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Arctic Char

Land-based farm, Iceland

Everyone loves this fish!


Raw arctic char, like salmon, has pale pink flesh, but when cooked it fades to white. Despite the color of its raw flesh, char is genetically closer to trout than salmon. Its flavor is mild, and its texture has been described as meaty. Because of its fat content it can be grilled, sautéed, broiled, or even smoked. According to Seafood Watch farmed arctic char is "an excellent "Best Choice." Low mercury level. Kosher
1 lb for $16.50

-- Arctic Char with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes in Garlic Olive Oil
(Barton Seaver / For Cod and Country)
-- Arctic Char with Charmoula (Food and Wine)

Red Grouper

Longline caught, Florida

Grouper has been aptly described as a cross between bass and halibut. It is moist and lean with large flakes. This red grouper is caught off the coast of Florida, and it's one of our favorite food fishes. In our opinion, it makes the absolute best fish sandwich. Seafood Watch rates it a "Good Alternative.” High mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb for $25.00

-- Grouper Sandwiches with Wasabi Coleslaw (adapted from Bon Appétit)
-- Grouper with Cucumber Salad and Soy-Mustard Dressing (adapted from Food and Wine)

Frozen Fair Trade Shrimp

Supera net caught, Mexico

Finally a shrimp you can feel good about eating! We just might have been the first in Chicago to feature certified Fair Trade shrimp, and we are pleased to report that they are delicious! We are going against our standard here by offering a frozen product. Here's why: Instead of dealing with giant gas-powered trawlers to catch their shrimp Del Pacifico works with artisanal fishermen in Mexico who use small sail-powered boats called pandas, which are slightly larger than a rowboat and have a spectacular sail. (Score one.)

The wind and tide guide the net. Because they operate on such a small scale the fishermen can remove bycatch and return it to the water alive resulting in the lowest bycatch in the shrimping industry! (Score two.) 

Because the boats are small and have little storage area they can't be out at sea for long periods meaning that the shrimp are blast-frozen within hours of capture. What is more, Fair Trade certification guarantees that there are no human rights abuses and that a percentage of the profit is returned to the community that caught the shrimp. (Score three and four.) 

Keep in mind that these shrimp are peeled and deveined FROZEN shrimp. US Fair Trade certified.
1 lb. (about 26 to 30 per pound) for $14.00)

-- Provençal Wheat Berry Salad with Shrimp and Mustard-Caper Vinaigrette ( Susie Middleton / Fine Cooking)
-- Cuttlefish Spaccatelli with Shrimp, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions and Chili (Food 52)

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