Luxury Food and Drink You Should Serve on Special Occasions

November 4, 2018northernirishgirlonline

Hey all,

So as you probably are aware if you follow me on social media (TwitterInstagram, Pinterest is where I post mostly) I LOVE my food. I’ll try almost anything (except horse, dog, deer, and any type of larger sea mammal other than your usual types of fish). 

PSA: I’m not a vegetarian and never will be if you are then you should probably skip this post.

I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try and would love to one day host a Come Dine with Me type of party (for the non-UK readers, this is a dinner party show where people can win a cash prize for the best dinner party, it’s a must watch!) So, this got me thinking about the types of things I would serve if I was hosting a dinner party, you’d want something extra special, right? Lucky for you, I’ve done my research! 

The foods and drink I’m about to discuss are all considered luxurious, and they’re all pretty expensive, so you should keep that in mind, I’m not saying go purchase this for your Sunday dinner, but you never know when you meet need to cook for the new in-laws, make a good impression on a date or, just want to spoil the family with something a little different. 

Kobe Beef

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Image Source – Notes of Nomads

Kobe beef  (no Kobe Bryant’s were harmed in the making of this blog post) is a special kind of beef that’s been produced in Japan for a long time. Ever heard of cows drinking beer and being massaged? You have now! The breeding process and the majority of the actual preparation of the meat are top secret, so nobody outside of the people producing it actually knows what makes it so good or how they can replicate the outcomes.

If you want to serve the very best beef at your dinner party, this is the stuff to go for. Guess what, it’s actually healthier than the majority of commercial beef out there, too. To purchase Kobe Beef you would be looking at a price tag of a couple of hundred pounds/dollars. I highly recommend you checking out the post on Notes in Nomad by Asia/Oceania for an in-depth review on Kobe Beef and scams to look out for, too.

Oysters

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Image Source – Wikipedia

Oysters are not to everyone’s taste, but they are certainly a luxury treat and the people who love them really love them. They can be served in all kinds of different ways, but most people say that oysters are best served raw and still in their juices. That’s what the true purists want when they’re eating oysters.

They’re also said to be an aphrodisiac, so maybe they’re worth splashing out on for that romantic meal with your better half, or for that special date. Just be sure to check they aren’t allergic to shellfish, or you could be having a completely different date altogether!

PSA: This isn’t me guaranteeing you’ll get laid if you feed your date oysters, I’m not a genie or love guru. 

Beluga Caviar

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Image Source – Beluga Caviar Recipes

Caviar is always pretty expensive, and Beluga caviar is the most expensive kind of caviar out there. Beluga comes from a Begula Sturgeon fish which is anadromous fish in the sturgeon family of order Acipenseriformes. It is found primarily in the Caspian and Black Sea basins, and occasionally in the Adriatic Sea.  

For those who don’t know what caviar is, it’s roe (also known as fish eggs). It is an acquired taste and you quite often see it being mentioned or eaten by rich people in movies.

That’s because it’s hella expensive to buy, especially Begula. So even on special occasions, this food item can be a bit of a stretch, but there are slightly cheaper caviar alternatives out there too if you can’t afford Beluga. 

This option, however, offers the very best in terms of flavour so it’s very hard to beat it. I recommend checking out Beluga Caviar Recipes which is linked in the image above for different recipes you can use Begula in Caviar in.

Lobster

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I now knight you, Sir Larry the Lobster

I don’t know about yours, but my Sims seem to love lobster. Lobster Thermidor seems to be the go-to meal for them, does anyone else wonder why their Sims are able to afford Lobster Thermidor while we’re over here eating pot noodles?

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I know there is a lot of fish in this blog post, that might seem a bit fishy to you (get it, fishy, cos’ fish? No? Okay, sorry, I’ll go back to my corner). However, I’m not the biggest meat eater so this would be the type of food I’d look for if I was planning a date night. My other half loves fish, too so as long as I had meat in there somewhere he’d be content.

The meat of a lobster has a very subtle and unique flavour, which many people don’t expect when they’re trying it for the first time. You can prepare them in many ways, but dropping them alive into hot water is thought to be the best of them, even if it is quite cruel. It’s probably not something I would do, but I’ve a lot of friends that are chefs in the hospitality industry and they claim this is what gives it the best taste.

If you are like me and the thought of sending a live lobster to its death fills you full of dread, then buying it fresh and cooking it with some butter (Irish butter, of course) is veritably brilliant.

Champagne

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Image Source – rawpixel on Unsplash

Champagne, not to be confused with the fruit champanga (rose apple fruit) or, Campagna (a small town and comune of the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Southern Italy, don’t say I never teach you anything).

Champagne is the undisputed champion when it comes drinks. Nothing beats champagne, and although we’ve seen many imitators and challengers try to take its crown, champagne is still the queen (or king, or other gender-neutral terms are available).

You can find a huge champagne selection out there, then it’s just a matter of taking your pick. There are plenty of options for different price ranges at your dinner party or special occasion, so make the most of them. My uncle used to serve us champagne and strawberries on Christmas Day and it’s one of my fondest memories of him. It was the only day he’d allow me to underage drink and not break my legs.

For the teetotaler’s like me out there, I highly recommend Shloer. If you don’t like Shloer… well, I can’t help you, sorry. Shloer also reminds me of happier Christmases (look at me being all sentimental). My fondest Christmas memory that I can remember of my Nanny Mac, Uncle Shane and his family, and my parents (who were still together at the time) was my first time with Shloer. 

My dad and uncle had me convinced it was alcoholic, I proceeded to drink a bottle to myself then bump into everything from the radiator to the door frame thinking I was pissed as a fart, then collapsing on the sofa for a “booze nap”. I clearly wasn’t drunk, just incredibly naïve and pretty stupid for a 5-year-old. #kidgoals #coolest5yearoldever

Sometimes, you have to add a little luxury to your diet because that’s what life should be all about, you only get one life (unless you believe in the conspiracy theory that we’re all simulations, or, believe in reincarnation). If you choose to use some of these tips to enter Come Dine with Me, I expect half the winnings #justsaying.

Also, just as an extra PSA, I am NOT responsible for any pregnancies as a result of successful dates, or any allergic reactions for that matter. I did warn you in advance!

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Until next time,

Be safe and be kind.

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