If it's not Fabulous, it's not Coming Home With Us

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and thankfully with the break in the weather, the "hunters" of the world's seafood have once again bestowed upon us a true treasure with their catches.

I am always humbled by those whose chosen occupation is to fish for a living and am eternally grateful for their amazing efforts. Please know that the premium costs of truly fresh Seafood is something we are acutely aware of. That said, for the past 29 years we have only sought the very best for our friends and clients and although it sounds like a perfect "sound bite", it is in fact completely true.

Case in point, earlier this week with winter fishing being inherently difficult, many Sword fishermen could not brave the windy conditions to do their jobs. This resulted in mostly substandard import fish in the market. Now when we select Swordfish for our store, we first look for pristine freshness and secondly a fatty fish which as many of you know, makes a perfectly delectable meal. Yet, despite the fact that we are so used to getting "everything" we want at a click of a mouse, there was no Swordfish that met our criteria hence, we did not have any Swordfish to sell. By the way, that's okay with us and further reaffirms our belief that, if it's not Fabulous, it's not coming home with us. A motto I thought I would implement in my dating life when I was much younger. But instead had no use for it, since I was married at the age of 23.

Secondly, we must face the facts that farmed fish is going to continue to play a larger role in the world's seafood consumption but as you might suspect, not all farmed fish are equal. That is why we go to great lengths to procure fish from farms that not only practice sustainable methods but refuse to use hormones or antibiotics to raise their fish. And let's not forget, that as a Fresh Fish Market we do not have the luxury of covering our fresh fish with sauces or numerous cooking techniques. No, unlike your half Lebanese fishmonger, our fish has to look spectacular naked, for all the world to see.

We are so very grateful to all of you who make a special trip to Metro but we sincerely believe that you came to get the very best Seafood the world has to offer and not something that is just okay. I reserve "just okay" to when my barber asks me how my hair looks and with great disappointment come to the realization that he's only made my hairless crown more evident. Another truth is that "Real" Seafood comes at a premium. That said, if you would like to purchase Red Grouper for example, you should be able to get the genuine article and not some Fish "relabeled" that is "kind of" like Grouper. Good news is that we also feature some amazing underutilized species like Pollack, Hake, Porgies and Whiting that are absolutely delicious and more moderately priced. But again our commitment to all of you lovely folks will always remain the same, Procure the Finest Seafood the World has to offer for the most Amazing Clients in the World.

For allowing us to be your fishmongers is a profound pleasure and honor and for that we are truly grateful. I truly hope you enjoy today's "clean eating" and very easy recipes featuring, Whole Roasted Sriracha Sea Bass & Garlic Sriracha Shrimp with Mint... mmm, Sriracha themed.

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Metro will once again be your connection for the most tasteful party selections Here are just some the Items we will be featuring Super Bowl Sunday Only METRO'S FAMOUS Chipotle Chicken Wings THAT'S RIGHT, CHICKEN WINGS AND WE ONLY MAKE THEM SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AND THEY KICK BASS! order in advance!

Hummus Platters and Middle Eastern Platters Spicy Catfish Sticks with Remoulade Sauce Shrimp Cocktail Platters Buffalo Shrimp Coconut Shrimp Tequila Shrimp Rock "Pop Corn" Shrimp Sushi Platters California Rolls (Real King Crab), Spicy Tuna, Salmon Avocado, Yellow Tail, Unagi(BBQ Eel) Smoked Fish Crab Claw Platters Blue Claw, Jonah Crab, King Crab and Snow Crab Fish Balls Crab Balls... no need to comment... grow up Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Either Crab or Sausage Create your own Raw bar with Clams and Oysters on the half shell Fried Calamari, Scallops wrapped in Bacon, Stuffed Clams Metro, Clams Casino, Oysters Rockefeller, Tomato and Avocado Salsa with fresh fried Corn Tortillas and The best damn Cole Slaw and Potato Salad in the State Artisanal Local Cheeses and much More! (908) 840-4332

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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"California" Salmon Burger (EAT GOOD...FEEL BETTER) 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

Metro's Mexican "Torta" Snapper Sandwich Corn Meal Crusted Snapper Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Fresh Baked Toasted Soft Roll With a choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Baja Ahi Tuna "Health Wrap" Grilled Spiced Sushi Grade Tuna with Seared Veggies, Mixed Field Greens and Avocado with a Lime Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $11

Cajun Fish Cake "Burger" A Golden Codfish Cake with Lettuce, Tomato and Pickled Onions with Cayenne Aioli on a Toasted Roll With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips With a Choice of Soup* $8

The Tequila Lime Catfish Emparedado (Sandwich) "This One is Bang'n!" Panko Crusted Spiced Catfish with Lettuce, Guacamole, Red Onion, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Soft Roll With a Choice Soup* $8

Grilled Fajita Spiced Wild Pink Shrimp Over Black Beans over Saffron Rice With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Metro's Falafel With "The Works" Vegetarian Spiced Chick Pea Patties with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickled wild Cucumber, Hot Peppers With Tahini (Sesame) Sauce and Hot Sauce on locally baked Pita Bread With a Choice of Soft Drink** $6

