Summer was a hoot

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and as we all know this is the week that we all get back to the "grind."

I have never really cared for that saying as it denotes things are going to be horrible as Summer fades into the rear-view mirrors of our lives. Sure, Summer was a hoot and I am sure that I will continue to use my grill well into the first snow fall of the season, so let's focus on the wonders that this new season has in store for us.

That said, I do take special joy in being a full grown Fishmonger and that unlike all the young ones out there, I will not be having to go back to school. Yes, my fellow travelers that is a special kind of hell that I do not miss. Even to this day, just saying the words "Back to School" gives me a case of the tummy rumblings akin to a full blown episode of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Then thankfully, I remember that I won't have to go the Sears and Roebuck with my mother to buy another pair of "husky" jeans. Those were not fond memories as she had me parade outside the dressing room door only to be further humiliated by her sticking her hand in my waistband to see if there was "growing" room.

Full disclosure, my healthy appetite never ceased to close the "growing" gap by Thanksgiving. If it sounds like I have no empathy for these young travelers as they march off to the classroom it's because I don't. Hey, we all made it through those hellacious crossroads of bad "back to school" haircuts, empty note books that we would never fill and enough pencils to build a small log cabin with. And as far as I can tell we came out the other side better people for it. And that's just one of the lovely perks of being an Adult. Not to mention that if I want to have a Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese sandwich this morning the only person I have to ask is me. "Hey, you want a "Jersey" breakfast this morning chubby?"... "I think I do, but please stop calling me chubby."

So may I wish a hearty good luck to all the youngsters out there heading back to school this week and express my sincere gratitude for the fact that it's not me.

And to all of the adults out there who tirelessly entertained your young ones this summer, I raise a glass and toast you for a job well done. (Feel free to raise that glass anytime you want, the kids won't be home till at least 3:30 pm.) Now should you need a couple of quick and delicious meals this hectic week then look no further than today's recipes featuring Shrimp and Gemelli with Arugula and Toasted Garlic & Crispy Tilapia Pita Wraps with a Lemon Basil Aioli.

and Clients South and West... You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market in Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS...PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR MAIN NUMBER TO ORDER SEAFOOD 908-840-4332

Along with our fresh fish selections we are delighted to announce Metropolitan Seafood will be offering (on Fridays Only) at the Stockton Market

Our Classic Fish And Chips As Well As Our Famous Grilled Fish Tacos, Rock Shrimp Tacos...AND $1 OYSTERS FROM 3 TO 5 PM ALSO, METRO'S OWN LOBSTER ROLL WITH FRIES... Looks like it's here to stay Friday 3:00 to 7:00 Saturday 9:00 to 4:00 Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

TODAY'S GREAT TAKE-OUT SPECIALS "California" Salmon Burger (Dude, This Burger is the Bomb) Grilled House-Made Lime Garlic Salmon Burger with Mixed Field Greens, Avocado, Tomato, Pickled Onions and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Mahi "Gyro" Yep, You Read It Right! Grilled Spiced Mahi Fillet With Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Tzatziki Sauce on Locally Made Pita With a choice of Soup* $10

The "Italian" Tilapia Roll Italian Crumbed Tilapia Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Italian Tartar Sauce on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips With a Choice of Soft Drink* $7

The Tequila Lime Catfish Emparedado (Sandwich) Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Guacamole, Red Onion, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice Soup* $8

Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod Roll---(Where's my Kimono?) Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod (Sablefish) with Tomato and Asian Slaw on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll <