Destination Guide: Oktoberfest

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Destination Guide: Oktoberfest

Contrary to what you might surmise from the name, Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest celebration actually takes place largely in September. To make the most of this time-honored tradition, be sure head to Munich mid-month: this year’s festival begins September 16 and runs through October 3 (a date marked by a national holiday that celebrates the unification of East and West Germany). Here’s how to get the most out of your trip, whether you’ve been planning a voyage to this one-of-a-kind event for years or you’re new to the custom.

 

When to go

While Oktoberfest runs for about three weeks, the program of events will vary throughout that time— so it’s best to plan ahead. The festival commences with a grand opening parade featuring intricately costumed groups, elaborate floats, and plenty of horse-led carriages. If catching the parade scene isn’t a priority for you, feel free to arrive later on in the fest when live music acts are scheduled. Once you’ve decided which week to attend, be sure to show up bright and early at the fairgrounds— believe it or not, Oktoberfest commences at 9 A.M. on weekends (10 A.M. on weekdays). While that may seem early for some, rest assured that the tents fill up quickly and there will likely be a large crowd that arrived even earlier.

 

Getting there

Oktoberfest is held in Munich’s 103-acre Theresienwiese (simply called Wiesn for those in the know). It’s been held on this spot for 200 years, but newcomers will find it to be very conveniently located and reachable by U-bahn (subway). Of course, you may opt for a car to retrieve you afterwards— after a long day of imbibing the beer selection Munich has to offer, even a short trip using public transportation may seem taxing.

 

Where to stay

First and foremost, book your hotel early: Munich’s coveted hotels will fill up quickly so it’s best to plan your lodging as far in advance as possible to avoid dwindling options. Though you’ll be spending most of your time at the fest, it’s worth looking into what some of the more elevated hotels in Munich can offer— lodgings that cater to a more sophisticated clientele can be your ticket to anything from sought-after reserved seats in the Oktoberfest tents to special events during the fest. Staying too close to the fairgrounds can leave you feeling surrounded by tourists, but luckily Munich’s transportation system is so accessible that location becomes less of an issue. Staying just one subway stop away opens you up to the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Hotel, housed in a historically-protected former post office. This hotel boasts incredible spa amenities (in case you need to give your body a break from all the beverages) and French-Bavarian dining options, as well as rooms that balance the building’s history with modern furnishings and features. If you skew more toward the high-design set, book a room in the hip Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar— an eclectic, modern spot with a youthful rooftop bar worthy of any great metropolis, which offers private terraces that face the Alps, and unique rooms designed in collaboration with artists and celebrities.

 

What to bring

It’s common for tourists and locals alike to don traditional Bavarian garb when attending Oktoberfest— for men, that involves leather shorts (lederhosen), while women wear the iconic dirndl (a laced-up bodice and full skirt). That being said, many attendees arrive in more casual fare, which is equally acceptable— just be sure you’ve left your finest jet-setting attire at home, as a serious quantity of beer tends to be spilled throughout the course of the fest. Keep accessories to a minimum for the same reason (and also because it’s easy for bags and other items to get misplaced— especially as you move from tent to tent throughout the day). Arriving with the bare necessities is best— ensure you have plenty of cash, as each stein can cost upwards of 10 Euro, and tipping is the best way to receive consistent service from the often-harried waitresses.

 

How to drink

Oktoberfest is composed of several large tents, each providing a slightly different variation on the overall drinking experience. Since the tents fill up so quickly and tend to stay that way, aim for your top-choice tent at the beginning of the fest, and only stray from your bench seat if you’re willing to wait for another one (you’ll only be served if seated, so finding another space in a different tent is easier said than done). Every beer sold at Oktoberfest comes from a local Munich brewery, and each one is sold by the liter— there are no smaller orders, so be prepared to pace yourself and sip slowly. If you prefer to ease into your day of marathon drinking, try ordering a Radler— a refreshing half-beer, half-lemonade traditional beverage that’s perfect for staying cool. Beyond these basic tips, just remember to brush up on your accent and say “Prost” (German for cheers) when clinking steins— after a few rounds, you may find you’ve picked up the words to a traditional German drinking song, too.

 

Though each tent has a slightly different aesthetic and atmosphere, the overall setup is the same. We suggest starting off in the Schottenhamel tent— not only is this the main spot, where the festival’s first keg is tapped each year, but it boasts a youthful, infectiously fun party atmosphere throughout the duration of the fest. Dancing is common in this tent, and you’re sure to make a few friends here. If you’re in search of a more subdued style, hope for a coveted seat at the Marstall tent— considerably smaller in size, it has a more personal, sophisticated atmosphere to match.

