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National Sardine Day

Quote for Today: “Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.”  Alan Bennett
Today is National Sardine Day and I for one never realized how important these creatures that I pass by every day at the grocery store really are.  Sardines have made a come back in a big way. They are a superfood packed with protein, Omega 3‘s and vitamins that support cardiovascular, bone and optimal health in general.  
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Sardines are abundant in the seas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean with Spain, Portugal and Norway leading the world’s canned production.  Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte helped popularize these little fish by initiating their canning to help feed the masses he ruled over.  
Restaurants are putting these little guys back on their menus as well.  At the Sardine Factory in Monterey, California they offer Wild Sardines, Lightly Smoked with Onions, Chopped Eggs, Lemons, and Capers as a first course.  At San Francisco’s Rich Table, you can get a pile of paper-thin sardine potato chips with a tangy Horseradish Creme Fraiche topped with sprigs of Peppercress.  Over on the East Coast at Atasca in Cambridge, Massachusetts, you can indulge in grilled whole sardines with roasted peppers.  Finally a little further South at Lupa Osteria Romana, you can dine on Sardines paired with Golden Raisins and Pinenuts.  
Even if you can’t find a menu in your area serving these delicious morsels, buy a tin of them from your grocer.  There are dozens and dozens of varieties out there and everyone seems to have their favorite brand.  Angelo Parodi Portuguese Sardines in Olive Oil seems to be one of the most preferred brands.  Give them a try with Alton Brown’s Open Face Sardine and Avocado Sandwich. The recipe is available here.  Happy fishing!  

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