Homemade Fresh

The Mediterranean Diet, once thought of as just another fad, has become a true staple in the American palate and for many good reasons. Foremost is that it TASTES GOOD! Yes, truly authentic and clean ingredients lead to really good tasting food. Also true, there are many food manufacturers, and even restaurants, that claim to be “authentic”- ingredients, recipes, menu items, etc., yet many fail.

Processed ingredients, simplified recipes (for profitability) and unhealthy food sources (e.g., foreign, farm-raised Tilapia), all hide the less-than-healthy attributes of these foods and menu items.

Having traveled to Greece, Italy, France and Spain over the past few years, I found that the most flavorful, creative AND simple recipes begin with clean ingredients and authentic European preparation methods. When I cook at home or in creating our recipes for Papouli’s, I look to the ways I was taught by my Grandmother when I was a child, and even now as I watch my mother prepare her authentic Greek and Mediterranean holiday meals. The result: real, robustly flavored, and healthy cuisine.  And yes, you can savor ‘Homemade Fresh’ cuisine away from home!

So, the next time you are out looking for really good and healthy Mediterranean Diet fare, consider dropping by Papouli’s Greek Grill in San Antonio, Texas. If you’re too far away, then take a moment to study the menu of the restaurants you like to frequent. Don’t be afraid to ask the manager or chef from where the ingredients they use are sourced. Ask them to describe their preparation method. And please, please… don’t settle for less than you deserve. Your body will thank you for eating clean, healthy, and the Mediterranean Way!

Are You at Risk for Alzheimer’s?

(From Bottom Line Personal, Volume 37, April 15, 2016)

If you are at risk for Alzheimer’s, fish may protect you, reports Martha Clare Morris, ScD (professor and director at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago). Recent finding: Eating one or more fish meals a week was linked to less Alzheimer’s damage in the brain among people with a gene variant called apolipoprotein E4 (APOE), which increases Alzheimer’s risk. Your doctor can order a genetic test for APOE.

Papouli’s Greek Grill offers many healthy fish options, including Baked Pesca Fresca, Grilled Salmon, and our new Grilled Portocali Salmon (grilled salmon filet with Orange Butter Sauce, served with a tossed Greek salad, cranberry couscous and pita). Combine your healthy diet with regular physical activity and you will be doing your part to keep your brain and body healthy. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, visit http://www.alz.org.

Papouli’s 4th Annual The Race to Remember 5/10K

Just a reminder that our annual fundraiser for the San Antonio and South Texas Alzheimer’s Association is next Saturday, March 26, at Mission County Park. Details are below. It’s Easter weekend, so come on out and learn about the disease and have some fun, too! And if it’s a last minute decision, you can always sign up at the event. 

Papouli’s Greek Grill

4th Annual Papouli’s Race To Remember 5k/10k Run/Walk

SAN ANTONIO (March 1, 2016) – Papouli’s Greek Grill, the local chain known for their Greek foods, announces its 4th Annual- Race To Remember 5/10K Run/Walk Fundraiser, benefitting the San Antonio and South Texas Alzheimer’s Association. The event will be held on March 26, 2016, at Mission County Park, with a start time of 8am. Top three winners in various categories of the timed/chipped race will receive awards and all profits go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Register w/ IAAP, Papouli’s event sponsor, at www.IAAPweb.com. $25 for 5K / $45 for 10K.

“We’re privileged to again partner with the local Alzheimer’s Association in raising awareness and funding towards conquering this terrible disease that impacts many in our community and across the U.S.”, says Nick Anthony, Papouli’s founder. Anthony’s own Grandmother succumbed to Alzheimer’s related dementia in the 1980s.

The benefits of an active lifestyle and diet rich in antioxidants are believed to be beneficial to brain health, according to Carl W. Cotman, Ph.D. “Papouli’s recognizes that the Mediterranean lifestyle is a model that may benefit not only one’s general health, but may also have an impact on Alzheimer’s and related dementia.”, Anthony says.

“Every 67 seconds in America someone develops Alzheimer’s disease.  It is now the 6th-leading cause of death in the United States.  In Texas, an estimated 340,000 individuals, aged 65 and older, having Alzheimer’s disease.  To End Alzheimer’s we need to grow fundraising and awareness — through their Race to Remember, Papouli’s Restaurant understands this and we are thrilled to have them as a partner,” states Margaret Barron, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, San Antonio and South Texas Chapter.  

About Papouli’s Greek Grill

Papouli’s was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 2002 by Nick Anthony, who carries on his family’s 100 year legacy in the hospitality industry. The eatery features traditional and contemporary Greek cuisine for refreshingly different casual dining experience, with its award-wining dishes served by a warm, caring staff in the traditions of the Greek culture. http://www.papoulis.com / http://www.TheRaceToRemember.org.

About the Alzheimer’s Association- San Antonio & South Texas Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, working on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.



Mediterranean Foods for Alzheimer’s disease (a guest blog submission for Papouli’s Greek Grill, a ¡Por Vida! restaurant partner)

Chances are that every one of us has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, whether we have a family member, a neighbor, or a close friend who has suffered from the progression of the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association® reports that in Texas about 1 in 10 of our seniors are living with Alzheimer’s disease. About two-thirds of persons living with Alzheimer’s are women. Nick Anthony, founder and president of Papouli’s Greek Grill restaurants was personally touched by Alzheimer’s disease as he cared for a family member with the disease. For this reason, Anthony organizes the Race to Remember, an annual 5K benefiting the Alzheimer Association®. While currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, promising research in the area of brain health does suggest that nutrition can play an important role.

