Seafood is not and should not be difficult, to purchase or cook. The fishing industry has done itself a huge disservice trying to educate consumers about how the fishing industry works to get people to purchase and consume more seafood, rather than talking about how amazing fishermen are and how delicious (and healthy) seafood tastes. I think people forget where seafood comes from and I think they get confused by all the guides, misinformation, and terrible stories in the media. Yes, a lot of seafood is imported, but not all imported seafood is bad. Local seafood is best, of course, and all seafood landed in the United States is sustainable. I hope that these stories and recipes from chefs and fishing families help get you excited to eat more seafood. It's good for you, the environment, and seafood can be so quick and easy to prepare!
Welcome to my attempt at trying to make seafood eating and buying just a bit easier, a bit more positive, and a lot less jargon-y.
Sign up and starting on October 1, you’ll get a quick email in the morning with one thing that you can do during the day to become a more mindful seafood eater. How much you commit is up to you.
Maine waters produce some of the most amazing seafood in the world, and with good reason. The phrase “you are what you eat” applies to seafood too, especially filter feeders. These stationary beauties are at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to food: they have to eat what she brings by them. While some shellfish make do with shallow, stagnant waters (ick), Maine bivalves lives the good life: our waters are cold, pure and teeming with tasty critters.
Rob started Eating Portland Alive 5-years ago and is up to almost 11k followers. His photos of meals and descriptions of food are enticing and authentic because he spends the time learning and getting to know the staff and chefs in the restaurants. Rather than writing what he thinks his audience wants to hear, Rob writes about his experience and showcases wonderful Maine businesses and foods; it’s authentic and honest, and totally helpful if you’re trying to find a new place to eat.
When you first walk into Eventide Restaurant on Middle St. in Portland, Maine, you get a sensation that you’re going to like the restaurant before even taking a bite of food. Good atmosphere? Check. Nice looking oyster bar and cool art? Check. Is that Warren G playing? I like it.
Turns out, Chuck Hughes took my request for an interview because Maine and because seafood. Turns out, Chuck Hughes visits Maine every summer with his family and has done so since, well, forever, “My parents have been going to Maine since before I was even born.” He even gives these trips to Maine credit for setting him on his path to working in the restaurant business.