 

What to do

Though famous for its drinking culture, Oktoberfest is more than just beer— it’s also a family-oriented festival with music, carnival rides, and other attractions. While spinning rides like the Teufelsrad (“Devil’s Wheel”) may not appeal to the experienced drinker, it makes sense to take a lap around the huge festival grounds and see all that’s on offer— the Ferris wheel, for instance, showcases breathtaking views of the city. Break for lunch to enjoy a roast chicken, sausages, giant pretzels, or even roasted ox to offset all that beer intake. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy traditional varieties of gingerbread, as well as a variety of German pastries. There’s even a wine tent— though we suspect many attendees will choose to stick with one type of alcohol for the duration.

 

After the fest

Upon leaving the fairgrounds, you may find you’re tired out from the day’s events— but there’s still plenty of Munich to explore. The city is beloved for its markets, culture, and food alike. After resting up and re-hydrating a bit, treat yourself to a relaxing dinner, stroll along the Eisbach river, and enjoy all that Munich has to offer.

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American Sturgeon Caviar - Shipped Right to Your Door

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Sturgeons have been farmed in North America for caviar production since 1994. Today, many varieties of sturgeons are sustainably farm-raised in the United States in an effort to satisfy demand for the luxury of fine caviar while also remaining environmentally responsible. By not contributing to wild fishing of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea region, where overfishing has put sturgeons in a population nosedive, these American sturgeon farms are opting to take an environmentally friendly route to producing fine, gourmet caviar.

There are currently 8 known species of American sturgeon, making their homes throughout the United States from Mississippi River basins, to the rivers of Idaho and Montana, to the San Francisco Bay Estuary, and beyond. Hackleback caviar, harvested from Shovelnose sturgeons that originate in Illinois and Kentucky, is a favorite variety owing to its deep black pearls and dry, accessible flavor. In addition to U.S.-based farms raising some native varieties of sturgeons, recent years have found these farms raising non-native varieties as well, including the Siberian sturgeon, in an effort to sustainably and responsibly raise the most desirable imported sturgeons here in the United States in environments created specifically to mimic their foreign waters.

American sturgeons have been part of this country’s history since time immemorial. The natives of North America were known for fishing sturgeons as a source of both meat and roe, a practice that later caught on with European settlers. It is even documented that George Washington fished sturgeon for sport in the Potomac River in the 1700s. Indeed, the story of America is significantly intertwined with that of domestic sturgeons.

Today, you can buy American sturgeon caviar online— American caviar is enjoyed both throughout the country and abroad as a luxury product. In fact, some varieties are becoming widely sought-after due to their rich flavor profiles that mimic those of Sevruga caviars. While American sturgeon caviar remains a lesser-known cousin to those imported from abroad, it is nonetheless an exquisite treat that brings the best elements of foreign caviars together with a dedication to sustainable farming practices.

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Frozen Cocktails to Pair with Caviar for Labor Day

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Frozen Cocktail Recipes to Pair with Caviar

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Traditional wisdom suggests that caviar be served with very limited drink options—most often Champagne or vodka—so as not to overpower the prized flavor of the roe. But summer calls for a bit more experimentation, and with gourmet frozen drinks being a much-anticipated trademark of warmer months, a caviar tasting to match should be no exception.

 

To bring a frosty, summer-friendly element to your caviar pairings, use the traditional suggestions as a starting point and improvise from there. Rather than simply popping open a bottle of Champagne to enjoy alongside your Osetra, opt for a frozen variation— a frozen take on the French 75 (a truly classic cocktail made by combining Champagne and a splash of gin) or a simple lemon sorbet will add greatly to the party atmosphere.

 

FROZEN FRENCH 75

 

This recipe, created in New Orleans, can be made one of two ways— by using an ice cream maker to create a base and then topping with Champagne, or by replacing the water with ice and simply blending all the ingredients together in a blender. Either way, the finished frozen drink will impart an indulgent, celebratory air to any summer event. We recommend choosing a mild gin in order to best complement the subtleties of the caviar—  leave those gins that have an intense botanical flavor on your bar cart for next time.


