Friday, June 20, 2014

Nuri- 127


NURI: INTOMATO SAUCE & PURE OLIVE OIL






APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Serving:1
Calories- 130
Total Fat- 9g
Protein- 10g
Sodium- 400mg
Cholesterol- 50mg
Fat Cal- 80

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A very faint tomato aroma upon opening. Four, scaled fish to the tin. Not a spiny fish. A flavorful tin of fish, sauce does not over power the fish, nor is it a wangy sauce. Fish texture is slightly below medium, no strong taste or after. I would eat again. 4 Sardines.






NURI: IN TOMATO SAUCE





APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Serving:1
Calories- 130
Total Fat- 9g
Protein- 10g
Sodium- 400mg
Cholesterol- 50mg
Fat Cal- 80

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil,( Hot Sauce), Chile Pepper, (piri-piri), Cucumber, Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A spiced, peppery, tomato aroma upon opening. Four meaty fish to the tin. Flavor of the chili really stands out. A mild tomato sauce, a nice size chili pod is present in the tin, as is a slice of of cucumber. A good textured fish, no fishy taste or after. a clean taste and after taste. not a spiny fish. Heat is very subtle. But still an excellent tin. I would and will eat again. 5 Sardines.










NURI: SPICED






APPEARANCE:




NUTRITION:
Serving:1
Calories- 170
Total Fat- 16g
Protein- 9g
Sodium- 380mg
Cholesterol- 25mg
Fat Cal- 140

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Chile Pepper, Carrot, Cucumber, Laurel, Clove, Pepper, Corn,  Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A sweet aroma hits you upon opening. Four tightly, pretty packed fish to the tin. A soft textured fish. Sweetness of the clove stands out. Salt is very detectable. A roe filled fish. No fishy taste or after. Heat is very subtle. Where the fish is against the produce in the tin, the texture is slightly a chewy one. I would eat again. 4 Sardines.



Monday, June 16, 2014

Mascato-126

MASCATO: IN TOMATO SAUCE AND PURE OLIVE OIL



APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
Serving:1
Calories- 130
Total Fat- 9g
Protein- 10g
Sodium- 400mg
Cholesterol- 50mg
Fat Cal- 80

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A slight fish, tomato aroma upon opening. five plump fish to the tin. A medium textured fish, barely holds it's shape while removing from tin. Tomato sauce is very subtle; scales not noticeable. Not a spiny fish, a neutral tasting fish. an ok tin. I would eat again, not alone. 3 1/2 sardines

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mabuti-125

MABUTI: IN PURE OLIVE OIL AND TOMATO SAUCE




APPEARANCE:








NUTRITION:
Serving:1
Calories- 130
Total Fat- 9g
Protein- 10g
Sodium- 400mg
Cholesterol- 50mg
Fat Cal- 80

PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A sweet tomato aroma upon opening. Five medium fish to the tin. A tart tasting sauce. A firm textured fish, no strong taste or after. Not a spiny fishy.Holds it's shape. I would eat again. 4 sardines.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Master-124

MASTER: IN VEGETABLE OIL




APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:
Serving:2
Calories- 160
Total Fat- 10g
Protein- 17g
Sodium- 460mg
Cholesterol- 40mg
Fat Cal- 90

PRODUCT OF:
Philippines


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soya Oil, Iodized Salt, Spices, Chili, Bay Leaf, Black Peppercorn

PRICE:
1.49

OVER ALL:
A spicy oil aroma upon opening. Nine little, round sardines to the tin. One chili pod present; bay leaf, slice of carrot, and cucumber present. A good textured fish, holds it's shape very well. A nice spice hits you on first bite, followed by a floral after a taste. Not a spiny fish; patches of scales present. (not noticeable) Salt is very detectable. I would and will eat again. 5 Sardines

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lisbos Sardine Festival


Sardine traditions always carry such great back stories. With the Lisbos annual sardine festival in full swing, let's take a brief look at some of that story. Lisbos Sardine festival also known as St. Anthony Festival, Feast of St. Anthony,  popular saint's festival. It is a three day festival of grilling sardines on the streets, parades and festivities, as well as love; St. Anthony is the saint of match making. Love, sardines, and did I mention the Fado music? Those make for a great combination. (Fado is played throughout the festival.)

(click play below, and listen to some Fado as you browse)



Legend has it that Saint Anthony ( Before Saint hood) was in Rimini, Italy trying to give a sermon to some 13th century heretics. Well, those heretics were not going have any of that. Since they were not interested in his sermons, St. Anthony took off to the coastline in a holy tantrum of frustration, doing what those holy men did in those times, swearing (they may had sworn) he'd be better off preaching to the fish. It is said that thousand upon  thousands of fish started popping their heads up from the water, lining up, (mostly sardines) with their mouths open, swaying back and forth, doing little fin waves, and even bowing their heads at the Saint's sermon. ( A bowing Sardine? Hey, it's the 13th century; fish were their own fish back then.) This miracle was witnessed by the town's folks. Here's where I must scratch my head.. In honor of this "miracle," sardines are grilled and feasted upon for three days. So the sardines reward for coming to the Saint's sermon was to be caught and grilled in honor of the Saint. (No wonder the heretics didn't want to listen to his sermons.

As with most sardine traditions, I like to add a Mouth Full of Sardines style to it. Not being in Lisbon, and wanting to give their tradition due respect, I went in search for a St. Anthony figurine or the likes. I wanted to have this fish whisperer present while I ate sardines. To much dismay, I was unable to locate any thing with Saint Anthony. I went to several religious stores and ethnic stores. A couple of the Christian stores did not even know who Saint Anthony was.  I enlightened them of his talking to sardines, and how great sardines are. (Maybe I've became a sardine disciple?) With no St. Anthony representation and no fresh Sardines to grill,

I will be feasting on some Portuguese tinned sardines I recently picked up, while listing to some Fado in the background (I have really grown to like Fado music, almost addicted actually), while washing it down with some type of cold spirits. 



For some great art work, and more visuals for St. Anthony, type in Temptations of St. Anthony into an Image search. Here are two from another painting. 

Flying through the air on a giant sardine!?

 Sardines' revenge!?

After viewing some of these images, I may never open another tin of sardines in the dark again...











I shall leave you with a trio of clips to check out. Enjoy St. Anthony's feast. 






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

YOUNG SARDINES



I received this package from Tokyo. All I was told, was  "Japanese traditional food, kelp and young sardines with Japanese pepper" The package pic is very appealing. ( as most package photo's of content are)



They are sealed in a pouch within the box, some nice fisherman art on the pouch


There was no strong odor upon opening. This burrito shaped, wet, black mass slides out of the pouch. My first thought, a wad of chewing tobacco. I'm thinking, a sardine burrito, they must be inside the mass of kelp..



No hidden succulent baby sardines as I had imagined, just these little wiry looking pieces of fish? and pepper corn
A very deep, sweet tasting mixture,almost a brandy licorice combo; no dead ocean taste. Fish, is hardly even detectable. A good textured product, smooth. After eating a bit of it, the dry sweetness becomes a tad much. Left my mouth very dry. Cooked up some rice to finish this dish off. 


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This was very different from the sardines we have grew up loving in a tin. I would eat these again, should I ever cross paths with a supplier.