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Wild Caught Caviar - Learn About Wild Caviar

Though farmed caviar has become popular in recent years after over-fishing critically depleted some imported caviar varieties, some types of caviar are still harvested form the wild. Wild-caught caviar varieties continue to thrive due to an attractive combination of accessibility, fine flavor, and domestic availability. The harvesting of wild sturgeons (and other fish) is widely accepted for those breeds that are not currently facing environmental threats, a status which is defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. One such variety is the Shovelnose Sturgeon, which make their homes in the waters of many states, including Illinois and Kentucky— these and many other fish native to North America can still be responsibly wild-caught and harvested for their roe. Khavyar’s...

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Farmed Caviar - Learn About the Finest Farm-Raised Roe

Whether it originates from Italy, Israel, or the United States, much of the world’s finest true caviar available today is farm-raised. After persistent overfishing and smuggling led to significantly diminished sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea basin, the United States banned the import of Caspian and Black Sea basin Beluga caviar in 2005. This led to an increase in interest surrounding farmed caviars— today, many varieties of sturgeon are considered to be “threatened”, “endangered,” or “critically endangered” in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Among dozens of threatened sturgeon varities, the Russian sturgeon (from which Osetra caviar is harvested), the Beluga, and the Siberian sturgeon are prized for their roe. In order...

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Destination Guide: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

An event truly unlike any other, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta offers guests the chance to see over 500 balloons take flight in the clear blue skies of New Mexico. Now in its 46th year, the event is heralded internationally as a spectacular display of hot air balloon feats, firework displays, competitive events, and more. To enjoy this unparalleled event in person, here’s what you’ll need to know about making the trip to the Duke City.   When to go Occurring annually in October, the 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be held from October 7-15, 2017. Each day offers a different schedule of events, so be sure to check online to decide which events spark your interest. Each day’s...

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Caviar Hors Doeuvres for Your Emmys Watch Party

Image via Martha Stewart On September 17, many of us will be gathering together to watch a parade of stars grace the red carpet on their way to the 69th Emmy Awards. What better time than during the awards to offer a bit of Hollywood-worthy indulgence to your guests? Echo the on-screen luxury with a few bottles of Champagne and, of course, some extra-enticing caviar hors d’oeuvres befitting even the most glamorous celebrities.   Caviar Potato Chips With Lemon Cream We’ve all indulged in some potato chip snacking while watching television, but an occasion like the Emmys calls for a serious upgrade. In this recipe, crème fraîche with a hint of fresh lemon zest adheres luminescent salmon roe (or your...

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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...

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