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Bio Gourmet: Healthy and Tasty Food for Holidays
Text and photo by Alevtina Kashitsina


Being a gourmet means being a person who knows a lot about good food and wines, and who enjoys choosing, eating, and drinking them. But what is good food? What is good for your health? Where can a person who lives in a megapolis find healthy food? The term organic products appeared in the middle of the Twentieth Century, when people realized that the fewer chemicals there are in the products they eat, the more taste they have. Scientific research showed how all the additives have an impact on health, and not always positively. By the 1990s the formal organic certification already begins to be legislated in various countries, and this trend continues to today.

Organic foods are produced according to certain production standards. It means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, antibiotics or growth hormones, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. Moreover, organic produce must not be genetically modified. Certainly they are more expensive than their conventional counterparts. But this is only because manufacturers who grow organic food have to meet stricter quality standards to have their products certified. More labor is required, bringing up the cost. All over the world there exist stores where you can safely buy organic labelled products.

So, is it possible to find healthy food in Moscow? Luckily, a new store recently opened where you ca buy certified organic foods and products. Bio Gourmet is located in the very centre of the city 40/1, Ostozhenka Street. Bio Gourmet is a shop and a café offering a variety of tasty and healthy products imported from around the world, as well as authentic health products from Siberia and the Lake Baikal. In total there are more than 2,000 items, including fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, fish, poultry, Alpine dairy products, baby food, mineral water from natural reserves, cookery, grocery products and also cosmetics, pet food and even cleaning supplies. All the products are certified by the countries they are exported from. Every week they deliver fresh vegetables and fruit from France and three times a day bake fresh, organic bread.

On the first floor there is an organic café where you are invited to taste prepared food and enjoy good wine. You are also welcome to consult a dietician who will help you choose right products for you and your family.

Bio Gourmet is celebrating its birthday in December. During the whole month there will be presents for the clients. Bio Gourmets motto is to give health as a present. And as December also rings Advent, they promise to prepare double surprises for clients such as mulled wine tasting sessions at the open terrace, weeks of French and German cuisine and other pleasant things you will be able to learn about when you come.

December is also the right time to buy presents. All the products sold in Bio Gourmet would make a good present for your family or friends. Did you hear about Gold of Morocco? This is the oil made from the fruit of the Argan tree in Morocco entirely by hand in the most gentle way possible, resulting in the finest gourmand taste and quality. It is so rich in essential fatty acids and tocopherols and anti-oxidants that you only need two or three drops of it every day. Any product you find on a shelf, either Living Nature cosmetics from New Zealand, Lubs candies from German, or French chocolate by Coppeneur is a wonderful present, and good for your health.

Christmas decorated baskets already packed are also on sale. You are welcome from 10:00 to 22:00 to this cosy place.

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