Good for One Free Backrub

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and for those of you who have completed their Christmas shopping list in late fall, I say to you, congratulations and please pump the brakes, you are making the rest of us look like slackers.

Metro Gift card for all on your list.

Seriously though, in today's immediate gratification "I want it now" society it is truly hard to get that special someone on your Holiday list a present that says "Hey, I'm not just hearing you but I'm listening as well, that's why I got you this Bacon flavored toothpaste, I know you're a fan of smoky pork and fastidious when it comes to oral hygiene." No, chances are your loved one already purchased that when on their last Amazon Prime spree. Seriously, I long for the heart throbbing excitement of my youth when the raw elation of Christmas morning would literally have you on the brink of a coronary with the anticipation.

Give the gift that all your pisivorous loved ones want Metro gift card

One year in particular, I so wanted this Orange Banana seat Schwinn bicycle. I thought for sure it was a long shot but I pleaded anyway and then Christmas morning came. Well let's just say that if anyone's child reacted as I did today, you would have dialed 911. Oh it happened, at first glance of the bike I wailed like I just got a car from Oprah and upon touching this glorious bike I projectile vomited on my sister and before I could thank my parents, passed out from hyperventilation... it was one of the best Christmases of my life.

Today of course you're lucky if you get a fist bump when you see someone open a gift you painstakingly picked out. Which brings me to my suggestion of a heart woven gift of a home cooked meal. That's right, this year you will down load that "create a coupon app" and knock out that Christmas list in no time. Please be aware, although your intentions may be pure, the classic "Good for One Free Backrub" coupon might not be a good one considering the current turmoil of the day. Instead, think soul nurturing like "A King Crab Night" complete with personalized butter cups and don't forget to include a couple of "Moist Towelettes" in the card. Or perhaps a coupon for a "Make Your Own Sushi Night", cleverly making the card out of Nori sheets. Each Coupon would have to come with small type print letting your loved one know you will also clean up the kitchen mess at nights end.

And finally, should you not be sure of what Piscivorous treat to create, there is always the LINK Metropolitan Seafood Gift Card. Guaranteed to fit perfectly, even the Big and Tall on your list. This card not only says "Hey, I know you are a Seafood freak but I love you more than the deepest Ocean." Sure it's corny, but so is real love. And if you love to cook then check out today's healthy weekday meals featuring Penne Alla Vodka with Shrimp and Chorizo & Quick Pan Roasted Dijon Garlic Halibut. Thank you for the Precious Gift of your Time and Friendship.



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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

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Metro's Sweet Chili Thai Tuna Burger

Grilled Lime Garlic Ahi Tuna Burger Sweet Ginger Chili Slaw and Sriracha Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro’s Snapper Emparedado (Sandwich)

Corn Meal Crusted Wild Bay Snapper with Lettuce, Guacamole, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Toasted Soft Roll

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro's Famous Rock Shrimp Tacos (2)

Panko Crusted Rock Shrimp on Flour Tortillas (2) with Shredded Cabbage Pico De Gallo & Baja Sauce

With our House-Made Pickled Jalapeno Peppers and Onions (on the side)

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


Metro's Swordfish "Steak Sandwich"

Blackened Grilled Atlantic Swordfish with Sautéed Peppers Onions, Mushrooms and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll

With a Choice of Soup*


Grilled Ginger Lime Halibut Fillet on a Mixed Field Green Salad with a Miso Salad Dressing (on the side)

With a choice of Soup*


The Mediterranean Sea Bream "Health Wrap"

Balsamic Herb Grilled Sea Bream (Dorade) with Mixed Field Greens, Seared Veggies and Basil Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro's South West Arctic Char Pita Wrap

Grilled Lime Garlic Arctic Char With Mixed Field Greens, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado and a Chipotle Aioli on a Locally Baked Pita

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro's Mexican "Torta" Catfish Sandwich

Spicy Corn Meal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Fresh Baked Toasted Roll

With a choice of Soup*


Grilled Shrimp Fajitas (2)

Grilled Spiced Wild Shrimp on Flour Tortillas (2) with Seared Sweet Peppers and Onions, Avocado with Chipotle & Baja Sauce

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


Grilled Tequila Lime Wild Shrimp Over Black Beans Over Our House Saffron Rice

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


Italian Crumbed Flounder Fillet a Mixed Field Green Salad

With a Choice of Dressing

With a Choice of Soup*


Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops Over Our Classic Caesar Salad

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


Metro's Retro Oyster Roll


Lightly Breaded Fresh Shucked Oysters with Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll

With a Soft Drink**


(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish)

