December 22, 2012 |
Maybe it's the nip in the air. Maybe it's the proximity to the holidays, but this time of year I'm craving oysters. And I don't mean a measly half-dozen but a giant iced platter of glistening raw mollusks ready to be slurped down with Champagne or a minerally white wine. For a long time, Water Grill was the place to go for oysters. It's still a good choice, along with any of Joachim Splichal's restaurants. But happily we now have more places that are featuring oysters on their menus on a regular basis, and often at very good prices, which means you can eat lots.
January 4, 2006 |
The United Nations on Tuesday all but blocked caviar exports until the producing country could provide more information about the sustainability of its sturgeon catch. Many sturgeon species are suffering "serious population declines" and new quotas proposed by exporting countries might not fully reflect the stock reductions or make allowances for illegal fishing, said the U.N.
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April 26, 1988 |
At restaurants and hotels around town, he is known as Mr. Zee, the man who sold them caviar. On the Hollywood block where he worked, he was a familiar figure, a tiny man, always in a suit and tie and hat, and always smiling. To his employees at Caviar & Fine Foods Inc., he has been the kindly boss who can't seem to retire, even though he is 84, because "this was his life," as Bob Dickerson, the firm's operations manager, put it. On Monday, Wladimir Zarotschenzeff, which is Mr.
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October 29, 2003 |
Mother-and-son leaders of a West Coast caviar-poaching ring were sentenced to partially suspended jail terms Tuesday, capping a two-year effort to protect the largest freshwater fish in North America. Tamara Andreyevna Bugriyev, 51, and her son, Yuriy Stanislavovich Bugriyev, 28, sold roe from Sacramento-San Joaquin River white sturgeon in California, Oregon and Washington.
August 16, 1997 |
The wind lifts the nets drying on the beach. A caviar poacher's rowboat has been pulled up on the hot sand. Muscles gleam on a fisherman's bare shoulders, and his pale, watchful eyes reflect the dance of the tides. Magomed the smuggler limps down the beach in southern Russia where he has come, most days this year, to buy supplies for his underworld trade: basins of gleaming black fish eggs, straight from the slashed belly of the sturgeon.
April 6, 1992 |
And now for an original twist on that age-old challenge of civic fund raising in tight times. The problem here in tiny Glendive was the same as in big cities such as New York or Detroit or Los Angeles. How do the civic leaders raise money for Little League, youth camps, park and arts projects and all the rest when Main Street businesses are struggling to survive?
December 21, 2008 |
Some homeless people in Italy will be savoring beluga caviar this Christmas, thanks to officials who seized 88 pounds of the contraband delicacy from smugglers. The caviar has been given to charities to be served alongside the traditional foods they offer the poor on Christmas -- lentils, pasta and cake -- officials said Saturday.
August 27, 2002 |
Gourmets beware: That exotic smoky gray delicacy that you recently spread on a "blini" pancake--perhaps with a dab of sour cream--may have been contraband. Viktor Tsimbal, a Russian who was the president and owner of the Miami-based Beluga Caviar Inc., pleaded guilty Monday to orchestrating a ring that smuggled large quantities of caviar--more than Russia's entire annual worldwide export quota--to the United States.
August 28, 1993 |
The caviar poachers gathered on the beach before the fierce sun dawned over the Caspian Sea. They belted down a morning vodka, claiming it prevented seasickness. Then they launched their wooden boats into the pale waters, knowing full well that the precious, prehistoric sturgeon they would hunt this day is a threatened species.