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New Seafood Online Retail Store and A Food Gal Giveaway

Family-owned Anderson Seafoods, Inc. of Orange, Calif., which has supplied premium seafood to retailers such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, has launched an online retail store for consumers.

Imagine both fresh and frozen fish sent to your door via overnight delivery.

Now, you’re probably thinking that shipping fish in doesn’t sound very PC, but Anderson Seafoods has teamed up with UPS to offer carbon neutral shipping to help mitigate that. You can purchase carbon neutral offsets that UPS will match at a very affordable 20 cents per package delivered.

In this day and age of heightened concerns about where our seafood comes from, though, I only wish the Anderson Web site had more detailed information on where some of the types of seafood come from. For instance, it sells “fresh Atlantic salmon,” but doesn’t mention that it’s farm-raised. It also sells Chilean Seabass, even though this species remains on the “avoid list” on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guide because it is still considered overfished.

Recently, I did have a chance to sample some of the seafood products, including fresh Loch Duart salmon ($22.01 for 12 ounces), billed as a sustainable farm-raised salmon from Scotland; fresh ahi ($28.50 for 12 ounces); and frozen mahi mahi ($24.11 for 12 ounces). The fish comes vacuum-sealed in insulated containers.

The quality is definitely high. For instance, the beautiful piece of salmon was fresh and rich tasting, and arrived sans any pesky pin bones at all, which was quite impressive. I also tried one of Anderson’s frozen entrees — salmon potstickers ($12.38 for 14 ounces), which were very plump with a substantial filling of salmon, water chestnuts and panko bread crumbs.

Contest: If you’d like to try some of the seafood, I’m happy to be able to give away a $125 gift card to Anderson Seafoods. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight May 28. The winner will be announced May 30.

How to win?

In a play on the word, “seafood,” just tell me about a food, which when you see it, you just can’t resist — and why. Best answer wins.

Here’s my own answer to that question:

“When I see a just-baked cookie of any sort that has melty dark chocolate in it, I just can’t help but lunge for it. First off, I love cookies of any kind. But one with gooey chocolate is just my downfall. After all, my late-Dad filmed my first steps as a toddler. Not surprisingly, I was ambling around on wobbly legs while holding a giant chocolate chip cookie in my hand — for balance, no doubt.”

Winner of Last Week’s Contest: In the previous Food Gal contest, I asked you tell me about a memorable time when you truly pigged out. The best answer receives a “Be Inspired with Pork Kit,” which is being provided to the Food Gal by the folks at the National Pork Board. It includes an 11-inch square grill pan; a 16-jar revolving spice rack; a pig-shaped wood cutting board; a digital thermometer; a copy of the cookbook, “How to Cook Like a Top Chef” (Chronicle Books), autographed by Richard Blais; and a gift card to a local retailer to purchase some tasty pork to cook up.

A huge congrats to:

Nanette, who wrote, “I think the greatest pig out I ever had was when I went to a pig party (wearing stretchy pants). It involved the host buying a WHOLE pig, lugging it on public transportation cut up and in trash bags, and then cooking the whole thing. 17 different pork dishes and I partook in all of them. Almost 200 pounds of pig. It was an epic pork experience in my life. I took a pig nap afterward.”

More Seafood Goodies: Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese

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