Tucked away in a strip mall complex alongside the elevated subway line lies a bakery that many consider one of the best in the neighbourhood. You walk in and you’re immediately welcomed by the aroma of fresh baked goods, ranging from all kinds of sweet and savoury smells. Its owners are natives of Greece, but they do not just create Hellenic confectioneries and pastries. Their shelves and refrigerators are lined with cookies (I may be slightly addicted to their chocolate chip ones), German and French pastries, and fresh breads of all kinds.
But, yes, probably my favourite things to get from here besides the cookies is a Greek product of theirs: the frappé. They easily have the best in all of Astoria, hands down. Now Greeks do frappés a little differently than what most are used to. They’re certainly not like the frappuccinos from Starbucks. It’s a foam-covered iced coffee made from strong instant coffee. Stay with me. One or two teaspoons of the coffee is mixed with sugar and water, and the mixed end product is poured into a tall glass with some evaporated milk and voilà: you have a Greek frappé. This drink has become one of the images of modern Hellenic culture. It’s a must-have.
If you can handle the wonderful overwhelming sensation of fresh pastries and strong Greek coffee, take a trip to the gem and get your delicious sugar fix.