In 2013 we stayed 4 nights on Athos and that includes ofcourse dinner. In Kavsokalivia we ate in the small trapeza/kitchen with 3 Greek pilgrims and 4 monks. One of them was an iconpainter. No bible reading. Menu: coleslaw, pasta with chickenbeans on top and bread and water. Simple but tasty.
The second day we ate pasta again this time in the old trapeza of Lavra with the beautifull wallpaintings and the marble tables. Many monks and pilgrims and biblereading. On the right a German pilgrim who was in the company of Athos specialist and guide Alexander Dombrowsky also from Germany.
The next day we walked from Provata to Mylopotamos stopping at the monasteries of Karakalou and Filotheou. In Filotheou monks were preparing the evening meal. Cleaning the octopusses en pealing the potatoes. It’s a pity we didn’t eat there.
Preparing the food on a balcony of Philotheou. The third day we stayed at Mylopotamos: The winery of father Epifanios and monk Ioachim. We booked it in advance and you have to pay for food and accomodation. But the food is very good, based on the recipes Epifanius wrote in his famous cookbook. You can buy the book in Ouranoupolis and here. Grilled aubergine, delicious French fries, Squid with rice and Greek salad and Mylopotamos wine.
The last day at Sk. Andreou we had dinner in a very large Trapeza in the cellar of the immens church. I think we had pasta again. Many pilgrims and monks. Bible reading during dinner. The largest dining room I ever ate.