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  • Wild Striped Bass is featured this week, the fish are stellar and plump

    Monday, 12 Jan 2015

    The week will be chilly again, after today barely above freezing temps will prevail, but no snow thankfully. Today is Chicken Curry Day, “curry” is derived from a South-Asian word Kori; a sauce with cooked meat or fish. SO get some meat, fish or veggies for that matter, blend up some spices and have at it. Today in 1785 NYC becomes our new natio...

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  • Featured this week are Bronzini in 400/600G size, 800-1000G size and 1000-1500G

    Monday, 29 Dec 2014

    Cold weather is here for the week including this Wednesday, New Years Eve. For those of you braving the weather, dress in layers as it will be chilly. Wednesday is also National Champagne Day and don’t forget the oysters and caviar to with the bubbly. Today in NYC history; a bomb explodes in the baggage claim area of LaGuardia Airport, killing 1...

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  • American Red Snappers are the ticket this week with 4-7# fish the best deal

    Monday, 22 Dec 2014

    Well it looks a bit wet for Christmas, but on the bright side it will be 50 degrees. Today in 1823 a Christmas classic is born when Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" is first published. Moore wrote the famous holiday poem – also known as "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" – in his home in Chelsea, NYC. And in 1985, the largest Grouper caug...

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  • This week we are featuring American Red Snappers in the 4-8# size

    Thursday, 18 Dec 2014

    The holidays are here and the city is buzzing with people everywhere. Good thing the weather looks sunny for the next 3 days to keep the shoppers around to eat too! Today in NYC historyElectric lamps replace gas lights on Broadway from 14th to 26th streets in 1880 and in 1956 a season after retiring from the New York Yankees, star shortstop Phil...

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  • American Red Snappers are running very well this week

    Monday, 15 Dec 2014

    We are looking at pretty good week for weather, Tuesday could be a little wet but the rest looks dry and unseasonably warm with no temps below freezing until next week.  Today is National Cupcake Day, a big fat chocolate one with a glass of milk please! And in 1902 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet died, a French botanist, he saved the vineyards of ...

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  • Local Monkfish tails are a great choice for this week

    Monday, 08 Dec 2014

    Well it looks like rain for a couple of days, really heavy tomorrow. Batten down the hatches and put on another pot for soup. And if you need fish bones for you soup we can send them to you at no charge. It is National Brownie Day; the first Brownie was first created by a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel, for ladies attending the 1893 World’...

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  • We have some beautiful Hawaiian Kampachi in the house

    Thursday, 04 Dec 2014

    We are looking at a wet weekend ahead, Saturday being the worst day of it; then again it could pass as well, who knows. Today in NYC history, after his victory in the Revolutionary War, General George Washington bids farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in 1783. More than 200 years later, the tavern still stands on Pearl & Broad stree...

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  • Mahi is the bargain of the week, a beautiful deal for a beautiful fish

    Monday, 01 Dec 2014

    After today’s warm spot, we are getting some cooler temps for the rest of the week; a bit of rain here and there in the mix. Today in 1976, NYYankees sign slugger Reggie Jackson to a 5-year, $3 million contract. Dr. Pepper is sold for the first time in NYC today in 1885. We are now bringing in Creative King Salmon from Canada. These beauties are...

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  • Jumbo Black Sea Bass is the big winner this week

    Thursday, 20 Nov 2014

    Well compared to the last few days this weekend will feel like a heat wave, we are expecting temps in the high 30’s to mid 40’s. Today in 1820 a whaling ship, the Essex, was rammed twice by a sperm whale and eventually sank. This was Hermann Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick. Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. PB facts: FYI It takes a...

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  • Great North Bay Oysters

    Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014

    We are not moving the Great North Bay oysters with the same voracity we have in the past. I realize it’s a little slow, however we now have an exclusive in NYC area for these beautiful and delicious oysters. These are really a bargain at 71 cents compared to a Barnstable which I think they most closely resemble and they are local!   We are consi...

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  • Nantucket Bay Scallops season opens this Sunday

    Thursday, 30 Oct 2014

    The weather looks to be cool and crisp for the Halloween Parade tomorrow night and for the rest of the weekend too. Sunday will be a bit cooler, it could go down as far as mid 30’s with a chance of SNOW!? Sunday is also National Fried Clams Day, bellies or strips, either make a fine sandwich or platter. Today in 1938, the radio play "The War of ...

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  • Local Swordfish continues its dominance of the North East corridor

    Monday, 27 Oct 2014

    We are looking at some cool weather for the next few days and Tuesdays high will be somewhere near 70 degrees. Remember this Sunday is daylight saving time, we will be turning the clock back an hour. Today in 1904 the NYC subway opens, as the first IRT train heads from City Hall up to 145th Street. Today is also National Potato Day and in 1995, ...

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  • Mahi Mahi comes from Ecuador this week

    Thursday, 23 Oct 2014

    A little wet today but the weather looks great for the weekend, sunny and 60’s straight on thru. Today is National Boston Cream Pie Day, the official dessert of Massachusetts, was created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856. Also in NYC history the first phone directory is issued, it's just one page and list...

