Foodies are uniting for sustainable seafood! On Sunday, the New York Times ran a column by Mark Bittman (of How to Cook Everything fame), calling for foodie-based fishing reform.
I suppose you might call me a wild-fish snob. I don’t want to go into a fish market on Cape Cod and find farm-raised salmon from Chile and mussels from Prince Edward Island instead of cod, monkfish or haddock. I don’t want to go to a restaurant in Miami and see farm-raised catfish from Vietnam on the menu but no grouper.
The only option then is to ask questions, whether at the fish counter or at the restaurant: what kind of fish is it, where does it come from, how was it farmed/caught?
Admittedly, this is not the easiest thing to do — especially in France, where vendors and waiters are known to get defensive, and where well-intentioned curiosity is occasionally met with a take-it-or-leave-it-mademoiselle attitude. The trick is to adopt just the right tone so as not to sound high-and-mighty, yet make it clear how important it is to you.
For the SoCal foodie crowd, San Diego has a brand-new sustainable seafood restaurant, Sea Rocket Bistro. Eric and I went there on Saturday night in order to do our part to save the oceans through desire – tasty, tasty desire. (San Diegans can check out Sea Rocket for free next Wednesday at the Slow Food Mixer.)