Saturday, March 28, 2009
Spring has officially arrived on 3/20. Then we got bone-chilling frigid weather in NY, which is stubbornly lingering. But there is one event that really marks the arrival of spring every year. It is when my favorite fishmonger, Blue Moon Fish, comes back to the Greenmarket. ( http://www.bluemoonfish.com/ )
Before Blue Moon Fish, my supply of fish mostly came from Chinatown and UWS übermarket Fairway. (Whole Foods and Citarella are the last resort.) Chinatown is a good place for bulk purchase; a sure destination when shrimp boil or jellyfish salad is 0n the menu. Fairway is also good because it offers relatively inexpensive fish chunks or tail end of salmon; you can make no less decent meal than buying 'prime' parts.
Well, then came Blue Moon Fish. First I was hesitant. Maybe I was a little intimidated. Then I tried once, twice, a little by little I went back and again, realizing the fish in season is a delicious thing and worth every penny. Right now I'm enjoying the scallops, mackerel fillet and cod. I usually cook them simple; saute with vegetables with minimum seasoning. You don't really need salt because they already come with the wonderful taste of sea. The mackerels are fresh enough to make "shime-saba (vinegar-cured mackerel)" when I feel like indulging myself.
A peculiar thing happened since I acquired the taste of really fresh fish: I could smell and taste of chloride in the fish I buy from supermarket. Is it because they clean it with tap water? So now I buy fish only when my beloved Blue Moon Fish is in town. That means my fish season is from late March to mid December. I think 9 months of bliss is not a bad deal. The rest of 4 months? I go back to other animal flesh, also purchased at the Greenmarket during winter time. Well, that's another entry.
Thank you, Blue Moon, you are my lifeline; I owe my high level of HDL to you!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Recently I am fixated on microwavable popcorn. Until then I've been enjoying potato chips and ice cream (in the same sitting, mind you) for quite some time, but finally came to my senses and switched to something considerably less caloric. The brand I purchase is "Newman's Own". As is known, this is a brand founded by late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Newman. It started from humble salad dressing, but then kept adding more and more food items to the roster. I don't buy much 'food in the box', but if I do, I want something tastes good and can feel good about buying. So, why pick this brand?
Long long ago when I was working in the editing rooms of a movie I encountered Paul Newman. The editing rooms were situated on the entire 7th Floor inside famed Brill Building on Broadway. Mr. Newman was then editing "Color of Money" on the 3rd Floor. One day he came to our office (OMG! Paul Newman!!), perhaps looking for my boss's boss's boss Warren Beatty. When I told him he wasn't in his office, Mr. Newman saw a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies on the fridge and asked me: "Would you mind I take it? I'll replace it later." Of course you may! In fact, take the whole fridge for I care! Anyway he left with the cookies. ...Just when I must have forgotten about the cookies, he appeared again at our office. "Here." He brought back a brand-new bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Can you believe it? I was so impressed that he actually remembered. Paul Newman was a star. But for me, he became a star I respected.
When I leanred of his passing last year, it was very very sad as if someone I 'knew' was gone.
My heart warms up a little when I see his smiling face on the "Newman's Own" products. RIP, Mr. Newman.