The next time you head over to grub Thai food at Rabieng, you should make a brief pitstop two doors down at Aphrodite Greek Imports.
Aphrodite Greek Imports is not nearly as expansive as the Mediterranean Bakery, but it's still worth knowing about, not only for its specialty in Greek imports, but also for the fact that it seems to have some items that the Mediterranean bakery does not. Besides, sometimes you want Greek pastries after green curry more than mango with sticky rice (At least, I do).
Aphrodite is just a sliver of strip mall storefront, but nevertheless has an impressive array of olive oils, dried fruits, nuts, and spices. They also have four or five different types of feta from Greek feta to Egyptian feta. But that day, we decided to go on a sweets binge.
We picked out two unusual book-sized flats of what may be the Lebanese version of American brittle. One candy flat was comprised entirely of large flakes of coconut, sprinkled with golden raisins and pistachios, and bound together in a light sugar syrup. The second candy flat added an additional sprinkle of almond slivers to the mix. Both candies were tough and chewy, and a bit oily from the coconut, but ultimately a must for coconut fiends.
We also sampled another Lebanese import, a cookie-sized disc of roasted pistachios bound together with a candy syrup. The pistachios had a wonderful roasted and smoky taste, which was leavened somewhat by the candy syrup.
Next, we had the proprietor wrap up a couple pieces of their basboussa and katayif pastries, as well as a thin cake-sized slice of halvah from one of their several loaves and cakes of fresh halvah.
Aphrodite appears to make many of its Greek pastries in house, as the proprietor, proud of their wares and mindful of our excessively gluttonous haul, insisted that we try one of their Greek cookies gratis before we left.
Check out Aphrodite Greek Imports at:
5886 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041