Langoustines for Christmas Eve Dinner
Any ideas on where I can purchase these in the Boston area? Crucial for my feast of the seven fishes!
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.
it's not something you're likely to find fresh anyway, so you can always order them off the web.
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:
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.