In the western hemisphere, Greek food and Mediterranean food are used interchangeably, but technically they are not the same. Mediterranean food, in general, is very similar among countries in that region, with some small differences. So essentially, Greek is Mediterranean.
GREEK is MEDITERRANEAN
A Mediterranean menu is much broader than Greek inspired flavors. As you can imagine Mediterranean inspiration comes from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea which connect many cultures together. The countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea in clockwise order are Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco; Malta and Cyprus are island countries in the sea.
Greek restaurants in Portland usually have a traditional Mediterranean menus that include inspirations from many cultures that are not exclusively Greek in origin. The Gyro can trace its roots to Turkey, the Falafel started its journey in Egypt and the Kebab is traditionally middle eastern.
OLIVE, WHEAT and LEMONS
The staple of almost all Mediterranean food and Greek specifically is the use of the olive and wheat. Other common ingredients include cheese, lemon juice, herbs, bread and yogurt.
Most of us know these Mediterranean menu items are familiar as Greek food, but this cuisine includes inspirations from many cultures defined by the sea that was crucial to trade and culture.
NEW PORTLAND MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
Aybla Grill has recently opened a new Greek Mediterranean restaurant in Portland. Not only do we offer some of the best Greek food in Portland, but we are also one of the few halal restaurants in the city. Please check out our food carts and call 971-328-2041 for catering.