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A tasty quiz
Mmm … I can almost taste the spanakopita already.
The Fall Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre opens Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 5. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s three days of glorious Greek appetizers, entrees and pastries, and some of us really just can’t wait.  In honor of this tasty celebration, we whipped up a little quiz to test your knowledge of the dishes you’ll find on the menu. Let’s see how you do (remember, you’re on the honor system here. No Googling, calling your mom, or reading ahead to the next paragraph during the quiz):
1. Tzatziki is a) chicken with garlic sauce b) cucumber sauce c) a Greek pastry
2. Which one is the appetizer? a) manestra b) souvlaki wrap c) melomakarona
3. Which of the following does not contain phyllo dough?  a) baklava b) pastitio c) galaktoboureko
4. Which appetizer contains spinach? a) Greek salad b) tiropita c) spanakopita
5. When you fill tender grape leaves with ground beef and rice that’s been simmered in a flavorful broth, you’ve made: a) flogeres b) dolmadakia c) kataifi
So, how did you score?
1. If you said tzatziki is cucumber sauce, you’re off to a great start. You’ll often find Tzatziki on gyros and wraps.
2. The appetizer is manestra, which is baked orzo (Greek pasta) lightly simmered with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. The souvlaki wrap is a crispy chicken kabob, and melomakarona is a spiced cookie with walnuts dipped in a sweet syrup.
3. If you said baklava or galaktoboureko, you missed this one, but who could blame you for having dessert on the brain? Both are delicious Greek pastries made with layers of light, flaky phyllo dough. You’ll taste chopped walnuts, spices and sweet syrup in baklava, while galaktoboureko is filled with custard. Pastitio, which is baked macaroni layered with seasoned ground beef and topped with a béchamel sauce, was the correct answer here.
4. Spanakopita! This appetizer mixes feta and a host of other cheeses with spinach and spices in between layers of phyllo dough.  Greek salad always includes Romaine lettuce (not spinach) and tiropita is very similar to spanakopita in that it has feta and other cheeses inside phyllo dough, but you won’t get your Popeye strength from eating it because there is no spinach in this dish.
5. You’re making dolmadakia if you’re filling those grape leaves with beef and rice. Flogeres and kataifi are desserts. Flogeres is phyllo dough rolled with walnuts, spices and sweet syrup, and kataifi is shredded wheat filled with walnuts, spices and sweet syrup.
You can find all the dishes mentioned in the quiz, and more, at the festival. The church is located at 32 East Ross Street (near the Wilkes-Barre Post Office). You can eat in or order take-out. For more information, visit greekfoodfestival.webs.com or call  823-4805.

The 570, The 272 and what it means to you
You may have noticed that phone numbers in electric city and diamond city don’t include area codes. That’s because it wasn’t necessary until recently ; we only had one area code and it was understood that any number in our papers was a 570 number.  However, with the addition of the 272 area code, we will be adapting our style a bit. We will now include the area code for any 272 phone numbers. Phone numbers in the 570 will appear as they always have — sans area code.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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