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Monday, 14 January 2008

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Omar

Great post, Ed. I am particularly drawn by your description of the clam chowder, a dish I love, and one I've seen poorly prepared throughout my life. Cafe Fina's was apparently good enough to make one's hands shake.

Those sardines look fantastic. I'm not a big fish eater, but the articles I've seen recently describing the sardine's "comeback" has intrigued me. Has anyone here made these at home on the bbq?

janfrederick

Wow, I really do need to get out. I've never heard of pasta fina. But I think we'll be trying it out this weekend. Thanks!

ed (from yuma)

Omar - to my knowledge fresh sardines are not common. I can't recall ever seeing them in fish stores in Monterey. Jan - the dish is only called pasta fina at Cafe Fina, but the dish is (or at least used to be) on the Menu at Massaro & Santos and at Monterey Fish House (and probably elsewhere as well), but I don't remember under what name. To me, it seems like an Italo-American restaurateur's adaption of a pasta dish to ingredients readily available in CA. I suspect some version of this dish has been on some Fisherman's Wharf menus in Monterey for 50 years at least

Omar

Ed,

There was an interesting article by Corby Kummer in July's Atlantic Monthly called, "The Rise of the Sardine." The link is:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200707/sardines

Enjoy,
Omar

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