Metro's Almost Famous Chicken Tacos (2)

Lightly Breaded Fresh White Meat Chicken on Flour Tortillas (2) with Shredded Cabbage Pico De Gallo & Baja Sauce

With our House-Made Pickled Jalapeno Peppers and Onions (on the side)

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


**Soft Drink Choices for Specials Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water

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

All Soups Lovingly Made In-House

Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North: Hake Jumbo Whiting Day Boat Sea Scallops Live Sea Urchin (UNI) Perrywinkles Maine Steamers Jonah Crab Meat Peconic Bay Scallops Fluke Nova Scotia Halibut Sea Bass Grey Sole Monkfish Cod Skate Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters Swordfish 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: Mahi Sardines (Greece) 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: Rock Shrimp Sheepshead (Bay Snapper) 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: 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: Fishers Island (NY) Rose Cove (NJ) Pemaquid (Me) Puffer Petite (Mass) Blue Points (Conn) Wellfleet (Mass) Island Creek (Mass) Wilding Bastards (NJ) Glidden Point (Me) Warren Cove (Mass) Swan Point (NJ) Old Barney Salts (NJ) Beau Soleil (NB Can) Peters Point (Mass)


Clams Maine Steamers Little Neck Clams (RI) Top Neck Clams (Conn) Cherrystones (RI) Fresh Chopped Clams



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

Penne Alla Vodka with Shrimp and Chorizo Serves 4 As a Fishmonger I can easily live the life of a happy Pescatarian but alas, some folks need more than is offered by the briny deep. For those of you, I offer this recipe of understanding and Porkliciousness... yep, it's a word now.

Ingredients 10 to 14 ounces of Penne Pasta or any short pasta that makes you smile ¾ pound of large shrimp peeled and deveined with the tails removed ½ pound chorizo sausage sliced ¼ inch thick 2 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and Pepper 1/3 cup vodka 2 cups marinara sauce if you don't have, no worries, Metro makes this 1 good pinch of crushed Red Pepper flakes ½ cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons of chiffonade (leaves stacked and cut into thin ribbons crosscut) basil Grated cheese for serving

How it's done Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Add the penne and cook it according to the package directions.

Before draining the pasta, scoop out 1-2 cups of pasta water.

In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the shrimp well with salt and pepper.

Sear them, unmoving for 1-2 minutes.

When they are ready they will loosen from the bottom of the pan.

Flip them over and sear until the shrimp is cooked through, another 1-2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.

Add the chorizo to the same skillet and give it a good sear on both sides, 3-4 minutes total.

Remove the chorizo to the bowl.

Lower the heat to medium-low and add the vodka. Cook for about 30 seconds.

The vodka will be almost cooked off. Then add the marinara sauce, red pepper flakes (if using), and cream and bring the sauce to a simmer.

Once the pasta is done, add it to the skillet along with 1 cup of the pasta water.

Simmer the pasta with the sauce for about 2 minutes, adding more pasta water if needed.

Add the shrimp and chorizo back in to warm it up;

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the basil over the top and serve.

It's a weekday, so feel free to bring the skillet to the table and if anyone at the table says you shouldn't serve grated cheese with seafood, please let them know that your Fishmonger has a special "I don't know what I'm talking about" sleeper hug for them.

Quick Pan Roasted Dijon Garlic Halibut Serves 4 We all know you have no time to cook these days but your steady diet of Chinese and Pizza take-out has not only you but your loved one's gentle digestion tied into Sailors knots that can only be undone by a one legged pirate. Nothing against Pirates but they do tend to leave the guest room a mess... I'm just saying.

Ingredients For the Halibut 4-Halibut fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin removed 2 cloves of garlic minced 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons of olive oil divided 2 teaspoons of Soy sauce A couple of dashes of your favorite hot sauce 1 teaspoon of dried Herbes de Provence Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of Dry white wine Lemon wedges for serving

How it's done Preheat your oven to 425° degrees.

Place the Halibut fillets in a pie plate or rimmed dish.

Next, in a small bowl combine the garlic, lemon zest, mustard, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, soy sauce, hot sauce and Herbes de Provence.

Pour the mixture over the fish and turn to coat well.

Heat a large non-stick oven proof skillet over medium high heat with the remaining olive oil.

Season both sides of the fillet with salt and pepper.

When the oil is just starting to smoke, sear the fish, flesh side down first for 2 to 3 minutes.

Flip and cook for another minute or two.

Next add the wine to the skillet and place in the oven to roast for 6 to 8 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fillets to a warm platter and garnish with lemon wedges knowing full well that your love plumber's work is done and with a simple green salad so is dinner.

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