Off The Wall: Show Me Caviar

Mike – Be honest. How was the caviar from the Mississippi River? I’m only asking because a) you don’t look like a caviar kind of guy, and b) it’s hard to imagine a less appetizing scene than the bloodbath wherein you extracted the eggs from the fish. Wow! Also, you’ll be pleased to know that my wife had just taken a mouthful of chardonnay when you said, and I believe this a direct quote, “And really, who doesn’t want a little Rowe in their mouth?” The resulting spit take was one for the ages. Ned Howard

Hi Ned
I don’t know what a “caviar kind of guy” looks like, but when it comes to food, if it’s on the table, I’ll eat it. And as a rule, I enjoy everything I eat, including caviar. (The quote was accurate, by the way, but I was referring to “roe,” not “Rowe.” Regardless, please give your wife my regards!)
As for the business of getting the eggs out of the fish and onto your plate, I’m afraid there’s no other way to do it. Like the crab on the bottom of the Bering Sea, it takes a lot of work, a lot of risk, and a lot of time to get a tin of caviar out the door and onto your blini. And in this case, a fair amount of blood. What you saw at Show Me Caviar LLC is precisely what it takes to catch, process, and ship the food in question, and I want to thank Cliff and Cara for being so transparent about their business, and for welcoming me aboard The Hillbilly Deluxe. Good times!

Quick sidebar.
I never want Dirty Jobs to be a lecture or a sermon, but I will use the show whenever I can to illustrate those instances where I think many people – myself included – have become disconnected from a few really important things. Mostly, I’m interested in our overall relationship with work, and our collective definition of what it means to have a “good job.” Dirty Jobs has been a great way to challenge some of the stigmas and stereotypes that keep people from exploring all sorts of careers.

More specifically, though, I’m interested in showing people what it takes to get the energy we use, and the food we eat. It’s so easy to take both of these things for granted, along with the people responsible for feeding and powering a hungry planet. “Show Me Caviar” allowed me to do that very thing – warts and all – and I want to take a moment to shamelessly plug their product. It really is delicious, and a lot more affordable than the stuff from the Caspian Sea. Get some here. Because really, who doesn’t want a little roe in their mouth?

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