To All Our Buyers and Chefs,
We landed a couple hundred pounds of local John Dory from the Carolinas, the filets are sweet and mild with a fine flake. Sautéing, steaming and poaching are all recommended; we suggest preparing in ways similar to sole for best results – the Dory’s lean meat can become dry if overcooked. We are still having a Mediterranean Madness Sale; both Bronzino and Dorade in the 1lb size are featured items at 75 cents off.
Icelandic Cod has been amazing thru the last few weeks, the fish are large and mostly Skrei Cod coming from some super deep, cold waters. Great pick for a fish stew to warmup the customers. Mahi Mahi from Central America is yet another great choice for this week’s fish specials, the price has dropped and the yield is over 60%, win-win.
The temperatures will be a bit more seasonal for the next few days, daytimes will be in the 40’s but night temps will be in the mid 20’s. New York City becomes the new nation's capital when Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, meets at the Federal House in Lower Manhattan in 1785. The first Pineapples planted in Hawaii today in 1813. And in 1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie; the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn back in the 1930’s. Today is also National Hot Toddy Day – might be a good night for one…
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
Next for the chopping block: Tsukiji itself
Jan 9th 2016 – On January 5th, in a pre-dawn ritual going back decades, a handbell rang to mark the year’s first auction at Tsukiji, Tokyo’s sprawling fish market. The star attraction was a glistening 200kg tuna, sold to a sushi restaurant chain for ¥14m ($118,000). But the sale was tinged with nostalgia and even bitterness. This time next year the wholesale market, the world’s busiest, will be gone. Squeezed between the Sumida river and the Ginza shopping district, Tsukiji is creaking at the seams. Some 60,000 people work under its leaky roof, and hundreds of forklifts, carrying everything from sea urchins to whale meat, careen across bumpy floors. The site’s owner, the city government, wants it moved. That is unpopular. Traders resent being yanked to a sterile new site to the south. The new market is being built on a wharf whose soil is contaminated by the toxic effluent from a former gasworks. The clean-up and negotiations delayed the move for over a decade.
The final blow was Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics. A new traffic artery will cut through Tsukiji, transporting visitors to the games’ venues. Part of the site will become a temporary press centre, says Yutaka Maeyasui, the executive in charge of shifting the market. Our time is up, he says, glancing around his decrepit office. The site has become too small, old and crowded. An earthquake could bring the roof down. Many traders below Mr Maeyasui’s office belong to families that have been here since the market opened in the 1930s, after the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 levelled its predecessor. “You won’t find anyone here who supports the relocation,” says Chieko Oyoshi, who runs the tuna business her grandfather founded. Big supermarket chains and wholesalers already eat into her business by dealing directly with the ports and fish farms that supply Tsukiji. The move will kill whatever trade is left, she laments.
One of the last links to the city’s mercantile past, Tsukiji has changed little in decades. Men lick pencil stubs before writing on scraps of paper. A new computer would die of loneliness. One of the few modern devices is a digital clock counting down the days till November, when most of the activity will fall silent, along with Tsukiji’s beautiful bedlam.
“This ain't rock'n'roll. This is genocide!
As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent; You asked for the latest party…
Come out of the garden, baby; You'll catch your death in the fog
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs; Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs”
~David Bowie, who sadly died today just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album
TEAM DOWN EAST