Life is pretty Coddamn Awesome

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and as you go face first into the beginning of the holiday season, please stay calm and remember, Life is pretty Coddamn Awesome.

Of course we all know that the other side of the dirt is not our preferred status and I feel like a hack saying it but I even have to remind myself, every now and then.

Now I promise not to get too "Oprah" on you but I cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are for you, our amazing clients. And please know that we experience this every day in one form or another, not only through your patronage but your always welcomed quirky comments. I would just like to share a few and I promise not reveal anyone's true identity.

The first one was told to me just this past weekend by a lovely women from Whitehouse who stated "Your smoked whitefish salad is like crack cocaine..." and then she hugged me. And a man from Annandale professed that we "ruined him" with the freshness of our fish...I delivered the hug that time but he quickly tried to pry my bear claws off of him...I did not let go. And finally I could not begin to thank, from the bottom of my briny heart, when a customer says "I love coming here." Seriously, that is a soul punch that knocks me out every time. So on top of the health of our family and friends it is you our clients who are a true blessing we are so Thankful for. We are here to take care of you and we love it, so Cheers to you all.

Now should you feel like upping your Thanksgiving Feast with a couple of my favorite appetizers, may I recommend the following dishes. Just scroll down to see the recipes below and have a Happy and Love filled Thanksgiving.

Scalloped Oysters

Rock Shrimp Cakes with a Basil Caper Tartar Sauce

Smoked Lemon Trout Pate

Stuffed Chorizo Clams


Thanksgiving Week Holiday Hours Sun 11/18 9-4pm Mon 11/19 9-2 pm Tues 11/20 9-7 pm Wed 11/21 9-7pm Thur-Thanksgiving-Closed Fri-Sat 11/23-11/24 9-7pm Sunday 11/25 9-4pm ____________________

To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS...PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR MAIN NUMBER TO ORDER SEAFOOD (908) 840-4332

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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Metro's Snapper Emparedado (Sandwich) Corn Meal Crusted Wild Bay Snapper with Lettuce, Guacamole, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Famous Soft Shell Crab Tacos (2) Panko Crusted Soft Shell Crab 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

Metro's Mahi "Steak Sandwich" Blackened Grilled Wild Mahi Fillet with Sautéed Peppers Onions, Mushrooms and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Ginger Lime Halibut Fillet on a Mixed Field Green Salad with a Miso Salad Dressing (on the side) With a choice of Soup* $11

The Mediterranean Sea Bream "Health Wrap" Balsamic Herb Grilled Sea Bream (Dorade) with Mixed Field Greens, Seared Veggies and Basil Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $11

Metro's South West Arctic Char Pita Wrap Grilled Lime Garlic Arctic Char With Mixed Field Greens, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado and a Chipotle Aioli on a Locally Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Mexican "Torta" Catfish Sandwich Spicy Corn Meal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Fresh Baked Toasted Roll With a choice of Soup* $8

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

Grilled Tequila Lime Tilapia Fillet Over Black Beans Over Our House Saffron Rice With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Grilled Basil Balsamic Shrimp a Mixed Field Green Salad With a Choice of Dressing With a Choice of Soft Drink** $10

Pesto Grilled Wild Red Grouper Over Our Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

Metro's Falafel With "The Works" Vegetarian Spiced Chick Pea Patties with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickled wild Cucumber, Hot Peppers With Tahini (Sesame) Sauce and Hot Sauce on locally baked Pita Bread With a Choice of Soft Drink** $7

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish) Metro's Almost Famous Chicken Tacos (2) Lightly Breaded Fresh White Meat Chicken 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** $8

**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: Live Rock Crab (Maine) Jonah Crab Claws Peconic Bay Scallops Porgies (Scup) Live Sea Urchin (Me So Uni) Jonah Crab Meat (Sweety Meaty) Grey Sole (New Bedford) Swordfish Hake Black Sea Bass Fluke (Sushi Grade) Skate Day Boat Sea Scallops "Dry" Maine Steamers Nova Scotia Halibut Monkfish Cod 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) Anchovies (Greece) Madia (Japanese Sea Bream) Ahi Sushi Grade Tuna Mahi 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: Tripletail Fish Florida Pompano FRESH FLORIDA STONE CRAB CLAWS! Golden Tilefish Red Grouper American Red Snapper 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 Creative King Farmed Salmon (Organic) 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 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) Totten Inlet (Wa) Sunset Beach (Wa)

East Coast: Blue Points (Conn) Glidden Point (Me) Spring Creek (Mass) Beach Point (Mass) High Bar Harbor (NJ) Rose Cove (NJ) Wildling Bastard (NJ) Ichabod Flat (Mass) Damsels In Distress (Me) Fishers Island (NY) Lucky Limes (PEI) Pemaquid (Me) Beau Soleil (PEI) Island Creek (Mass) Wellfleet (Mass) Cotuit (Mass)



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


Scalloped Oysters Serves 6 to 8 Someone once asked me if they could substitute "Heart Smart" spread for the butter on this recipe. And after I picked them off the ground from a full on punch to their bread basket, I empathetically told them, not really and could you please leave the party. And to my Mother in-law, I offer, once more, my most heartfelt apology...I was just kidding. Make no excuses for wanting to take your taste buds to an old fashion full fat, burlesque show....enjoy fellow travelers

Ingredients 2 cups of Panko Bread Crumbs 1 pint of shucked Oysters Salt and pepper 1 stick of melted unsalted butter plus more for buttering baking dish 1 egg beaten ¾ cup of heavy Cream

How it's done Preheat oven to 350° degrees

Butter a 9-inch by 5-inch baking dish and cover the base with a thin layer of Panko, about 1/3 cup. Next arrange half of the oysters and liquor on top of the panko and season with salt and pepper.

