First we found Товары Востока which translates to Goods from the East, a small store focused on new age self-development. In addition to a large book selection, and eastern and Indian objects, they have a selection of spices and plant oils. We were able to find spirulina, which was a happy surprise and coconut oil. After further exploration Andrey stumbled upon Магазин Настоящей Еды or Health Food Store. While pretty small this store has an excellent range of health foods and environmentally conscious products. They have natural soaps, toothpaste, and hair products as well as laundry detergent and dish soap. They have almost every kind of flour you could think of even some I have never seen before like pumpkin seed flour. They have seeds, nuts, grains, dried legumes, raw cacao, herbal teas, and even hemp protein. They also carry some prepared foods like honey based chocolate from a woman here in Omsk and dehydrated bars from a company in Saint Petersburg. Best of all they are soon going to carry a line of natural nut butters, so far I have found one brand of peanut butter here and it is of course not natural and has added sugar. The store is a very exciting find for us and I am so happy to know we will be able to keep at least some of our customs on this subject unaltered.
As we move forward building a life in Omsk it will be interesting to see what else we can do to maintain the environmental standards we were so used to in the U.S. For instance there is no recycling program here, so people throw everything into the trash. And after years of careful recycling in America, it is very difficult to just throw paper boxes, plastic containers, and all the other things you know could so easily be recycled into the garbage. I guess we will have to try and think of other ways to reduce our waste production. Let me know if you have any suggestions.