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What’s On My Phone Wednesdays: A Whole Fish

I recently started a new job and went to a business dinner with my colleagues for the first time. We went to Mamnoon, an upscale restaurant serving modern takes on Middle Eastern cuisines. We ordered a several dishes to share. I was most excited about the samkeh harra, a whole roasted branzino.

When our server brought the fish to the table, I asked if anyone else wanted the head. My co-workers demurred and then looked on (possibly in horror) as I happily dismantled the fish head and ate it–including the fish eyes. (The best part!)

I’m sure it was not a pretty sight, and maybe I should have chosen something I could have consumed more elegantly, but that fish head was good! Cheek meat is some of the best on a fish.

The next night, I had dinner at the Thai-Laotian restaurant Viengthong. This time I was with friends, and we also ordered a whole fish. It was fried and topped with chilis. I think I may have had to fight my friend Mahnaz for the head.


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Rejoice! Salmon is $7.99/lb

Lent, the 40-day Christian observance before Easter, is a time of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and as far as my local grocer is concerned, seafood sales.

I’m Catholic and abstain from eating meat and poultry Fridays during Lent. So part of me sees the ad and thinks, “Great! Now I know where to get a good deal on red snapper.”

Another part of me thinks this ad is strange and somewhat inappropriate. Lent is a somber and penitential time, not a time for “great buys.”

Must every celebration, holiday and observance also be an occasion to try and make a buck?

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