About Alexis Adams

I am a freelance writer, a gardener, a forager, an aspiring and ever-learning cook, and “Mom” to two beautiful kids. My writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, AFAR, Culture, The Art of Eating, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, the Utne Reader, The Sun Magazine, Big Sky Journal and Montana Quarterly. The Washington Post recently published my essay, Lessons of Resilience from Rural Greece, in their Sunday op-ed section.

With my family, I live in two rural communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic: one at the edge of the mountains in southeastern Montana, the other where the mountains meet the sea on the southern Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece.

From our home on the Peloponnese, I can see the island upon which I spent a good portion of my formative years. It is the place where my love for the culinary culture of Greece began when, as a child, I learned to enjoy the island’s traditional foods: pungent goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses, savory wild greens pies, fish soup made from the day’s catch, sea urchins plucked from the rocky shoreline. It is my love for those foods and the oldways of this region that inspires me to write this blog.

Thank you so much for visiting The Shepherd and the Olive Tree. If you wish to reach me, please send a message to poulithra AT gmail DOT com


25 thoughts on “About Alexis Adams

  1. Lexie what an amazing blog you have. Hope you remember me, Harriet from Freddy’s. I have a house now in Vasilitsi, 5 k. from Koroni, in Messinia. And of course still in Montana. My daughter sent me the link to your article about the cheesemaker. Please call when in Montana, 406 544 8380 I would love to talk. xo

  2. Alexia mou ~ Thomae’s smile draws me into her world of hard work and contentment. Subsistence is certainly a way of life that the Greeks have known through cycles of strife and calm. Back now into strife, and yet living life remains the same in Vaskina…and Thomae’s smile says it all.

    What a concept of living life rather than life living as an after thought to our busyness focus. Does Thomae have women friends? I bet she loves having you come visit!

  3. I’m so glad to have found your blog! I’m American married to a Greek and living in Greece, up in Thrace. I’ve just started blogging and am discovering so many wonderful new things. Your general area of the Peloponnese is my favorite place in the whole world… work used to take me there very frequently. I’m looking forward to more great posts. 🙂

  4. Finally signed up to follow this wonderful blog, although I’ve read much on FB. I love the imagery you conjure up, and i’m drooling as I write.
    I want to work with you ,you ROCK.

  5. Dear Lexi,

    I got to your blog via a mutual friend, James Foot. I am so glad I did – it’s fantastic. I love your writing style and just want to read more and more. My husband Brian and I love Greece, the people and food. We sail there when ever we can and are planning a 7mth sabbatical next year. At the moment we are sitting in our local Deli, in a rain-sodden England; Brian has just remarked that if we can’t actually be in Greece right now, then this isn’t too bad a substitute.

    Perhaps one day we’ll meet at James’ over a glass of something outrageous he’s concocted and a bowl of something seasonal and delicious.


    • Sue, I am so touched by your kind words…and glad I can help transport you and Brian from rain-sodden England back to sunny Greece, if only in your imaginations for today! Thank you so very much for reading. I look forward to meeting you at James’ in Kyparissi. (Over some outrageous cocktail to be sure!)

  6. My Daughter Jeanie found your blog and loved it so much that she shared it with me. My husband George was born in Vasilitsi, so I shared your blog with him too! Can’t wait to read all about you and your adventures! I’m trying to catch up, so I don’t know where in Greece you are now. I’ll be seeing you here, online, very soon!!
    Athena in Houston, TX USA !!!!

    • Athena, thank you so very much for reading and sharing my blog (and thanks to your daughter as well!). I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy it. I’m in Poulithra, on the southeastern coast of the Pelops. So happy to meet you, “see” you here, and thanks again!!

  7. I discovered your blog through the group Greek, Balkan and Medit.. I read your article about touloumotiri and enjoyed reading and learning so much about this cheese. Although I’ve heard about it, I really didn’t know about it until now..

  8. Hi Alexis, I wanted to thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers 😉
    Keep up the good work, your blog is amazing.
    Ciao, Anna

  9. Just read your entry on stifado, very interesting and I look fwd to following your blog. One question: in your travels south of Leonidion, have you ever been to Ieraka? Which used to be only accessible from the sea? Or by means of a perilous donkey path…

  10. Hello Alexis,
    Lovely blog! In fact I like it so much I’ve included it in a recent post on my own blog, which is called Back To The Drawing Board (about quitting corporate life and relocating to Greece). The post is titled 10 Best Greek Food Bloggers.You can see the post here:


    Hopefully you are happy to be included but if you have any issues at all please let me know.
    Best wishes

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