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Ocean Tides – California Deep Pacific

Chef – Deep Water Pacific Favorites!

San Diego’s ports harbor some of the Pacific’s most dedicated men and women of the sea. Longline Boats like F/V Kraken and F/V Anthony G offload each week with brilliant pelagic species found between the mainland and Hawaii. The brilliant winds of the Pacific often slipstream the catch into port as quickly as it is boated. Displaying the highest quality is what the San Diego fishery is highly renowned, and we have it for you the very next morning. Find the species that fits your need and it’s a call away.

Bigeye Tuna – “Bigeye”
(Thunnus obesus)

Bigeye is a deeper swimming species and, for natural reasoning, contains higher fat contents that Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tunas. Bigeye is noted for its deep color, and softer flesh. The larger the Bigeye, the higher the fat content. Look at its scientific name. Bigeye’s fat content is right in the name. It is perfect for raw application, and caramelizes very well in high heat cooking. San Diego’s Longliners offload each week and make available some of the freshest short trip Bigeye on the market. We see typically two sizes of Bigeye in our San Diego Longline distribution. 40/60 lb fish yield “medium loins” while the 60/100+ offer us the “large loins”. Call every Monday to see what F/V Kraken is offloading.

Sickle Pomfret – “Monchong”
(Taractichthys steindachneri)
 

Monchong is a deep ocean Pomfret that offers a lightly flavored, very moist flesh. It has a stark white color when cooked and is forgiving to high heat and caramelizes well. The Monchong offers plenty of nutritional value and is a clean taste that accents many Pacific Rim, Latin, and French culinary styles. SeafoodS.com offers Monchong from the pelagic waters off the coast of California with Overnight Priority Shipping. SoCal Monchong is a testament to the quality that is California seafood. Monchong is not a targeted species, rather it is caught incidentally in fisheries targeting tuna, snapper and other species. There are also no well-defined seasonal trends in availability. The lack of consistent availability of this fish is part of what makes it so exotic and desirable.

Broadbill Swordfish – “Swordfsih”  
(Xiphias gladius
) 

Swordfish has a firm meaty texture and sweet and robust flavor which allows for a variety of applications. However, a steak cut is the most popular presentation of this fish due to the large size and compact flesh of its loins. From receiving, it lends itself to a great butchering aspect. From whole fish, to wagon wheels, to steak ready loins, this cylindrical body has a great yield. Cutting waste, cutting butcher time, cutting cost. With the firm texture of the flesh, and abundant flavor, California Swordfish is phenomenal for grilling, light smoking, and broiling. It also caramelizes nicely in a searing application. It holds up fearlessly against powerful “sets” and spices.  The California fishery is managed by National Marine Fisheries, which considers swordfish stocks in healthy condition and rates it a sustainable resource.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your SoCal Features

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267
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Chef Hugo Ortega

Chef Hugo OrtegaChef Hugo Ortega Dish

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Hugo’s and Backstreet Cafe

HOUSTON . . . Hugo Ortega, executive chef/co-owner of Hugo’s and Backstreet Cafe and a three-time finalist for James Beard Foundation Awards (2012, 2013 & 2014), was born in Mexico City, the oldest of a family of eight children. At 15, he began working at one of several Procter & Gamble factories in Mexico to help support his family.  “In Mexico, we have a saying, ‘If you’re born poor, you’ll die poor,’” says the eldest Ortega. “I knew I wanted more from my life.”

In 1984, Ortega immigrated to Houston with a cousin and a friend. He had no contacts or job leads, but was determined to make a life for himself in America.  “My family has always had a strong work ethic,” he says. “And I strongly believe that if you work hard, people will respect you.”

Slowly, step-by-step, Ortega began to set down roots in the bustling oil capitol. He shared an apartment with several friends, and followed up on leads for jobs in nearby restaurants. He was happy to find his first job, as a dishwasher, at a popular bar and nightclub. While the pay was meager, Ortega grabbed at the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the restaurant business and find contacts to help him improve his English.

Later, he moved on to a downtown Houston restaurant as busboy during the day and, at night, he cleaned the floors in office buildings to supplement his income. “I was fortunate to have two steady-paying jobs,” recalls Ortega. When his friends in Houston planned to move to California, he opted to stay in Houston. With an unexpected turn of bad luck, Ortega found himself without work.

“It was a very bad time for me,” Ortega remembers. “Most of my friends had moved away, I was out of work and afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent.” A friend took Hugo to Backstreet Cafe, where he found employment as a dishwasher/busboy.  It was at Backstreet Cafe tat, according to the chef, “the great opportunity of my life came.”

Tracy Vaught, owner of Backstreet Cafe and Prego, was impressed with Ortega’s positive attitude and willingness to learn.  She thought he showed a great deal of promise and offered him a position on the line in the kitchen.  He worked diligently, familiarizing himself with every aspect of the kitchen and was soon promoted to the kitchen at Prego, where he worked side-by-side with Executive Chef John Watt.  Impressed by his hard work and dedication, Vaught offered to enroll Ortega in the Culinary Arts program at Houston Community College.  He jumped in with both feet.


R+D: Grillin’ on the EVO

It’s that time again, when the SeafoodS.com Team tests some product and throws a party! No explanation needed – great food, great beers, and great company all done in style on the EVO Grill! We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… Check it out!

EVO Grill

EVO Grill

New Zealand Coromandel Bay Oysters

New Zealand Coromandel Bay Oysters

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Wagyu Flatiron

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Wagyu Flatiron

Flatiron On The EVO Grill

Flatiron On The EVO Grill

Flatiron Sliced, Ready to Serve - Beautiful!

Flatiron Sliced, Ready to Serve – Beautiful!

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Teres Major

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Teres Major

#1 Tahitian Yellowfin Tuna

#1 Tahitian Yellowfin Tuna

Blackened Alaskan Halibut

Blackened Alaskan Halibut


Tahitian Tuna – “A Profitable Solution”

#1 Tahitian Tuna Cryovac Loin

#1 Tahitian Tuna Cryovac Loin

Our Team was given a challenge in the second half of 2012 – “Consistent Ahi Tuna!” Everything was on the table… Price had to be consistent, quality had to be consistent, trim spec, shelf-life, packaging- EVERYTHING! We gladly accepted the challenge. Why not?? These types of solution-based programs are what we live for! It’s simple – We solve our customers’ problems day in and day out.

From July 2012 to January 11, 2013, SeafoodS.com has purchased over 13,000 pounds of Tahitian Ahi Tuna. We are pleased and humbled to report that through the hard work and support of key Customers, Fishermen, and Importers, the program is an overwhelming success! Out of the 13,000 pounds of tuna we have shipped to our customers, we have credited less than 200 pounds!! That is what we like to call quality and reliability.

We researched every market in the world to explore fishing practices, logistics in place, sustainability results, grading resources, and more. At the end of the day, Tahiti really stepped up for SeafoodS.com and our customers. Check out the program…

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