Makes about 8 cocktails
Prep time: about 20 minutes, with ice-cream maker method


3 cups water
1-1/3 cups gin
5-1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
5 ounces simple syrup, chilled
7-1/2 ounce sparkling wine or Champagne
Lemon peel

Combine water, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup (chilled ahead of time) in a pitcher. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process until just slushy before adding Champagne. Continue to process briefly to combine.

 

VODKA LEMON SORBET FLOAT

 

Prefer vodka with your caviar? Fans of this neutral spirit won’t be disappointed when they discover the light, lemony flavor of a vodka sorbet found in this recipe. This frozen treat is a play on the way that both vodka and sorbets are traditionally used as palate-cleansers during a meal— and an adult-appropriate adaptation of a classic summer ice cream float. Simply combine sugar, water, and lemon zest over heat, then add vodka and lemon juice before freezing— again, either in an ice-cream maker, or in a freezer as you would a granita. Top it off with a splash of club soda to add some refreshing carbonation to the float that will provide a clean finish in between tastes of the most flavorful caviar varieties, such as

 

Makes about 5 cocktails

Prep time: about 30 minutes, with ice-cream maker method

 

1/2 cup premium vodka
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups water
Grated lemon zest
3 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Club soda, to finish

 

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.
Add the lemon zest and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes. Place a fine strainer over a bowl and slowly pour the syrup mixture through, being sure to strain out any zest. Add lemon juice and vodka to the strained syrup mixture, stirring until thoroughly blended. At this stage, either transfer mixture to ice cream maker, then process; or place mixture, covered, in the freezer, mixing with a fork intermittently as it freezes. When frozen, place in a blender and process until smooth. Scoop into serving dishes and top with club soda.

 

Whether you prefer to sample the rich, inimitable flavor of caviar with Champagne or vodka, these elegant frozen alternatives might just replace your tried-and-true caviar and drink pairings. The perfect accompaniment for summer festivities, these beverages lend a luxurious, relaxing air to outdoor dining while also showcasing the unique profiles of all varieties of fine caviar.

 

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Best Luxury First Class Airline Cabins

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Best Luxury First Class Airline Cabins

 

Travel isn’t just about the destination— it’s about the journey, too. Some airlines truly take this adage to heart, bringing their A-game when creating a first-class passenger experience. Whether you’re taking a relatively short trip or are about to settle into your seat for the long haul, here are the airlines who are providing the most luxurious first-class cabins imaginable – with some of them even offering in-flight caviar.

 Best for the full suite experience: Etihad Airways (UAE)
For a truly luxurious experience that makes you forget you’re soaring among the clouds, Etihad Airways’ “Apartment” option is unbeatable. Personal cabins including an armchair, a separate bed, and a private shower make flying with Etihad an unparalleled experience. There’s simply no going back to being stuck in a single seat when you can freely roam about your private cabin and take a relaxing shower at 20,000 feet. Still somehow not enough space? Upgrade to Etihad’s “Residence” option to accommodate two guests in your not-so-humble abode.

 

Best for picky sleepers: Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
The first airline to ever offer a double bed in-flight, Singapore Airlines certainly doesn’t skimp. Enjoy a variety of seafood including lobster and, yes, caviar, accompanied by your choice of top-tier Champagnes, then stretch out and sleep off the rest of the flight in total comfort, wrapped in Givenchy bedding and pajamas.

 

Best for indecisive travelers: Lufthansa (Germany)
Arranged in couplets of one bed and one seat per customer per row, Lufthansa gives the impression of traveling in a celebrity friend’s private jet. Each couplet feels uniquely private, as there’s only two per row. In flight, sample the airline’s caviar selection and enjoy the quiet comfort of complimentary Bose® noise-cancelling headphones.

 

Best for privacy: Japan Airlines (Japan)

For the “apartment” privacy without the palatial feel, Japan Airlines fits the bill. Cozy woodgrain interiors lend a stylishly minimal feel, made all the more inviting by a luxurious armchair that converts into a bed. The beds run the full length of your private cabin, and come complete with your choice of firm or soft luxury mattress pads for even greater comfort. Best of all, each “seat” can be closed off entirely from the rest of the plane for complete privacy and peace and quiet or so you can enjoy entertainment on your private 23-inch LCD monitor, whichever you choose. For those who are feeling peckish, a selection of Japanese and Western-style menu items are available, which of course includes caviar.

