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Have you ever had a proper souvlaki from a proper takeaway in Greece or Cyprus? I am Cypriot and let me tell you with absolutely no bias whatsoever, there is nothing quite like it on God's green Earth.
Fresh off the grill with a lightly dressed salad and a dollop of tzatziki, it really doesn't matter whether you go for pork, lamb or chicken, it is a taste sensation like no other.
Which is why I can completely empathise with 27-year-old Andrew Tsirtsikos and his desperate craving for the dish while his brother was visiting family in Greece.
Alexander, 31, went to a small town in the Peloponnese called Kranidi to visit his family over the Orthodox Easter break (we have a different calendar to the rest of Christianity, you can read about it for yourself here).
While he was there, he decided to wind up his younger brother by sending him snap after snap of him devouring every Greek's favourite dish, souvlaki - I know there is also makarounada tou fournou and kleftiko to think about but souvla is peak Greek.
Alexander told us: "My brother loves souvlaki and he couldn't get the time off and was craving it so much. We said we would bring him back souvlaki as a joke but didn't tell him we were actually going to send him some."
And so packed in a plastic ice cream container, Andrew's pork souvlaki was shipped off just under 2250 miles from Kranidi all the way to Hull.
The moment Andrew's fresh souvlaki was delivered was thankfully caught on camera and I'm not sure he can quite believe what he has just received in the post...
The special souvlaki was sent at 23:50 on Thursday 5th May and arrived to Andrew in Hull at 17:00 the very next day. Apparently he absolutely smashed it down because somehow the tzatziki had kept it relatively fresh.
The worst part about all this is I completely empathise with Andrew and would do the exact same if I was in his shoes. Souvlaki is No.1.
Well played the entire Tsirtsikos family. This has to be one of the longest takeaway deliveries ever.
Words by George Pavlou
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