Every holiday season, you find yourself asking the same question – What’s a good Christmas present for somebody who’s hard to buy for? We all have that one person in our lives who manages to dislike whatever they get, no matter how well-researched or thought out the gift may be. Atlantic Seafood Market has the solution to these woes – let your finicky loved one pick out their own presents by way of giving them a gift certificate to our seafood market. A ticket to enjoying the best seafood in CT free of charge is a gift that will never be rebuffed nor returned.
Just what does an Atlantic Seafood Market gift card entitle the recipient to? Well, as one would expect, it gives you access to all of the best Old Saybrook seafood and beyond. However, there’s just not enough time or enough space to list them all, so we’ll focus on some of the best shellfish on the CT Shoreline that can be purchased with an Atlantic Seafood Market gift card.
We’ll start off by talking about our oysters. We have whole oysters, shucked oysters, Malpeque oysters, and Blue Point oysters. All are fresh and delicious and have merits all their own. Malpeque oysters are native to the cold and clean waters off the coast of Prince Edward Island in Canada. They are a fairly large oyster but feature a more light and mild taste than many other varieties. In other words, you could call them a “gateway oyster”. They are versatile and can be cooked in many ways, including frying, baking, grilling, eaten raw on the half shell or diced up in chowders, stews and soups.
Blue Point oysters are an American oyster, with their habitat stretching from the Rhode Island to Virginia areas of the Atlantic Ocean. These are another mild tasting oyster, but have just the right amount of brininess to them to remind you you’re enjoying a true gourmet seafood treat. They’re fast becoming one of the most popular oysters worldwide. Whether you go with our Malpeques or our Blue Points, you can be guaranteed many nutritional benefits. Oysters are high in Vitamin B12, protein, magnesium, and iron.
Any New Englander worth their salt knows and loves steamers. At our Old Saybrook seafood market, you’ll find Littleneck, Cherrystone, and Quahog clams, all of which make for great steamers. They’re kind of like the small, medium, and large of the steamer world, respectively. Quahogs have also been known to go by the names of Round clams and Chowder clams, the latter of which is due to the fact that they’re the most popular kind of clam to include in chowder. In fact, we also offer diced Quahogs for that very reason. We also offer three delicious kinds of clam chowder – creamy New England style, spicy and tomato-based Manhattan Style, and the satisfyingly oceanic and salty Rhode Island clear broth style. All of our clams boast health benefits, offering high amounts of Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, iron, and protein.
What other manners of shellfish will the recipient of your gift certificate have access to? How about some mussels? As bivalves, mussels are relatives of the clam. While mussels are smaller than clams, they pack a flavorful taste punch and are a bit more chewy, but in a good way. Mussels can be found in dishes such as paella, chowders, mussels marinara (a delicious Italian treat) and in our very own mussel salad, just to name a few. Mussels have many health benefits to offer, with some of the most notable ones including an abundance of potassium, protein, Vitamin B12, iron, and Vitamin C.
An Atlantic Seafood Market gift certificate is also the key to free scallops. Scallops sometimes go forgotten in the world of shellfish, but as soon as you taste them, you’ll be hooked. They come in two main varieties, which include Sea scallops and Bay scallops. Sea scallops are the larger of the two, with 10-20 usually making for a pound of meat, while 20-30 are required for Bay scallops. We offer Sea scallops year-round and when in season, we also offer Niantic Bay scallops. Though China by far can claim the largest scallop population in the world, the scallops we sell come from much closer to home. Scallops are very low in fat and are high in Vitamin B12 and protein. They’re also high in flavor. Try our bacon wrapped scallops sometime and you’ll have no choice but to agree on that point.
Your crabby friend/loved one will be feeling anything but crabby when they come across our wide selection of crabs. We offer Alaskan King crab legs, Jonah crab claws, and Dungeness crabs. Jonah Crabs are prized for their large and delicious meaty claws, whereas the Alaskan King crab is more well known for its large and tasty legs, which boast an abundance of tasty meat.
Dungeness crabs are native to the Northwestern portion of the Pacific Ocean and take their name from the city of Dungness, Washington. They are a large crab species that is brimming with delicious meat everywhere. You can eat their legs, you can eat their claws, and you can even eat the fully edible and extremely mouth-watering meat that lies within the central body compartment. There’s a reason that they’re the #1 best selling crab variety in America. Crabs not only taste great, but are also great for you. They are high in protein, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 and are very low in fat.
No discussion of our shellfish would be complete without talking a bit about lobster, one of our flagship items. Lobster is a quintessentially New England taste treat that offers many nutritional benefits. Lobster is very low in fat but high in protein, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. We offer lobster in oh-so-many ways that the only hard part of the experience will be choosing which one is your favorite. We sell live lobsters (we’ll even steam them for you ahead of time so you don’t have to make them walk the plank), freshly picked Maine lobster meat, lobster tails, lobster salad, and lobster rolls.
We hope that after sharing all of this information with you, you now see the easy way to please the toughest of gift recipients. Just remember, all we’ve discussed here is shellfish. We’ve really just scratched the surface – we have something to please every palette and consider ourselves experts in providing some of the best tasting food that’s also some of the best for you. Pick up an Atlantic Seafood Market gift card today and make it a Merry Christmas for all parties involved.