 

Best for traveling in twos: Qatar Airways (Qatar)

If you’re someone who likes to roam around mid-flight, or if you’re traveling as a pair and enjoy the bar scene, Qatar Airways might be the choice for you. Their “Sky Lounge” feels like something you may encounter on a yacht, with a fully-stocked curved bar and lounge seating. After some cocktails and snacks, you can retire to your seat, which reclines fully into a flat bed and features luxury bedding. Seats have partitions that can be raised once in flight, which offers you the option to pick your privacy level. Additionally, the ottoman at each seat can be turned into a bench for getting some face-to-face time during meals. The luxury flying experience is topped off with a Giorgio Armani amenity kit and Missoni pajamas so you can snooze in style.

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Best Domestic Fall Luxury Escapes

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As fall comes into view, pack for a long weekend escape to see the natural wonders that this country has to offer. Whether you choose to scope out the changing leaves in a luxury cabin, or indulge in a Rockefeller-worthy lakeside stay, there’s plenty to love about the autumn season.

 

The Point Resort, Adirondacks

Constructed by William Avery Rockefeller in the 1900s, this resort is an idealized vision of Upstate New York befitting the Gilded Age. The log cabin-style Main House is rustic only in concept, revealing opulent rooms each fitted with stone fireplaces and soaring beamed ceilings. Rent out the highly sought-after Boathouse for an even more exclusive experience, featuring panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond. Enjoy the boat outings or simply relax in nature, then finish the day with an elegant meal in the Great Hall— where the tradition of “dressing for dinner” lives proudly on.

 

Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH

This grandiose 200-room hotel is nestled beside Mount Washington and—if you time your trip right—engulfed in fall foliage. Trade the busy ski season for the calmer days of fall, and you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled natural beauty. Slip away to The Cave, a former speakeasy, for a cocktail, then retreat to your room’s private veranda to take in the spectacular views at dusk or, for a truly one-of-a-kind autumn experience, get a bird’s-eye view with a zipline tour.

 

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, MT

This resort ramps up as temperatures drop, with a special autumn calendar of harvest festivities including fine farm-to-table dining, intimate concerts, and more. Outdoorsmen and creative types alike will be at home here— their diverse array of activities offers everything from horseback riding to photography classes (and with the breathtaking scenery, there’ll be plenty to enjoy with both). As a special treat during the harvest season, head to Buckle Barn for an evening with Grammy award-winner Leann Rimes followed by a barn dance— a truly unique way to discover the spirit of Montana.

 

Topping Rose House, Hamptons

The Hamptons may be bustling in the summer, but this seaside escape transforms into something far more rare in the fall. Experience the Hamptons at its most unhurried for a chance to see it in a whole new light. Stay in Topping Rose House’s cottage king suite for the most luxurious experience— private rooftop patios offer a look at surrounding Bridghampton as well as quaint farm views. Dining options skew toward the foodie crowd, with the Jean-Georges restaurant offering farm-to-table fare. Balance your indulgences with poolside yoga in the morning, or head out for a weekend drive with one of the resort’s complimentary Audis.

 

Glenmere Mansion, Chester, NY

Designed by the esteemed architect of the New York Public Library, this Italianate mansion is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons. The villa is the pinnacle of luxury, perched atop a hill with rooms featuring multiple fireplaces, terraces, and private elevators. Stroll in the manicured gardens or opt for traditional hamam bathing rituals (for one or a pair), offered in the mansion’s bath house. The property’s dining rooms are decorated with exquisite antiques, though the option of terrace dining may be more desirable to truly get the most out of the fall landscape (be sure to take advantage of their Belgian ossetra caviar for two!). Surrounding wineries, including Brotherhood Winery (the oldest in the United States), offer tours and tastings nearby in addition to supplying Glenmere with their wares.

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Siberian Sturgeon Caviar

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Siberian sturgeons are freshwater fish known for producing delicious, deep black caviar pearls. While wild Siberian sturgeons are considered to be endangered (like the Beluga sturgeon), Siberian sturgeon farming is experiencing an uptick both in Europe and the United States. While France and Uruguay remain the main producers of Siberian sturgeons, they are now also being farmed in Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, the U.S., and other locations. These countries are attempting to lessen the strain on the wild Siberian sturgeon population by sustainably farming these sought-after fish and committing to responsible farming methods.

Buy Siberian Sturgeon Caviar Online

Khavyar offers several varieties of Siberian sturgeon caviar for sale.  These varieties range from our sustainably farmed Belgian import Siberian Gold Caviar, which boasts large black pearls and deliver a buttery, sweet taste reminiscent of Beluga caviar, over Giaveri Siberian Caviar, an Italian import with a rich flavor, to Siberian American Caviar, which offers a creamy, nutty taste with charcoal-colored pearls, similar to a fine Sevruga. Irrespective of which variety you choose, these Siberian sturgeon caviars are sure to create a memorable, intoxicating flavor experience.

