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Langoustines for Christmas Eve Dinner

Wannabfoode Dec 13, 2008 11:53 AM

Any ideas on where I can purchase these in the Boston area? Crucial for my feast of the seven fishes!

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    9lives RE: Wannabfoode Dec 13, 2008 12:25 PM

    I would suggest calling New Deal or Courthouse Fish in E Cambridge a week or so in advance. I don't recall if they regularly carry them but they could probably special order them.

    1. hotoynoodle RE: Wannabfoode Dec 14, 2008 05:22 AM

      it's not something you're likely to find fresh anyway, so you can always order them off the web.

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        FriedClamFanatic RE: Wannabfoode Dec 14, 2008 05:36 AM

        Didn't Massachusetts once have a law saying you could only buy Maine/Massachusetts lobsters? It was intended to keep out the frozen lobster tails that in those days, I think, came from South Africa. Don't know if Langoustines and Crawfish come under that heading as well.

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          hotoynoodle RE: FriedClamFanatic Dec 14, 2008 06:58 AM

          frozen lobster tails are readily available now. i wonder if that law had more to do with anti-apartheid embargoes?

          langoustines have been badly overfished and do

        2. steinpilz RE: Wannabfoode Dec 14, 2008 05:20 PM

          This is a place I found after seeing live langoustines in Toronto (haven't ordered from them though):


          I agree that calling New Deal is a good idea, probably the best idea.

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            ac106 RE: steinpilz Dec 16, 2008 06:16 AM

            went to New Deal last night

            Me: Hi do you carry langoustines
            Guy behind the counter: no
            Me: Oh, too bad any idea where i could possibly get them
            guy behind the couter: no
            Me: err thanks

            Hopefully if you call, you could extract some better info :)

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              steinpilz RE: ac106 Dec 16, 2008 03:18 PM

              I took up this challenge, called New Deal and must have talked to that same guy you did (the older gentleman):

              Me: Hi, I'm wondering if you guys ever have langoustines?
              Gentleman: No, have you ever seen them?
              Me: Yes, I've seen live ones up in Toronto.
              Gentleman: We've had scampo, do you know them? Where are you from? I mean, what's your background?
              Me: Well, Irish I guess.
              Gentleman: Oh (hangs up).

              So, just to check I Googled scampo (the same thing as langoustines) and then called back to see if they can get them. I got the younger gentleman at New Deal who apologized for his father misleading me, they actually very rarely get scampo.

              So then I did another search for langoustine suppliers, here's what looks like a pretty good one from Canada:


              And here's a nice article by RW Apple about langoustines:


              Happy holidays!

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                Wannabfoode RE: steinpilz Dec 16, 2008 06:32 PM

                hmmmm....this is gonna be difficult! thanks for all your help!

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                  Richard Hurts RE: Wannabfoode Dec 17, 2008 05:11 AM

                  Captain Marden's wholesale has carried them in the past.The problem is that they are bought off the Holland Seafood auction and are insanely expensive while having a shelf life of 30 seconds. Not a fun proposition for seafood purveyors especially in today's economy.

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                    steinpilz RE: Richard Hurts Dec 17, 2008 04:39 PM

                    Thanks for your informed comments, reminded me of this unfortunately funny plea from MacGregors:

                    "unlike Lobsters, fresh “dead” langoustines are expected and of uncompromised quality & safety. This is how they are sold throughout Europe. "

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            snowcone RE: Wannabfoode Dec 17, 2008 07:12 AM

            I hope not to offend food purists, but I just purchased some frozen langoustine tails from Trader Joe's. I made them last night in a recipe I have from Zermatt that calls for fresh, but it turned out really good anyway.
            "Noodles with Saffron, and Fresh Langoustine".
            I also purchased some inexpensive saffron from Trader's and it did the trick.

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