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  • We have some beautiful Red or Black Grouper

    Monday, 20 Oct 2014

    The local weather looks good for this week with a bit cooler temps in the 60’s and a slight chance of rain for Wednesday into Thursday. Today in 1977The Concorde makes its first voyage to New York, arriving at JFK from France in under four hours. The maiden flight had been delayed for months due to protests by Queens residents concerned about th...

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  • We have some absolutely amazing Icelandic Pollack in the house.

    Thursday, 16 Oct 2014

    The weather will be fabulous this weekend, after today’s rain, Friday on it will be sunny and in the 70’s! Today in 1829 The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in the U.S.; rooms were $2 per day with meals included. And in 1969 after seven seasons as baseball also-rans, a miracle comes true as the Amazin' Mets win the ...

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  • LOCAL Wild Striped Bass is the ticket again for the beginning of this week

    Monday, 13 Oct 2014

    We are looking at a warm week coming up, with temps in the 70’s; Thursday looks like a wet day so far, but that can change. Today in 1792 the city marks its first Columbus Day celebration, a tradition which becomes a legal holiday in 1909 and continues to this day. Today is also the National Peanut Festival; [Studies show that people who eat nut...

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  • We have some spectacular Wild Striped Bass that should not be missed

    Thursday, 09 Oct 2014

    The weather looks promising for the weekend, a little cool with temps in the 60’s and a little windy. Keep in mind this is Columbus Day weekend and most will have the day off on Monday, but Down East will be open to refill your walk-in with seafood. In NYC history: a statue of Christopher Columbus is mounted atop the column that stands in what i...

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  • Local Swordfish is the superstar this week

    Monday, 06 Oct 2014

    Well it looks like it will be cooler and there will be some rain this week, but let’s hope the weather people are wrong about that too. In 1790 Jacob Schweppe demonstrated his process for making artificial mineral water; in 1927 talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson and speaking of movies in 1971 "The ...

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  • October is National Seafood Month

    Thursday, 02 Oct 2014

    It looks to be a beautiful weekend with a chance of some rain and Friday. October is here and Thanksgiving is quick approaching, please keep that in mind to start gearing up the holiday menus. Today is National Fried Scallops Day, sweet and tender candy from the sea. Today in 1958 the first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service is begun by t...

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  • Wild Striped are running great this week

    Monday, 29 Sep 2014

    This week’s weather looks dry and cool with little chance of rain ‘til maybe Saturday. Today is National Coffee Day; did you know every day 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally, 90% at breakfast. Today in NYC historyformer Yankee manager Casey Stengel signs on to manage the National League's new expansion team, the New York Mets toda...

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  • Icelandic Cod looks great for a weekend special

    Thursday, 25 Sep 2014

    Looks to be a beautiful weekend, with highs near 80 degrees and sunny all the way through. There should be lots of foot traffic all around our area and with the weather being warm it will be good for fish sales so be sure to be ready. Today in New York history the first U.S. Congress, adopts twelve amendments to the Constitution; ten of them go ...

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  • Farmed Salmon prices are creeping down

    Monday, 22 Sep 2014

    Today is the first day of Fall and yet the week will be in the 70’s and sunny straight on thru the weekend! Today in 1776; saying "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country," Nathan Hale is hanged by the British at what is now 51st St and 1st Ave for being an American spy. Speaking of spies today in 1964 the "Man from U.N.C.L...

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  • Local Hake has been abundant all week

    Monday, 15 Sep 2014

    The weather has become cool and the fall is already showing it’s colors. This week’s weather will be clear and seasonable temps in the 70’s daytime and 50’s at night with virtually no rain. Today in 1904 Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight and in 1981 the USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch pro...

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  • Large American Red Snappers are beautiful again this week

    Thursday, 11 Sep 2014

    Well we are into fall weather already with cooler mornings and evening being the norm, great for sleeping. This weekend looks similar with a slight chance of rain for Saturday. Today in 1794 NYC authorizes the purchase of the Bellevue Estate, to be used as a hospital; still in use today. This is National Waffle Week and tomorrow is National Choc...

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  • Large Bronzini 800/1000g size are a great deal this week

    Monday, 08 Sep 2014

    Our weather here in NYC looks promising for this week with temps in the high 70’s and just a chance of a drizzle on Tuesday. The 1st appearance of comic strip "Blondie" occurred today in 1930 and  NY1 News, the Big Apple's first 24-hour local news station, makes its debut today in 1992. We have some small local tunas that are 40-60#, they are gr...

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  • Jumbo Black Sea Bass are just gorgeous this week

    Thursday, 04 Sep 2014

    Another summer is officially winding down, the kids are back in school and we are all back to our regular routines, ho-hum. Looking back it was a great summer weather-wise with low humidity and 3 or 4 days over 90 degrees. Today in 1882 Thomas Edison lights up Lower Manhattan from the city's first electric power plant on Pearl Street and in 1885...

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  • Today is National Cherry Popsicle Day

    Monday, 25 Aug 2014

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am back from a week off feeling rested and recharged. Our local weather for this week looks to be mostly sunny, dry and warm; another great week in a great summer. Today, tennis champion Pete Sampras announced his retirement during a news conference at the U.S. Open in NYC. Today is also National Cherry Popsicle Day...

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  • Local Large Black Sea Bass (2 and under) from Mass

    Thursday, 14 Aug 2014

    It looks to be a great weekend with a slight chance of some rain on Sunday. We should all take a moment to be grateful as we have been given some truly great weather this summer. Today in NYC history 2 million people jam Times Square as news of the Japanese surrender spreads through the city in 1945. And in 1866 a new law in Astoria sets the spe...

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  • Today is also National Raspberry Tart Day

    Monday, 11 Aug 2014

    The weather will be a little wet Tuesday and Wednesday giving way to a beautiful weekend once again, wow what a great summer of weather we have had so far. Today in NYC history Mayor John Lindsay switches from the Republican to the Democratic party citing dissatisfaction with the Nixon administration. Today is also National Raspberry Tart Day, p...

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  • 05th August is National Oyster Day

    Monday, 04 Aug 2014

    The weather was not really so bad this weekend? This week looks mostly dry with a small chance of rain on Wednesday, but for right now the weekend looks clear. Today in 1735 John Peter Zenger, the publisher of The New York Weekly Journal, was acquitted of a charge of seditious libel following the publication of a story critical of New York's gov...

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  • Today is National Junk Food Day

    Monday, 21 Jul 2014

    Looks like another beautiful week of weather with just a slight chance of the wet stuff(rain – a four letter word) for Thursday. Today in 1853 more than 600 acres of land in Upper Manhattan are set aside as permanent park land; Central Park. Today is also National Junk Food Day, need I say more?! East Coast Halibut has been screaming gorgeous th...

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  • Tomorrow is National Caviar Day

    Thursday, 17 Jul 2014

    It looks to be agreeable weather out there this coming weekend with temps in the 80’s. Today in 1821 Span ceded Florida to the US and all NY’ers jumped for Joy and in 1992 Gov. Bill Clinton wins his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Also tomorrow is National Caviar Day, so please indu...

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  • July is ‘National July Belongs to Blueberries Month’

    Monday, 14 Jul 2014

    It looks like it may be wet for the beginning of the week then Thursday on to the weekend is sunny and in the 80’s. Today in NYC history: in 1934 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home runand the NY Times erroneously declares the record to stand for all time and in 1938 thousands greet Howard Hughes at Floyd Bennett Field as he completes his round-the...

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  • Today is National Pina Colada Day

    Thursday, 10 Jul 2014

    Looks to be another nice weekend, sunny and in the 80’s is the weekend with a slight chance of rain for Sunday. Woohoo! Today is National Pina Colada Day, keep in mind they are not all created equal; best not so sweet with an extra Dark Rum floater. Today's New Yorker birthdays include boxing great Jake "Raging Bull" LaMotta, born in 1921. We ha...

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  • Today is National Strawberry Sunday Day

    Monday, 07 Jul 2014

    The weather will be sunny and dry all week long so be sure to stay hydrated and have plenty of fish for the hungry masses no matter where you are. Today in 1871 Political boss William Tweed offers the New York Times a $5 million bribe not to publish documents revealing corruption at City Hall. The newspaper does not accept the offer and exposes ...

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  • Today is National Ice Cream Soda Day

    DOWN EAST WILL BE CLOSED THIS FRIDAY JULY 4TH  WE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY THE 5TH WITH LIMITED INVENTORY SO WE CAN START FRESH AGAIN ON MONDAY.   We are looking at some mixed weather for the early part of the week with the weekend looking good so far (keep your fingers crossed). Today in 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signs an immigration bill abol...

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  • It is National Chocolate Pudding Day

    Thursday, 26 Jun 2014

    The weather looks to be great for the weekend again with temps in the high 70’s and not a drop of rain. Today in 1919 The Daily News was published for the first time. Also Derek Jeter of the Yankees turns 40 years old today! Lastly it is National Chocolate Pudding Day, so indulge your inner child and have some fun. We are featuring Wild Salmon f...

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  • Wednesday is National Catfish Day

    Monday, 23 Jun 2014

    The past weekend some amazing weather was had here in the tri-state area; sunny, breezy and not a hint of humidity. If only the whole summer could be filled with weekends like that. Today in 1992,"Dapper Don" John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison for murder and racketeering. Wednesday is  National Catfish Day, so break out your cast iron ski...

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  • Today is National Dry Martini Day

    Thursday, 19 Jun 2014

    After today’s rain we are looking forward to sunny skies with temps in the high 70’s all weekend long; Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Today in 1846 the father of baseball, Alexander Cartwright, brings together the New York Nine and the Knickerbockers at a field in Hoboken for the first modern recorded baseball game. It is also National Dry Mart...

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  • Tomorrow is Kitchen Klutzes in America Day

    Thursday, 12 Jun 2014

    Friday looks to be a bit wet but Saturday and Sunday (Father’s Day) are both sunny with temps in the mid 70’s. Perfect for dining l fresco or just out in general. Today in NYC history the town of Sunswik is renamed Astoria in an attempt to flatter millionaire John Jacob Astor into paying for a women's college. Astor isn't fooled and the college ...

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  • It is National Coq Au Vin Day

    Thursday, 29 May 2014

    The weather this weekend will just shy of perfect, 70’s and sunny Friday and straight on through ‘til Monday. The masses will be out so be sure to get all your supplies in order. It is National Coq Au Vin Day, grab your bird and some vino and do it proud today. Also today in 1957 was a bad day for NYC, as the league approves the move of the Gian...

