Interview with Lagos Mare bartender, Joseph Pegkos

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-Good evening shaker man!! One more evening we are enjoying your cocktails at the Pool Bar of Lagos Mare Hotel!! Can you describe us the meaning of “bartending” for you?

J.P.: Good evening guys! My name is Joseph Pegkos and I would like to thank you for honoring me with your presence here at Lagos Mare Hotel. In my point of view bartending is something more than just another job title; I could say it is a life experience! Did you ever wonder what a bartender deals with every night? Trust me; it’s a long story… (Laughs)

-Give us a small description of your previous working experience as well as the reasons that you decided to work at the Pool Bar of Lagos Mare Hotel.

J.P.: My first steps as a barista were at the age of 15, at a local coffee-cocktail bar nearby the place I lived. That place used to be crowded every single night so I had to learn how to create some cocktails (at least the basics, at the beginning). Over the next few years I started to experiment at the bar and it turned out that’s what suits me better! So I keep going forward all these years and now I feel very lucky for the unique experience to work at Lagos Mare Hotel. A very beautiful place, amongst the leading hotels in Naxos, distinguished for its elegant decor, top quality services, excellent cuisine and many more that impressed me from the very first moment I got here. The main reason, though, that I chose to work in Lagos Mare was the opportunity to come together and serve tourists from all over the world, a new challenge at my career that inspired and motivated me.

-What are your feelings when you see satisfied customers enjoying your drinks?

J.P.: My satisfaction is automatically doubled not only because the customer is pleased but also that’s a sign that I’m doing my job.

-According to your experience, what are the ‘key skills’ that will validate someone as a bartender in our days?

J.P.: I learned since I was very young that everything is based on practicing, so day by day I was trying to get better and I always had my ears open to new ideas, opinions and advice. Moreover, the experience has a significant role at the career development of a bartender because it normally defines your next steps. I also attended some bartending seminars that helped me a lot and I would also like to mention that I had some influences from the expertise barista that was introducing these classes, which was very important in my future career.

-How important is for a bartender to understand the differences between spirits, beer and wine to in order to serve better each customer?

J.P.: I think it is very important to be in the same time a good bartender and a good taster, because it is on your duty to serve suitably even the most demanding customer.

- How do you feel working in an environment like Lagos Mare Hotel? Could a smooth workplace be an extra motivation for someone?

J.P.: To be honest this is the first time I am working in a hotel bar and my experience so far is very optimistic. All my colleagues are very friendly, cooperative and pleasant from the first time I joined the team. That was something that helped me acclimate very easily at the workplace.

-How is the interaction with customers here; How would you deal with a displeased customer?

J.P.: So far everything runs smoothly. Our customers are very polite, smiling, a little demanding but above all pleased with their drinks and the atmosphere of Lagos Mare. I didn’t face any disappointed customer till now, but in such case we will definitely find a solution according to the problem or the complaint that may occur. In my opinion, good mood and smiling are the key ingredients to keep the balance on my watch.

-Is there any cocktail that represents you and would like to share with us?

J.P.: Of course guys! It’s a cocktail which came out of my first days here at the hotel. Inspired by the Citrus Naxos, which is a famous local liqueur, ascended the famous «Lagos Mare-Tine»:

1,5 oz. Citrus Naxos

0,7oz. Green Apple Schnapps

0,7 oz. Apple Juice

Fresh lime juice

2 apple slices

2 mint leaves

-What should a customer expect from the shaker man of Lagos Mare Hotel?

J.P.: Good mood, prompt service, comfort bar but above all beautiful cocktails!!!

Thanks a lot we wish you all the best for the season Joseph!

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1924 Restaurant… A magical journey to the world of flavors by Dimitris Skarmoutsos

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Delectable dining does not end with a dinner at “1924” restaurant in Lagos Mare Hotel. One of the elite restaurants in Naxos, offering a wide variety of dishes carefully selected to satisfy even the most demanding gourmets! Try the delicacies of our famous and awarded Executive Chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos whose cooking is famously full-on, but also sophisticated, concocting flavors that are delicate as well as rich. Taste the delicious creations of our Head Chef, Vasilis Tsitsivos and let us guide you through the world of senses!naxos-gastronomy-g

