Monday, July 26, 2021

A Fish What...

 



A fish tale!


Sardines, drinks, friends, and fish tales go hand in fin! 

Many of the blogs older Sardine Eaters are aware of the fish tales that go into some posts from time to time. 

For the newer Sardine Eaters, I'll explain a bit. 

In a review, I may post apparent wrong descriptions; the number of fish in the tin will be significantly exaggerated more or less, apparent sauces mix up. e.g., tomato, call it olive oil (I never fish tale about quality or taste). When I'm called on or questioned about the very obvious, the sharp-eyed Sardine Eater receives a tin and sticker.

It's been several years since I've done a fish tale of the sorts; the last fish tale was about Sardine lungs! 


I've carried the fish tale over to social media for the first time. What a response I received. Some were quick on the draw; older readers called me on it quick, even sending screenshots of my own blog. I love the passion of Sardine Eaters! 



For the Sardine Eaters not on social media, here's the fish tale.




While canneries do package their tinned fish for other labels, they usually change and or tweak the ingredients a bit. A Brand as Nuri from Conservas Pinhas will not use their brand name for an export with such discrepancies. A label change is all that's occurred. When I first reviewed Nuri in 2014, I received the tins from "Portuguese is Happiness." The old labels and nutrition values were on them then. 



Not all canneries; some commercial canneries will can sardines/products in mass quantity then add a label later. I've been approached many times over the years by said canneries to do a Mouth Full of Sardine label. If I did that, I have a feeling Sardine Eaters from all over would find me and hurl those generic cans at me! But that's another post! 


Congratulations to the sharp-eyed, skeptical, and curious Sardine Eaters that reached out. You'll be receiving a tin and stickers shortly. 

Remember Sardine Eaters, with the uprise in Sardine popularity, new Sardine Eaters, sardine bloggers, reviewers, YouTubers, tiktokers, etc. Research all that you read and see, and most importantly, the taste is subjective! Don't not try a tin, based on someone else's opinion; trying new tins is what being a Sardine Eater is all about! Plus, it gives you great stories to tell, for better or worse!

And most importantly, they're tuna eaters out there pretending to be Sardine Eaters!

Keep popping those tins!


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Fratelli Carli -214

 


FRATELLI CARLI: IN OLIVE OIL


APPEARANCE:





NUTRITION:


Calories- 1003kj/241kcal
Fat Cal- 
Sat Fat- 3,5g
Protein- 23g
Cholesterol- 
Sodium- 1,2g
Sugars- 


PRODUCT OF:
Spain


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Salt




OVERALL:
An oil aroma hits you upon opening seven fish to the tin. The flavor of the oil hits you on the first bite, a mild oil flavor, followed by saltiness. (Not overpowering) A firm-textured fish, a good-looking fish. No intense flavors or aftertaste. 4 1\2 Sardines 


Pointe de Penmarc'h- 213


POINTE DE PENMARC'H: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & SEMI-CONTAINED CITRUS ZEST


 APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:


Calories- 929KJ
Fat Cal- 
Sat Fat- 
Protein- 22G
Cholesterol- 
Sodium- 1G
Sugars- 


PRODUCT OF:
France

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, semi-candied Orange Peel


OVERALL:
A faint oil/citrus aroma upon opening. A medium textured fish, a clean-tasting fish. Four fish to the tin. Not a spiny fish. A mild citrus flavor is present, then disappears as quickly as it made itself known, leaving a clean taste. Fish holds shape well. A good tin of fish. 5 Sardines. 



Monday, July 19, 2021

La Douarneniste -212

 La Douarneniste: In Rapeseed Oil







APPEARANCE:





NUTRITION:

Calories- 
Fat Cal- 
Sat Fat- 
Protein- 
Cholesterol- 
Sodium- 
Sugars- 


PRODUCT OF:
France

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Rapeseed Oil, Salt


OVERALL:

A faint, almost undetectable oil aroma upon opening. Four fish to the tin.
A firm textured fish holds its shape well. Not a spiny fish, a deep oil flavor hits, a flavorful oil. A clean-tasting fish, a meaty fish, no intense flavors or after-taste. I would and will eat again. 5 Sardines.



Wild Fish Cannery- 211


WILDFISH CANNERY: SMOKED HERRING





 





APPEARANCE:





NUTRITION:
Serv. Size 2oz servings 3.5

Calories- 89
Fat Cal- 6g
Sat Fat- 1.2g
Protein- 8.7g
Cholesterol- 32g
Sodium- 180mg
Sugars- 


PRODUCT OF:
USA

INGREDIENTS:
Herring, Salt, Pure Cane Sugar, Spices, Natural Alderwood Smoke


OVERALL:

A strong smoke aroma upon opening. The flavor of this tin hits you like a freight train, a welcoming, lovely freight train. You get smokiness, salt, and a hint of something I can't reach on the first bite. Then it's gone! No after taste, you're left wanting more, a clean-tasting fish. A medium-textured fish. Bones, spines are visible but not detectable; they melt in your mouth. I will eat again. 5 Sardines.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Operation Brain Food 2.0




Another Round of "Operation Brain Food" Where I spread the love of sardines by placing sardines into little free libraries. 




I've expanded this year on Operation Brainfood. I've incorporated volunteers to help distribute the sardine love in random little free liberties across the country as well as international little free libraries; Australia and Ukraine got included this year!  I hit my local little free libraries as always. Some of you may recall when I first started Operation Brain Food 


Below is a few pics and workings. More to come. Keep popping those Tins!



 



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Below are some discoveries of Operation Brain Food tins, and other Sardine Eaters helping spread the Sardine love in Operation Brain food!





























DREW ALLEN