"Is it hot enough for you?"

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and it appears that we have entered the "Dog Days" of Summer.

Of course we can expect temperatures well into the 90°s complete with cautionary weather folks telling us to drink plenty of fluids and pace ourselves if we happen to be outside for long periods of time.

And let's not forget the stock footage of folks in Manhattan sweating like a chubby kid who just found out he is "Skins" in a "Skins and Shirts" basketball game...full disclosure, I was that kid...not good times. Now I don't know about you but could someone please tell me when we as a species turned into turned into a fragile egg about to go off-roading in the back of a pickup truck. Seriously, we are the human race man! Heck, we learned to walk upright, learned how to farm and even found our way into space. Are we going to let some seasonal heat keep us down...that's a hard #@*! no. But be warned, I'm not worried about the rising temperatures keeping my beloved clients down but unfortunately I am fearful of that one dolt who will inevitably blurt out on the hottest day of the year "Is it hot enough for you?" Oh my Cod...I just got a nose bleed typing those words out. Sorry, I just went "Red" there for a second but how much would you like to take a poker hot branding iron to that maroons tender back side while stating "Nope, but let me know how this feels." Okay, obviously I didn't calm down all the way and I am really sorry for that. Maybe if I take a Hot Yoga class today I could possibly hit the reset button on my Chakra or my Chi, whichever one needs it. Now if you would like to cool down in the most delectable way today then may I highly recommend today recipes featuring Grilled Pesto Tuna over a Seasonal Tomato Salad & Grilled Tilefish Avocado Salad. Thank you and I hope both your Chi and Chakra stay breezy.

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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

Friday 3:00 to 7:00 Saturday 9:00 to 4:00 Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

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TODAY'S GREAT TAKE-OUT SPECIALS (908) 840-4332

The "Holy Guacamole" Mahi "Health" Wrap Grilled South West Spiced Mahi Fillet with Our House Guacamole, Lettuce, Roasted Veggies and Baja Sauce Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $11

Metro's Famous Rock Shrimp Tacos (2) Panko Crusted Fresh Florida Rock Shrimp on Flour Tortillas (2) with Shredded Cabbage, Pico de Gallo Sauce and Baja Sauce and a Side of our House Made Pickled Jalapeños and Onions With a Soft Drink** $9

"Whole Belly" Clam Roll (CLAMTASTIC!) Lightly Breaded Maine Steamer Clams (Whole Belly) With Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll --With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips With a Choice of Soft Drink* $9

The Tequila Lime Catfish Emparedado (Sandwich) Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Guacamole, Red Onion, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice Soup* $8

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

"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 Tuscan Spiced Sea Bream (Dorade) over Roasted Vegetables and Saffron Rice With the Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Lemon Basil Sea Bass Salad Grilled Lemon Basil Marinated Sea Bass Over a Mixed Field Green Salad with a Choice of Dressing With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

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

The Metro Turbot "Picnic Roll" (Makes you want to have a beer at work...but don't) Panko Crusted Fresh Turbot Fillet With Tomato, Cole Slaw and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

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

Metro's Soft Shell Crab PO-BOY (SOMEONE HOLD ME!) Panko Crusted Soft Shell Crab with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

Grilled Pesto Arctic Char on our Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

(For those who don't love Fish But LOVE the People that do) Metro Holy Shipmate Buffalo Chicken Wrap Buffalo Style Chicken Tenders with Romaine Lettuce and our House Blue Cheese Dressing on locally 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, Gazpacho, Lobster Bisque AND Chicken Rice All Soups Lovingly Made In-House

Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North: Jonah Crab Meat Live Maine Rock Crab Speering Boston Mackerel Jonah Crab Claws Black Sea Bass Razor Clams Fluke Flounder Tautog (Black Fish) Skate Day Boat Sea Scallops Maine Steamers Nova Scotia Halibut Monkfish Cod Hake 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: Sardines (Greece) Opah (Moonfish) Swordfish Red Grouper Madia (Japanese Sea Bream) Mahi Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna Dover Sole (Spain) Turbot (Spain) Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp) Hamachi (Yellow Tail) 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: Cobia (Lemon Fish) Golden Tilefish Pompano Real American Red Snapper Soft Shell Crabs (let the feast begin) Rock Shrimp Blue Claw Crabs Call for the Weekend to order Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Fresh Lump Crab Meat Special Crab Meat Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce

From Sustainable Seafood Sources: 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: Black Cod (Sablefish) Wild Troll King Salmon Ivory King Salmon Yum!!! Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters Jumbo King Crab Legs Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs Manila Clams

