A Gourmet is someone who has expert knowledge and enjoyment of drink and food. It follows therefore, that gourmet food relates to the preparation of top quality food that's at once urbane, luxurious, rare and carefully groomed.
This elaborate description would create visions of delicacies, intricately prepared and laid out for that epicure to indulge in with abounding decadence. Truth is, gourmet meals are as much a goody for the eyes as it is for the palette. Presentation is meticulously planned and executed so the senses can be tantalized and eating becomes a completely self-absorbing act.
Now getting down to basics, here are a few delectable types of foods that become qualified as gourmet. Say them out aloud and savor the sound of it: smoked salmon, foie gras; pate, truffles, mushrooms, condiments, specialty meats, oil; vinegar, cheese, chocolates.
Caviars: gourmet food stores present an unmistakable choice of top notch caviar including Beluga, Sevruga and Ostra caviars and a broad range of Russian, Iranian and American caviars. Most genuine gourmet food stores meet strict import and quality standards and also the goods have a freshness guarantee.
Condiments: good condiments are quintessential to a good meal. Exotic spices and herbs in the European countryside produce a heady combination of aroma and taste. Spanish saffron, mustards, cinnamon and cloves, some dill and rosemary will embellish an array of appetizing and zesty dressings, seasonings and gravies.
Oil and vinegar: Italian virgin essential olive oil and balsamic vinegar, malt vinegar are great for adding zing for your salads. Also, olive oil is really a much healthier choice with regards to cooking.
These examples certainly avoid justice to the vast variety of gourmet food in existence. They don't even come close. However, they do give a peek in to the realm of abundance, excesses and unabashed indulgence - an idea to how food can embellished so that it appeals to the heart around the stomach.