Caviar by Internet? -- suggestions please
- RUNNERFEMME Dec 10, 2012 12:17 PM
Hi, all. Planning a romantic dinner for 2 for NYE this year instead of the usual big loud party thing. I want caviar (!!) and have heard that there are some highly reputable sources of purchasing on line (shipped overnight on ice). Any suggestions? thank you. :)
I've ordered from a few places. There is good caviar being produced in the US now, in a sustainable manner. I think my best experience has been from Browne Trading Company. Last year there was a deal on Open Sky that had a selection of three caviars. They were good, but one stood out. I THINK (and I'm afraid I'm not 100% on this) that the one I liked most was the Royal American White Sturgeon. They also sell some imported caviar which I have not tried.
If you want Russian caviar from the Caspian Sea, you can order from Marky's,
I have ordered from them and the service is good, but I'm not convinced that the Russian stuff is worth it, financially or ethically, when there is a good American product available.
I've been buying caviar over the phone & then online for 30 years now.
"Caviarteria" used to be a good bet, but their customer service & shipping snafus had me turning away from them quite a few years ago. I started using them because years ago when I worked in Manhattan, their tiny little storefront shop was my "go to" for great fresh imported caviar at reasonable prices. Then I moved away & they moved up & into a pseudo-empire of "caviar restaurants", etc. Ordering from them via phone resulted in too many problems & not enough customer service.
Then, of course, the entire caviar situation changed, & now there are so many delicious American caviars to choose from, frankly - why bother with the pricey importers?
For the last 3-4 years or so, I've been ordering our annual Xmas/New Years caviar from the "Gourmet Food Store". http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/
They have a wonderful selection, quality has been excellent, & prices are so reasonable that I'm able to order a taste-testing selection every year. Packing/shipping/customer service - above board.
I highly recommend them based on my past experiences with them.
I live in the PNW and get mine from a relatively close place called Seattle Caviar Company. I LOVE them. The caviar is top notch, it comes well packaged and the service people cannot be beat for knowledge and lovely attitude. You can go to their store or order on the phone or net. Plus - they sell a lot of other specialty goodies like foie gras at pretty good prices. They talked me into trying paddlefish a number of years ago - so good.
re: Sal Vanilla
I found Seattle Caviar Company www.caviar.com and ordered what appears to be a great product at a good value - their customer service followed up very quickly up to clarify my shipping request and answered questions immediately. So far, without having yet received the goods, I recommend. Thanks, everyone for the recommendations!
I ordered two jars 4oz each of paddlefish and hackleback from 911caviar.com. Paddlesh was divine, similar to the real Russian sevruga. Hackleback (while more expensive) was too salty and didn't have any nuances of flavor. I wouldn't buy it again. 4oz of paddlefish cost $68 and 4oz of hackleback $75.50. Shipping was next day and $34. Still cheaper than buying from a store in NYC.