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: Kumamotos (Ca) Sunset Beach (Wa) Totten Inlet (Wa) Hama Hama (Wa) Nisqually (Wa)

East Coast: Blue Points (Conn) Beau Soleil (NB Can) Sugar Shack (NJ) Glidden Point (ME) Pemaquid (ME) Old Barney Salt (NJ) Highbar Harbor (NJ) Ichabod Flat (Mass) Wellfleets (Mass) Sloop Point (NJ) Puffer Petite (Mass) Row 34 (Mass) Mookie Blues (ME) Crow Pasture (Mass) Lucky Lime (PEI) Rocky Nook (Mass) Rose Cove (NJ) Saquish (Mass) Seven Bridges Salts (NJ) Warren Cove (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...

Grilled Pesto Tuna over a Seasonal Tomato Salad Serves 4 If there is one thing we can brag about in Jersey, it's our Tomatoes and Pizza. That said, we would be humbly honored if you were to brag on about your "Kick-Bass" Fish market and the Sushi Grade Tuna they procure for you...thank you in advance.

Ingredients 4 Sushi Grade Tuna steaks 1 inch thick 6 to 8 ounces each...I adore my Tuna Rare but if you prefer your Tuna well done, please keep that culinary shame to yourself. 2 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and Pepper ¼ cup or more of Basil Pesto: Metro makes a lovely one but of course you can make your own

For the Salad 1 pound of Fingerling Potatoes 2 to 3 of your Favorite Jersey Tomatoes cored and cut in wedges ½ of a small Red Onion sliced very thin 4 to 6 Basil leaves torn roughly 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of good red wine vinegar The juice of 1 lemon Salt and Pepper

This is not a suggestion; you will need Crusty Bread for this glorious creation

How it's done Slice the fingerling potatoes in ¾ inch bite size pieces and boil in salted water until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes: drain and allow to cool.

Prepare your charcoal or preheat your gas grill to high heat.

Place the Tuna in a shallow bowl or pie plate and brush with the olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper, wrap with plastic wrap; let marinate at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the salad by whisking together the olive, vinegar and lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss the cooked potatoes with the remaining salad ingredients in large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove the Tuna steaks from the pie plate and season with a little more salt and pepper.

Finally on well-oiled grates, grill the Tuna for about 2-3 minutes per side for rare and 5 min per side for medium. If you like your Tuna well done, don't tell me, in fact, tell no one.

To serve, transfer the salad to a large serving platter and scatter over the Basil leaves,top the salad with your tuna steaks. Finally spoon a little of the pesto on top of each tuna steak and get ready for the after dinner show, Yep, you're watching the Sopranos season 1...now that's Jersey.

Grilled Tilefish Avocado Salad Serves 4 Can healthy and delicious live together in the same house? Of course they can but just like all houses, Healthy and Delicious have their own unique personalities. For example Bamboo shoots and Herring are delicious and healthy, if the house is owned by Panda Bears. That said, let's get H&D together for this great summertime meal.

Ingredients 4 Tilefish fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin on and scaled; Grouper works great Also For the Tilefish Marinade 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon of Seven Spice Blend; don't panic, Metro has this addictive spice blend 2 cloves of garlic crushed and minced fine Salt and pepper

For the Salad 2 ripe Avocados 6 tablespoons of Crème Fraiche The juice of 1 to 2 limes depending on your taste. Salt and Pepper 2 scallions sliced thin 8 radishes sliced thin 2-5 ounce boxes of Mixed Field Greens or your Favorite lettuce

How it's done First make the avocado dressing by combining the Avocados, crème fraiche, and lime juice in a food processor and "whizz" until smooth; season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside (if your dressing is too thick you can add a little water to smooth it out).

Next combine the olive oil, seven spice, garlic with a good pinch of salt and pepper in a small shallow bowl or pie plate. Add the tilefish fillets to the marinade turn to coat and let marinate at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes (cover with plastic wrap).

Preheat your grill to medium high heat.

Arrange the salad greens, scallions and radishes on a large serving platter and set aside.

Remove the fish from the marinade and brush with a little olive oil and then grill the tilefish, flesh side down first, for 5 minutes flip and grill for another 6 minutes or until just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fillets on top of the salad and drizzle over the Avocado dressing: Garnish with lime wedges. Looks like H&D are getting along just fine, now if we could just get Delicious to put the cap on the toothpaste all would be peachy.

EAT FISH LOVE LONGER!

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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