Order Mediterranean food from your own home
These five online shops deliver authentic, hard-to-find products.
After visiting the Mediterranean and experiencing the region's markets, food, nightlife and gorgeous scenery, you may return home and find not only your horizons expanded, but your tastebuds too. While finding a local grocery story dedicated to Mediterranean foodstuffs used to be an adventure all by itself, today those needing a fix of their favorite tahini, olive oil or authentic spices need only jump online.
Below are five online shops specializing in Mediterranean products. All feature unique and hard-to-find items sure to make your mouth water, your dinner guests ask for seconds, and your thoughts turn to a return trip to one of the world's great culinary centers.
1. Dayna's Market
"Endless" is the first word that comes to mind when browsing through the comprehensive list of items available through Dayna's Market. Hundreds of specialty Mediterranean products from imported and national brands line the virtual shelves – with hard-to-find coffees, teas, pickled foods and dried fruits all a click away. For those interested in skipping straight to the sweets, Dayna's Market also offers authentic sesame candy, baklava and a wide assortment of cookies and jams.
2. Makolet Online
Specializing in authentic Israeli products, Makolet Online has an extensive inventory of hard-to-find items for the U.S. market. Oils, pickles, olives, spices and spreads are all available, as well as a full selection of candy, gum and sweets from the region. The company, based out of New Jersey, is working hard to increase its inventory and prides itself on having items not available anywhere else in North America.
3. The Shop Agora
The Shop Agora offers high-quality vinegars, olive oils, spices, and other items for the discerning Mediterranean chef. (Photo: The Shop Agora/Facebook)
A popular wine shop and eatery located in Seattle, Wash., The Shop Agora specializes in a wide range of Mediterranean items from artisanal vinegars to truffle honeys, sea salts, sauces and dried pastas. Take a moment to browse several of their categories and you'll quickly discover tempting items you've never heard of before – a testament to the zeal shown by owners Alexis and Nikos in tracking down new products. As a result, The Shop Agora has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. And for those restaurant owners reading this – yes, they also do wholesale!
4. Sesame Story
The Sesame Story shop offers a wide selection of items such as tahini, coffee, spices, oils and nuts. It can be a bit overwhelming. Not sure where to start? You can also purchase convenient themed baskets for making Mediterranean soups, traditional Israeli dinners, and a delicious selection of desserts. For those ready to get started right away, the shop provides dozens of recipes detailing how-tos on everything from tasty tahini cookies to the perfect tabbouleh salad.
5. Zamouri Spices
Spice cupboard looking a bit bare? Can't find a certain ingredient from an incredible meal you had in Tel Aviv? Chances are good that you'll find exactly what you need at Zamouri Spices. The site offers a dizzying array of flavorings ranging from blue lavender flowers (excellent for rubbing on meats or for use in salad dressings) to za'atar (a blend of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac used on meats and vegetables). As a courtesy how-to, Zamouri also regularly creates video cooking demonstrations for those interested in learning how best to prepare authentic Mediterranean dishes.
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