Caffeine is not Harmful

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and who, like me, might be starving for more positive stories amid today's grotesquely salacious news feed.

For the record, I usually wake up starving probably because of my supremely athletic metabolism or maybe it's just the fact that I need a certain amount of calories to maintain this robust Half-Lebanese physique.

Either way, I'm just looking for that single "Peanut M&M Story" every once in a while to satisfy my humanity Sweet Tooth and balance out my intellectual diet of mostly bitter greens and Lemon rinds. Well, thankfully to my Google News feed I found it. That's right my caffeinated compadres, new research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that caffeine is not harmful to the heart, as it has previously been suggested, and may actually be good for it. Boom, I'll take an Organic Sumatra big enough for me to wade in Barista Dude.

Now of course, I didn't read the entire article because, even though I was hyped up on my third cup of Joe, I did get a little sleepy when it went into the "Science" stuff of the piece. You know what's good with a well-made Cappuccino, a spoonful of blissful ignorance. Hey, I'm just trying to glean the positive spin today so please save your judgement for those who take their caffeine in the form of Energy Drinks. Besides tasting like radiator fluid the article did warn that those drinks do contain ingredients like guarana, sugar and ginseng...isn't guarana bat dung? Well as far as I'm concerned this is positive news and the fact that I distilled this three page article into one sentence should show you just how desperate I am to hear something good once and awhile.

Now should you want to create your own Positively Delicious News story then check out today's flavorful recipes featuring Roasted Flounder Over a Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpea Croutons & Seared Scallops over a Pesto Couscous. I can see the headline now "Family Eats Together and Finds Love by the Forkfuls." By the way, that's also the name of my new podcast.

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"California" Salmon Burger (Dude, This Burger is the Bomb) 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

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

Metro's Classic Catfish "PO-BOY" Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Pickle, and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

Metro's "Italiano" Oyster Roll Italian Herb Crumbed Oysters, Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onion with Oil and Vinegar and Italian Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

Grilled Baja Halibut "Health" Wrap Grilled South West Wild Atlantic Halibut with Lettuce, Avocado, Roasted Veggies, Fresh Salsa and Baja Sauce Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $11

Tuscan Grilled Arctic Char Over Roasted Veggies Over Our House Saffron Rice With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Metro's Own Crab Cake Roll Golden Lump Crab Cake With Lettuce, Tomato, Tartar and a Touch of Hot Sauce on a Ciabatta Roll With a choice of Soup* $8

Metro's Grilled Shrimp "Gyro" Grilled Middle Eastern Spiced Wild Shrimp With Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Tzatziki Sauce on Fresh Pita With a choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Rock Shrimp Love Roll (Comes With A Delectable Hug ♥) Panko Crusted Rock Shrimp with Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Bag of North Fork Chips With a Choice of Soup* $9

Grilled Pesto Sea Bream (Dorade) over our Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

Grilled Basil Balsamic Sea Bass Fillet over a Mixed Field Green Salad-SUPER HEALTHY! With a Choice of Dressing (on the side) With Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod Roll---(Where's my Kimono?) Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod (Sablefish) with Tomato and Asian Slaw on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Famous FISH-N-CHIPS (Lunch Portion) Hand Battered Fillet with French Fries, Cole Slaw, Tartar Sauce and Malt Vinegar With a Choice of Soft Drink** $8

(For those who don't love Fish but LOVE the People that do) Grilled Chicken "GYRO" Grilled Middle Eastern Seasoned Chicken with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce on a locally baked Pita-With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips With a Choice of Soft Drink** $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: Jonah Crab Meat Golden Tilefish Live Sea Urchin (UNI) Hake Skate Black Sea Bass (Long Island) Fluke Day Boat Sea Scallops Maine Steamers Nova Scotia Halibut Monkfish Grey Sole Cod 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: 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) Pompano Shad and Shad Roe American Red Snapper Red Grouper Rock Shrimp 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) Catfish 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

