The Village Restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts has been a Cape Ann favorite since the 1950's. However my go-to place for fried clams and baked haddock may not be around for much longer. As reported in the Gloucester Daily Times, the Village may not be around for long as the owners plan to sell the property... Continue Reading →
I've been on a fish sandwich kick lately. I recently visited world-famous Woodman's in Essex for a cheap and delicious lunch and shortly after I was in the mood for another fish sandwich. My dad, who you may remember works for Gorton's came to the rescue with a package of one of their newer products:... Continue Reading →
Woodman's of Essex is arguably the most famous seafood shack in the country. Claimed to have the "best seafood in America" this is the place where back in 1916 the fried clam was born. It's a no-frills, order-at-the-counter, eat-in-the-rough landmark that people wait in line for all summer long. Needless to say, I don't go... Continue Reading →
The recent family vacation started off wonderful, but unfortunately ended with my wife, kid and myself infected with strep throat. The heat, crowds and growing bacteria in our bodies tried to crush our spirits but we pushed through and had lots of fun. The Disney experience is more micro-managed by The Mouse than ever in... Continue Reading →
After a recent post about canned tuna in oil, I was contacted by Alistair Blair of The Fish Society. You may recall it was The Fish Society, that sent me that wonderful Dover sole last year. This time Alistair offered up something that would change the way I see canned tuna. Ortiz brand Ventresca de... Continue Reading →
In yet another example of aquarium fish becoming invasive species, the northern snakehead (Channa argus) has been taking over waterways in the Mid-Atlantic states and possibly beyond. Much like invasive lionfish, snakehead is a fish worth eradicating from our waterways, but tasty enough to do it by human consumption.
Let's take a trip back to the "good old days" of iron men and wooden ships. When I was young my heroes (besides Ray Bourque) were the fishermen I knew, especially those of my grandfather and great-grandfather's generations. My late papa, Sammy Demetri used to work those grueling 10 day trips for redfish, having to... Continue Reading →
Lionfish could possibly be the most dangerous of all marine invasive species and needs to addressed before it's too late. But like green crabs and Asian carp, invasive lionfish may be a problem we can eat our way out of.
You don't have to live along the waterways of America's heartland to know about the invasive scourge that is Asian carp. Four primary species of Asian carp have basically taken over many rivers here in the US and pose a threat to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes. As of right now, I believe they... Continue Reading →