Why is the site called Wild Greens and Sardines? Wild Greens and Sardines was inspired by my travels to the Greek Islands, where I was introduced to fresh sardines and wild greens (aka horta), and was instantly hooked. My initial trip abroad opened my eyes (and palate) to a world I had no idea existed. It all started when I first traveled to Europe in 2001. That's when I started to truly appreciate food and, thereafter, became increasingly captivated with food during trips to France, Italy, Greece, Spain, and Turkey. The more I am exposed to new flavors and dishes, the more curious I become about others. What I most appreciate are simplicity and freshness of ingredients. There is nothing better than a whole grilled fish or a plate of grilled sardines that were caught in the Sea of Crete by a local fisherman early that morning. Or, local fruits and vegetables, including any number of greens (dandelion, puntarelle, chicory, etc.), picked/harvested by a farmer at the peak of ripeness—hence the name of my blog, Wild Greens and Sardines.