Extend Your Life...

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and as we all try to live a healthier lifestyle these days, I was very interested to find that on my Google feed An Aspirin a Day Might Not Extend Life for Healthy Older People.

It further went on to state that a daily low dose of aspirin won't help healthy older people stay alive any longer, suggests new research published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. It might even raise their risk of dying early of certain things, like cancer. I don't know about you but this Quinquagenarian has a hard time following what exactly to do to ensure a long healthy life. Honestly between the Fitbits and restrictive diets it seems that everyone is in search of Ponce de León's mystical water fountain. I mean my Grandmother (Baba) didn't have an app on her phone to tell her how many steps she took that day but she managed to live into her nineties in pretty good health. But deep down I think we all know the secrets to a Zestful existence on this big blue marble.

I would humbly like to share some of my own strategies to living longer and please keep in mind, although my initials are MD, I have no formal training.

  1. Try to reduce the amount of problematic folks in your life, I believe the scientific name for these people are called buttholes but again I'm not a doctor.

  2. Instead of taking an aspirin a day you might want to incorporate the ancient practice of happy hour in your home. This only requires you put away your phone and enjoy some sensible libation with a those you really dig.

  3. Do your best to eat foods with ingredients that are less than forty ingredients and should you need a PhD to understand the list of ingredients that's probably a red flag as well.

  4. Fall in love as much as possible and not just with people but everything; heck I had a grilled whole Red Snapper this weekend and I didn't know whether to eat it or propose to it...that kind of falling in love.

  5. Slow things down a little by not always opting for the "time savers" of life and kick it old school once and awhile. Now I'm not saying to grind your own coffee beans in a mortar and pestle but I had a cup of French press coffee the other day that definitely extended my life by 40 or 50 minutes.

  6. Finally, and probably my favorite, eat what you want, when you crave it. No, I'm not suggesting you incorporate "Chicken Fried" everything in your diet but a little gourmet indulgence every now and then definitely makes you feel pretty damn sexy. And who wants to live an extra week on earth with a mouth full of wheat grass.

As I have stated earlier, these suggestions hold no medical validity but I think we all can agree that they are better than never eating bread again. It is in the spirit of fulfilling longevity I present you with today's recipes featuring Pineapple Citrus Grouper Pan Roast & Jalapeno Fried Catfish. I hope you not only live a long life but more importantly, a happy one. Thanks for stopping by.

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Metro's Ahi Tuna Taco Burgers (2) Garlic Lime Ahi Tuna Burger with Shredded Lettuce, Pico Di Gallo and Chipotle Aioli on a Grilled Flour Tortilla (2) With Our House Pickled Jalapeños and Red Onion on the Side With a Choice of Soup* $10

The Farewell Summer Char Roll Grilled Lime Arctic Char Fillet with a "Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa with a Lime Baja Sauce on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Branzino "Caesar" Wrap Lemon Herb Grilled Branzino with Our House Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Pesto Organic Scottish Salmon Over our Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

Metro's Grilled Tzatziki Sea Bream Bowl Grilled Greek Spiced Sea Bream with Tzatziki, Served Over a Greek Salad and Fresh Pita With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Crispy Catfish Roll Crunchy Fried Catfish Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato and Tangy Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Bag of North Fork Chips With a Choice of Soup* $8

Metro's Grilled Italian Mahi "Health Wrap" Grilled Lemon Basil Mahi Fillet with Mixed Field Greens, Roasted Veggies and Basil Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $10

Tuscan Grilled Halibut Over Roasted Vegetables and Our House Saffron Rice With a Choice of Soft Drink** $11

Metro's Classic Oyster "Po-Boy" Panko Crusted Plump Oysters With Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of 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

Grilled Blackened Grouper on a Mixed Field Green Salad With your choice of a Homemade dressing Dijon Balsamic, Ranch, or Blue Cheese With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Metro's Baja Scallop Roll Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops with Lettuce, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

The Shrimp Roll "Metro's Other Classic" "Real" Shrimp Salad on a Toasted Soft Roll with Mixed Field greens With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips With the Choice of Soft Drink** $9

