just peel them and cut them real small
  • radish, turnips
  • lettuce – a little hard to wash and cut into small pieces to throw in there
  • cabbage – not that hard
  • I ground coffee once and this was the only time I clogged

What I Do Differently

I use unrefined Salt.

I am sure you have heard the conventional wisdom that salt is bad for you, salt is this, salt is that, salt causes high blood pressure…etc  But there is a big difference between salt, sea salt, and unrefined salt. I read a book and saw a documentary about unrefined salt. Well, it was more of a doctor taking a selfie video than a corporate funded documentary.  Long story short he convinced me that salt is bad, but not unrefined salt, which is more of a collection of nutrients and minerals versus your regular table salt which is just pure NaCl.

So while I am juicing, I put a couple of rocks of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, or Black Hawaiian Salt, and now I feel full after drinking not an entire juice, but just a little. It has to be the salt, which enhances nutrient absorption, and as a result the flavor. As for fear about unrefined salt not containing iodine, I have been eating more Kelp, and as for the fear of salt leading to high blood pressure, I’ll get back to you the next time I go to the doctor.

If you are still scared of eating more salt, think of this, do you remember what they said about cholesterol being the cause of heart attacks? How milk does a body good, margarine is better than butter? Low fat diets are good for you? Ha… I now take everything I read/hear with a grain of salt. No, a grain of unrefined salt.

– Visit Dr. Brownstein’s page here to read more about the health benefits of salt