Grilled Swordfish Fajitas (2) Grilled Spiced Swordfish on Grilled Flour Tortillas (2) with Seared Sweet Peppers and Onions, Avocado with Chipotle & Baja Sauce With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Fried Scallop "Love Roll" Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Pesto Grilled Nova Scotia Halibut over a Mixed Field Green Salad With a Choice of Dressing With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Grilled Mediterranean Tilapia "Caesar Wrap" Grilled Lemon Herb Tilapia With our House Made Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $9

Grilled Tuscan Spiced Grouper Over Our Classic Caesar Salad With a choice of Soft Drink** $12

Metro's Famous Rock Shrimp Tacos (2) Panko Crusted Fresh Rock Shrimp with Shredded Cabbage, Our house Pico de Gallo and Baja Sauce on (2) Flour Tortillas with Our House pickled Jalapeños and Red Onions on the side With a choice of Soft Drink** $9

(For those who don't love fish but love the people who do) Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken Pita Wrap Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken Breast with Roasted Veggies and Wasabi Sauce on Fresh Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $8

**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: Live Sea Urchin...Uni (Maine) Hake Razor Clams Jonah Crabmeat Mako Shark Pollack (Blue Cod) Porgies (Scup) Fluke Golden Tilefish Black Sea Bass (Long Island) Day Boat Sea Scallops Nantucket Bay Scallops "Hello Sweetness" Peconic Bay Scallops Maine Steamers Nova Scotia Halibut Monkfish Grey Sole 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) Turbot (Spain) 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: Rock Shrimp Red Grouper Jumbo Stone Crab Claws Fresh Never Frozen Jumbo Pompano King Fish Blue Claw Crabs (In the Freezer, Ready For Sauce) 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: Rain Forest Tilapia Arctic Char (Iceland) Catfish Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon Prince Edward Island Mussels Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest: 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) Fanny Bays (Wa) Stretch Island (Wa) Totten Inlet (Wa) Kumamotos (Ca)

East Coast: Beau Soleil (NB Can) Fishers Island (NY) Pemaquid (Me) Wellfleets (Mass) Blue Points (Conn) Island Creek (Mass) Mookie Blues (Me) Fin De La Bais (NB Can) Row 34 (Mass) High Bar Harbor (NJ) Old Barney Salts (NJ) Sugar Shack (NJ) Wildling Bastard (NJ) Moon Shoal (Mass) Chatham (Mass) Billington (Mass) Peters Point (Mass) Puffer Points (Mass) Glidden Point (Me)


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...

Whole Roasted Sriracha Sea Bass Serves 4 It's time to slip out of our favorite Mediterranean Culinary Sweater of comfort and don the Asian flavors of the future little chef. No, I'm not suggesting you wear Yoga pants in the kitchen, just a tailored tunic...you know you'd rock that look.

Ingredients 2-2 pound Whole Sea Bass scaled and gutted; you could also use Branzino or Red Snapper Salt and Pepper 6 tablespoons of Olive oil 2 to 3 tablespoons of Sriracha Hot Sauce 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce 4 cloves of garlic crushed and minced Lime wedges for garnish 4 tablespoons of fresh chopped Cilantro for garnish

How it's done Preheat your oven to 400° degrees

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, Sriracha, soy sauce and garlic with a good dash of salt and pepper.

Dry the fish well with paper towels and Place the Sea Bass in a baking dish suitable for the table.

Next, slather the spice mixture both inside and out of the fish.

Let the fish marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes on the counter.

Give the fish another turn or two to coat well and sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper.

Then place your Sea Bass in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until the fish is just opaque and pulls off the bone when fork tested.

To serve, bring the baking dish to the table and sprinkle the fish with the chopped cilantro and garnish with the lime wedges. I know what you are thinking; "Can I rock this tunic at work tomorrow?" Short answer, hells yeah, now let's eat.

Garlic Sriracha Shrimp with Mint Serves 4 Ring... Ring... Ring... "Hello" "Hi, it's Spicy Lively Flavor, would you like to come to a party this weekend?" "Well, I don't know, will I know anyone there?" "I hope not, isn't that the point" "In that case, looking forward to some new flavors, if you know what I mean" "I don't but you are still invited anyway" Okay, enough of that, lets cook.

Ingredients 1½ to 2 pounds of Large Shrimp peeled and deveined with the tails left on (this will slow them down) 3 tablespoons Grapeseed oil (you can also use Canola or Vegetable oil) 6 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons soy sauce 4 tablespoons water 2 or more tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce ½ cup of fresh chopped mint leaves ¼ cup of fresh chopped cilantro The juice of 1 lime Lime wedges for garnish

How it's done Place the shrimp in a shallow bowl or pie plate and season with a little salt and pepper.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over high heat.

Add the oil and after the oil is hot, carefully add the shrimp (try to keep in one layer) and sear the shrimp for about 1 minute per side.

Next, lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, soy sauce, water, and Sriracha to the skillet and cook for 1 minute or until the sauce is heated through and the shrimp are just opaque when knife tested.

Transfer the shrimp to a large serving platter and garnish with the mint and cilantro (toss gently with tongs).

Finally squeeze over the fresh lime juice and garnish with the lime wedges.

By the way, the Spicy Lively party is at your house so make sure you're stocked up on wasabi peas.


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