As with other caviars, Siberian sturgeon caviar is best served atop  , toast points, or crackers. Of course, it can also be enjoyed direct from the tin with the use of a so as not to adversely affect the delicate flavor balance. Siberian sturgeon caviar should be kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator before serving, and ought to be couched in a bed of crushed or shaved ice if serving in the tin or another vessel.

Siberian sturgeon caviar lends an indulgent, elevated air to any event, and will charm caviar connoisseurs and novices alike with its rich, buttery flavor and stunning pearl presentation. As with all caviars, when you purchase Siberian sturgeon caviar online, we recommend outfitting your event with a minimum of 30 grams of caviar per two people— when presenting individual servings of caviar, be sure to include at least one heaping half-teaspoon each in order to showcase the full flavor range of these delectable pearls.

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Guide to Caviar Accompaniments

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Guide to Caviar Accompaniments 

Experience the decadent flavors of premium fish roe with a variety of classic pairings worthy of a czar.

Guide to Caviar Accompaniments

Blini: A tradition borrowed from Old World Russia, caviar is typically served on blini, which are thin mini pancakes traditionally made from buckwheat flour.

  • Caviar note: In the early days, Russia would hold races where people would run as they jolted a blini.
  • A bit of history: The origins of Blini’s can be traced back to ancient times when it was made from oat jelly that was fried to make a thick, flat cake.

Crème fraiche: Made from fresh cultured cream from a local dairy, this exquisitely rich complement is ideal for balancing the mild saltiness of caviar with its creaminess and tart flavor.

  • Caviar note: Following the European tradition, cream is separated from the milk, which creates a smooth cultured cream.
  • A bit of history: Crème fraiche has its origins in Isigny-sur-Mer, a commune in the Calvados region of Normandy, France.

*For a true epicurean experience: Savor a small teaspoon of caviar on its own to experience its full range of flavors. 

Wine and Spirit Pairings:

  • Vodka- Its subtle flavor cleanses the palate and allows the complexity of caviar to prevail.

Suggested  brands: Stoli, Jean Marc XO

  • Champagne and Sparkling Wine: When enjoying caviar, it is recommended to marry the flavors of caviar with a dry champagne such as a brut or extra-sec to cleanse the palate.

Mother-of-Pearl Spoon: Its neutralizing material preserves the natural flavors of caviar while metal spoons degrade the taste.

Caviar note: The iridescent luster in Mother-of-Pearl is a result of nacre material, which is made from thin platelets of calcium carbonate secreted by the mollusk.

  • Caviar 101: Gently spoon caviar out due to its delicate texture.
Indulge in a tantalizing delicacy, a sensory experience with the finest imported and domestic roes.

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Expect the Unexpected: Grilled Caviar Recipes for Your Next Outdoor Party

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Grilled Caviar Recipes

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Bringing caviar into the mix might not be your first impulse for a cookout - unless, like superstar self-taught chef Victor Arguinzoniz, you know how to grill caviar. There are some compelling reasons why you should consider incorporating it into your next summer party. Not only is it ideal for infusing outdoor gatherings with an air of luxury, invigorating the party spirit atmosphere, and bringing an unexpected surprise to the table, but its talent for elevating the profile of even the most commonplace grilled foods cannot be understated. Caviar can bring some much-needed richness to your favorite fish, seafood, and even vegetables.

 

Grilled Salmon Salad in Endive Cups

Salmon is one of our favorite foods to grill— not only does an outdoor grill make it easy to perfect the delicate balance between a crispy outer skin that gives way to a just-barely-cooked interior, but it also brings an unexpectedly sophisticated element to typical outdoor gatherings. This recipe for a unique side salad improves upon grilled salmon, using it as the base for a deliciously tangy endive filling alongside sour cream, capers, and summery pickles. The star ingredient, of course, is salmon roe, which tops off each serving and elevates the entire dish. While this would be ideal as an appetizer, it could also be modified as a side dish for other grilled dishes.

