What can you do: (1) ask where the fish you are buying comes from; if the server at your local dining establishment doesn’t know – ask the manager, if they don’t know – order the steak; (2) ) if you must buy imported seafood; research it - certain farmed shrimp from SE Asia are fed pig feces; AND (3) buy seafood harvested by U.S. fishermen – ideally from your local fishermen’s market or local fishmonger.
This is meant to be read with some humor and levity. That being said, I’m not wrong. All of the points made below are based in fact. Seafood is good for you, your mental health, and the environment. Fish is inexpensive and easy to prepare and any of the arguments against these things are ill-advised and do harm, injustice, and a disservice to coastal communities and fishermen.
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.
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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.