Good News for Local Seafood Lovers

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Some Very good news from the hard working team at Seafood Watch has been buzzing in the news all week!  They recently announced that all groundfish caught in California, Oregon and Washington are either now ranked a Seafood Watch “Good Alternative” or “Best Choice”. This reflects a continuing pattern of improvement for U.S.-managed fisheries. Factors contributing to fishery improvements and …

Start your Day with Seafood

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Seafood for Breakfast? Why not start the day with protein rich seafood! If you’re looking for unique and delicious ways to get those two-servings-a-week in, we’ve got some great ideas! Scrambles or omelets with seafood fillings are great for an everyday breakfast or for something more exciting, like a brunch. We like sweet bay shrimp with pesto, smoked trout with …

Working with Whole Fish

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Have you thought about bringing home a whole fish to cook, but haven’t tried it yet? We’d like to help you make it happen! We carry a variety of whole fish that are actually really simple to work with. Here are some tips that will help you pull it off in style; Pick your Fish First, decide what kind of …

Help Protect Bristol Bay

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The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) has some important questions to ask you: Do you eat wild, sustainable seafood? Do you dream of going to Alaska and/or have you already been to the Last Frontier? Do you believe that wild salmon matter and are worth protecting for future generations? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, …

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Will Culinary School make you a Better Seafood Cook?

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We know a lot of you love to cook – that’s why you seek out specialty purveyors like Santa Monica Seafood when you’re on the hunt for special ingredients for your next dinner party. But what about taking it to the next level – as in becoming a professional chef? There are many routes that lead to the kitchen, and …

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Beyond Sourcing – Our RSVP Program Funds Change

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In 2012 we launched our Responsible Sourcing/Vendor Partnership (RSVP) Program as a way of financially supporting projects that have a positive impact on wild fisheries and responsible aquaculture efforts. It’s another approach to sustainability that moves us beyond sourcing and into an active role that is helping change the industry! Over the past 2.5 years, we’ve helped fund a wide …

Pass (on) The Salt, Please

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Everyone knows that seafood is a healthy choice – don’t take away those health benefits by seasoning with too much salt!  Here are some ways to reduce your sodium use when cooking seafood. Cook from Scratch The easiest way to control sodium intake is in your own kitchen!  Cooking from scratch means you have total control over how much salt …

Show us your Mussels!

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We’re big fans of farmed mussels – they are super easy to work with, delicious, sustainable and nutritious! What’s not to love… When buying live mussels in the shell, look for mussels that are tightly closed. If they are gaping slightly, they should close when disturbed – your local Santa Monica Seafood Specialist is happy to guide you through choosing …

Good News for Chilean Sea Bass Lovers

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Every once in a while someone questions our decision to carry Chilean Sea Bass (a.k.a. Patagonian Toothfish).  It’s a great question!  There has been a lot of press over the years regarding the sustainability (or lack thereof) of Chilean Sea Bass.   The short answer is that we carry a very specific type of Toothfish that has been certified by …