Combining Naxos local cuisine and the Cycladic tradition, our Executive Chef D. Skarmoutsos with the assistance of our Head Chef V. Tsitsivos, really makes a difference in Naxos restaurants scene with the special care to the creation of inventive dishes, which are mostly based on tasty locally produced ingredients, fresh meat and fish, excellent dairy and livestock products, wine, vegetables and extra virgin olive oil that are passionately matched in exchange for a journey through the unique aromas and flavors of Naxos!lagos-mare-a

With respect to the local gastronomical customs, “1924” restaurant is principally distinguished for its variety and originality. Simplicity born of necessity is apparent in recipes passed down from generation to generation, prepared with age-old methods and local ingredients that please even the most demanding diners. That exactly was the muse of our crew when they created the innovative and unique “1924” restaurant in Naxos. Every day constitutes an exceptional opportunity for our Executive and Golden Awarded Chef D. Skarmoutsos, in order to present endless flavor surprises to our guests. Besides the fact that he is a famous TV celebrity in Greece, his biography is very rich as he worked at many famous restaurants around Europe and America. As a result his experience combined with the assistance of our Head Chef Vasilis Tsitsivos generated the most indulgent menu in Naxos!

In any case we guarantee that the “1924”restaurant at Lagos Mare Hotel is the most elegant place to dine, offering a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by soft music that will offer you a lifetime experience!

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International Day of Happiness~ Hiking at Naxos

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20 of March! “International Day of Happiness” and Lagos Mare Hotel is portraying the best way to remain happy and healthy at your holidays in Naxos Island!!!
Naxos has an unparalleled and diverse landscape that ranges from the severe beauty of marble mountains and deep valleys to perfect and deserted coastlines.

It constitutes a miniature of Greece, where the fans of trekking and climbing can discover an endless network of stone-paved paths and experience the traditional Cycladic scenery and culture.

Naxos is the largest and perhaps the most beautiful island of Cyclades, so there is no better place visit either you are a fan of hiking or not. We guarantee that you will become one as soon as you explore the unrevealed paths and alleys with its picturesque views.

As the “The Times” and the “Independent” published at previous posts: The best way to get to know Naxos is to walk the island!!!

bullet   The island remains extraordinarily beautiful, filled with ancient Greek remains and Venetian towers, its whitewashed villages and well-watered terraces clinging to the sides of mountain that soar above deep green valleys. Olive trees and vineyards flourish in the fertile soil that for 5.000 years has attracted settlers.” –Patrick Cockburn, The Independent 2011

bullet   There can be few Greek Islands more suited to walking than Naxos, where verdant valleys, orchards and vineyards temper the rocky Cycladic landscape- and where tour operator Walking Plus has introduced guided walks.” –Jill Crawshaw, The Times

Routes and paths that you can follow while hiking in Naxos:

1: Apiranthos-Fanari-Moni

2: Moni – Drossiani – Rachi – Chalki.

3: Chalki – Tsikalario – Apano Kastro – Potamia – Flerio – Mili.

4: Filoti – Agia Marina – Zas.

5: Filoti – Agia Marina – Pirgos Chimarou – Zas Cave – Filoti.

6: Damalas – Avlonitsa – Apalirou – Avlonitsa – Giroulas – Sangri.

7: Koronis – Mirissis – Abram

For more information regarding the activities that you can enjoy at Naxos island contact us at: info@lagosmare.gr

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Family Rooms and Facilities for a remarkable stay

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Lagos Mare Hotel is acclaimed for its innovative and modern style as long as the ability to satisfy every expectation even of the most demanding travelers. Married or single, young or elder, we can offer you the most pleasant accommodation for memorable holidays!

One sector that we focused our attention during the last years in order to increase our efficiency on “easy living”, was the “Family rooms & Facilities” with the intention of development of the standard amenities that a hotel mainly offers to a family. Respecting the tradition and the age-old principles, Lagos Mare Hotel created a unique combination of luxury and comfort:

“Family Connecting Room”is one of our best options located at the ground floor of Lagos Mare Hotel in order to provide easy access to children. This room can accommodate up to 6 persons and it is formed by connecting two standard rooms each measuring 25 m2 (50 m2 total), with two independent bathrooms, giving the option to our guests to join or separate the space as they wish according to their needs.

“Family side sea view connecting room” is located at the 1st floor of Lagos Mare Hotel and it features two bathrooms with hydro massage jet, Guy Laroche anatomic mattress, two queen size beds in both rooms and extra single beds if required, two LCD TV’s, boiler, mini bar, Free WiFi access, Sony Play Station and Early Learning Center Games.

