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Cheesy Oysters Jan 14, 2007 05:57 AM

I need about 2 ounces of black Caviar for an appetizer. Don't want to spend a fortune. It's an app with potatotes and creme fraiche. Checked TJ's and it's out of season. Really prefer East Bay and would like to get it for under $20 for a couple ounces. Any ideas please

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  1. Carrie 218 RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 14, 2007 04:15 PM

    I don't think Trader Joe's has ever carried caviar and there really isn't a season.

    I seriously doubt you will find anything other tham mediocre lumpfish for $20, either.

    In the East Bay, probably Berkeley Bowl is your best bet but I'd call to check on their prices.

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      Robert Lauriston RE: Carrie 218 Jan 14, 2007 04:25 PM

      Berkeley Bowl or the fish shop in the Rockridge market hall.

      Trader Joe's used to stock caviar around New Year's.

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        pws RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2007 07:55 PM

        I asked at TJ's the other day (they carried hackleback and paddlefish in the past) and it's no longer something they can order.

        market hall has american sturgeon but it's about @20/oz.

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      Fiftyishfoodie RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 14, 2007 05:21 PM

      Last I saw, Beverages and More was developing a decent selection of caviar.

      1. rworange RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 15, 2007 06:10 AM

        If you are in SF, World Market on Geary is a Eastern European market that has about 7 big bowls of caviar at all price ranges. They keep it in big bowls like other deli's keep potato salad. Never tried it though.

        1. Melanie Wong RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 15, 2007 07:07 AM

          Spotted red capelin caviar at the Foster City Ranch 99 for $9.99/lb. and packaged in 1/4 lb. shrink wrap next to the salmon steaks. Maybe Richmond has it too.

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            grocerytrekker RE: Melanie Wong Jan 15, 2007 07:12 AM

            Different from masago?

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              Melanie Wong RE: grocerytrekker Jan 15, 2007 07:20 AM

              It's labeled as capelin, and maybe as masago too. Ranch 99 also has tobiko and ikura.

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                grocerytrekker RE: Melanie Wong Jan 15, 2007 07:22 AM

                They are great. Fun alternatives to caviar. Green ones too.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: grocerytrekker Jan 15, 2007 03:33 PM

                  The green is artificial color to make the wasabi-flavored eggs look different. Not a good substitute for caviar in most recipes.

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                    grocerytrekker RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2007 08:31 PM

                    It's really not my thing, either. But consider the needs of the OP. Melanie kindly suggested a viable alternative to caviar, and I happen to think that wasabi tobiko also makes fantastic party canapes. You are not forcing people to eat it - it's offered as a choice. Plenty of restaurants have offered it on their menus, including Le Bernardin, Conrad Miami, Japonais.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: grocerytrekker Jan 15, 2007 10:38 PM

                      I'm not saying not to eat it, just warning about the wasabi flavor.

          2. grocerytrekker RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 15, 2007 07:33 AM

            For under $20?
            Have you tried Ikea? I am not positive, but I think I saw some cheap caviar there.

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              Cheesy Oysters RE: grocerytrekker Jan 18, 2007 08:45 PM

              Great idea, I found what I was looking for at Ikea.

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                grocerytrekker RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 23, 2007 08:23 PM

                I am glad.
                I've come across lumpfish roe canapes quite often at large parties. Much better than some of the other offerings.
                Hope you had fun making them.

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              Manimal RE: Cheesy Oysters Jan 15, 2007 04:30 PM

              check out 911caviar.com. Look at the American caviars, maybe Paddlefish, i think you can get 2 oz for about 30. A little more than you are looking to spend, but close...Bev Mo carries caviar as well but I think it may only be Sevruga and Osetra-you may want to call them or check their website.

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