The California white seabass season is open and going strong. In the 1980s the declining seabass fishery was part of an experimental program (Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program) that used hatchery fish to enhance wild seabass populations. Not only was that strategy successful (the fishery has completely recovered), but Seafood Watch now considers California white seabass a "Best Choice."
In spite of its name, however, California white seabass really isn't a seabass—it's a type of croaker. Its flesh is meaty and firm, and its flavor is mild and some say sweet. It is great for grilling but it can also be baked, sautéed, or (our favorite method) pan-roasted. Low mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $17.00
Walleye is often called "walleye pike" but it is actually a member of the perch family. Something to remember when choosing whole walleye is that its pearlescent eyes are not an indication of spoilage but rather a result of light sensitivity that allows the fish to see more clearly at night.
Walleye, which has a sweet flavor and a small flake, can be prepared in virtually any way. Seafood Watch rates it a "Good Alternative." Higher mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $20.00
We are happy to offer uncooked, frozen, wild caught Key West Pink Shrimp. These plump shrimp get their color from the coral waters off the southwest coast of Florida. Individually Quick Frozen, Shell-On. 21 to 25 per pound.
Entertaining? Here is a special treat. These succulent sardines packed in a light tomato sauce are surprisingly rich and satisfying.
Studies have shown that canned sardines are healthier for you than fresh. They are full of omega-3 fatty acids and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Save this truly delicious treat for your best friends. You won't regret it. MSC certified. 125 grams: $9.00/tin
And that means it is going to be HOT. Make sure you have the right cooler bag for your trip home. Not only does it keep your fish cold longer, but it is an excellent all-purpose tote. Use if for your summer picnics at Millennium Park or Ravinia! Removable insulated pouch.
Gibsons Steakhouse Seasoning Salt
Ingredients: Salt, spices, dehydrated onion and garlic.
This is the secret ingredient that some say makes Gibsons steaks so good. It is excellent on fish too! Contains only salt, spices, and dehydrated onion and garlic.
Net weight: 6 ounces for $6.50
Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli
Sfoglini Pasta Shop, Brooklyn NY
We were recently introduced to Sfoglini pasta and now we can't get enough of it! Their pastas use grains grown by local farmers and ground in local mills. They are part of a movement to revive specialty and ancient grains such as emmer. At last a pasta that is both good and good for you.
Company description: "Cuttlefish or sepia ink is milked from the squid-like creatures found predominately in the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. Originally used for early manuscript writing the beautiful slate coloring started to show up in signature dishes from Sicily to Venice in sauces and pastas. Cuttlefish Ink brings warm velvety notes and a mellow briny flavor to our delicious scroll-shaped pasta that pairs well with buttery seafood."Come on, be adventurous!
16 ounce box for $9.50