“Superior Room” constitutes the most affordable suggestion for every family and it can accommodate up to 4 persons. Convenience, stylish decoration, spaciousness in 30m2, this room is the best option for a family of four. The spacious marble bathroom, the hydro massage jet, the LCD TV, the Nespresso coffee machine offers you the treatment you deserve

Lagos Mare Hotel, with respect to you and your loved ones, provides you with plenty of services and facilities in order to make your stay even more delightful at Naxos Island:

bullet Baby sitting
bullet Mini playground with protective mats
bullet Gigantic Chess (located at the outdoor area of Lagos Mare Hotel)
bullet Billiard
bullet Children knowledge games specifically for indoor playing as long as drawing and crafting equipment which is offering a creative pastime for your children
bullet TV games(such as Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii)
bullet (NEW ENTRY) Organization of group games on the lawn area with no age restrictions which can be an excellent choice for the amusement of a family.
bullet (NEW ENTRY) Children menus tailored to the preferences or needs of your children

For any other request that you may have in order to offer the satisfaction that your family and kids deserve, you are welcome to contact us and your desire will come true!!!
“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Carnival in Naxos – an outstanding experience

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“Apokria” is the Greek term that indicates the period which ends up to Lent, before the Orthodox Easter, and it is usually celebrated in every corner of Greece where great Carnival parades are taking place and a lot of excitement and pleasure overwhelms the participants.

It is also one of the most vibrant traditions of Naxos which is celebrated with festive manner especially the week before the Shrove Monday. The island of Naxos during the time of the “Apokria”, offers the pleasure and the ecstasy of a festival blessed by the ancient Greek god “Dionysus” (the god of wine and feast), which comes to a head on the weekend before the Lent. On this last weekend, celebrations are held in most of the villages and settlements where each of them contributes uniquely to the remarkable amusement of the visitors.

Proper feasts are taking place in every small town where you can savour the traditional dishes followed by plenty of wine and folk music. For example, in “Apeiranthos” village, the commotion and excitement are the dominant features of the “Koudounatoi” custom (the bell ringers), who appear dressed up in a peasant’s hooded cloak and storm the streets of the village shaking their bells accompanied with yells and shouts. On the other hand, at “Chora” on Friday (28th of February) it will be revived the myth of the marriage between god Dionysus and Ariadne and on Saturday (1st of March) it will follow the famous “Torch Race” at the Castle. The events finale will be on Sunday (2nd of March) with the great “Carnival Parade” at the beach of “Chora”. Finally during the Shrove Monday’s (3rd of March) celebrations, the villagers, primarily in the villages of the “Livadi” area, are dressing up in skirts, colourful ribbons and gold coins and they are dancing separated in teams at the villages’ squares. All of these folk customs involving masquerade are probably revived from the times of the ancient Dionysian festivals. Thus, it is not coincidence that these customs of the “Apokria” are taking place during the same time period as the ancient Greek festivals, the Dionysian springtime.

The Carnival peak days for 2014 are between the 28th of February and the 1st of March and Naxos is preparing to present its best festive side with special happenings and events. For this reason, Naxos invites everyone to experience unique moments dedicated to the god of wine and feast “Dionysus” as long as customs steeped in history.

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Valentine’s Day

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“Love is a gift you can give every day” (James Powell)

The most passionate day of the year is approaching, so why don’t you treat your Valentine with a very special staying at “Lagos Mare Hotel”?  Romantic couples are invited to revive the flame in their relationship and plan a dreamy escape to Naxos, the most passionate island of Greece!!!

“Lagos Mare Hotel” is a place where the aura of unparalleled excellence meets the easy living. So dear Valentines you are invited to escape with your loved ones and benefit from our “Valentine’s Day” discount (save 30% of the total cost) for your entire stay!!! Plus that you can always enjoy special in room treats such as relaxing massages and even candle light dinners at the elegant “1924” restaurant.

This year Valentine has landed at the island of Naxos so don’t let the Valentine’s Day to be a panicky time of year!!! Seize the opportunity and pre book your reservation for an unforgettable escape at summer at the amorous Naxos Island! We guarantee you that your relationship will be reawakened at “Lagos Mare Hotel” because whoever is truly in love is celebrating every single day of the year!!!

PS: The “Valentine’s Day” offer expires on Sunday 16/2/2014 at 22:00pm.

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