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish) 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* $8

**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 Jonah Crab Claws Weakfish (Sea Trout) New Bedford Grey Sole Swordfish Tautog (Blackfish) Black Sea Bass Fluke 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: Madia (Japanese Sea Bream) Mahi Sardines (Greece) 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: Golden Tilefish Fresh Never Frozen Jumbo Shrimp American Red Snapper Red Grouper Soft Shell Crabs (it's almost over) 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) Pacific Uni Wild Troll King Salmon Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters Jumbo King Crab Legs Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs Manila Clams

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Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections

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

East Coast: Blue Points (Conn) Sugar Shack (NJ) Beau Soleil (NB Can) Ichabod Flat (Mass) Wellfleets (Mass) Lucky Lime (PEI) Wilding Bastard (NJ) Island Creek (Mass) Glidden Point (Me) Howland's Landing(Mass) Moonshoal (Mass) Spring Creek (Mass) Highbar Harbor (NJ) Seven Bridges (NJ) Elder Point (NJ) Ichabod Flat (Mass)


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...

Pineapple Citrus Grouper Pan Roast Serves 4 Did you just get an Evite in your inbox: Flavor Dance Party...Location: Your Mouth...Event Time: Dinnertime...Attire: Casually Spicy. That's a hard click, (will attend).OMG...Grouper is going to be the DJ! Now let's start busting our culinary moves.

Ingredients 4 Grouper fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin removed: Tilefish would also work great 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 cloves of garlic minced ½ teaspoon of dried oregano ½ of a jalapeño pepper seeded and minced very fine (leave the seeds in if you dig a spicy beat) 1 cup pineapple juice The Juice of 1 lime Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of Grapeseed or other neutral oil (Canola, Vegetable etc.)

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate combine the vinegar, garlic, oregano, jalapeño pepper, pineapple juice, lime juice 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil with a good pinch of salt and pepper; reserve a ¼ cup of the marinade and set aside.

Place the fish in the marinade and turn to coat well; cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes (you can use this time to pour yourself more wine or make a salad).

Preheat the oven to 400° degrees.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat.

When the oil is hot and just starting to smoke, sear the fish for 2 minutes per side.

Pour the reserved marinade into the skillet and place into the oven to roast for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fish to a platter and pour over any pan juices, garnish with lime wedges and get ready to delectably "Macarena" with your taste buds.

Jalapeño Fried Catfish Serves 4 What, why are looking at me that way, Yes, I said we were frying tonight. May I remind you that, in moderation, fried foods are some of the most adored cuisine that life has to offer? Get over it, it's not like I told you to lie down in an opium den for a couple of days. You will not only live but more deliciously I might add.

Ingredients 1½ pounds of Catfish fillet cut into 1 inch strips; you could also use Tilapia 4 pickled jalapeños minced very fine with 1 tablespoon of the pickled pepper juice 2 cloves garlic minced very fine ¼ cup Lebneh or Greek style Yogurt ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup masa harina (instant Corn Masa Flour) 2 tablespoons cornstarch ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper 2 cups oil for frying (Canola, vegetable, peanut, corn)

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together the chopped peppers, pickle juice, garlic and Lebneh.

Add the catfish pieces to the marinade and toss to coat very well; cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 15 minutes on the counter.

Meanwhile combine the flour, masa, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.

Next, dredge the catfish pieces, one at a time, in the flour mixture, do not shake off the excess, and place on a rack to "dry" a bit about 5 to 10 minutes.

Next heat the oil over medium high heat (about 350° if you have a thermometer).

Add 3 or 4 pieces at a time to the hot oil and cook until golden brown and opaque when fork tested, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the Catfish pieces to a paper-towel-lined platter and repeat with remaining fillets.

To serve, get the heck out of my way, because this fishman is coming in hot but if you would like you can transfer the fish to a large platter and garnish with lime wedges with some sliced pickled jalapeno slices. But seriously, get out of my way.


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