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  • Saturday is National Escargot Day

    Thursday, 22 May 2014

    The weekend weather is a mixed bag but it’s mostly good for Sunday and Monday. The first commercial movie even shown in NYC premieres in a converted store on Lower Broadway. The four-minute film features a boxing match between world heavyweight champ "Gentleman" Jim Corbett and Peter Courtney. Today in 1992 Johnny Carson hosted the last Tonight ...

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  • Today is National Devils’ Food Cake Day

    Monday, 19 May 2014

    The next few days are looking good with lots of sun and mild to warmer temps. Memorial Day is this Monday, the market will be closed and so will Down East Seafood. Please keep that in mind when you place your orders that we will not be delivering on Monday. Today in NYC history; on a dare, swimming instructor Robert Odlum leaps from the Brooklyn...

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  • Today in 1967 the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run

    Thursday, 15 May 2014

    Could be a bit wet tomorrow but Saturday and Sunday look to hold some great weather for us here in NYC. This will bring people out to smell the May flowers, shop ‘til they drop and dine well somewhere could be your place? Today in 1967 the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run to be the Orioles. And in 1930 the first airline stewardess, ...

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  • Today is National Nutty Brownie Day

    Monday, 12 May 2014

    I hope you all had a great Mothers Day and what a glorious day yesterday was, sunny but not hot and not a hint of humidity in the air. By the volume of fish that left here at the end of last week I trust you were all busy and the day passed quickly. This week looks to have a little bit of rain here and there but no major storms. Today is Nationa...

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  • Today is Cinco de Mayo and Oyster Day

    Monday, 05 May 2014

    Looks to be a beautiful week weather-wise ‘til at least Thursday; warm sunny and dry. Today is Cinco de Mayo and Oyster Day so be sure to grab a beer and bivalve of your choice; then toast the Mexican defeat of the French Army. In NYC history Carnegie Hall opened today in 1891. Mother’s Day is fast approaching, this weekend millions of stoves al...

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  • Tomorrow is National Truffles Day

    Thursday, 01 May 2014

    Looks to be a beautiful weekend, temps in the high 60’s and not a drop of rain in sight, woohoo! Be sure you get yourself stocked and don’t get caught short when the rush hits. Today in 1941 the classic Citizen Kane premiered in NYC and tomorrow is National Truffles Day. Makes for a good weekend, no? Local Georges Bank Swordfish is not only beau...

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  • Tomorrow is National Shrimp Scampi Day

    Monday, 28 Apr 2014

    Enjoy the sun today as the next few days could be a bit cloudy, thankfully is clears up for the weekend. Tomorrow is National Shrimp Scampi Day, a shrimp bathed in garlic-lemon butter is great for the soul. Today in NYC history landscape architects are chosen to transform acres of swampland in Manhattan into Central Park the first landscaped pub...

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  • Today is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

    Thursday, 24 Apr 2014

    There was no update for a few days as I was away for a few days to recharge the batteries, but I am back and ready to go. The weather looks promising for the weekend with temps over 60 and just a slight chance of rain for Saturday. Today is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day, a classic finger food loved by all. Today in 1901New York becomes the firs...

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  • Today's NYer birthday

    Monday, 14 Apr 2014

    The week looks clear heading into Good Friday and for the Easter weekend. Also keep in mind that Passover starts tonight and lasts ‘til next Tuesday evening. PLEASE call in any large orders for the weekend as early as possible, it’s most important on higher priced specialty items like, Lobsters, Halibut, etc. We will always cover all orders to t...

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  • Saturday is National Cheese Fondue Day

    Thursday, 10 Apr 2014

    The weather will be nice today with glorious Spring sun warming us. Friday there is a slight chance of showers; Saturday and Sunday look great as well. Today in 1947 Jackie Robinson came to the Brooklyn Dodgers making him the 1st black player in the MLB. And Saturday is National Cheese Fondue Day, so dig in. As you know the price of good meat ha...

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  • Today is National Empanada Day

    Monday, 07 Apr 2014

    It was a great weekend for people to be outside, warm and sunny. The rest of the week looks good too, high 50’s to 60 degrees with not a chance of rain. Today is National Empanada Day, there are so many places to enjoy them these days, take your pick and don’t forget the hot sauce. Also today in New York they opened the country's first legalized...

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  • Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day

    Thursday, 03 Apr 2014

    The weekend looks to be warm with temps in the 50’s and mostly clear with a slight chance of rain on Friday. Today in NYC history; General George Washington arrives to lead rebel forces against the British and the first portable cell phone call is made in NYC in 1973. It is also National Chocolate Mousse Day; when made well this is like a chocol...

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  • Today is National Clams on the Half Shell Day

    Monday, 31 Mar 2014

    I believe that Spring is finally here and she is bringing us a wee bit o’ rain, but the temperature will be in the 50’s all week long. Today in NYC history the nation's marathon-dance craze begins as Alma Cummings sets a world record of 27 hours of non-stop dancing. Today is also National Clams on the Half Shell Day, break out the hot sauce and ...

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  • Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

    Monday, 24 Mar 2014

    Winter is hanging on like a baby on its Momma’s neck; it will never let go. So please everyone tell Winter we are done with her and to come back later this year. Along with some colder temps it looks like a little bit of snow for Tuesday, then the mercury will be rising to the 50’s for the end of the week and the weekend. Today is National Choco...

