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What Foods Go with Caviar?

Posted on July 25, 2019  in Travel tips

For most, caviar has an acquired taste. But even though purists, with their smug, sophisticated palettes, argue that it’s best eaten alone, unless you’re at a caviar tasting event, most caviar servings will come with garnishes. These side condiments aren’t just there to beautify the meal, but to give you options on how to eat. Check out some of these premium grade Iranian caviars at https://caspianmonarque.com/ and some popular garnishes to pair them with.

Caviar Serving Tips

– For strategic reasons, caviar is usually served in its package; first because the beads are really delicate and could break while transferring it to another plate, and also because caviar absorbs the flavor of whatever material it comes in contact with. That’s why you’ll often find them on clear, glassy looking miniature bowls with mother of pearl spoons by the side. Caviar will absorb the taste of any silver it comes in contact with, as well as any side dish you put it on.

– The aim of the accompaniment is to enhance the taste, not to entirely mask, compete with, or overshadow the intense flavor and experience of caviar. That means try to keep the garnish within a respectable range of bland.

– Caviar is served chilled. Not room temperature, but very chilled, to prevent bacteria growth. So, your condiment shouldn’t be something particularly warm or hot.

This isn’t always stated, but Champaign, or some other really good wine (iced vodka for Russians) is a staple caviar accompaniment, so we won’t be recommending side drinks, just foods.

Caviar Pairings

Bland Condiments: these include plain bread (without the crust), plain crackers (delicate situation if it falls apart), boiled egg whites, toast or blini. The lack of flavor on these garnishes means the flavor of the caviar might be dulled a bit, but not compromised. Some people suggest pizza crust because it allows for a more piggish fashion of eating – good for when you’re not in polite company. Just make sure you plop a generous amount, but without spreading it, as you could risk breaking the eggs, and losing the flavor. You don’t want that happening anywhere else but in your mouth.

Moderately Flavored Accompaniments: you’ll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that doesn’t serve caviar with onions on the side. The Russians are fond of eating caviar with potatoes, which has its own slight flavor. You can either have the caviar with a side of boiled sliced potatoes that have been chilled, or with potatoes chips.

Flavored Condiments: taking caviar’s all about what your palette loves, and if you think the taste comes on too strong, you might prefer a slightly more flavored side dish. Cheap caviar might also need to be enhanced, so you might want a flavored side dish as well. You can have a potato latke, a small dollop of sour cream or lemon juice, with some onions if you want. Egg yolks also fall into this category.

Having seen the different garnishes for caviar, we have to point out that if you can afford to regularly eat caviar, then you really don’t have to apologize for how you like it. So those sophisticated people who look down on anyone “mucking” up the taste of caviar and shove it.

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Category: Travel tips

Verona Italy

One Day in Verona, Things to Do and See

Posted on June 16, 2019  in Travel tips

Verona is a city in the north of Italy in the Veneto region. It is the second largest city in this area, after Venice. It is situated between meandering Adige River. If you have a chance to visit it at least for a day, make sure to do so. Verona parking is well organized and you won’t have a problem if you are visiting by car.

Verona is a city of love. Famously known for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and medieval old buildings, Verona will steal your heart.

We have listed places you must see in this beautiful city.

Verona Arena in Piazza Bra

Verona Arena in Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra is the biggest piazza in Verona and some would even say in the whole country. Close to Verona Arena, you will find Gran Gaudia which was the first building in the southern part of this piazza. Also, here it’s where Verona’s town hall is, Palazzo Barbieri.

Verona Arena is an amphitheater build more than 2,000 years ago. It is very well preserved and can host 22,000 people today. The arena could seat 30,000 people and was a place for shows and games which would gather spectators from every part of the country. The Arena is still used for large-scale opera performances. This spectacular building is something you don’t want to miss while visiting.

Juliet’s house

Verona Juliet's house

Thousands of tourists visit Juliet’s house every year. It is believed that this is the balcony from which Juliet could talk to Romeo and the place where they declared their love to each other. In the small courtyard, you will also find Juliet’s statue.

Before entering the courtyard, there are walls filled with chewing gum and love letters and wishes people have posted for good luck in love. If you are a romantic person, you will enjoy this place.

Here you can find out more about Juliet’s house.

Castelvecchio

Verona Castelvecchio

Or “Old Castle” was built between 1354 and 1376 by Della Scala family. It was an important military construction and today is a museum. The bridge on the Adige River is a part of the construction. The bridge is a great place to enjoy fantastic views of the river and the city.

From Romanesque and Gothic sculptures to the art collections you will be impressed. Here is where you can learn more about the exhibitions.

Piazza delle Erbe

Della Scala family Verona

The Fountain of Our Lady, a Gothic monument built under the Della Scala Family and erected in 1368, rests in the center of the Piazza delle Erbe in Verona, Italy.

This is the place to go to if you want to experience Italian culture and enjoy a cup of coffee. You will also see an ancient town hall, the Torre dei Lamberti and other buildings such as the one on the western side of the piazza, Pallazo Maffei. Torre dei Lamberti is the tallest building and you can visit it and enjoy the view from the top.

Every building in Piazza delle Erbe has maintained its facade frescoes. Here you will also see a fountain which was built 1386 by Della Scala family.

Giardino Giusti

If you are more into relaxing and enjoying nature while visiting Verona, you should head to this breath-taking garden

The doors of this garden are open to the public since 1591 and it represents a masterpiece of Renaissance landscaping. It is believed Mozart and Goethe would come to this garden to get inspiration from.

We recommend you visit Verona city portal to get more information on Verona parking, cultural events, tours, and the city overall.

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