As If You Needed Another Reason to Strictly Buy Your Seafood Direct From the Shores of Gloucester

I was gonna go on a long rant after reading this but with my Bhuddhism and all the kinder and gentler Joey will just pass this along for your amusement.

Thank you to the dozen or so of you who have forwarded me this story from the New York Times about the guy in the Upper West Side of New York who has been selling freshwater crawfish meat as lobster for at least 15 years (I guess New Yorkers wouldn’t know the difference anyway)

Lobster Salad, but a Key Ingredient Was Missing

Only the name has changed. The ingredients remain the same: wild freshwater crawfish, mayonnaise, celery, salt and sugar.

For at least 15 years, Zabar’s, the Upper West Side grocery with the big crowds and even bigger prices, sold that as lobster salad — thousands and thousands of pounds of it, by itself in a plastic tub or on a bagel or a roll. Apparently no one noticed.

Then Doug MacCash, a reporter from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, stopped at Zabar’s while vacationing in Manhattan last month.

“Lobster salad on a bagel: Why not?” he wrote on Aug. 1 on the newspaper’s Web site. “It was delicious, but the pink/orange tails seemed somehow familiar.”

He checked the label. “Wild fresh water crayfish?” he wrote. “Really? At $16.95 per pound?” He photographed the label, just to be sure.

Mr. MacCash had discovered a fact of New York culinary life that New Yorkers had not: There was no lobster in the lobster salad at Zabar’s.

click here for the rest of the Story at the New York Times website

Hey New Yorkers, for future reference:

Seafood For Dummies:image

This is a lobster-

This is a crayfish-

from wikipedia

File:Procambarus clarkii top.jpg

This is a steroid user-


4 thoughts on “As If You Needed Another Reason to Strictly Buy Your Seafood Direct From the Shores of Gloucester

  1. Anecdote:

    Many years ago, when pollack based “seafood salad” was first being introduced (in crab like “sticks” with faux coloring) at least one local restaurant offered up “crab rolls” at well below market. Curious how they could offer the same product as he, at a price well below half, my father (a restaurant owner) sauntered down to the spot, ordered one, brought it back to our kitchen and analysed it. The taste, sight, smell all revealed how they managed… there was zero crabmeat in those crab rolls.

    Sure it’s not a crime to use it, so long as you properly represent it, allowing buyers to choose it… or not.

    As my dad used to say…

    “people who know the difference, notice the difference”



  2. I heard that story on the radio yesterday and knew Joey’s antenna would be twitching. Zabar’s excuse was that lobster and crawfish were in the same “family”. A serious WTF? A minnow and a salmon are in the same family too. They changed the name to “seafood” salad but crawfish are fresh water!


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