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  • Today is National Ravioli

    Thursday, 20 Mar 2014

    Today is the first day of Spring and will be in the 50’s, the Winter has finally come to an end. No temps below 50 for the weekend until at least Monday. Cabin fever will be no more! Today is also National Ravioli and in 1899 Martha Place of Brooklyn becomes the first woman in NY State put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing. Wild Stripe...

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  • Its Corned Beef and Cabbage Day today

    Monday, 17 Mar 2014

    While it will be a little cooler this week there isn’t a day below freezing and not a drop or flake predicted (so far). There’s no surprise that its Corned Beef and Cabbage Day today, in 1762 the first parade was held here in NYC. Also the Rubber band was patented by Stephen Perry of London in 1845. Black Sea Bass is the way to go so far this we...

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  • American Red Snappers are really pristine this week

    Monday, 10 Mar 2014

    What a glorious weekend it was, temps in the 50’s and mostly sunny. This week looks to be much the same with Tuesday going to almost 60 degrees. Ironically today in 1888 New Yorkers walked across the frozen East River as the "Great Blizzard" continued to blow. In 2008 NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer after accusations began that he paid an escort service t...

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  • Sunday is National Crabmeat Day

    Thursday, 06 Mar 2014

    Damn, its cold out there again today, thankfully there won’t be a day below freezing ‘til next week. As a matter of fact it’ll be in the 50’s on Saturday and in the 40’s on Sunday, which is National Crabmeat Day. In 1906 Lou Costello, comedian/actor of Abbott & Costello was born today in Paterson NJ and the  Oreo sandwich cookie was first in...

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  • Tomorrow is National Pound Cake Day

    Monday, 03 Mar 2014

    We dodged another bullet last night thank goodness, only a little dust. We are still going to have a cold week but at least there is no snow involved. Today in 1923 the debut issue of Time magazine is published from offices on East 40th Street. And 8 years later in 1931 the "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem. Lastly tom...

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  • Today is National Chocolate Soufflé Day

    Thursday, 27 Feb 2014

    We are going to have another weekend without snow AND with temps above freezing!! This winter, so far, has been the 7th snowiest in NYC history, no kidding. Today is National Chocolate Soufflé Day, I have a had a few great ones at the recently closed Capsuoto Frères, yummy. Jumbo Back Sea Bass is the winner this week, the fish are both local and...

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  • Today is National Clam Chowder Day

    Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014

    Chilly again in the Northeast much to my dismay, thankfully winter’s end is near; Spring will be very welcome when it finally comes, so please hurry along Mother Nature. Today is National Clam Chowder Day, red or white, you choose; great to warm you up on a cold day. We have just shy of half a ton of beautiful Wild Striped Bass in house, fish ar...

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  • Tomorrow is National Sticky Bun Day

    Thursday, 20 Feb 2014

    Spring Break is here, or so it seems by the warm temps, enjoy it while it lasts. All those cabin fever hungry hordes will be out in full force this weekend, be sure you’re ready. Tomorrow is National Sticky Bun Day, grab a bun (or two) and go get sticky! Today in 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboa...

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  • It Is National Cabbage Day

    Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014

    To All Our Buyers and Chefs, A bit of warmer weather is heading our way with highs in the 50’s for Saturday. Maybe Spring is not so far off, one can only hope. Today in 1943 Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio joins the Army after waiving his player deferment; now that’s a stand up guy. It is also National Cabbage Day, so grab a head and make some slaw...

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  • Today is National Tortellini Day

    Thursday, 13 Feb 2014

    To All Our Buyers and Chefs, So who ordered more snow, I know it wasn’t me! Looks a little messy out there but have no fear Down East will be open and delivering tomorrow and Saturday. Today is National Tortellini Day, heat up a bit of stock and drop them in, warm you right up. The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre took place tomorrow in 1929, seve...

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  • It is National Jello Week

    Monday, 10 Feb 2014

    The snow almost passed us by last night, just a couple of inches, for this winter a mere dusting. The week looks a little cold until Thursday, but Thursday we are expecting a bit more snow! We are certainly getting our share (and someone else’s too) of the white stuff this winter. Good news is that it’s almost over. It is National Jello Week, so...

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  • Today is National Nutella Day

    Thursday, 06 Feb 2014

    What a white winter it has been so far, challenging as well with all the snow related issues. But we are New Yorkers and we will get through this as well. Thankfully it looks like we dodged a bullet for Sunday as the storm will mostly pass with just a small snow shower, yeehaw! Today is National Nutella Day, whole grain bread and a banana and we...

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  • National Carrot Cake Day

    Monday, 03 Feb 2014

    Well Super Bowl is over and the Seahawks devoured the Broncos whole. There was no denying who the winner was last nite. Now our dear friend Mother Nature has thrown us a screwball with a several inches of heavy wet snow. The snowfall is thankfully almost over but there are more than a few inches of snow for us to deal with. The rest of the week ...

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  • National Irish Coffee Week

    Thursday, 30 Jan 2014

    Damn it’s still cold out there! We need a break and thankfully one is coming, this weekend. Starting tomorrow temps will be above 40 until Sunday, yay! Sorry for the delay in notifying you but this week is National Irish Coffee Week, so there’s still time to have one with a generous shot of Jamesons’; "Sláinte agus táinte!" (Health and Wealth). ...

