Researching Greek Food: Sachs Insights Takes on Astoria
July 2, 2015
By Gina Gioldassis, Operations and Communications Coordinator
What do you get when you mix a group of researchers, five hours in Queens and six varieties of baklava? Why, an Astoria Greek Food extravaganza, of course!
The Sachs team is a curious bunch, who could not resist sampling and learning about the Greek food and culture that Astoria has to offer. As a first generation Greek American living in Astoria, I offered to be the team’s tour guide and customized a special food tour for the group to hit all the highlights. I knows the ins and outs of Astoria because I moved there last year. My goal was for everyone to feel delightfully full.
First, we had lunch at Agnanti, a sweet taverna nestled on the north side of Astoria Park overlooking the East River. Its homey atmosphere is reminiscent of the relaxing attitude of the Cycladic islands. The Sachs team sipped on Retzina and sampled exotic dishes such as grilled octopus, kalamata olives, charred branzino, moussaka, and tzatziki sauce.
Next, I led the team down Ditmars Boulevard to Lefkos Pirgos to grab an authentic Greek coffee. While some team members tried a traditional espresso called cafe ellinika, others preferred to try an iced Nescafe Frappe. The coffee gave us a boost to continue their food sampling journey.
We then entered Artopolis, a quaint bakery found inside a small mini mall off 31st Street. Customers can smell the freshly baked breads, galaktoboureko and sweet treats from the street. The bakery boasts six varieties of baklava and endless amounts of koulourakia, melomakarona, and kourabiedes. Needless to say, everyone’s sweet tooth was satisfied.
To finish off the tour, I took the team to Titan Foods, my favorite Greek supermarket. This market is an olive-lover’s paradise since its entire back wall is filled with countless varieties. Some items that the team purchased include Ion Hazelnut chocolates, epiros feta, homemade yogurt and even frozen souvlaki to grill at home. No one left empty handed and no one left without a smile.
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