Gourmet Living is for those with a serious appetite for Life! Our primary goal is to enrich the lives of others through a disciplined and educational approach to discovering and using great food products from around the world. What better way to enjoy life than sitting at a table with good food and wine and pleasurable company?
For those with a serious appetite for Life!
This tag line pretty much sums up our philosophy and explains the “Why?” My husband and I decided to establish Gourmet Living three years ago after finding so many mislabeled and inferior food products in grocery stores and boutiques. As a nutritionist and food advertising professional, I was fortunate to live in many exciting countries – Italy, Spain, Greece, Brazil and the United Kingdom – where my husband worked as an international banker.
Those 20 years living outside the United States, provided me with the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of foods from other cultures. I was able to incorporate many of these wonderful fresh ingredients and cooking techniques into my own kitchen adventures.
While I thoroughly enjoy cooking and experimenting with different foods, I realized that many quality ingredients available to home cooks in Mediterranean countries are almost impossible to find in grocery stores in the United States. As such, my husband and I decided to source our own natural products from farmers and producers we trust. Our goal is to provide fellow cooks and travelling gourmands with a few quality products that make a difference in their dining experience.
Eat Naturally, Eat Well
Some people love to browse through old bookstores. I love fresh food markets and have visited hundreds of them from Rome to Sâo Paulo and in my current home of Greenwich, CT. Eating seasonal products fresh from the farms is – in my opinion – the foundation of all great cooking. During a 2015 visit to Italy, I rediscovered the unique taste fragoline di Nemi (a delicious small strawberry) in the Campo di Fiori, market, the incredible fish and fresh vegetables in the Rialto Market in Venice and the best cherries I have ever eaten in a market near Greve in Tuscany.
Fresh produce is at the heart of the Mediterranean diet, although I was never consciously aware that I was forcing myself to eat “healthy.” Fresh vegetables and fruits in season and raised organically simply taste better. I continue to seek out food products raised organically by farmers, because it is the way I have been brought up as a nutritionist and the way I feed my family.
With so much emphasis on processed foods in the United States, it is a challenge to find healthy natural foods. In fact, many so-called “healthy” or “organic” foods are hardly healthy or truly organic. As such, my husband and I decided to seek out great natural products that we believe are essential to any home cook. If the produce is fresh, these natural products can enhance the flavor of most any dish.
We are focusing our effort into four major categories:
- Balsamic Vinegar: Balsamic vinegar will generally appear with a bottle of olive oil at most restaurants in Italy. We love authentic balsamic vinegar and have applied and received authorization from the Italian Consortium to market Balsamic Vinegar from Modena under our own brand. We offer a premium brand of balsamic vinegar (Goccia Oro) and two traditional balsamic vinegars that have been aged in barrels for 12 and 25 years.
- Olive Oil: Toward the end of 2015, we introduced an exceptional extra virgin olive oil from California. A special blend of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil was introduced in 2016 under the Gourmet Living label and we are hopeful of adding both a Spanish and Greek olive oil in 2017.
- Sea Salt: Salt is an essential condiment to raise the flavor profile of most products. Sadly, many American are rather skittish about their salt intake, but are probably unaware that 75% of their daily salt intake comes from processed foods and that many salts are over-processed. We use sea salt as a finishing salt and introduced our Mediterranean Sea Salt trio from Cyprus in mid-2015.
- Natural Sugars: Over the next 3 years, we are hopeful of introducing our own brand of organic Vermont maple syrup, agave and a specialty honey. We don’t use many sugars in our diet, but do believe that there is something to be said for eating natural sugars.
Why Gourmet Living?
Eating naturally and eating well has long been a part of our lives. We have had the benefit of living in many different countries and have been able to assimilate much that these diverse cultures have to offer. While we can’t cover all the bases of a healthy lifestyle, we do believe that some of these products will resonate with fellow gourmands. More importantly, they are food products we want to use daily ourselves.