"Malinka 101" On Caviar by Alena Graff

“Malinka 101” on caviar

Coming from Russia, I got my fair chance to experience all types of caviar on a daily basis, and came as close to being an expert as one mortal could :) and here is pretty much all you need to know about caviar:

Real caviar:
Sturgeon roe is considered to be premium and “true” caviar. It comes in three varieties — beluga, sevruga and osetra.

The most expensive is beluga caviar (about $250 per ounce). It comes from the Caspian Sea, which is bordered by Russia and Iran. Beluga is characterized by soft, small pea-size eggs ranging from pale silver-gray to black with a hint of green. Due to over-farming, it is illegal to import beluga to United States, so dont forget to try it on your next European or Russian adventure :)

Step down is osetra caviar which is medium size and gray to brownish-gray in color.
Next in quality is the smaller, gray sevruga caviar.

Caviar is extremely perishable and should be refrigerated and eaten within three weeks of taking it from the fish. There is some disagreement about freezing caviar for longer shelf life. I personally feel that it alters the taste, others say it should be frozen by the processor and be purchased frozen by the consumer. Well, to each his own! Also, caviar should be taken out of the fridge about 15 min prior to consumption to “warm-up and relax” a bit for a true experience.

Other “Caviars” aka Roe:
Much less expensive “caviars” include lumpfish roe (yes, only sturgeon caviar can be called caviar) with tiny, hard, black eggs (used as a garnish in Japanese restaurants), whitefish “caviar” (also called American Golden) with small yellow-gold eggs (garnish as well), and salmon roe (also called “red caviar”) with medium, pale orange to deep red eggs. Many say that this category should not even be called “caviar”,  I can not agree more.

How should it taste:
Fresh caviar should be bright, shiny and whole. It should not appear smashed, sticky or dull. Like good quality-fish, it shouldn’t smell fishy or pungent at all. It should have a hint of a sea breeze at worst, and no smell at all at best. 

Want to experience the best caviar tasting? - Head on over to Caviar Russe restaurants in Miami or NYC or order online at www.caviarrusse.com  Located at the Four Seasons Tower on Brickell Avenue, Miami, Caviar Russe is dishing out its Michelin-starred Caviar, Crudos, and Gourmet specialties for takeaway and delivery. Give them a call today 305-902-6969 Enjoy!

Discipline = Success by Alena Graff




Want success? Start with self-discipline.

With the Millennials leading the way, it becomes increasingly harder to be disciplined in a society that prizes instant gratification. We are more concerned about feeling good all the time, so we seek immediate pleasures, whether it’s a new car, an exotic trip or a new partner. Our long-term goals are not so important anymore. We get comfortable and wait for a special event to give our lives meaning, happiness and success, we forget that the best things in life do come from commitment and dedication to your goals.

Discipline is the difference between being in control of your future and letting your environment dictate your destiny. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Discipline means freedom and happiness. It gives you the ability to do what you want because you know you can learn how to achieve any dream you set your mind to. Discipline teaches you how to control your thoughts—and how to be happy in any situation, to visualize positive emotions and trigger an optimistic mood. Discipline builds self-confidence, mental and physical strength, and inspires you to grow as a human being. With growth comes the ability to enjoy life in deeper, more meaningful ways.

Anyone can develop discipline. It’s a skill and it’s not complicated—you just have to train yourself for it.

So how do you maintain discipline? By combining an automated brain program—doing whatever needs to be done—with an incredible commitment to your goal and without procrastination. 

Set CLEAR goals: If there is no clear goal, there is no opportunity to create the specific steps you’d need to do to accomplish it. 

Make that goal your everyday PRIORITY and when you start the process, don't question it, don't hesitate, don't back down—you have to work on it every single day to reach your dream. Create a ROUTINE and stick to it until it becomes automatic. 

Understand that progress is change: Your body and brain will do everything it can to resist change and growth. You need to know that it’s natural to feel lazy and undisciplined—but you also need to know that you have all the power to fight it. You have to separate yourself from the feelings that stop you, like fatigue, laziness or self-pity. You have to go above them, even if your feelings tell you that you are tired, stressed and alone in this struggle. Discipline is the direct training of a fighter. 

Think of discipline is a source of power. It is an engine that helps us understand and explore our capabilities and life’s opportunities. Discipline is not boring; it’s the freedom to put our energy into creating a meaningful, beautiful life you are dreaming of.

Is yoga really worth it? by Alena Graff

Yoga is not my first choice of exercise 🧘🏼‍♀️as I really enjoy lifting weights. Working with weights keeps my muscles tight and in the right places where they were 30 years ago;) However I recognize the benefits of it, especially when you have a sedentary lifestyle like most of us, or reached that golden age of being a full-blown adult as me (50+ that is). And although these are well-known facts, they are worth reviewing.

So what are top 5 benefits of #yoga?

* Improves your flexibility. 🤸🏼‍♀️
* Perfects your posture and balance. 🙋🏼‍♀️
* Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. 

* Protects your spine.🐚
* Increases your blood flow. 🌹

For me it is a great reminder to stand and walk straight, keeping my posture upright, and that makes you look (and feel) younger! Our “always hunched-over” lifestyle (driving, sitting, typing) does not help. Awareness is a first step to #improvement 💁🏼‍♀️✨With just one session a week your balance will improve, so is your posture - and that might prevent you from stumbling and falling down. Being able to avoid that hip fracture with just one hour a week is totally worth it!

Is Easter only for kids? by Alena Graff

Kids aren't the only ones who should have fun on Easter Sunday!


Is Easter

only for kids?

The older you get, the more stressful (and less fun) holidays seem to get. Instead of waking up excited about the upcoming egg hunt, you dread having to peel yourself out of bed early on a Sunday. Rather than tearing through the candy and toys in your basket with joy, you're responsible for filling them, and you never get one of your own anymore. One of the worst things, though? You don't just get to pig out on a multi-course meal cause you probably watching that figure or even worse: counting those calories; yet still have to help prepare it, cook it, serve it, and probably clean up after it, too. Sometimes being a grownup sucks, especially around kid-centric holidays.

We all know there's no going back — we can never be kids again. The good news? You can still find ways to have adult-friendly fun that will make you feel like a child again. For the downtime you have between all the adulting on Easter, here are eight adult Easter activities that will help you have a fun day, too.

If you want to do an Easter egg hunt for adults, but don't want it to be alcohol-related, go for every grown-up's next favorite thing: money. Have everyone bring a plastic egg or two with a scratch ticket inside, and then hide them all around for people to find. It's an inexpensive way to spread cash around, and if you're lucky, someone will win big and share the love;)

Add a little juvenile fun to your adult Easter with a good old-fashioned game of truth or dare. Fill plastic eggs with slips of paper that either has a "truth" question written on them or some kind of dare. Pass a basket of the eggs around and have people take turns finding one. If someone pulls an egg they don't like, they aren't allowed to pick again — they either have to do what the egg asks, or take a drink. Be careful what you pick! LOL

One of my favorite traditions as a kid was the annual egg tap game. The rules are simple: everyone grabs a hard-boiled egg and goes around in a circle using their egg to try and crack the person's egg next to you without cracking your own. To give it an adult twist, you can give away a bottle of champagne for the person whose egg cracks last.

If all of the above still too labor-intensive, gather up your grown-up friends and throw a fun and boozy brunch. Make a mimosa or Bloody Mary bar, try some new brunch recipes, and don't be shy with the egg decorations. Who says you can't party on a Sunday?