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Seeking recommendations for top-quality Greek olive oil & other items at Astoria Greek markets

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Seeking recommendations for top-quality Greek olive oil & other items at Astoria Greek markets

erica | Apr 20, 2011 07:51 AM

I am a newcomer to the wonderland of the Greek food markets in Astoria. This week I "discovered" some amazing Easter cookies at Titan, which has a table filled with Easter sweets, in addition to their regular bakery counter.

I have been buying Sitia oil from Crete for less than $8 for a 750ml bottle; this was one of the oils chosen by Eric Ripert in a blind tasting on his tv show, Avec Eric, last year.

I would like to hear about other oils from Greece, and which shops offer oils from the latest harvest.
On another thread, Euphoria oil was highly recommended; who sells this in Astoria?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576733

Many of the bottles I have seen bear only the recommended last date of use, not the date of harvest. When is the harvest in Greece and when do the "new" oils arrive here? How can I find the freshest oils..is there some kind of code on the label that would indicate date of harvest?

These Greek shops appear to offer tremendous prices on bottled and tinned oils. I am finding it difficult, however, to ferret out the best quality, since no tasting is offered.

Apart from feta olives, yogurts, taramasalata, etc, what else do you buy at the Greek food shops?

Any and all advice/discussion/opinions will be welcomed!

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Titan Foods
25-56 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

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