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  • The Super Bowl is this Sunday

    Monday, 27 Jan 2014

    I have good news and bad news; bad news first - more cold weather is on the way after today’s ‘heatwave’ of 38 degrees; good news is there is no snow in the forecast! The Super Bowl is this Sunday and there are thousands of extra tourists, players and staff to fill all the restaurants in the city so b4e ready. Today is National Blueberry Pancake...

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  • Today is National Lobster Thermidor Day.

    Thursday, 23 Jan 2014

    A wee bit chilly out there today and all this cold is keeping the grey snow with us for a few days longer. For a little relief the weekend daytime temps are a bit higher but night hours are still in the single digits. Ironically today in 1867, the East River froze solid, disrupting ferry service and it forced New Yorkers to cross the river by fo...

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  • Today is International Hot & Spicy Food Day

    Thursday, 16 Jan 2014

    The rest of this week looks warm and mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain for Saturday. Sounds like good weather for outdoor activities to me. Today is International Hot & Spicy Food Day so be sure to belly up to a bowl or plate of something smokin’ to clear out your sinuses. Also in 1920 New Yorkers bellied up to the bar for one last d...

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  • Tomorrow is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

    Monday, 13 Jan 2014

    Tomorrow looks to be a bit wet but then the rest of the week clears up with mild temps in the 40’s, not too bad. Today in NYC history,the popular sitcom "All In the Family" premiered in 1971, making Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker the best-known (and funniest) bigot in Queens. Tomorrow is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, whether old school a...

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  • This is National Pizza Week

    Thursday, 09 Jan 2014

    The cold snap is over and will give way to warm (55 degrees) and a bit wet by Saturday. Time to break out the shorts!! This is National Pizza Week; one of the best pizzas I ever ate was a white pie with Littlenecks, potatoes and fresh oregano, bellissimo. Jumbo Black Sea Bass is still running well and looks like a winner at 7.95. We have a ton o...

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  • Tomorrow is National Tempura Day

    Monday, 06 Jan 2014

    It will be a good night for a little extra cold protection as temps will be in the single digits late into tomorrow morning. The week will steadily warm up with Friday in the 40’s. Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch was founded 100 years ago today and in 1919 Teddy Roosevelt, the only New York City native to become president, dies at age 60. ...

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  • January is National Soup Month

    Thursday, 02 Jan 2014

    Happy New Year to you all, another chance for us to get it right. I hope the holiday treated you all well and any bruises (ego or otherwise) are healed and/or healing. Mother Nature has some chilly temps and perhaps a bit of snow in store for us tonite and tomorrow so be ready. Coincidentally, January is National Soup Month and the next few days...

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  • We are bringing in a new high end treat, Carelian Caviar from Finland.

    Thursday, 19 Dec 2013

    Looks like we are in for a Spring preview this weekend with temps in the 50’s and 60’s, wow! Great shopping and sightseeing weather so be ready. Today in 1903 the Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan. And tomorrow is National Fried Shrimp Day what a perfect way to end the week. We are bringing in a new high end t...

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  • Red Snappers from the Gulf are still the shining stars again this week

    Monday, 16 Dec 2013

    Our week is starting out on the cold side with a little more snow Tuesday but as the week progresses we are going to be on the warmer side by Thursday. Today in 1913, Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week; also in 1985, Mafia chieftain Paul Castellano is cut down in a hail of bullets by John Gotti outside Sparks Steak...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Monday, 25 Nov 2013

    This past weekend was a bit of a shock, 60 then 20 degrees! Tomorrow and Wednesday are both supposed to be wet, clearing up for Turkey Day. 50 years ago today JFK was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, a very sad day for all. Also today in 1864; as the Civil War begins to wind down, Confederates set fire to hotels, theaters and stores ...

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  • Sunday is National Sardines Day

    Thursday, 21 Nov 2013

    While the weather looks to be clear this weekend BUT expect temps in the 20’s both Saturday and Sunday night, brrrr! The masses will be out shopping all weekend in anticipation of the holiday so be prepared. Today in 1964the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens as the nation's longest suspension bridge, allowing drivers to travel between Brooklyn and ...

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  • Today is National Vichyssoise Day

    Monday, 18 Nov 2013

    We are looking at a cool, dry week with temps in the high 40’s. Today is National Vichyssoise Day, gather up some leeks and potatoes and go to town; a simple dish made right can be truly soul satisfying. Thanksgiving is just 10 days away, please be sure to get your holiday orders in early to be sure you’re covered; call your sales rep for prices...

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  • Tomorrow is National Pickle Day

    Thursday, 14 Nov 2013

    We are for some gorgeous weather, after tonight we’re talking mid-50’s and sunny ‘til Monday. People are starting to shop and get into the holiday spirit so don’t get caught short. Tomorrow is National Pickle Day; naturally fermented pickles are as good for you as a probiotic yogurt. In 1905 Genaro Lombardi receives his NYC license to operate th...

