One of the reasons for the poor selection of traditional albeit vegetarian cuisine was our location. We were based near a place that had a large British immigrant community and catered primarily for British tourists. So if you wanted a full fried English or Scottish breakfast, a toastie or even a chips, you'd be fine, but a traditional Cypriot and vegetarian menu wasn't so easy to come by. Another reason for our lack of sampling of cooked traditional cuisine was family. When your travelling/staying with friends or family you find yourself restricted as some members tend to limit themselves to food they know, so it makes it hard for you to experiment and enjoy new, local and traditional cuisine. So a number of compromises had to be made. So for breakfast we mainly had toast with eggs; or Greek yogurt with fruit. For evening meals it was jacket potato with salad or a meze style plate with dips. And if we ate out and we barely did as it was self-catering, it was necessary to eat at a place where the menu was familiar. Whenever we had the opportunity D and me would sneak off to the local bakery and pick up some sweet syrup soaked pastries that were dubbed as Lebanese delights, tahini seseame paste pies and something that was known as bourekia pastry. These were filled with fresh curd cheese and honey and dredged with icing sugar. It felt naughty but nice. Along with the sweet pastries, we had some savoury ones such as these spanakopitta and pastry horns full of black olives (above)
These are halloumi pastries, mashed potato, mint and onions. I have to admit that I even ate a number of frozen food products, but you will be pleased to learn these were all frozen Cypriot dishes: spanakopitta and koupes fried rissoles stuffed with mushrooms. I think there was only one day that D and me got to eat out without family and we stumbled across a little place called Laona that was promoting itself as a traditional Cypriot eatery. Even better it had a number of vegetarian dishes. I was just going to have a bowl of louvi black beans, but the owner said he would bring us a few vegetarian dishes to sample. Though all were familiar to me, I was a happy bunny. Here are some of them.
Dried broad bean soup with lemon and marrow.
It was towards the end of our holiday we came across a place that offered a traditional vegetarian menu. D's parents were familiar with this place as they had eaten there before. So everyone was happy with what was presented before them.