Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and to answer the age old question of whether or not a Fish Monger likes to go fishing the answer is simple...It depends.

That said, your humble Fishmonger did board a boat this past weekend and headed out to the open seas for a six hour tour. As you may of known, this Sunday was the hottest day of the weekend and surprisingly even near the water the "real feel" temperature felt "real crabby". Full disclosure, my favorite part of fishing is simply being on the ocean with the wind in my thinning hair admiring the waters who so majestically enable me to be a Fishmonger.

This trip did not exactly go the way of majestic. For starters we were literally crammed onto the boat, which normally I wouldn't mind but as you will hear the close quarters didn't exactly lend itself to a humanity bonding session. As we embarked the smaller boat, that seemed to rock somewhat more then normal but as a seasoned rider it did not bother me. As we all gathered into the galley to pay for our fare one gentleman thought it was okay, to have his lit cigar in tight quarters with the fumes of diesel in the air and the heat index well above 90° (a solid recipe if you want to make a batch of queasy). Not exactly the breath of fresh air I was expecting but I would endure despite the fact that everyone was sweating like iced tea pitchers in July (please know that I am not that guy regarding cigars, in fact, I love them but not in tight galley quarters or in bed for that matter).

As we forged ahead on our rocky voyage, I noticed that a few of the passengers began to lose color in their faces. Well, you can only guess what happened next...that's right, the old "domino hurling" event began. At this point I was just praying that Somalian Pirates would overtake the boat and shoot me but I dug deep for a scoop of human kindness and the coldest beer I could find in my worked, I did feel better. Now I could go on about the biting flies and horrific heat but honestly the real thing that got me so damn mad was my fellow fishermen and deck mates opinions of what was "good eating" and what was not. Bonita "Great eating keep those"...Bluefish "Those are great when they are small but are not good eating when they are big." Really? Who the @#!* made you the ocean chef you kook? All kidding aside, any Fish that we catch is just plain lovely so for the love of Cod, revel in your catch and honor the ocean with gratitude not attitude.

There was one particular moment on the boat when I almost committed a homicide. It's when the guy next to me caught a Sea Robin (a mild sweet tasting fish) and said "Damn, I just caught one of the those Ugly Sea Robins." This next part I'm not too proud of but I had to defend this noble creature. Well, my first instinct was to ball it up and hit him but I instead blurted out "Your Kid is Ugly!" Okay, I did say I was sorry but someone had to get this guy in line. Listen, I am just trying to let everyone know that there are no "trash" or "ugly" fish just delicious treasures the oceans of the world provide for us. Well, should you want to create some beautiful fish dishes I hope you will enjoy today's recipes featuring Grilled Salmon with a Lemon Arugula Pesto & Grilled Citrus Harissa Whole Sea Bass. Thank you for stopping by and always remember we are all beautiful with or without fish scales.

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Metro's Bistro Tuna Burger Grilled Garlic Herbed Ahi Tuna Burger with Mixed Field Greens, Caramelized Onions, Tomato and Basil Aioli on a Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $11

"Whole Belly" Clam Roll Can You Say Clamtastic or Clamgasmic?! Lightly Breaded Steamer (Whole Belly) Clams with Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $11

The Soft-Shell Crab "Punch Me in The Soul Roll" Panko Crusted Soft Shell Crab with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Mediterranean Organic Salmon "Health Wrap" Grilled Lemon Herb Organic Scottish Salmon with Roasted Vegetables, Mixed Field Greens and a Basil Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread With a choice of Soft Drink** $11

Grilled Balsamic Marinated Sea Bass Over Roasted Vegetables and Our House Saffron Rice With the Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Grilled Tuscan Halibut Pita Wrap Grilled Tuscan Spiced (Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon) Wild Halibut with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato, Red Onion and Garlic Lemon Aioli on a Locally Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $11

Metro's Shark "Steak Sandwich" Blackened Grilled Shark Steak with Sautéed Peppers Onions, Mushrooms and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9