A Tale of Caution


Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and for those of you out there who like a little candy now and then, I have a tale of caution for you.

As some of you may or may not know, your humble and slightly husky fishmonger has a bit of a sweet tooth. And although I enjoy some of our gourmet chocolate offerings we carry at Metro, I tend to go to the more classic sweets of my youth.

About once a month I find myself in a convenience store and in a clandestine fashion I'll place a small bag of Peanut M&M's up on the counter. Why clandestine you ask? Well truth be told, we might have created a "no judge" safe space amongst ourselves but the general public tends to frown upon middle-aged men enjoying sweet treats in public (this type of bias must stop, should you want to join the cause please visits my website www.middleagedcandyfreaks.org). Anyway, this past weekend I found myself in one of those Warehouse Club stores perusing the isle when I saw it.

That's right, a 56 ounce bag of Milk Chocolate M&M Peanuts, I felt as though I might have to purchase a hand truck to get it out to my car. Of course, I rationalized this purchase by seeing it was clearly marked a "Value" pack and who doesn't love a little value every now and then and two, I thought I would just keep them in the freezer and when a craving hit, I would just grab a dainty handful and be on my way. Well as they say "The best-laid plans of mice and husky fishmonger often go awry" or something like that. It started off very innocently as I took one then two then three handfuls of these addictive treats and then it happened. My family went out for a couple of hours and I was left alone, holding the bag as they say. Full disclosure, I have never experienced a candy haunting but I believe that as my sugar levels elevated I became possessed by those demonic chocolate covered ground nuts because before I knew it, that never ending bag of fun came to an end. When my family returned they found me passed out on my favorite chair with chards of colored candy coating on my face.

Luckily, my only lasting memory of the event is a muscle pull in my jaw but it could have gone much worse. The next, day I was inspired to create two very healthy Asian inspired dishes to cleanse my palate back to normal featuring, Sriracha Pan Grilled Arctic Char & Quick Stir Fried Garlicy Scallops with Green Beans. Thank you for your time and remember "Value Packs" are evil.

To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West... You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market 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

Don't Forget to Like Us On Facebook For Special Deals and Updates!

TODAY'S GREAT TAKE-OUT SPECIALS (908) 840-4332

Metro's "Holy Guacamole" Tuna Burger Grilled Lime Garlic Ahi Tuna Burger with Shredded Lettuce, Guacamole and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops Over our Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

Metro's Shark "Steak Sandwich" Blackened Grilled Shark Steaks with Sautéed Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

"Whole Belly" Clam Roll (CLAMTASTIC!) Lightly Breaded Maine Steamer Clams (Whole Belly) With Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll--With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips With a Choice of Soft Drink* $9

Metro's Own Lobster Roll... Yes it's that sexy! Traditional House-Made Fresh Lobster Salad Served on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll with Mixed Field Greens With a Choice of Soup* $20

Grilled Wild King Salmon Emparedado (Sandwich) Grilled Lime Garlic Wild Salmon with Lettuce, Guacamole, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $11

Metro's Lime Chopped Shrimp Salad Roll Cilantro Lime Chopped Shrimp Salad with Shredded Lettuce and Guacamole on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a choice of Soup* $9

"California" Arctic Char Pita Wrap Grilled Lemon Herb Arctic Char with Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Seared Sweet Onions and Spicy Mayo on a Locally Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Tuscan Spiced Atlantic Swordfish Over Roasted Veggies Over our House Saffron Rice With a choice of Soft Drink** $10

Chile Lime Halibut "Health Wrap" Grilled Lime Herbed Halibut with Mixed Field Greens, Seared Veggies, Pickled Onions and a Lime Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $10

Thai Grouper Pita Wrap Grilled Thai Spiced Grouper With Mixed Field Greens, Tomato, and Sriracha Aioli on a locally Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $9

Grilled Sesame Soy Organic Salmon Over a Mixed Field Green Salad With a Choice of Dressing With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Grilled Basil Balsamic Tilapia "Caesar Wrap" Grilled In-House Filleted Tilapia with our House Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $8

Soft Shell Crab "Club" Roll Panko Crusted Soft Shell Crab With Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo on a Fresh Baked Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish) Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken Pita Wrap Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken Breast with Roasted Veggies and Sriracha Aioli on Fresh Baked Pita Choice of Soup* $8

*Soup Choices- Gazpacho, Manhattan or New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque AND Chicken Rice

ALL SOUPS ARE LOVINGLY MADE IN STORE.

Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North: Hake Uni Nantucket Bay Scallops Flounder Fluke Nova Scotia Halibut Maine Sea Bass Grey Sole Monkfish Cod Skate Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters Swordfish Day Boat Sea Scallops Jumbo Maine Mussels Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days Fresh Long Island Squid Rhode Island Little Necks Cherry Stone Clams Top Neck Clams

From the Waters of the World: Dover Sole (Spain) Japanese Madia (Sea Bream) Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp) Hamachi (Yellow Tail) New Zealand Cockles New Zealand Green Lip Mussels Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) Dorade (Sea Bream) Colossal U-6 Shrimp Wild Caribbean Hopper Pink Shrimp and White Shrimp (3 Sizes) Brazilian Rock Lobster Tails (4 Sizes) South African Cold Water Lobster Tails New Zealand Lobsters Tails Squid Ink (Cuttlefish Ink) Squid Steaks North African and Spanish Octopus (Large & Baby) Crawfish Tail Meat Conch Meat from Belize

From the South: FLORIDA STONE CRAB CLAWS... BOOM! Thresher Shark Rock Shrimp Golden Tilefish Red Grouper Blue Claw Crabs Order for this Weekend American Red Snapper Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Fresh Lump Crab Meat Special Crab Meat Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce

From Sustainable Seafood Sources: Wild Catfish Rain Forest Tilapia Arctic Char (Iceland) Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon Prince Edward Island Mussels Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest: Black Cod (Sablefish) Wild Alaskan Troll King Salmon Wild Coho Salmon Live Dungeness Crabs Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters Jumbo King Crab Legs Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs

More Fish coming in Every Day Please Call for updated Inventory... (908) 840 4332

Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections Oysters

West Coast: Sunset Beach (Wa) Totten Inlet (Wa) Kumamotos (Ca)

East Coast: Blackberry (PEI) Old Barney Salt (NJ) Fishers Island (NY) Rose Cove (NJ) Swan Point (NJ) Wildling Bastard (NJ) Island Creek (Mass) Pemaquid (Me) Rocky Nook (Mass) Puffer Petite (Mass) Lucky Lime (PEI) Blue Points (Conn) Wellfleet (Mass) Belons (Me) Ichabod Flat (Mass) Beau Soleil (NB Can) Beach Point (Mass) Peters Point (Mass)

I DARE YOU TO FIND A NICER OYSTER SELECTION!

Clams Maine Steamers Little Neck Clams (RI) Top Neck Clams (Conn) Cherrystones (RI) Fresh Chopped Clams Sunset Beach (Wa) Totten Inlet (Wa) Kumamotos (Ca)

METRO LETS YOU GET YOUR OYSTER ON! IN A VERY SUSTAINABLE WAY...

Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...

Sriracha Pan Grilled Arctic Char Serves 4 If life has given you the bland end of the stick then you grab that stick and beat the Artisanal Cheeses out of life as you let your little spice freak out to play. Try not to hit a family member when swinging your stick.

Ingredients 4 Fillets of Arctic Char 6 to 8 ounces each, skin on and scaled 2 tablespoons grape seed or other neutral oil (Canola, Vegetable etc.) ½ teaspoon of finely grated lime zest ½ cup low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce ½ cup water ½ cup of fresh chopped cilantro leaves Lime wedges for serving

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate whisk together the, lime zest, soy sauce, brown sugar, Sriracha and water.

Remove one fourth of the marinade and set aside.

Add the Char fillets to the marinade and turn to coat well; let marinate at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.

Heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat until hot.

Remove the fish from the marinade and brush both sides with 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the char fillets, flesh side down first, for 3 to 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 2 minutes then brush the fillets with the remaining marinade and cook for another minute or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fillets to a large serving platter and garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges. I sincerely hope you enjoy this flavor punched soirée and good luck getting your little spice freak back in its cage. Quick Stir Fried Garlicy Scallops with Green Beans Serves 4 This dish is so damn "Weekday" friendly it might seem as though it comes with an extra hour of "You" time complete with a gentle back scratch of gratitude. Chances are it's probably your love ones scratching your back, if not; the cat is on your back again.

Ingredients 1½ pounds of "Dry" Sea Scallops, "Dry" just means naturally shucked scallops and not those soaked in chemicals and salt water...I know, it sounds kind of gross. 2 tablespoons of Grape Seed oil or other neutral oil (Canola, Vegetable etc.) 4 cloves of garlic minced 1 pound of Haricots Verts; thin green beans, trimmed and cut on a diagonal ½ size pieces ½ cup of fish or chicken stock; no worries Metro has both in the freezer 1 ½ tablespoons of Asian fish sauce Salt and Pepper

How it's done Season the scallops with a little salt and pepper and set aside.

Heat your wok over high heat and add the grape seed oil, when shimming, add the scallops and cook for 2 minutes stirring as they cook.

Transfer the scallops to a plate and add the remaining oil to the wok, when hot, add the garlic and cook for 10 seconds, add the green beans and a pinch of salt and pepper and stir fry for about 1 minute.

Next add the stock and cook for 3 minutes.

Finally add the fish sauce and bring the scallops back to the wok and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the scallops are just opaque when knife tested.

Serve with steamed white rice and the quandary of what you are going to do with your extra hour of "You" time. May I recommend you check out the show the "Blacklist" with James Spader... sure, he didn't age that well but that guys nails his cleaver quips.

Mark J. Drabich President Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet P (908) 840-4332 F (908) 506-0293 Email: mark@metroseafood.com 1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833

Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet 2020   

Website Designed and Maintained by Carnegie Agency

Instagram link to Metro

Follow us on Instagram

and see our posts below.

Facebook link to Metro

Love us on Facebook