 

Fire-Roasted Artichokes with Herb Aioli

To use the benefits of an outdoor grill to the fullest extent, try taking this recipe for fire-roasted artichokes for a spin— each artichoke gets marinated in a umami-rich mixture of balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs before being nestled on the char-broiler of a grill. An herbed aioli with a hint of heat finishes off each individual serving, which is then sprinkled with a garnish of caviar— the perfect balance of flavors for any season, but an especially welcome treat as summer nears its end.

 

Grilled Lobster Tails with Green Curry-Mango Dipping Sauce

Looking for something a bit more filling? This grilled lobster tail recipe is an improvisation on a summer classic— par-cooked lobsters are skewered on the grill, then drizzled with a sweet-and-savory curry mango sauce that plays up all the exotic flavors of summer with lime juice, chiles, fresh mangoes, and ginger. The final garnish is black caviar, which not only adds another element of richness to the dish, but is also sure to impress even the most foodie-centric crowd— we suggest using Siberian Gold caviar to play up the provenance of the lobsters, and embrace the unusual marriage of these American flavors.

 

Whatever your next summer cookout holds, make a caviar-garnished meal the center of attention— this unexpected ingredient will lend a level of sophistication to any outdoor event, creating an exquisite evening for epicureans.

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Salmon Roe - Salmon Caviar Direct to Your Door

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Salmon caviar, also known as red caviar, is a variety of non-sturgeon roe. This roe can be sourced from Atlantic, Pacific, and river salmon, as well as from varieties of farmed salmon. With an almost-fluorescent color and large size (much larger than most fine roe varieties), red caviar is enjoyed throughout the world as both a delicacy and an everyday garnish.

Typically, red caviar is prepared and served in a similar manner to other caviars, especially in North America and Russia, where tradition holds that caviar be eaten straight from the tin or on toast points or blini. In Japan, however, where salmon roe is viewed more as a common food item, it appears as a garnish on sushi rolls, and as a topping for white rice. Salmon roe is also sometimes served alongside salmon fillets or smoked salmon, as a type of meditation on “salmon two ways.”

Salmon caviar, like the fish it comes from, is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids— a highly desirable type of fat that boasts such health benefits as: diminishing stiffness and joint pain; lowering the risk of heart disease; improving mental focus and memory; and more. For this reason, salmon roe has been called a “superfood” and is designated as being heart-healthy. Diets rich in Omega-3s, such as those found in salmon caviar, also help reduce inflammation in the body— this has been found to alleviate symptoms of some chronic issues such as asthma.

To get more Omega-3s into your diet with red caviar, try mixing up the traditional serving suggestions with the unexpected combination of scrambled eggs and salmon roe: The richness of salmon roe adds a luxurious touch to simple scrambled eggs, finished with herbs and black pepper— a delectable upgrade to breakfast.  

Whether you enjoy salmon caviar for the health benefits, or simply as an indulgent treat for your palate, it’s a tempting variety of roe. Prized for both its striking presentation as well as for its Omega-3s, it’s an accessible luxury that does more than meets the eye.

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Beluga Caviar - Buy Yours Direct Online

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Beluga caviar, harvested from the Beluga sturgeon, is perhaps the most sought-after caviar in the world and is considered “the king of caviars”. Beluga caviar pearls are extremely large, skewing toward pea-sized, and can range in color from pale silver to deep black. To be sure, Beluga sturgeon caviar is a luxurious option for the true caviar connoisseur, and is the most highly priced caviar on the market.

Due to the sought-after nature of Beluga caviar, Beluga sturgeons originating from the Caspian Sea are considered to be critically endangered. This has led to an import ban on Beluga sturgeons from the areas surrounding both the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, with the exception of Iran, which is known to practice responsible and effective conservation. In fact, the most expensive Beluga caviar in the world, Almas caviar, originates from 60-to-100-year-old Iranian Beluga sturgeons.

In recent years, the import ban has been partially lifted; nonetheless, the Beluga sturgeon population from this region is still in decline. Khavyar’s Beluga caviar, however, is sustainably farmed in Italy, and is therefore not affected by import bans as it does not contribute to the overfishing of wild Beluga sturgeon.

Beluga sturgeon caviar is best served simply— because of the extremely fine, prized taste of Beluga caviar, it is imperative that garnishes and condiments not overshadow the nuanced flavor. Beluga caviar should be eaten directly from a mother-of-pearl spoon, or on toast points— whereas lesser qualities of caviar may be garnished with chopped eggs or minced onions, Beluga caviar needs little else in order to shine. In fact, adding extraneous elements is often to the detriment of such a luxurious delicacy.

 

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