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Loi Introduces America to Mastiha

Loi Introduces America to Mastiha

Earlier this month the wonderful Chef Maria Loi hosted a special luncheon to introduce America to Mastiha.

“The Martha Stewart of Greece,” invited guests to her amazing restaurant in the heart of Manhattan, Loi Estiatorio, to give them the chance to experience cocktails and hors d’oeuvres made with the country’s unique product.

Cocktails served included Mastic Liqueur, Strawberries with Strawberries, as well as refreshing Mastic Lemonade with Chia and Mint.

Dishes were Mastic-infused Guacamole stuffed Mini Tri-Color Bell Peppers; Grilled Zucchini Nest with Fish Roe Emulsion, Mastiha Water, and White Almonds on Flat Pita Crisp; Mastic-glazed Mackerel (Oshizushi Hako), Nori-wrapped Salmon Ceviche with Lime, Mastic Liqueur, Ginger, and Assorted Vegetables; Chocolate Truffles with Green Tea, Chili, and Mastic Liqueur Caviar; and a Classic Mastic ‘Submarine’ that helped top of the perfect meal.

During the luncheon the incredible benefits of Mastiha, which is a natural, rare and aromatic resin in teardrop shape that falls on the ground in drops from superficial scratches induced by cultivators on the tree’s trunk and main branches with sharp tools, were described. It is found only in certain areas of the Greek island of Chios. As resinous granules, it was the original chewing gum, and the name “mastiha” is the root word of “masticate,” meaning “to chew.”

As scientific research has shown, Mastiha has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory qualities. The ingredients pharmaceutical and biological benefits.  Mastiha looks like rock candy and has a distinctive chewiness. It is a Greek product, and registered by the European Union as PDO (PGI) name.

Loi Estiatorio is located at 132 West 58th Street and is perfect spot for food lovers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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