Langoustines for Christmas Eve Dinner
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.
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.