Save Me From My Confectionary Plunge

April 3, 2018

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to congratulate the Villanova Wildcats on their NCAA Championship Win...GO CATS! 


While I did participate in several "Brackets" and did pick Nova to win, sadly my picks early on have put me in the running for "good sport" and not in the "money circle" this year. All fairness to me, I did pick my brackets with a time honored tradition of pulling colored marbles out of a bag to see who would win each game. So regarding my results, I think I fared pretty good. 


Now I admit I was a bit distracted while trying to watch the game last night due to the fact that I might have birthed a new chin this weekend resulting from my Easter Feaster bender. Now please don't get me wrong, I am not complaining seeing as though this new addition to my face was completely self-induced as I consumed with the ravenous hunger only seen on "Shark Week." But in my defense, what evil culinary genius would put together a holiday with Salmon, Ham, Lamb and Babka and then top it off with enough seductive sugary treats to make even the most disciplined eater jump into the chocolate river in Willie Wonka's factory. Oh, I dove in hard but unfortunately there were no Oompa Loompas to save me from my confectionary plunge. But enough of that, it's now time to take responsibility for my actions and while I thought hard about "ripping it up" in the gym or even adopting a new "cleansing" diet regimen, those ideas didn't seem to feel right. No, by taking responsibility for my actions I mean owning this hot mess and naming my new chin. And yes, after much thought I came up with the name Leonardo da Chinci. It's good right? I wanted this to be a strong chin with a good future and not some weak chin that requires a goatee to bolster his self-image.


As you probably know, Leonardo means 'brave lion' and I believe Chinci means, extra layer of fat under your original chin. I see great things I the future for this chin whether it's attending a party and overflowing over a scarf or being a titan of industry while letting the turtlenecks of the world that they need to expand your fibers in order to fit into this new era of chin...LONG LIVE LEONARDO DA CHINCI! Well that felt good but just in case Leo starts to become problematic I have created two healthy and easy recipes to kick him off my face if needed. I sincerely hope you will enjoy today's recipes featuring Roasted Dilled Garlic Shad Fillet & Pan Seared Sea Bass with a Salmoriglio Sauce.

Thank you as always for allowing us to be your humble Fishmongers. 

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"California" Salmon Burger 
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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* 

Grilled Snapper "Caesar" Wrap 
Grilled Tuscan Spiced Snapper Fillet Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread with our House Caesar Salad   
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Grilled Basil Crusted Sea Bream (Dorade) On a Mixed Field Green Salad 
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Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North:
Fresh Whitefish
Pollack (Blue Cod)
Porgies (Scup)
Uni (Maine)
Black Sea Bass (Long Island)
Day Boat Sea Scallops 
Nantucket Bay Scallops (April 15th is the official end of the Season)  
Maine Steamers  
Nova Scotia Halibut
Grey Sole
Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters 
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:                  
Madia (Japanese Sea Bream)
Sardines (Greece)
Dover Sole (Spain)
Turbot (Spain)
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:
Soft Shell Crabs (let the feast begin)
King Fish
Shad and Shad Roe 
Golden Tilefish
American Red Snapper
Red Grouper 
Rock Shrimp
Jumbo Stone Crab Claws Season almost Over
Blue Claw Crabs (In the Freezer, Ready For Sauce)
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)
Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon
Prince Edward Island Mussels
Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest:
Live Dungeness Crabs
Black Cod (Sablefish) 
Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters
Jumbo King Crab Legs
Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs
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Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections

West Coast:
Stretch Island (Wa)
Kumamotos (Ca)
Sunset Beach (Wa)
Totten Inlet (Wa)     
East Coast:  
Fishers Island (NY)
Pemaquid (Me)
Wellfleets (Mass)
Blue Points (Conn)
Chathams (Mass)
Fin De La Baie (Mass)
Glidden Point (Me)
Ichabod Flat (Mass)
Peter's Point (Mass)
Pleasant Bay (Mass)
Mookie Blues (Mass)
Sloop Point (NJ)
Wildling Bastard (NJ)
Puffer Petite (Mass)
Lucky Lime (PEI)



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


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

Roasted Dilled Garlic Shad Fillet Serves 4
Shad was George Washington's favorite fish and has been a harbinger of spring since the beginning of time. More importantly this delectable fish is rich in Omega 3's and has the flavor profile of a very mild Salmon. So tender even our first President could enjoy it without his wooden chompers...that's tender.

4 Shad Fillets 6 to 8 ounces each
3 tablespoons of olive oil
6 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill
3 cloves of garlic minced fine
2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon zest
Salt and Pepper
1 lemon, quartered

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

Brush a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place the shad fillets on the pan, skin side down, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and let sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, dill, garlic and lemon zest with a good pinch of salt and pepper.


Next, spread the dill mixture evenly over each fillet.

Place the fish in the oven and roast for 18-20 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, divide the fillets among four plates and garnish with lemon wedges. Should you want to don your favorite powdered wig for your Presidential feast, please call me, I can lend you my ornamental ax and cherry tree.

Pan Seared Sea Bass with a Salmoriglio Sauce Serves 4
Don't get scared about the Salmoriglio sauce, it's just a lovely Southern Italian lemon herb sauce that you can put on just about everything including dinner guests that insist on "talking politics" at the table. #drizzlesalmoriglioalloverthem

For the Sea Bass
4 Sea Bass fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin left on but scaled; you could also use Red Snapper or Branzino fillets.
Flour for dredging about 1 cup
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges for garnish

For the Salmoriglio sauce
½ cup olive oil
The juice of 2 lemons
4 tablespoons of hot water
2 small or 1 large clove of garlic minced fine
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped oregano leaves
1 cup of finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Salt and Pepper

How it's done
First make the Salmoriglio sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined; season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Next, season the Sea Bass fillets with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess. 

Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium high heat and when the oil is very hot and shimmering, sear the fillets, skin side down first, for 3 minutes per side or until nicely browned and just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fillets to a large serving platter and spoon the Salmoriglio sauce over each fillet and garnish with lemon wedges.

Now should you still have fear of new culinary creations may I suggest not eating for about 2 days. Your hunger should be so great on about the second day; an earthworm omelet would probably sound pretty damn good.


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

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