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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
February 17, 2011 |
Weekend mornings, I'm usually happy to stay at home reading, listening to music and generally lolling around. No rushing, all the time in the world for simple pleasures. Toast with homemade jam. Freshly brewed coffee. Or there's breakfast with a friend at Petrossian in West Hollywood, where luxury can be as simple as perfect scrambled eggs garnished with caviar. The cappuccino is well made and strong. You can ease into the morning with a Bellini or a lavender mimosa ? and also have the best bagel and smoked salmon in town.
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.
March 7, 2000 |
In what would be a groundbreaking initiative to spur rapprochement with Iran, the Clinton administration is close to a decision to lift economic sanctions on Iranian carpets, caviar and pistachios, U.S. officials said Monday. The gesture, one of several now being considered, would follow the sweeping election victory last month by Iranian reformers, ending two decades of domination by conservatives in Iran's parliament.
May 13, 2001 |
Down a winding levee road on the outskirts of Sacramento, just behind a beat-up old trailer, sit the offices of one of the nation's more exclusive luxury food businesses. The collection of concrete tanks and aluminum sheds might not bespeak glamour, but a growing network of chefs and foodies say Stolt Sea Farm's white sturgeon caviar is the next best thing to fine Russian osetra.
April 8, 1999 |
The tip came from Poland. An unidentified Warsaw airport official with a keen eye--or, as federal investigators suspected, an inadequate share of the action--had blown the whistle on a group of fellow countrymen. Seven Polish passengers aboard Finnair Flight 003, bound for New York via Helsinki late last October, had checked 16 heavy bags on departure. Thanks to the whistle-blower, U.S. authorities knew their names, itineraries and seat assignments.