Fortune Fish & Gourmet

The Seafood & Gourmet Specialists

I know, I know, I completely understand if you spit your coffee out and cursed the title of this post. We love our summers here and try to hold on to them later and later each year. It is safe to say that we are still FAR AWAY from the end of this beautiful weather; however, the fish in Alaska are already into fall and that is good news for us.

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Picture this: Cool, pristine waters as blue as the sky, surrounded by ice-capped mountains, stretching hundreds of thousands of miles beyond sight. That's the year-round setting for hardworking fishing crews in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska - and it's the setting of this week's blog takeover!

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The Yukon River in Alaska produces the fattiest, most delicious salmon in the world, but for years the King Salmon that were incidentally caught during the Keta fishing were not available to be sold. This week, that has all changed and so will your life when you try Coco 5.

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This week marks the July 4th holiday when our nation celebrates the Declaration of Independence (from England, that is) by the original 13 colonies. It’s a tribute to those who took great risks, committing treason in the face of oppression, for the opportunity of a better, self-governed life. In the spirit of taking great risks, here are some ideas for what to serve while celebrating our nation’s independence. When staring down the barrel of conformity, it’s always better when you think and cook differently.

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We have waited patiently, so patiently, for Summer to get here, and now that it’s (officially) here, there’s not a second waste. Man the grilling stations, open the windows, and crank the music, it’s time to skip the heavy meats and think lighter, eat lighter, and feel lighter. It’s time to take advantage of how seafood can transform the way you feel when you step away from the table. Poke may be looked at as a trend, but it has legitimate chops when it comes to staying power. If you are interested in adding a twist to the traditionally-used Yellowfin Tuna, try domestically caught summer Albacore. Think outside the can with this species. Fresh Albacore is much different than what you grew up eating. It can be fatty, succulent, and, when prepared properly, transcending.

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The official start of summer is only two weeks away, but that doesn't mean we have to wait for the calendar to tell us when to start the festivals...or the construction. There's a buzz already in the air, and the fishermen are playing their best conductor, keeping our menus on beat to the tune of beautiful fish. While we're looking forward to the summer species of fish, we're going back to some classics in the cheese department with our newly expanded English & Irish cheese portfolio.

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Memorial Day weekend honors our fallen soldiers, a lasting salute to thank them for their service, and we extend our gratitude and humble appreciation. Our Freedoms carry great debts. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer, and by the looks of our first runs of Copper River Salmon, it looks like it's going to be a sizzling one. Read on to learn about a few items to enliven a cookout.

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Mother’s Day is a great excuse for another extravagant day. Why not bring out the best for all the hardworking mom’s, grandma’s and other important women in your lives.

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April's showers are in full bloom as storms run across the country and both coasts, but that doesn't mean you have to catch the blues. There are still plenty of species to be caught, more are just coming into season and it's the perfect time to pull the grill out of storage.

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Next week is Tax Day and a not-so-friendly reminder that there are a few things we can always count on, whether we want to or not. The last blog advised to not be fooled by seasonal peaks or aberrations, because, like death and taxes, some natural cycles are reliably consistent.

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Did you know that in France on April Fools Day, children fool their friends by taping a paper fish on their friends' backs. FISH! No more fooling around...Easter and Passover are right around the corner.The river is back to blue and most are back to work, marching toward something more like spring and less like the madness of the last few months. Winter has lingered here for sure, and there is hope for April, but don’t be caught a fool - about the weather or what is or is not going to be available for the plate.

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Who are we? Niceland Seafood is the first turn-key provider of fresh Icelandic fish to offer full traceability from “Sea-to-Pan.” We are a small Icelandic based company with offices in Reykjavik and Denver, CO. Despite our size, we are striving to make significant changes in the seafood business–changes that are better for marine ecosystems and the people who work the waters so that we can provide our customers with premium Icelandic seafood that they can be sure was sustainably caught.

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There are a multitude of ways to express your love and affection, but nothing says ‘I love you’ and ‘I’m here for you’ like a great meal. Giving someone sustenance is at the same time a promise and a sacrifice. The promise is one of support and nurturement. The sacrifice is one of resources; sharing your plate is the same as sharing your livelihood. If you decide to display your sentiments with a meal this week, or ever, why not do it deliciously.

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The snow piles are creating tiny mountain ranges, turning sidewalks into slick valleys that we must navigate cautiously, that’s if we ever dare leave our bunkers. The freezing temps seem to slow everything down a notch, and even the pace of these last few January days are dragging. But fear not, February marks another step closer to the sunshine and thaw, and like the latest news from the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Global Seafood Conference, you’ve got to take the good with the bad.

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Though the weather can get pretty bitter outside this time of year, you can take solace in the fact that there are some sweet deals to be had on great products. Business can get quiet this time of year, so focusing your menus on the healthy and affordable options that Fortune Fish & Gourmet has to offer can be a terrific way to draw the crowds your way. Spoiler...A recent study proves even chocolate has health benefits.

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It’s the first week of January, so that means you are still steadfast about those New Year’s resolutions. Strong efforts will be made, for sure, but many of the promises we make to ourselves for change just aren’t tenable. This year, instead of joining that way too expensive gym or navigating some extreme, lifestyle-altering diet, start being a better you by simply swapping out the proteins on your plate a few times a week and drink more water. It’s that easy to be healthier.

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Lights are twinkling on Michigan Avenue and the hum of carols can be heard drifting in on the cold lake wind, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. No matter what you are shopping for, this is a time of year when it’s best to get a plan in place and start your sourcing early. Items can get scarce quickly; due to supply, demand, and weather, so it’s best to pre-order once you have your menus set. Here are some items that can put you on the big guy’s nice list.

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Hard to believe it, but we are already knocking on December’s door. Before you know it, Christmas will be here and with it, most likely, more snow. Right now, we are just getting over our turkey haze and in need of some lighter fare.

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Last week we saw our first shipments of Florida Stone Crab Claws and, thankfully, this week we have Stone Crab Claws and more in store.

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