Saturday, 29 September 2012

Fave Friday

I am a day late with this one. Yesterday was sponsored walk day - the annual 9-mile trek across the hilliest parts of the school's locality, punctuated with gunshots from the adjacent army firing ranges and screeches of teachers trying to convince students to pick up litter - and I got blisters just walking up to school from the train station, which then meant that afterwards I had to resort to tequila to forget the minced state of my heels. Hence, no Friday post. It would have been about how much I love my friends, and tequila, and I don't think either of those things are particularly surprising.


My favourite this week is my amazing fishmonger in Kingswood. It's called Fresco Fish Market and they sell a wide variety of very fresh and very delicious fish, and the service is truly amazing. I went in today to buy some fish pie fish, and the man not only selected me some good fish but also skinned it and cut it into chunks and mixed it for me. While I waited. That is good service. And it's such good fish, too! I mentioned earlier in the year that I am trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to fish but I keep finding fish I really enjoy and not wanting to eat anything else.

I did not take a picture of it today, which was most reticent of me; and no pictures appear to exist online, not even on Google Streetview, which is an old picture and shows the shop's previous occupant. So, you'll just have to imagine - a long counter open to the street with lots of iced fresh fish on it, a cabinet of cockles and whelks and crab sticks and scallops, and some freezers with frozen fish in (though I couldn't tell you what, I haven't looked). They have prepared crab and sometimes live lobsters (make me sad but a good offering nevertheless) and things like razor clams and massive prawns.

I like how helpful they are. They will prepare the fish any way you want it and give advice on the best value and the best type for what you want to make. They also give advice on how best to prepare it and cook it if you're a fish novice like me.

I don't know that I have many (any) local readers but it you are ever in the area - go and buy fish from these people. You will not be sorry.

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