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  • November 11th is Veterans Day

    Monday, 11 Nov 2013

    It looks like we may be in for a little snow for tomorrow, Tuesday. Otherwise the rest of the week looks clear and sunny. Today in 1921, November 11th  is declared Armistice Day, a national holiday, now called Veterans Day. While we are on that subject, whether this email finds you off or working; please take a moment to think of all the vets bo...

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  • Tomorrow is National Cappuccino Day

    Thursday, 07 Nov 2013

    After today’s showers the rest of the week and the weekend are going to be dry and cool with temps in the mid to high 50’s. Just in time for the cold weather tomorrow is National Cappuccino Day, regular or decaf. Monday is of course Veterans Day; please let us never forget the gift of freedom, that all the members of our armed forces give us wit...

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  • It is National Fig Week

    Monday, 04 Nov 2013

    A bit chilly this morning, in the low 30’s where I am; brrrr! The rest of the week is warming up and looks relatively dry except for Thursday so far. It is National Fig Week, get some in front of you and grill, bake or just cut them up and find some way to enjoy. We have a new Clam coming through, the Arctic Wedge Clam. These guys are real small...

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  • Tomorrow is National Greasy Foods Day

    Thursday, 24 Oct 2013

    Looks to be a sunny and dry weekend, a bit cooler as the high will not crack 60 degrees. Today in the United Nations is formally established and meets for the first time. Also tomorrow is National Greasy Foods Day, so have a few cocktails tonite and have the perfect excuse to indulge. We have a boatload of sustainable Icelandic Cod available to ...

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  • Tomorrow is International Day of The Nacho and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

    Monday, 21 Oct 2013

    The weekend blessed us with some great weather which kept all of you busy. This week’s weather looks good, there might be a shower on Wednesday, otherwise cool and sunny. Tomorrow is a big day, it is both International Day of The Nacho and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Also in 1959 The Guggenheim Museum opens on Upper Fifth Avenue (some worry...

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  • Saturday is National Seafood Bisque Day

    Thursday, 17 Oct 2013

    We are looking at a dry and cool weekend straight on through ‘til Monday. People will be out and about shopping, sight-seeing and eating so be ready for them. Today in 1960 Columbia professor Charles Van Doren is arrested in NYC for lying about his involvement in a cheating scandal on the TV quiz-show Twenty One. Also Saturday is National Seafoo...

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  • National Gumbo Day is Saturday

    Thursday, 10 Oct 2013

    Weekend weather start out a little wet but clears to sunny and mild for most of it.  The town of Flushing is chartered by the Dutch today in 1645, perhaps not the best name best there is some great food to be found there. National Gumbo Day is Saturday, whether seafood or other Gumbo is a great choice when the weather turns chilly. East Coast Ha...

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  • Tuesday is National FlufferNutter Day

    Monday, 07 Oct 2013

    We were blessed with another good weekend of weather and this week looks OK so far, but it may get a little wet later in the week. Tuesday is National FlufferNutter (a wicked combination of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff) Day, please be sure to go old school and have one. "The French Connection" opens today in theaters (1971). The suspense ...

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  • Friday is National Vodka Day

    Thursday, 03 Oct 2013

    This week’s weather has been great and the weekend looks good, except for a little rain for tomorrow. Friday is National Vodka Day, so whether up in a martini on the rocks be sure to get yourself hooked up. In 1965 at the Statue of Liberty President Lyndon Johnson signs an immigration bill abolishing nation-of-origin immigration quotas today in ...

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  • Local Swordfish is still the rockstar of the day

    Monday, 23 Sep 2013

    A bit of rain but otherwise it was a great weekend; this week looks to be sunny, cool and dry. Philharmonic Hall, later renamed Avery Fisher Hall, opens today in 1962 as the first unit of Lincoln Center. Also in 1879 The Cream Separator was patented and Wednesday is Crabmeat Newburg Day. Local Swordfish is still the rockstar of the day, flesh is...

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  • This Friday is National Rum Punch Day

    Thursday, 19 Sep 2013

    We are in store for some beautiful fall weather this weekend sunny and 70’s all the way through. This Friday is National Rum Punch Day, at the of your shift have your favorite bartender hook you up, close your eyes and smell the Caribbean surf. Also today in 1977; U.S. Representative Ed Koch defeats Mario Cuomo in the mayoral primary en route to...

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  • Today is National Guacamole Day, whip up some fish tacos and have a blast.

    Monday, 16 Sep 2013

    It was a great weekend and next one looks good as well. As business ramps up be sure to call your rep for menu changes. Today is National Guacamole Day, whip up some fish tacos and have a blast. In 1920 Wall Street was rocked by a bomb blast outside the headquarters of J.P. Morgan that kills several dozen people and injures hundreds more. Author...

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  • Friday is the 13th and also; National Peanut Day

    Thursday, 12 Sep 2013

    A little wet today give way to a gorgeous weekend of 70’s and sunny. And Friday is the 13th and also; National Peanut Day and in 1609 Henry Hudson sets sail up the river that now bears his name laying claim to territories for the Dutch. We have some amazing Wild King Salmon, they have a 75% yield and at 10.30 a bargain that will not be seen agai...

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  • Wednesday is National Hot Cross Bun Day

    Monday, 09 Sep 2013

    It was a gorgeous weekend and the streets were busy with people shopping, eating, etc. This week looks Elvis Presley makes the first of his three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show today in 1956. Wednesday is National Hot Cross Bun Day, it was believed that sharing one is supposed to ensure friendship for the coming year; so break some bread wi...

