Monday, 30 January 2017

Bucklist Challenge # 67 Try Caviar

Now before you get ahead of yourself and think "wow this girl is really living the life of luxury" I will stop you right there. When writing my bucket list yes, there are a few things I've always wanted to try but either a) never had the money period or b) didn't have money for such luxuries. Usually I had to pay my cable or cell phone bill. I assure you my bucket list is full of exciting things such as travelling, bungee jumping, and more mundane things galore.

This one on the other hand has always stood out for me though, I don't know if it was watching all of the sappy love movies that usually included a snobby rich man falling for the poor peasant girl as I yearned to have that kind of money and lifestyle but I have always been curious as to what it tastes like simply just because.

I had no idea where to buy it so my first goal was to find a place that sold Caviar. I quickly realized I could buy it at a local grocery store in town and off I went. I had no idea how much it would cost and I had no idea what it would taste like. People have often described caviar as salty but when I asked the young man at the grocery store he had heard it tasted sweet. "I guess I will find out" I said to him. He went way in the back of the fish department where another fridge stood. He opened the door and took out a tiny round can about the size of a baby food jar lid.

The young man took out the big book he had sitting on the counter, flipped through a few pages and found the price of the caviar. "For white sturgeon caviar it's $29.99 ma'am" he continued. I thought to myself wow yes expensive but not as expensive as I thought it would be. "I'll take it" I replied.

I couldn't wait to get it home to try it with my husband and neither of us had tried it. "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous" I thought. "You only live once" I convinced myself. I had bought some table crackers to eat with the caviar along with some crab pate and white wine to wash it down. I figured we should have back up just in case it tasted horrible.

When I got home, my husband was excited to try is as well as he had never tasted the sweet or salty taste of Caviar before. For those of you who know me I don't usually like fish eggs. Something about those little balls of fluid in my mouth that goes pop, pop, pop, that I just don't like.

When we finally opened the tiny tin I thought for sure it would be gone with two bites. I was wrong, there was actually a lot in that tiny tin and it lasted a number of crackers later. The miniscule black fish eggs I was about to eat didn't look like the fish eggs you get with sushi, they were much smaller and had a bit of liquid encompassing the eggs. My husband and I each grabbed a cracker and placed a very small spoonful at the edge of the cracker. "Here goes nothing" I chuckled. "There goes a dollar" my husband replied cheekily. It was very salty, almost overpowering the cracker completely. "Not bad" I thought. I don't know if I would ever buy it again but for now I was living in the moment and I was going to savor every bite. I paid good money for it and wasn't about to let it go to waste. Finally we invited my parents who live in our basement suite up for a few bites as well before it was all gone and now I can officially say I've tried caviar. That's one more off this girls bucket list!

You only live once so why not try what this beautiful world has to offer. I might not be rich and I might not be famous, but this girl got to taste a bit if luxury even just for a moment. It was all worth it. What things have you tried lately? Share your story in the comments section.

Thanks for listening!


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The Ultimate Buck List Challenge

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Ultimate Bucket List Challenge

After reflecting on my own personal journey through life and realizing that my husband and I are not getting any younger we decided to venture on our own Bucket List Challenge. A Bucket List is a list made up of everything you have ever wanted to see or do before you die. Each individual Bucket List would be different and unique in their own way.

I've decided that I would create a Bucket List mini series and post our families experiences each time we see or do one of the items on our Bucket List. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same. Maybe it will make you think about how life is way too short and that you should go live in the moment of every day. Or maybe it will just get you off the couch and stop you from binge watching Netflix for just a moment so that you can go enjoy the sunshine or the rain or whatever may be on your list. Why not go dancing in the rain? There is no better time then right now.

Bucket List Challenge #1

I for one have always wanted to try Dom Perignon Champagne. It is one of if not the most expensive champagnes you can buy. An bottle may retail for approx. $280 CAN. So who can afford to simply "taste" such a champagne for that kind of price?

 My husband and I had to utmost privilege to spend this past New Years with our good friends who live next door. They had purchased a 1993 bottle of Dom Perignon back in 2002 for next to nothing overseas. They had meant to drink it on several occasions including when their two lovely girls were born but always forgot. They had a 23 year old bottle of Dom Perignon just waiting to be drank.

Midnight rolled around and "pop" went the top of that delicious bubbling golden syrup. All of the adults were able to try some and of course take a picture with the bottle since it's not every day you get to indulge in such luxuries. This gave me the perfect idea to start my Bucket List Challenge. I had always wanted to try Dom Perignon but knew I would never pay $280 for a bottle. Now I could say I tried it with the help of my friends.

But I started to think about all of the other things I secretly had on my invisible list that I wanted to do before I die. No time like the present I thought and I started writing down everything I'd ever wanted to do in my little blue book that I keep with me at all times. I continuously add to it every day but there is such satisfaction in crossing things off my list that I had always wanted to do but never got around to do. Life is too short, I want to show my kids that life is meant to be lived, experienced, and seen.

Every time I cross "another one" off my list I will share with you how I achieved it. Maybe you will do the same. I even challenge you to do the same. This blogger can happily say that she can cross the first one off her list. Comment and share what items are on your bucket list! Oh and stay tuned for our next challenge......

                        My husband and I enjoying the sweet smooth  taste of Dom Perignon