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Offline Shelby2

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Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2019, 02:49:40 PM »
I bought a pound of cooked shrimp at the seafood counter at Food Town last night at 7 pm and put them in the fridge at home. By 7 the following morning, the fridge smelled of rotting fish. Yup, the culprit was the cooked shrimp I had just purchased. We were just lucky we didn't end up eating them last night, as I am sure we would have found ourselves with a nasty case of food poisoning.

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« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2019, 06:32:10 PM »
I bought a pound of cooked shrimp at the seafood counter at Food Town last night at 7 pm and put them in the fridge at home. By 7 the following morning, the fridge smelled of rotting fish. Yup, the culprit was the cooked shrimp I had just purchased. We were just lucky we didn't end up eating them last night, as I am sure we would have found ourselves with a nasty case of food poisoning.

I never buy any meat, poultry, or seafood from any of the grocery stores in the neighborhood. They are just too shady. The last time that I bought some Bill and Evans chicken at Foodtown, which was stupidly overpriced by the way, I noticed that they had replaced the label several times, thereby extending the "packed on date" by over a month. I took it back. The manager just shrugged his shoulders, mumbled something, and gave me store credit.

I've also bought rancid steaks at La Boina Roja once. We really need a real grocery store or butcher here. It would be nice to not have to go to Astoria or Woodside for meat and fish.

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Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2019, 08:34:28 PM »
I bought a pound of cooked shrimp at the seafood counter at Food Town last night at 7 pm and put them in the fridge at home. By 7 the following morning, the fridge smelled of rotting fish. Yup, the culprit was the cooked shrimp I had just purchased. We were just lucky we didn't end up eating them last night, as I am sure we would have found ourselves with a nasty case of food poisoning.

I never buy any meat, poultry, or seafood from any of the grocery stores in the neighborhood. They are just too shady. The last time that I bought some Bill and Evans chicken at Foodtown, which was stupidly overpriced by the way, I noticed that they had replaced the label several times, thereby extending the "packed on date" by over a month. I took it back. The manager just shrugged his shoulders, mumbled something, and gave me store credit.

I've also bought rancid steaks at La Boina Roja once. We really need a real grocery store or butcher here. It would be nice to not have to go to Astoria or Woodside for meat and fish.

I used to buy meat and fish in the "big rat" store. They were idiots to fire the butchers union.

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« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2019, 08:44:42 AM »
My diet consists of only seafood and I've been very satisfied with the seafood at Foodtown.  What I like about Foodtown is that they provide for each seafood the country where it came from (Ecaudor, USA, Canada, China, etc) and whether its farm or wild.   In the two years that I've been purchasing seafood from Foodtown (at least 100 times), I've never had a problem.  Years ago when I did eat meat and poultry, it was from Ottomonelli in Woodside. 

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« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2019, 09:15:43 AM »
My diet consists of only seafood and I've been very satisfied with the seafood at Foodtown.  What I like about Foodtown is that they provide for each seafood the country where it came from (Ecaudor, USA, Canada, China, etc) and whether its farm or wild.   In the two years that I've been purchasing seafood from Foodtown (at least 100 times), I've never had a problem.  Years ago when I did eat meat and poultry, it was from Ottomonelli in Woodside.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-false-fish-study-20181214-story.html

from the article:
"Stew Leonard’s, Uncle Giuseppe’s, Foodtown, Food Bazaar, and Western Beef sell lots of fishy fish — more than half of the seafood the state bought at those stores was wrongly labeled, Underwood’s study found."

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« Reply #35 on: January 28, 2019, 12:05:13 PM »
jh35:  I was not able to read the NY Daily News article since I'm not a subscriber and was blocked.  My main concern is NOT purchasing fish farmed in China, Vietnam or Taiwan.  Foodtown sells just one fish farmed in China which is Talapia. Everything else they sell is Wild fish from other countries outside of Asia.  I completely avoid Pacific Market even though prices are lower since I have no idea where the fish is from since they don't display this information. 

The article is most likely legitimate but I'm not interested in traveling to Forest Hills which has an excellent fish market or Manhattan which has many.  I'll just have to take my chances at Foodtown. 

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« Reply #36 on: January 28, 2019, 02:45:53 PM »
sometimes the fish at Pacific has dead fish in the tanks with the live ones and the tanks are filty

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« Reply #37 on: January 28, 2019, 03:55:00 PM »
the best seafood i've had in the neighborhood comes from the Greenmarket, where the stand manager can often say what day something was caught. i've had good luck at Pacific, though it's mostly been with shellfish. Foodtown...while i like the store in general, the seafood counter is not very appealing. i've bought a couple of things and it's been "okay." Mi Tierra on Northern is better, but a long haul for me.

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« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2019, 08:48:19 AM »
sometimes the fish at Pacific has dead fish in the tanks with the live ones and the tanks are filty

Sad and gross but not surprising. I've tried going into Pacific but it smells awful.

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« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2019, 08:54:12 AM »
jh35:  I was not able to read the NY Daily News article since I'm not a subscriber and was blocked.  My main concern is NOT purchasing fish farmed in China, Vietnam or Taiwan.  Foodtown sells just one fish farmed in China which is Talapia. Everything else they sell is Wild fish from other countries outside of Asia.  I completely avoid Pacific Market even though prices are lower since I have no idea where the fish is from since they don't display this information. 

The article is most likely legitimate but I'm not interested in traveling to Forest Hills which has an excellent fish market or Manhattan which has many.  I'll just have to take my chances at Foodtown.

The article's about misidentified types of fish, anyway, not where it's from from—e.g., lemon sole not really being lemon sole, or "wild" salmon actually being farmed salmon.

Side note: I'm surprised you were blocked from reading the article. I don't have a subscription to the News and I was able to read it. I just had to click past a pop-up inviting me to subscribe.

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« Reply #40 on: February 01, 2019, 10:06:11 AM »
Simka:  I just read the NY Daily News Article.   As a non subscriber, I'm allowed to read a certain number of articles a month (I'm not certain how many).  Since this is the first of the month, I was able to access the article.  I just returned from Foodtown where I purchased USA Wild Cod and Honduras Farm Tilapia which costs much more than China Tilapia.    I can only hope that I'm getting what I'm suppose to be getting. 

Also thank you for the tip about clicking past a pop up to subscribe.  When the free articles run out, I'll do what you recommended. 


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« Reply #41 on: February 01, 2019, 10:50:00 AM »
on a purely technical note, the Daily News gives 10 free articles per month. i believe you get 10 per browser, actually. at least that's the case with most paywall outlets.

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« Reply #42 on: February 01, 2019, 11:25:42 AM »
dssjh:  In a previous message you mentioned a supermarket on Northern Blvd & 81st Street for seafood called Mi Tierra.  When the weather and leg injury improves, I plan to walk the 7 blocks (Foodtown is just one block) and compare it to Foodtown.  Thanks for the recommendation. 

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« Reply #43 on: February 01, 2019, 11:43:17 AM »
it's a schlep for me, too -- from 35/77 -- but i like it. the market itself is decent, but the seafood counter, larger and constantly tended, is much better and cleaner.

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Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
« Reply #44 on: February 01, 2019, 12:43:44 PM »
Agree about Mi Tierra fish counter--I usually just get fish at the Greenmarket, but I have been to Mi Tierra and it seems clean and reliable.

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« Reply #44 on: February 01, 2019, 12:43:44 PM »