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

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

East Coast: Fishers Island (NY) Village Bay (NB Can) Pemaquid (Me) Wellfleets (Mass) Blue Points (Conn) Chathams (Mass) Glidden Point (Me) Ichabod Flat (Mass) Puffer Petite (Mass) Highbar Harbor (NJ) Island Creek (Mass) Rocky Nock (Mass) Row 34 (Mass) Bay View (Mass) Fin De La Baie (NB Can) Lucky Lime (PEI) Moonshoal (Mass)


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...Kumamotos (Ca) Sunset Beach (Wa) Totten Inlet (Wa)

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

Roasted Flounder Over a Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpea Croutons Serves 4 This recipe might look complicated but keep in mind this is the whole meal little chef. Seriously, this is the whole Kit and Caboodle, the Whole Shebang, the Full Monty...okay, that just got silly, now let's cook.

Ingredients For the Flounder 4 Flounder fillet 6 to 8 ounces each Olive oil for brushing the pan 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter softened The juice of 1 lemon 2 small garlic cloves minced very fine Salt and Pepper

For the Crispy Chickpea Croutons 1-14 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (The Lebanese Chickpeas at Metro are super crunchy) 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and Pepper For the Caesar Salad The juice of lemon, perhaps the free lemon you just got at Metro 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small clove of garlic minced fine Salt and Pepper 1-5oz Bag or Container Baby Kale 1/2 cup Grated Romano Cheese

How it's done Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the chickpeas in the pan. Toss the chickpeas with the olive, salt and pepper and roast for 10 to 12 minutes until the chickpeas begin to get crispy: take out of oven and set aside.

Next, place the flounder fillets flesh side up (note: fold the thin tail end under the fillet to have an even thickness), on a lightly oiled baking pan (not a glass dish) season the fillets with little salt and pepper.

Now combine the softened butter with the lemon juice and garlic and season to taste with a little salt and pepper.

Slather the butter mixture over the fish and bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

Meanwhile combine all of the Salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss; season to taste with salt and pepper and toss in the chickpeas.

To serve, divide the salad among four plates and top each with your perfectly roasted fillets. For those of you who are interested, I should have my Pan Roasted Kit and Caboodle recipe completed by next week's email.

Seared Scallops over a Pesto Couscous Serves 4 What do you get when a Half-Lebanese Fishmonger marries a Gorgeous Sicilian Woman...Amazing meals and constant trips to the gym to fight off your double chin. Let the fusion feast begin.

Ingredients For the Scallops 1½ to 2 pounds of Sea Scallops of course you want to use "Dry" unprocessed Scallops...funny, that's the only kind you get at Metro Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of olive oil divided 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter divided The juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup dry white wine

For the Pesto Couscous 2 teaspoons of olive oil 1 clove of garlic minced fine 2 cups of boiling Fish or Vegetable stock; you will only need 1½ cups but I don't want you to boil it down too much (no worries, Metro makes both for you) 1 cup of Couscous 3 tablespoons of your favorite pesto...Yes, Metro has one that could be your new Fav 4 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil divided Salt and Pepper

How it's done Pat the scallops dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.

In a large heavy non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium high heat.

When hot, sear half the scallops in the pan (do not overcrowd) and cook, not moving the scallops, until browned, turning once about 2-3 minutes on a side; transfer the scallops to a warm platter and repeat with the remaining olive oil and butter, until you have finished the scallops.

Add lemon juice and white wine to the skillet, and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until just thickened, about 30 seconds and remove from heat.

Meanwhile, while the scallops are cooking heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and sauté the garlic for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the couscous to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.

Next, add the pesto, 2 tablespoon of the basil and 1½ cups of the boiling stock to the pan and season with salt and pepper; cover and take off the heat to absorb for 10 minutes.

To serve, fluff the couscous and adjust seasoning if necessary and transfer the couscous to a serving platter. Top with the scallops and drizzle over any pan juices. Garnish with the remaining basil. I know what you're thinking...What is my next romantic fusion?

Perhaps a Thai Hungarian stuffed Napa Cabbage? Wow, I like where your head is.


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