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Crab/Lobster for cooking at home - in Calgary?

graemejw Nov 12, 2009 08:32 AM

Where is the best place to buy live crab/lobster in Calgary. I am talking here from a cleanliness and value for money perspective........


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    Bavin Nov 13, 2009 11:07 AM

    T&T has the best live seafood in the city and has a much greater variety. They had small soft shell blue crab last week. They often have live shrimp as well. usually several kinds of clams and oysters to.

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    1. re: Bavin
      Scary Bill Nov 13, 2009 12:21 PM

      I do not think that the live blue crab would have been soft-shelled, ie having just molted a hard shell. Soft shelled must be cooked or frozen within days of harvesting as I understand it. I have only seen live blue crab-hard shelled, or frozen soft shelled blue crab anywhere in Canada.

    2. howlin Nov 13, 2009 08:46 AM

      stay away from sobeys .they dont do seafood very well

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        maplesugar Nov 13, 2009 11:15 AM

        +1 I haven't had good luck at Sobey's for fish either.

      2. sweeterpea Nov 12, 2009 03:26 PM

        I would buy from T and T. I've found freshness at each Superstore depends on who the manager of the seafood department is.

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          slingshotz Nov 13, 2009 07:42 AM

          I'd second that. Some Superstores have dreadful looking seafood departments. The newer Superstores seem to have better quality for some reason. The Superstore in the NW in Huntington has a pretty decent live seafood dept.

          1. re: slingshotz
            sweeterpea Nov 13, 2009 08:01 AM

            The Edgemont SS had a great seafood manager. Very fresh fish and he always got in the wild sockeye. My Dad says he's moved on to working for one of the local Chinese newspapers, so naturally the dept. has gone downhill ever since.

          2. re: sweeterpea
            Scary Bill Nov 13, 2009 09:04 AM

            Agreed, there can be inconsistency at Superstore. They do seem to have differences store to store.

            The major problen with T & T, for me at least, is that the nearest T & T is almost a half-hour drive away, and it is the crappier of the two. The nine or ten bucks in gas doesn't really appeal to my cheap side, which is vastly larger that my have-to-have-it-at-any-price side

            Now that T & T is owned by Loblaws, I hope they raise the bar a bit overall, and put one somewhere in the south.

            The T & T in Mississauga is like a flagship store, so I know what can be done if the will is there. There would be lineups for seafood and varieties of fish and shellfish not usually seen anywhere else in the GTA such as live king crab, live shrimp and more.

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            slingshotz Nov 12, 2009 12:38 PM

            You can't beat T&T in my opinion for turnover and freshness. Go on a weekday and you'll find they have specials all the time for live shellfish. Sometimes the price goes up $1/lb on the weekends I've noticed.

            No issue with the cleanliness of the tanks for shellfish although I probably wouldn't buy the live fish. The new T&T in Harvest Hills is better than the old one though.

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              Scary Bill Nov 12, 2009 12:23 PM

              Also try Supersatore. Their prices will vary with market, though sometimes they have very good sales on Lobster and Dungeness, with corresponding high turnover.

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                makan2 Nov 12, 2009 11:54 AM

                Try T&T Supermarket - they have fresh seafood still in the tanks.

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