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As readers of this blog know, I love food, and it’s also one of my favorite things to bring back to friends and family when I’m returning to Chicago from Athens.  One of my favorite one stop shops for all things Greek food is a shop called “Pantopoleio” (which little means “seller of everything” in Greek).  True to its name, the Mediterranean Diet Pantopoleio offers an amazing selection of food products from all around Greece, and when I am looking for something special, this is where I go.

I usually shop the small Pantopoleio tis Mesogeiakis Diatrofis on Frinis and Ymittou near my apartment in Pagrati, where there is almost always something being sampled, but if I’m running around in the commercial center I’ll often stop into their larger food emporium on Sofolkleous (behind the Athens Stock exchange) to see what’s on offer that particular day.

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, between noon and 4 pm, the shop on Sofokleous will have a special Christmas food sampling event, presenting items from all around Greece, like smoked buffalo from Serros, wild mushrooms from Evia, Cretan apaki (a smoked meat), wild boar sausage, pastas from Chios, fig chutney from Corfu, dried figs from Evia and Cretan honey.

Pantopoleio tis Mesogeiakis Diatrofis
1 Sofokleous (at Aristeidou)
Athens 10559
tel: 2210-36-28-738
Pantopoleio tis Mesogeiakis Diatrofis
6 Chremonidou (between Ymittou & Aspasia)
Athens 11634
tel: 210-75-66-006


By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!