Titan (pronounced TEE-TAN, I am told and not TIE-TAN) Foods is just a short drive away from the International Meat Market (see previous post) and it had a dizzying array of Greek groceries and pastries. The store had a good selection of olives, with several bowls of olives set up at an olive bar for customers to select what they like. In the refrigerated section they had several cans of the most spectacular anchovies on display. There were darker varieties and lighter ones as wellâ€¦ and highly salted to lower sodium content. My wife is an anchovy die-hard, so we got some of the anchovies to munch on back in the apartment and they were delicious. In addition to the impressive selection of anchovies was one of the widest selections of feta cheeses I have ever seen. There were at least a dozen different types of cheese and it was mind-boggling (or was it the jet lag?) and a pleasant jerk to the sensesâ€¦
I have always liked good extra virgin Italian olive oil but a VERY VERY CLOSE number two on my list is a good fruity Greek olive oil. I find the Greek oils have tremendous flavor and in some cases, the most appetizing color. They are superb on fresh salads, with no cooking involved. So I was in oil nirvana facing this stack of Spitiko olive oil in the green cans. I purchased some to be packed away in a balikbayan box that will be on its way home to Manila soon. Be careful, they have faulty plastic caps that tend to leak, so wrap them well with plastic for shipment! There were several (dozens, in fact) of types of oil but this is one that was introduced to me several years ago and I have just gone back to it again and again.
The store also sells lots of dips that are terrific with pita sections or sliced bread. We purchased some eggplant, fish roe and other cheese based dips for pica-pica. We also spied an impressive array of incredibly tempting but characteristically super sweet greek desserts such as baklava that just screamed pastry, pistachios and honey or sugar! Titan also had several rows of canned, bottled and packaged Greek groceries which were just too varied and plentiful to remember. The store wasnâ€™t thrilled with me taking photos so the ones I got arenâ€™t of the finest quality. Nevertheless, this was a terrific store to stock up on your Greek staples. Titan Foods is located at 25-56 31st Street, Astoria Queens, telephone 718-626-7771.