Cover with another 1/3 cup Panko and drizzle over half of the melted butter. Add a second layer of oysters, season with salt and pepper, and then top with the remaining Panko.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream, then pour the mixture over the crumbs. Drizzle over the remaining butter.

Bake until the oysters are firm and the edges are golden-brown, about 30 minutes.

Let rest for 10 minutes and serve. You should probably be aware I will come over to help you enjoy this dish but, be warned, it's depth of richness usually has me crying like when I watch Dr. Zhivago...just don't pay me any attention, I will eventually stop

Rock Shrimp Cakes with a Basil Caper Tartar Sauce Serves 6 to 8 for appetizers Not if, but when you make these don't be alarmed if a couple of scenarios play out 1) Someone might get punched in the face to offset the intense flavor pleasure or 2) Someone might rip your clothes off to offset the intense flavor pleasure...Yeah, really.

Ingredients For the Shrimp Cakes 1 pound Rock Shrimp ½ of a Sweet Red bell pepper, finely minced 2 scallions chopped 1/3 cup finely minced Basil leaves 2 cloves garlic minced 1 teaspoon of finely grated Lemon Zest 1 egg, beaten 1 cup + ½ cup Panko bread crumbs 2 teaspoons salt Black pepper Olive oil for frying

For the Basil Caper Tartar Sauce 1 cup Mayonnaise ½ cup of finely chopped Basil 2 tablespoons capers rinsed and drained The juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper

How it's done To make the Shrimp cakes add the Scallions, Basil, Garlic, Lemon Zest and egg to a food processor and whiz for 1 minute.

Next add the Rock Shrimp and the salt to the mixture and process until chopped well, with some texture.

Turn the mixture out into a bowl and season with black pepper and fold in the chopped Red Pepper and the ½ cup of panko; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Next make the Basil Caper Tartar Sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

Now heat a ½ inch of Olive Oil in a heavy, wide frying skillet over medium-high heat until it gets hot. Meanwhile take the Shrimp cake mixture out of the fridge and mold out 16 small cakes.

Place the remaining cup of Panko in a shallow bowl and, gently, "crumb" the cakes in the bread crumbs.

Fry the Cakes for 3 minutes per side or until they are golden brown and shrimp is cooked on the inside; drain on a paper towel.

Serve with the tartar sauce and cut lemons.

By the way, both scenarios can really chalk up to a "win win" situation as long as you have the right attitude and by that I mean, a little drunk.

Smoked Lemon Trout Pâté Serves 6 to 8 for Appetizers This is such an easy appetizer and if you are very lucky you will have some of this leftover the next morning for your breakfast toast...You know what? Screw the party, let's just make this for your Sunday Brunch and if you invite me then you'll have someone there who won't judge the amount of Bloody Marys you've had.

Ingredients 2 smoked Trout; bones and skin removed, this is lovingly done by your Metro Seafood Associate. Note: for a full flavored pâté try the smoked pepper bluefish, 6 to 8 ounces 2 large or 4 small scallions sliced thin 1 teaspoon of finely grated Lemon Zest The Juice of 1 lemon 6 ounces of Cream Cheese left out at room temperature 2 teaspoons of prepared jarred horseradish 2 ounces of baby spinach leaves 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley Fresh ground black pepper-Note: if using the peppered Bluefish you wont need any pepper 1 Baguette sliced...Metro carries Balthazar Bread delivered daily

How it's done Add all ingredients except for the Baguette into your food processor and "Whizz" until a smooth Pâté forms. Add a little black pepper to taste and process until well combined.

To serve, transfer the pâté to a small serving bowl and arrange the baguette slices around.

And remember, we are also not judging how many cocktails I've had as well

Stuffed Chorizo Clams Serves 6 to 8 for appetizers Clams and sausage are nothing short of culinary perfection. That said if you are a fan of the Spanish Dance, the Flamenco, get ready to have your tongue moving to its delectably rhythmic beat.

Ingredients 24 little neck clams shucked on the half shell...this job will be lovingly performed by your Metro Seafood Specialist 2 tablespoons of olive oil plus a little more if needed 1 link of Fresh Cooked Chorizo Sausage; Yes, Metro has this. 1 small shallot minced 2 cloves garlic minced ¾ cup of panko bread crumbs ½ cup of Romano cheese ½ cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley Lemon wedges for serving

How it's done Place you half-shell clams on a baking pan and preheat the oven to 450° degrees.

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, sauté the chorizo to render some of the fat and release the gorgeous paprika color.

Add the shallots and garlic to the skillet and cook until tender about 2 minutes. Turn the skillet to low heat and stir in the panko bread crumbs, allowing them to absorb the oils.

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the Romano cheese and parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper (you might not need any because the grated cheese and fresh clams are naturally salty). If your mixture is a little dry just add a little extra olive oil.

Next, spoon the stuffing mixture on top of each clam. Place the clams in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

Should you decide to enhance your flavorful experience with authentic Spanish music, may I suggest you create a Flamenco station on Pandora...I personally am a major Paco Pena fan.


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