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Tapas!

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Tapas!

When the Grandparents came back from Barcelona a few weeks ago, they told Chloe all about the local Tapas.  As many of you know, my daughter Chloe loves to cook and she was excited to cook up a storm for us.  We had baked bread with tomato and garlic spread on the top, smoked oysters on gluten free crackers, shrimp with cocktail sauce and asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and cream cheese.

It was delicious!  Nice job on the Tapas Chloe!

Matt Becker

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Eric Clapton – Three Days in Auschwitz

CLAPTON COMPOSES SOUNDTRACK FOR PHILIPPE MORA FILM, THREE DAYS IN AUSCHWITZ
Three Days in Auschwitz, a new documentary from acclaimed director Philippe Mora, with music by Eric Clapton, will debut at the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland on 24 July. They are also the film’s producers. Speaking of their collaboration to Where’s Eric!, Mora said, “This was a unique and trusting collaboration between old friends. I was simply blown away by Eric’s score for this film which combined the tragedy of the events with a celebration of life. He created music with great dignity and emotional power. In my opinion, this is one for the ages.”

Their friendship goes back to 1967, when both resided at the artist’s colony, The Pheasantry, on the King’s Road, Chelsea. Mora had recently moved to London from Australia to make his mark in art and filmmaking. Eric produced the director’s first film, Trouble in Molopolis (1969). Twenty years later, the guitarist composed music for Mora’s alien encounter film, Communion, which starred Christopher Walken and Lindsey Crouse.

Three Days in Auschwitz grew out of Mora’s personal investigation as mother, Mirka, avoided Auschwitz by one day. On his father’s side many perished in the Holocaust. He started filming the documentary inside Auschwitz in 2010 following a 7 film retrospective of his work at the New Horizons Film Festival.

Of the documentary, Mora wrote on his website last year, “In 2010 I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps for the first time and filmed the visit. I knew many of my relatives had been killed there. Incredibly, that year I also found over 250 documents from Poland and Leipzig, documenting the fate of seven Morawski family members. In 2012, I revisited the camps again with my friend Harald Grosskopf, with whom I had made the documentary German Sons. The two visits triggered an ongoing personal investigation into the matrix of Holocaust Restitution, with the Morawskis, my murdered family, as a portal into the shocking world of Nazi barbarism and looting. With billions of dollars unaccounted for, for millions of victims and heirs, the issue remains an open wound, the legacy of unprecedented crimes against humanity. This film documents this odyssey into the heart of evil, past and present.”

Published in “Where’s Eric”

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Chilean Sea Bass? Or is it…

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Beautiful……  Chilean Sea Bass!

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Not so beautiful…  Patagonian Toothfish!

Have you ever heard of Patagonian toothfish? Well, chances are, you’ve eaten it — only when you ate it, it was called Chilean Seabass.

Yes, that’s right, Chilean Seabass is just a more “friendly” name for the Patagonian toothfish. The name under which it’s marketed was changed in 1977 by fisherman Lee Lantz , to make it sound more appetizing to the American market. Although the fish isn’t always caught in Chilean waters, and a toothfish isn’t technically even a bass, the term Chilean Seabass had “broad resonance among American seafood eaters.”

While the name change has certainly helped the Patagonian toothfish become more popular (there was a major Chilean Seabass boom in the ‘90s), it has also led to overfishing of the species. Without strict government regulation, sustainability hasn’t been a top priority and many fishermen have been fishing in areas where they shouldn’t be. Had this fish not been renamed to make it more marketable, would the demand have been as high and led to overfishing? Probably not.

It may seem odd that a fish’s name was changed to make it sound better, however it is actually more common than you may think. Monkfish was originally called Goosefish, Sea Urchin used to be called Whore’s Eggs and Orange Roughy was Slimehead.

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Harbor Fish Market, Portland, ME

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Harbor Fish Market, Portland, ME

Harbor Fish Market is the best fish market that I’ve ever been to.  I haven’t been there in years, but at my latest Stonewall Kitchen event, Chef Bethany Taylor purchased 37 whole sea bass for our main course, which was Salt-Crusted Roasted Sea Bass with Fennel, Capers and Arugula.  It was fantastic, perhaps the freshest fish I have ever had.

Founded in 1969 by Ben Alfiero Sr., Harbor Fish Market is still in its original location on the water in Portland’s historic waterfront district. Ben along with his three sons, Nick, Ben and Mike, has forged a unique seafood company, with high quality product, strong customer relationships, with a wide, abundant array of product. The Alfieros have committed to high quality fish and seafood across the entire operation. The adage, “if the product is not fresh enough for us to take home and prepare, then we are not going to sell it, period,” has been our philosophy in the operation for years. By committing to these extremes in quality, Harbor Fish Market has set itself apart from other seafood companies, with its unique combination of high quality, wide selection, unparalleled service and customer satisfaction. The family has developed a very special and unique place to shop along with being a fun place to visit.

I had a great time yesterday morning meeting up with Corey Templeton of Portland, Maine Daily Photo. I could tell driving down to Portland that the clouds were lining up for what promised to be a great sunrise, so I was very excited to get out and shoot. After considering several other locations, we parked the car by the Civic Center and walked down into the Old Port. Looking back, it seems like we were magnetically drawn to this location. That, or we just knew that we could get a good shot here. Corey calls it the "Portland Head Light" of downtown Portland because of it's popularity with photographers. Popularity be damned, this was turning out to be one amazing sunrise. I was running around, setting up in different locations, trying different compositions, all the while making statements like, 'this is amazing!', 'wow!', and 'so beautiful!'. When I looked over at Corey, he seemed much calmer, enjoying himself, but not as overwhelmed with the sunrise as I was. What can I say, I'm a nut. After witnessing the clouds explode, the light subdued a bit but remained beautiful for the next 10 minutes, so we turned back towards town and took some images of the Customs House, which we both agreed is probably the coolest building in Portland. I'll share that one later, along with images looking up down Commercial Street for my 'Maine Streets' series. Have a great week, y'all. I'll check in again before Thanksgiving.

The picturesque and historic storefront at 9 Custom House Wharf has served as a backdrop for national and international advertisements, and is the subject of countless paintings, photographs, and post cards. Inside the store you will find a fully viewable processing room and a full view specialty cut room. There is over 50 linear feet of display showcases, displaying top quality fish, seafood and thousands of pounds of lobsters for your dining delight. Harbor Fish consistently wins local readers polls and “best of” contests. The retail store is a stop for local shoppers, visitors and a destination for tour groups and schools.

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Perhaps it’s the 50 feet of mouth watering seafood display or the surging salt water tanks, that house hundred of Lobsters, or perhaps it’s the clean ocean smell, the knowledgeable sales staff, or the convenient parking at the front door that keeps people coming back for more, week after week and year after year. We invite you to come for a visit and see a true working fish market.

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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer - Freshly caught lobsters rest in a crate at Harbor Fish Market in Portland on July 17, 2012.

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