Nutrition may play a role in the occurrence and progression of Alzheimer’s disease due to inflammation and insulin resistance. Inflammation is a natural body response to injury, such as swelling after stubbing your toe, which resolves on its own with time. Chronic inflammation is when the injury is repeated over and over again with no time to heal between insults. Chronic inflammation was found to be at the root of heart disease and many other chronic diseases and is possibly linked to Alzheimer’s disease as well.

The food we eat can either improve inflammation and insulin resistance in our body, or make it worse. Insulin resistance happens when the body is no longer able to properly use the sugar in the blood for energy causing higher than normal blood sugars that may result in diabetes if not resolved. The Mediterranean way of eating which is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and seafood, nuts and seeds, and olive oil is in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as having many anti-inflammatory components to fight chronic inflammation. The Mediterranean way of eating also limits sweets (sugar) and high-fat meats and meat byproducts (saturated fats). Eating or drinking too much sugar is associated with insulin resistance and diabetes, therefore having less sugar is protective against these conditions. Saturated fat has been linked to both inflammation and heart disease.

We all know that the food we eat affects our health but often there are just not enough hours in the day to prepare our meals from scratch or sometimes we just want to eat out at a restaurant because we enjoy the experience. Learn to eat out in a healthy way and dine at restaurants that are committed to serving healthy options or that accept substitutions such as swapping out deep-fried sides for fresh fruits or vegetables. Papouli’s offers cucumber slices in place of the starch on their Build a Plate option as well as a variety of light GreekTown™ sides including fresh fruit, baby carrots, the village (tomato) salad, and Tabouli (parsley & bulgur wheat) salad. Get inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean region, both for the bold, vibrant flavors as well as for the health benefits associated with them!

For more information about Alzheimer ’s disease, visit www.alz.org.        

Anna Macnak is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator working with the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District as the dietitian for the ¡Por Vida! program. The ¡Por Vida! program is a restaurant recognition program that helps adults and children identify the healthiest items on the menu. For more about ¡Por Vida!, check out the website, www.PorVidaSA.com.

Happy Grandparents Day!

Wishing you a happy grandparents’ day from our Papou and Yia Yia to yours.  Grandparents are the gift God grants to us all. They offer smiles, warmth, wonderful stories, bringing past generations to life and sharing the grace of wisdom of a life lived well.

Today we say thank you Papou and Yia Yia, Paw Paw and Nana, grandma and grandpa all names being one and the same, filled with  love.

Labor Day 

It is easy in today’s fast paced society to become off track or even get our priorities out of balance. That’s way today Labor Day I am taking time to enjoy friends at local 5miler and I hoping that you too spend some of your Labor Day on you. I find that when I keep family, friends, work both mental and physical health in balance I achieve a greater success than when only one thing has priority. 
Happy Running! 

Egg and Wine ~ Fun Monday Finds


While doing my monthly foodie magazine reads I happened across two very different  fun fact finds. One is called, Get Cracked in bon appetit, March 2014. The other is by, Megan Krigbaum, Avoiding Bad Wines, Februrary 2014, Food & Wine.

First things first, how to do you get just the right egg? It can be found in the timing. The entire page is geared to what time is perfect for what you want to do with your egg. Five minutes line up your toast for sliders. Seven minutes ready for ramen, nine minutes perfect time for Salade Nicoise and 13 minutes for the all important deviled eggs! For more information you can go to bonappetit.com/egg.

It seems that just as I think I am solid with my wine knowledge, well then something like this next article on Avoiding Bad Wine shows up and I learn a new thing or two. Wonderful quote “Be realistice. Odds are a $15 bottle of from a notoriously pricey region, like Burgundy or Napa, is probably to good to be true”.  Storage Tips: Optimal storage temperature is 55 F.; Under the bed is a decent option; Don’t stash bottles of wine in the kitchen; it can get too hot. For many other interesting and helpful tips head over to Food & Wine and enjoy.

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It is time ~ 4th Annual Papouli’s The Race to Remember 5k & 10k Run/Walk

4th Annual Papouli’s Race to Remember

Benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association – San Antonio & South Texas Chapter

Having personally experienced the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, this is a cause very close to our hearts.

The Alzheimer’s Association strives to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Facts about Alzheimer’s:

    • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
    • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age – up to 5% of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
    • Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.
    • Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
  • Alzheimer’s has no cure. Treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for patients and their caregivers.

Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.

Ready to Sign Up?
Lace up your shoes and run (or walk) to help learn more about Alzheimer’s. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association – San Antonio & South Texas chapter.

Register Online now or at the race.

Questions or Sponsorship Inquiries
Contact Nick Anthony at 210-735-1300 or nick@papoulis.com

Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association – San Antonio & South Texas Chapter here.

Lifestyle Partner Event ~ Join us!

The Runners Ranch Relay Luau Night Run

Saturday, August 29, 2015 6:00 PM
23350 Campbellton Rd
San Antonio, TX

Event Summary:
The Runners Ranch will be hosting a luau themed night run that consist of a 4- person team relay. Each runner will run a 1.75 mile loop on the sandy trails of the Runners Ranch. Be prepared to run on the sand, get lei’d, and hula the night away to live music. So get those teams ready and we will see you at the Runners Ranch.

Event Details:
Event LocationThe Runners Ranch
23350 Campbellton Rd.

San Antonio, TX  78264
Course Map: www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=563989



Open Male, Open Female, Mixed (2 males, 2 females)

Event Fees:

$100 Per Team
Race day registration: $120 per team

No Refunds! 

Live music by Bexar Bones


Food provided by Papoulis Greek Grill Restaurant

Packet pick-up


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