The Wife wanted sardines tonight. She was all Dandy Warhols and I was like Brian Jonestown Massacre. I wanted to wait till another Voice spoke to you of fine tinned fish, but, knowing the Fathers of the Society, that could be a long wait.
I picked up these three specimens locally. Actually, at the Cowgirl Creamery up in Point Reyes Station.BELA-Olhão, pronounced "Bella, Ol- yow", according to the importer, Blue Galleon. (mybela.com is temporarily unavailable). Some quotes from their website:
Blue Galleon navigates the business currents with a focus on quality, excellence, standards, and intention.And
Blue Galleon products are better for the environment and fish stocks. We fish species that are plentiful in magnitude and incorporate catch methods that ensure sustainability.
We work with local communities and use “Fair-Trade-Like” principles to guide our interactions with primary fishers.
These sardines offer the advantage of being a classic sardine (species: Sardina Pilchardue Walbaum) located in the waters of Portugal. BELA-Olhão Portuguese sardines are caught by local fishers and packed fresh within hours resulting in a product that is healthier, looks better, has less smell, and taste far better than other brands and varieties.
BELA-Olhão products are kosher certified by the Orthodox Union (OU).These are all over the net, I even found a rumor that Blue Galleon, a Massachusetts company, is no longer operating in the U.S. so maybe buy em if you see em, well, let me pop these and see.Paco & Lola Albariño.
Cayenne on the left, Lemon in the middle, and Tomato on the right. They all contain 3 Big Fish, skin and bones.
We started with the Lemon. and the key word here is Light. Light oil texture, Light lemon flavor, Light flesh - good tooth, not mushy, nice lemon infused oil. Four Tins. Solid.
The blinis are always good, the cornichons broke up the different bites nicely and the Albariño is Right On.Happy New Year