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  • Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day

    Friday, 06 Sep 2013

    Well the end of summer is drawing near, kids are going back to school and the city is getting busy again with fashion week gearing up. We are looking a t a great weekend weather-wise, high 70’s and dry for the most part. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day; also Captain Kidd sailed to the Caribbean from New York Harbor today in 1696. Local...

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  • Labor Day weekend

    Thursday, 29 Aug 2013

    The weekend weather seems a bit up in the air, but the chance of rain is low. It is Labor Day weekend so keep in mind when you are ordering that we are closed on Monday for the holiday.Tomorrow is National Toasted Marshmallow Day, for something so simple you can get a lot of people excited with a bag and some sticks. 1896. Chop Suey is invented ...

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  • Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day

    Monday, 26 Aug 2013

    Well this week looks to be a little wet early this week with the latter part beautiful and dry. Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day so take a minute to channel your inner (or outer) child. Today in NYC history, the football Giants announce that they will leave Yankee Stadium to play in the New Jersey Meadowlands [1971]. Jumbo Black Sea Bass...

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  • The New York Yacht Club's "America" wins the first International Cup race

    Thursday, 22 Aug 2013

    Looks like it will be a great weekend weather-wise,  sunny and 80’s all weekend long. The New York Yacht Club's "America" wins the first International Cup race and starts a legacy (1851) and the Willis Avenue Bridge opens between Manhattan and the Bronx (1900) today in NYC history. Also Saturday is National Peach Pie Day, so please pay homage to...

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  • Today is National Oyster Day

    Monday, 05 Aug 2013

    This week looks to be on the wet side in the middle, but clearing up in time for the weekend. Today is National Oyster Day, so be sure to celebrate in the appropriate manner. A plate full of a few of your favorites, a little mignonette and an ice cold beverage of your choosing. Also today in 1982 The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum opened her...

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  • Welcome to August

    Thursday, 01 Aug 2013

    Welcome to August, where it can wet, hot and sunny all in the same day. The weekend looks mixed again but Saturday there a slight chance of rain. Back in 1962 Sylvia Woods opens "Sylvia's," a soul food restaurant in Harlem. The original eatery has just four booths and a counter for ten, but later expands to several times its original size en rou...

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  • Wednesday is National Raspberry Cake Day

    Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013

    The weekend turned out to be pretty good weather wise and this week is looking good as well. Wednesday is National Raspberry Cake Day, with raspberries as good as they’ve been this year that should be a snap. On another more somber note; Max Fish, amazing bar on Ludlow Street is closing today and moving to Williamsburg. Longtime owner of the han...

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  • Change in the way shellfish tags are made

    Thursday, 11 Jul 2013

    There has been a change in the way shellfish tags are made by the USFDA (see attached letter). Also attached is a copy of a shellfish tag; note the Harvest Date –this is the day they are removed from the original bed and put into wet storage. Then also note the Final Harvest Date when they are pulled for shipping. These two dates are typically 3...

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  • Sushi Mania: 489-Pound Tuna Sells For $1.76 Million

    Thursday, 10 Jan 2013

    You've heard of going whole hog. How about getting the total tuna? Tokyo restaurant chain Kiyomura K.K. paid a record $1.76 million at an auction over the weekend for just one fish: a 489-pound bluefin tuna. That comes to about $3,600 per pound. The Los Angeles Times says the company got into a bidding war in order to have the honor of buying th...

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  • What's Hot in 2013

    Thursday, 03 Jan 2013

    The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year prepares its "What's Hot" culinary forecast of menu trends for the coming year. The NRA surveyed more than 1,800 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find that children's nutrition and local sourcing will continue to be the hottest trends on restaurant men...

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  • At His Own Risk, Somali Chef Creates Gourmet Haven In War- Weary Mogadishu

    Monday, 26 Nov 2012

    Ahmed Jama was running a successful Somali cafe in southwest London when he decided it was time to go home. Against the urgent advice of friends, he returned to Mogadishu three years ago and started cooking. Jama epitomizes the spirit of rebirth in the city that has been brutalized by 21 years of civil war. As expatriates return to take their ho...

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  • Court Rejects Mass. Ports' Suit Against Fish Law

    Thursday, 29 Nov 2012

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected claims by New England’s two largest fishing ports that federal regulators improperly enacted fishing rules that they say are wiping out local fleets. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upheld a 2011 lower court ruling on a suit brought by the ports of New Bedford and Glouces...

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  • Down East Goes Green

    Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011

    Down East Seafood Inc. and The Bronx River Alliance won the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award, an honor granted annually to groups and individuals.Down East is the first small business in the city to operate an all-electric delivery truck. The company bought the non-polluting, squat green medium-duty truck as a way...

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  • D.E.S. Moves from Manhattan to Bronx

    Monday, 11 Apr 2011

    Bronx, NY– One of the businesses that is thriving and contributing to the economic boom in the Hunt’s Point area, is doing so after fleeing Manhattan’s skyrocketing rents.  Down East Seafood, Inc. has created jobs and tax revenues for the Bronx, in addition it is also helping to spruce up its environment.As his distribution grew so did the numbe...

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