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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Has More Than Parmigiano

Editor: I've now been in Moscow two months and I've enjoyed the daily luxury of keeping up with world news courtesy of The Moscow Times. But I'm sad to admit that after reading the March 19 issue, in the cozy surroundings of my appointed Russian family's home, I felt ashamed of being Western. The reason is that the "light reading" parts of the paper seemed to be suffocatingly narrow-minded, emphasizing in a negative manner Moscow's differences in comparison to the life Western cities offer. Notably, I would rename your "Gourmet's Guide to Moscow" as "The Guide to Moscow for those who have absolutely no intention of sampling Russian food or integrating and accepting Russian culture whatsoever!" It began with "those eternal culinary questions" (that foreigners who go home on vacation are plagued by): "Do you have to stand in line when you go shopping?" and, more pertinently, "Do you get enough to eat?" My heart bleeds for us poor foreigners! Who is this article aimed at -- the middle-class, middle-aged, mediocre and generally weak-minded? Who cares if you have to spend 15 minutes in a queue and who's pretending that queues don't exist in the West? I myself love reading gourmet articles as much as the next person and it's great that we now have the choice of buying gourmet foods in Moscow but the tone of this article exaggerates the inadequacy of Russian products. The message that comes across is that finally Moscow is a better place to live in because of the availability of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Lucy Brown Moscow