- Tell us a few things about yourself, so we can get to know you better: your full name, your age and date of birth, your zodiac sign, the place you grew up at, where do you live now and what do you do for a living.
Our names are Argiris and Giorgos and we are brothers born and raised in one of the most southern parts of mainland Greece, Kalamata. I was born on the 2nd of March 1991 and I am a pisces, Argiris came three years later on the 24th of May 1994, which makes him a gemini. After many years of living in different countries we were finally brought to London where we created our idea and current project, Yiayia’s Delights.
- Which is the place you love going to the most, and how often do you go there (and a couple of reasons why) ?
Nowadays, when we visit home, we always like to go back to Mani, it is not far from where we live in Kalamata and it is an extraordinary ride on the motorcycle. In this region, the tradition is something you can really sense all around. The buildings are respectful to their surroundings and made entirely out of stone found in the area. There are numerous spots you can reach where you get a breathtaking view of the sea which extends as far as your eye can see.
- Describe yourself in three words (or less)
Curious, inventive, complex
- What is your favourite colour, your favourite taste and your favourite hobby?
Argiris : I keep changing my mind but currently navy is my favorite color. In terms of flavor, anything spicy, 100%. Photography is something that I’ve always used as a means to express myself but also to freeze moments in time.
Giorgos: My favourite colour is pine green and as for the flavor, I truly have a sweet tooth, so anything chocolatey. Ever since I was a child all my hobbies are using a board of some sort.
- What makes you get out of bed each day?
Giorgos: To be able to bring to life an idea of the day before.
Argiris: The opportunity I get to learn and live something new.
- Through your love of travelling, what is the image you remember the most?
Argiris: After graduating university I took several months traveling Asia, I think that was an experience that shaped me in a way. Culturally, I got to experience such a different world from the one I had been part of as of then. The nature that you witness as well, leaves you speechless. There’re countless images and emotions that have been stuck with me ever since.
Giorgos: For me the more I travel, the more I appreciate the simplicity of looking the sunset in Kalamata from my bedroom window. This is definitely a beautiful image in my mind.
- Tell us a few words about the Yiayia’s Delights project.
Yiayia’s Delights was cooked up in our heads for quite sometime before it actually started materializing. Our idea was simple, bring excellent quality produce, homemade cooking and our passion to the streets. All along, our grandma has been our biggest inspiration. We took her recipe for lukumades as our starting point, with hopes of reliving our childhood joys and be able to share that. She has been a working woman throughout our life but exceptionally talented in so many different areas, including cooking. She has spoiled us with love and affection ever since we can remember and of course with her delicious food. You can try our recipe for Koutalides at home!
- Recently you moved to London, what was the reason for your decision and how do you feel?
The move to London was something unexpected in some ways. In Greece I was living in Dimitsana, a mountain village with a population of 200 people. There, I had opened a guesthouse and the thing that excited me the most, suprisingly, was cooking the breakfast every morning. You could say I found my passion for cooking there. Argiris was already living in London and we decided that our next adventure should be together, creating something that we both believe in. London is definetly a very different place from the ones I have lived in the past. Going from 200 residents to almost 9 million residents its a big change on its own.
- What do you like/dislike?
The one thing I miss the most is definently the sea. The weather is not as bad as I expected and there is beautiful nature you can get to not far from the city.
- Why was London so impressive and how is it unique?
What I’ve liked the most since I moved here is that you never feel like a stranger, you see all these different cultures harmoniously co-exist and I think that is the biggest charm of cities like London. One thing that is still challenging, is driving on the right side haha
- Which place, or scenery, do you love the most there?
Barbican Conservatory is an urban utopia, it is quite incredible to find that in the middle of the city. A walk alongside the canals starting from Victoria Park is also something I’d recommend if you want to get an insight to the life of the east London locals.
- Which activities would you propose to a friend that had 48 hours to spend in London?
Try all the street food you can! There is an incredible street food culture here, and the cuisines and people you meet in food markets are un parallel to anything I’ve experienced before.
- Tell us about a unique local recipe or a product, and what makes it so special?
Britain is not known for its cuisine but one of the things you should try and find the original is the Bread & Butter pudding.
- Which habit of the local people amazes you the most?
What astonishes me is that with the first ray of sunlight all the parks in all of London are going to be filled by people, friends, families sunbathing and playing under the sun, even if it is February and -5.
- Favourite thing to do in Greece?
Every sea related sport really. I kite surf, wind and wave surf, wakeboarding, water skiing, you name it.
- Which is the most beautiful trip you ever took and which image do you remember the most?
Every trip I’ve taken and place I have visited is special for different reasons. One of the most memorable and fun trips was a roadtrip I did with a few friends through Spain and France looking for good surfing spots. I still remember the beautiful sandy beaches that we got to.
- Where would you like to be now?
Some very good friend of ours have relocated to Philippines for the past couple of years and they operate their own guesthouse by the beach. Right now, I wish I could teleport there and be by the sea all day.
- Which is the next destination you would like to visit?
I would also like to take a trip around Asia sometime soon as I haven’t yet explored this side of the world.
- Words to live by in life?
Creation, Freedom and unity.
- What kind of music to you listen to these days? Send us 10 of your favourite tracks and how would you title them if they were feelings?
I listen to a bit of everything at the moment, maybe Indie folk is the one I listen a bit more nowadays. Some songs worth checking out are:
Is hard to associate just a single emotion to any song really. Music for me is a trip on its own where I dream the future and I relive the past. Each song awakes different things within me.