Branzino with Cherry Tomato Olive Sauce over Potato Galette

2014 New Native ChardonnayDo you remember that one Friday when someone—maybe even you, cried in horror, “Noooo! I ate MEAT!”

Welcome to Lent! One of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church is upon us. This 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday is centered on penitence— a time for prayer, fasting and abstinence.

For even the most devout Catholic, the daily grind is all-consuming and forgetfulness happens. You’re only human right?

I confess to have sinned just the same, but this year I may have found an answer to my prayers, one that may help others feel a little less guilty: Online Seafood shopping.  

This month I was fortunate enough to work with New York’s very own,  With almost 60 years in the business and a proud fixture of the historic Fulton Fish Market, they really do know their stuff. I trust them, I know them personally and have seen the beauty, that is, their product.

Today’s featured fish is branzino—but this is no ordinary branzino.

Shop Fresh Seafood is the exclusive distributor of the recently honored Greek brand, Selonda.  In 2014, The Culinary Institute of America had their panel of experts conduct a competitive, independent test between Selonda Greek Sea Bass (aka Branzino) and Sea Bream (aka Orata) versus its Turkish competition. After evaluating the overall flavor, flakiness, aroma, and texture, Selonda reigned supreme on both quality and taste.

In the world of seafood, this is a real honor, just as it is for me to work with such great product and people.

So without further adieu, feast your eyes on this Branzino with Cherry Tomato Olive Sauce over Potato Galette. It’s a real stunner and will certainly impress the most discerning of eaters. Buon Appetito!

WINE RECOMMENDATION : I marinated the branzino and paired it with the 2014 New Native Chardonnay, a great wine I recently discovered thanks to ClubW.comGrazie! 

ORDER FROM As with any fresh product, the earlier you place your order, the better! For Friday delivery, be sure to purchase by latest, Wednesday evening. For specifics on delivery, please refer to their website and don’t forget to tell them who sent you! 😉 


Jo Ann

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For Founder and Food Blogger, Jo Ann Tartaglia, there is more to food than what we see on our plates. "It not only feeds the body, but nourishes the soul ...

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