"Calamaripalooza"

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients who, like me, are continuously fascinated by how little we know about the oceans of the world.

Truth be told, I am not only intrigued when hearing discoveries about the Seven Seas but also get pretty Cod Damn hungry in the process. Case in point, a 14 foot, 9 inch long cephalopod (Squid) washed up on the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday morning, its size easily eclipsing the mere mortals that dare to lie beside it. Brothers Daniel, Jack, and Matthew Aplin told Newstalk ZB that they were looking for a place to dive when they spotted the creature. "My brother said 'what's that over there?' and pointed it out," Daniel told the radio station. "It was right next to the track so we pulled over and we were like: 'It's a big squid'." For the record, and I am not judging, but I think these brothers sounded a little high, again not judging. But seriously, what the heck is on these Kiwis minds, nobody thought of getting a big pot of marinara sauce going...duh.

I personally, would have bagged the diving expedition and hightailed it to the store for a bag of flour and a pot big enough to hold a squid ring the size of a bicycle tire. Okay, I get it, it's a really big Squid but after the Scientists collect all of their data, can't we just have a kickass "Calamaripalooza"...it seems a shame to let all of that deliciousness go to waste.

I hope you don't misunderstand me, it's not like I'm trying to find bizarre fish finds to feast on and I would never take anything from the ocean that I did not intend to eat. But that said, when I did read about Mussels as big as a Size 9 Shoe, the first thought that came to my mind was, I would Fra Diavolo the $#!* out of that Sweet Mussel. I guess what I am really trying to convey is that we should not waste any delectable treasure that the world's oceans gift us. Now I'm not just referring to the fan favorites like Salmon, Shrimp, Flounder and Scallops but also those more elusive fish that you might not be familiar with. As your humble Fishmonger I just ask you stay open-minded and hungry to any of these fish. And it is that spirit I introduce you today's recipes featuring Barbecued Shark with a Tomato Feta Salad & Grilled Sumac Spiced Pompano. I envy you as you discover just how deliciously simple these fish can be. Thank you as always for allowing us the honor of feeding you and your loved ones.

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Metro's "Holy Guacamole" Organic Salmon Burger Grilled Lime Garlic Organic Scottish Salmon Burger with Shredded Lettuce, Guacamole and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Soft Shell Crab Tacos (2) "Crabgasmic" Lightly Breaded Soft Shell Crabs on Flour Tortillas (2) with Shredded Cabbage Pico De Gallo & Baja Sauce With our House-Made Pickled Jalapeno Peppers and Onions (on the side) With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Fried Snapper "Love Roll" Panko Crusted Snapper Fillet Served with Lettuce, Tomato and Cayenne Aioli on fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

The Grilled Shark "Steak" Sandwich Blackened Grilled Shark Steak with Pan Sautéed Peppers, Onions and Mushrooms with a Cayenne Aioli on a Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

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

Grilled Chipotle Black Cod Roll Grilled Lime Garlic Black Cod (Sablefish) with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato, Red Onion and Chipotle Mayo on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Spicy Catfish "Po-Boy" Spicy Panko Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $8

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Grilled Tuscan Spiced (Rosemary Garlic House-Made Dry Rub) Arctic Char on Mixed Field Green Salad Choose from one of our homemade dressings Blue Cheese, Ranch, and Dijon Balsamic With a Choice of Soft Drink** $9

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

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From the North: Jonah Crab Meat Thresher Shark Porgies (Sea Bream) Pollack (Blue Cod) Live Maine Rock Crab Black Sea Bass Fluke Flounder 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

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

Barbecued Shark with a Tomato Feta Salad Serves 4 This meaty fish is perfect for a satisficing easy weeknight dinner. Be warned though, your dinner guests might try to deliver loving "shark bites" to you during and after the meal. That said, an amorous invitation to "shark bites" can be delivered by circling the person you desire...nibble...nibble.

Ingredients 4 Shark Steaks ¾ inch thick; you could also use Swordfish, Mahi and Cobia with fantastic results 4 tablespoons of olive oil divided 4 tablespoons of good red wine vinegar divided 2 tablespoons of Zaatar: Middle Eastern spice blend found at Metro and all Camel filling stations 2 cloves of Garlic minced fine Salt and Pepper 2 large Tomatoes (about a pound) sliced thick 1/3 of a pound of crumbled Feta Cheese: Metro has the Bulgarian Sheep's Milk Feta ½ cup of roughly chopped fresh flat leaf parsley Lemon wedges and warmed pita for serving

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate whisk together 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 2 tablespoon of the red wine vinegar, the zaatar, garlic with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Place the shark steaks in the marinade and turn to coat. Let marinate on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes; cover with plastic wrap.

Preheat your grill to medium high heat.

Next, whisk together the remaining, olive oil and red wine vinegar with the parsley; gently toss with the tomato slices and half of the feta and season to taste with salt and pepper as set aside.

Remove the steaks from the marinade and season both sides with a little more salt and pepper. Now grill the steaks for 5 minutes per side or until just opaque when knife tested.

Transfer the steaks to a large serving platter arrange the tomato salad alongside of the grilled fish; sprinkle the remaining feta over the tomato salad and garnish with lemon wedges.

One more thing should you find the invited "shark bites" to be a bit too aggressive you might want to come up with a safe word...mine is "ouch"

Grilled Sumac Spiced Pompano Serves 4 Pompano is one of those elusive fish that only has one down side. If you love it, and I do, you have to just thank the Ocean Gods anytime it is available. This flavorful dish truly hits all the unctuous qualities of the gorgeous fish. Ready, set, let's make some gorgeous.

Ingredients 4 Pompano fillets 6 to 8 ounces each the skin left on 1½ tablespoons of Sumac; a lemony spice found at Metro (could be your new secret weapon) 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped Rosemary leaves 1 really good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of olive oil plus more for drizzling when serving Lemon wedges for serving 4 handfuls of Baby Arugula

How it's done In a small bowl combine the Sumac, Rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Place the fish on a platter and season both sides of the fillets with the spice mix; cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat your gas grill or grill pan to medium high heat.

Brush the Pompano with the 2 tablespoons of olive and then season with a little more salt.

Grill the fish, flesh side down first, for 4 to 5 minutes, flip and grill for another 4 minutes or until just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, place a small handful of Arugula on each of the four plates, top with a Pompano fillet and garnish with lemon wedges.

Drizzle each dish with a little olive oil and get ready to express your full on elusive gorgeousness.

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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