I was disappointed with my caviar today.
Dammit! I had finally come to accept that I would never eat Russian or Iranian caviar again, due to the near-extinction of the Caspian sturgeons that must be slaughtered to yield their treasure.
I had tried one or two domestic caviars, and though I didn't expect fireworks, at least I got sparklers now and then. Whee.
However. Cranky popped $125 on two ounces of California-raised Tsar Nicoulai Osetra, and it was mushy. Collapsed. Insipid.
The flavor was not off; I'd have returned the jar to the store if it had been. But the eggs were lacking a certain character. Mush. No pop. They even seemed to be weeping black goo.
This is one personal, one-time experience. I understand Tsar Nicoulai gets glowing reviews on Yelp. Anybody else got an opinion?
But, poo. What a lousy Valentine's Day treat. I won't buy it again.
The champagne was good, though.