Genuine Kindness

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and in case you think this world has lost its civility, I'm here to tell you that you are sadly mistaken.

Case in point, when I went to work this morning I thought, well another day in the Fulton Fish Market selecting the finest Seafood for my clients. Sure, it gets a little challenging this time of year with weather related fishing conditions coupled with "ground fish" area closings but it never ceases to amaze me that we can always procure some gorgeous seafood. The traffic was light and there was no construction on the George Washington bridge so I was feeling pretty good. After my buying spree I treated myself to a single espresso with one sugar and promptly lit up a "Victory Lap" cigar.

As I began my journey back to the store all seemed well until I hit the turnpike. I suddenly noticed a decrease in my speed and before I knew it a big red "engine" light was on and my blissful morning took me into the cautious unknown. I could go no faster than 25mph uphill and it was about that time I had to pull over to the shoulder. Keep in mind it's about 5:30 in the morning so getting to a gas station was out of the question. As I combed my cell phone for a bit, behind me pulled up a large truck. As I thought it might be a DOT driver I immediately began to gather my driving credentials. To my surprise, it was a driver of a big rig who just happened to see me pull to the side and was wondering if I needed any help.

Okay, full disclosure I thought for a second I was going to get robbed or perhaps have my middle-aged virtue taken (the latter would not have been so bad). But I digress, he in fact was just seeing if I was alright. He waited with me for a while and suggested I reset the ignition as per the driving manual (he knew my truck). Well the reset worked and the light was off but not before this savoir offered me one of his Granola bars, there was two in the pack you see and he probably thought that this thick guy needed a snack... he was right. I will leave his last name out but Steve, travel safely my friend and thank you from the bottom of my briny heart. Should you feel your diet needs some livelier but slimming flavors then you are in luck. Today's recipes are just the fix, featuring Roasted Whole Jalapeno Red Snapper & Lime Basil Pan Grilled Arctic Char. And remember, despite the weeds, mud and foggy rhetoric, there is still genuine kindness in the world.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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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

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Metro's Classic Oyster "Po-Boy" Panko Crusted Plump Oysters With Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a choice of Soup* $8

The Mediterranean Swordfish "Health Wrap" Grilled Lemon Garlic Atlantic Swordfish with Mixed Field Greens, Roasted Veggies and a Basil Aioli Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $10

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* $10

Metro's Miso Scottish Salmon Roll Miso Grilled Organic Scottish Salmon with Sweet and Sour Pickled Cucumbers, Mixed Field Greens and a Ginger Soy Aioli on a Soft Roll With a choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Mahi Thai "Pepper Steak" Sandwich Chili Ginger Grilled Mahi Fillet with Pan Sautéed Peppers, Onions and Mushrooms with a Sriracha Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Halibut Fajitas (2) Grilled "Fajita Spiced" Halibut on Grilled Flour Tortillas (2) with Seared Sweet Peppers and Onions, Avocado with Chipotle and Baja Sauce With a Choice of Soft Drink** $9

Grilled Lime Garlic Arctic Char Over Sautéed Red Beans Over Our House Saffron Rice With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Grilled Tuscan Sea Bream over our Classic Caesar Salad Of course we make our own Dressing and Croutons...this is Metro With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

Metro's Mexican "Torta" Snapper Sandwich Corn Meal Crusted Bay Snapper Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a choice of Soup* $9

Metro's World Famous Fish-N-Chips (Lunch Portion) Hand dipped Batter fried Fish with Crisp Fries, Coleslaw, Tartar and Malt Vinegar With a Choice of Soft Drink** $8

Grilled Pesto Sea Bass On a Mixed Field Green Salad (Super Healthy!) Choose from one of our homemade dressings Blue Cheese, Ranch, and Dijon Balsamic With a choice of Soft Drink** $10

Fried Scallop "Love Roll" Panko Crusted Sea Scallops Served with Lettuce, Tomato and Cayenne Aioli on fresh Baked Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish) Chicken "Club" Pita Wrap Seasoned Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Bacon and Mayo on Fresh Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $9

**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 Fresh Herring (Maine) Uni from Maine Day Boat Sea Scallops Razor Clams Maine Steamers Jonah Crab Meat Peconic Bay Scallops Fluke Nova Scotia Halibut Sea Bass Porgies (Scup) Grey Sole Monkfish Cod Skate Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters Swordfish (PUMPKIN) 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 Dover Sole (Spain) Opah (Moonfish) 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 Fresh Never Frozen Jumbo Shrimp Jumbo Stone Crab Claws (get crack'n) 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: 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) Billington Sea (Mass) Beach 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

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

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

Roasted Whole Jalapeño Red Snapper Serves 4 Eating whole roasted fish is your Cod given right. It is also well within your rights to kick anyone off the dinner table who protests eating whole fish...seriously show them the door and hand them ten bucks for pizza... "Get stepping or get eating..." Should you need an extra hand at the table please feel free to call me and I always bring shrimp.

Ingredients 2-2 pound Red Snappers scaled, gutted and gilled with 3-1 inch cuts made into both sides of the fish... Leave this to your personal Fishmonger at Metro... they live for this Ship. 1/4 cup of fresh oregano leaves 1 shallot chopped roughly 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded and roughly chopped (I leave the seeds in but I dig the heat) The finely grated zest of 1 lemon... don't worry Metro gives them away for free Salt and Pepper Lemon wedges and your best olive oil for garnish

How it's done Combine the Oregano, shallot, garlic, olive oil, jalapeño pepper and lemon zest in a food processor and "Whizz" until well combined.

Preheat the oven to 400° degrees.

Place the fish in a roasting pan and pat dry, both inside and out, with paper towels.

Next, gently massage the jalapeño marinade both inside the chest cavity and on the skin.

Then season the fish, both inside and out, with salt and pepper and let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.

Next, place the fish in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until the fish is just opaque and pulls from the bone when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fish to a large serving platter and drizzle over a little of our best olive oil.

Garnish with lemon wedges and get ready to exercise your right for delectable wholeness.

Lime Basil Pan Grilled Arctic Char Serves 4 Should you find yourself in the middle of Winter wearing what seems to be a Parka made from your own expanding flesh then, my fellow traveler, it's time to take matters into your own culinary hands. This easy but delicious recipe will have you shedding that extra skin in no time "fat."

Ingredients For the Arctic Char 4 Fillets of Arctic Char 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin removed

Ingredients For the Marinade The juice of 1 lime The finely grated zest of 1 lime 2 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and Pepper 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce 2 scallions minced fine 2 cloves of garlic minced For the Dressing The juice of 1 lime The finely grated zest of 1 lime 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 scallion minced fine 1 clove of garlic minced fine 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Basil Salt and Pepper

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate whisk together all of the marinade ingredients and add the Char fillets; turn to coat and let marinade on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes.

While the fish is marinating make the sauce by whisking the ingredients together in a small bowl; season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

Next heat your grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat until the pan is very hot.

When the pan is hot, remove the fillets from the marinade and season with a little more salt and pepper. Cook the Char, flesh side down first for about 3 to 4 minutes per side or until just opaque when fork tested; transfer the fillets to a large serving platter and spoon over the sauce.

With just a few warm tortillas and a gorgeous salad our plan of disrobing fat is well under way.

Yes, I know I said tortillas but I'm having light beer so that balances things out.

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

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