I know there are endless debates out there on organic vs non organic produce and the pros of cons of both. Truth be told, I don’t really care as long as the beast or vegetable is raised from a sustainable welfare way, treated with the respect it deserves. A well raised animal or plant is a happier one and happier animals or plants taste better. I’m sorry if you feel repulsed, a lot of us eat meat! That’s something you’ll have to accept. I believe you should buy the best your wallet can take for well cared for breeds, that goes for vegetables too. Have I given you the idea that I like organic food yet? Good as I really, really do. This leads me to Farmout Vitamin Bar, a vegetarian forward organic grocery store with a handful of tables in Argostoli of Kefalonia. They serve fresh organic juices and smoothies, organic grocery items from local farms and it’s run by a pair of lovely ladies, more on them in a moment.
We obviously need to start with juices €4, kale, apple, lemon and ginger – a welcome spritely hit of refreshment from the searing albeit lovely Greek sun.
Being curious about their avocados, the delightful ladies insisted that we try them. And yes they were good.
Ok you’ve heard me labour on about how important good bread is, this rustically-hewn brown loaf had that satisfying density and a crust full of character I liked a lot. We dipped it into the hummus that would give your tongue a sturdy sling-shot of punchy garlic.
The food changes daily, and what they had that day were homemade sausages cooked in a luscious, sweet stew of peppers, slickened with local olive oil. I could certainly get used to having a Vitamin Bar in London if they served this type of food. It came with a chopped homely salad of cucumber, mango, spring onions and more peppers.
The second visit
More decent bread, but the the white cousin, no less lovely and some more of that retina burning garlic hummus.
I went for more of the same…
…But the boss went for their beetroot quiche with a short crust that crumbled from a mere tap of the fork, it was served cold with more of that homespun salad because we liked it and it soothes from the hot weather.
We also tried a slither of their cheese cake on the house, it was dusted with shards of cocoa, rich chocolate and crumbly base held together by what tasted like coconut oil. We’re informed that it’s made by a local lady who aims to please with her creations.
Here are the pair of approachable and friendly ladies I mentioned earlier, the pair that makes Argostoli a better place with really good food and endearing warmth.
When did I go? Sept 2018
The damage: Expect to pay £20/35 per head sans drinks
The good: It bears repeating that food they serve here deserves some adulation as it’s a celebration of all things local and delivered with affection and grace. I came twice on the spin and would come here again. It was just us in the shop during both visits, I’d say go and descend upon them if you’re in Argostoli, you’ll thank me for it.
The bad: You’ll have to fly to Kefalonia to experience it.
Would I go again? Yes
Address: ΤΡΙΤΣΗ 37, Argostoli 281 00, Greece