Bring on the sardines!

I worked out of the PdF office today (one week to go ’til PdF 2008!), and for lunch Josh Sherman and I went to a Vietnamese sandwich place on Grand St. He got a traditional Vietnamese pork sandwich, and I picked up three enormous fresh spring rolls.

But the highlight of the trip was the bowl of peanuts and anchovies we purchased on a lark.

I’d never had the dish before — didn’t even know it existed — but I was pleasantly surprised. The fishy saltiness (or is that salty fishiness?) of the anchovies mingled nicely with the peanuts, and it was all complemented by a slightly spicy chili sauce. I found it pretty addictive, but others in the office stayed away, perhaps intimidated by the anchovy heads swimming among the peanuts in the plastic bowl.

I felt like I’d made a good culinary choice, though, especially since I’ve been obsessed with eating small fish like anchovies and sardines, egged on by increased warnings about the safety and sustainability of both farmed and wild big fish like salmon and tuna.

Turns out sardines and other small fish occupying the lower echelons of the oceanic food chain are super high in Omega-3 fatty acids, contain very low levels of mercury, and aren’t in danger of becoming extinct. Maybe it’s time to start a sardine diet.

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