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Gourmet Food
Gourmet Food

Learn English with this gourmet food English lesson

Date: Nov 02 2018

Themes: Food

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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If your family has money, it’s possible that you eat gourmet food on a regular basis. You might buy artisinal bread, aged cheeses, organic milk, and local produce. There’s a good chance you shop at a store that will import whatever you want, and since you believe that you get what you pay for, you’re willing to spend any amount to eat well.

Being able to eat luxury foods and drinks is a great thing, but most of us aren’t able to spend extra money on our groceries. Once in a while it’s OK to buy something special, but most of the time, we’re just trying to eat a variety of healthy foods and maybe eat at a restaurant once in a while. Gourmet food is a special treat for some, but it’s not for everyone.

Marni and Gary are talking about gourmet food. Do they buy it, too? Learn more when you check out today’s English lesson.


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Gary:  Marni, did you know that in the area here we have a gourmet food supermarket?

Marni:  Oh. Well, tell me about it.

Gary:  Well, they have… it’s amazing. They have this artisinal food from France and Italy. They have aged wine and aged cheeses everywhere. And, of course, everything is organic because it’s gourmet food.

Marni:  And you get what you pay for. You have to pay for quality.

Gary:  I also do believe that a lot of it is locally sourced.

Marni:  Well, that’s good. So, they’ve got quite an international thing that they import, but also they maybe try to do local produce. Is that what…?

Gary:  It sure seems so. And I think even in the bakery there were a number of handmade goods made of really incredible chocolates.

Marni:  Well, jeez. Let’s go! Where is it?

Gary:  I don’t want to tell everybody, so…

Marni:  OK.

Gary:  Let’s just go now and surprise everyone with some dinner.

Marni:  That sounds like a great idea.

Gary:  All right.


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Gary is excited about a gourmet food store in the neighborhood. It sells fancy foods of very high quality, and he gives Marni all the details. The store sells food from Europe, but also fresh, organic fruits and vegetables from the area. One can buy wine and cheese there, of course, as well as treats from its bakery.

Gary does such a good job of describing the supermarket and its goods that Marni is ready to go there right away. At first, Gary wants to keep it a secret, but then he decides to take her there to buy dinner for their group of friends. Marni thinks it’s a great plan and they head out together.

Are you willing to pay for gourmet food? What kinds of foods taste best when they’re gourmet?



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artisinal >>> artisanal 

12:31 PM Nov 02 2018 |

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Yes, Julito :) it’s paradise for gourmet cooks and eaters. 

Next trip you should book overseas. It’s worth the time and money after all…for real ;)

06:22 PM Oct 28 2014 |




Dear Anja, jejeje!!   free treats , i like that place . A pity that  i live  way, way  far away, otherwise i could go and relish all the  food    without  shame.  :))))

06:00 PM Oct 28 2014 |




There’s nothing better than a Saturday stroll through our wonderful indoor market. You can find the finest selection of imported treasures and delicious delicacies from every corner of the world in there. The best thing about that place is that you can shamelessly try the wide assortment of treats that are displayed on every stall.  For me it’s always the cheese stands that draw my attention. The selection of gourmet cheeses is unending…if I could afford it, I’d shop here every day.

05:48 PM Oct 28 2014 |



The Gourmet Food isn’t good for our health.

We plant vegetable and feed pigs & cow for ourself.

08:31 AM Oct 28 2014 |




once in a while we all are ready to pay for gourmet food afterall we all are earning for good quality of life and it starts with healthy food. its tru that you get what you pay for.

For gourmet food i like to go to fancy restaurants.

05:26 AM Oct 28 2014 |




I buy my groceries from the supermarket ,not that i wouldn`t like to eat gourmet food but if i want to make end meet delicatessen is not an option .  Well , i don`t like to sound so dramatic , once in a while i could go to a fancy store and buy an artisinal cheese from  France  and  Swiss chocolates.

08:30 PM Oct 27 2014 |




The best way to eat those meals that you produce. You know everything about them.

If you buy something from a supermarket it is evident you may get meals with lot of chemicals, poisons and artificial things. Unfortunately, 95% of people eat these and it leads to illnesses, cancer and so on.

05:18 PM Oct 27 2014 |



Russian Federation

I was listening to the dialog and caught the thought that what food is gourmet food depends on the country and even a place where people live.
I mean that I was born and most of my lifetime lived in central Russia. There are we could get fresh food. People can just go to fair and buy fresh meat. But fresh milk just was brought to our block twice a day. Fresh herbs we grew at our gardens.
Now I live in North and fresh meat or milk are gourmet food here, they are expensive and not always available. But I eat kinds of northern fish which I even didn’t hear before and reindeer meat is usual food here but it is absolutely exotic in my native place.

10:03 AM Oct 27 2014 |




That is good to eat organic food in the area, but gourmet food only avilable in the area, all food in the city is not organic,

09:28 AM Oct 27 2014 |

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