Every time I have ordered a drink since arriving in Thessaloniki if I am not ordering it with a meal the same thing always happens…after you get your drink you get a glass of water and a snack, in one case potato chips, in another I got 4 crunchy sesame covered bread sticks served with a small bowl of olive tapenade and the most adventurous snack so far was spicy corn chips (a la Doritos) with a spicy sweet Thai dipping sauce. To be clear when I say adventurous I don’t mean successful still I never look a gift horse in the mouth and even though it seems all I do in Greece is eat it is a very nice gesture to make your you can spend more of your night drinking by giving you a snack and some water to keep hydrated.The only thing I can say is that all three of these drinks were either at my nice hotel (The Met Hotel) or at a nicer bar so you are paying around 6 Euro for a drink. Still I think it’s a great tradition that takes the bowl of popcorn and free pizza slices at happy hour at the dive bars I drink at in New York and makes it personal and less time constricted. My favorite was the tapenade and bread sticks because it was based in local cuisine. I’m so obvious sometimes.
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