For the two years he lived in Alaska, Alan Pagano sold wild Alaskan salmon that he bought directly from fishing boats. This experience has led to a lifetime of cultivating relationships with top seafood suppliers, which he takes full advantage of at his fish market, Pagano's Seafood. From markets in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, Alan and his team hand select each batch of wholesale seafood from around the world including red snapper from the Caribbean and naturally raised Scottish salmon. He also sells individual orders of jumbo shrimp, Pacific cod, and caviar. Each order is accompanied by complementary cooking instructions and, in the case of lobster, tips for cleaning, cooking, and cracking them, and then properly mourning their passing.
The chefs at The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood don't go far for their fruits de mer: usually, they just pop next door. Located directly adjacent to the restaurant that bears the same name, the Rowayton Seafood Fish Market occupies a former lobster shack that was reportedly once the oldest continually operating lobster co-op on Long Island Sound. Inside the market, fresh-cut fish filets from the sea are displayed alongside chilled trays of lobster, oysters, clams, and shrimp. As they shop, visitors are greeted with views of the water and the aromas of gourmet cuisine from next door, and educated staff members are available to answer any questions. An onsite deck allows patrons to chow down on eat-in fare and goods from the take-out market menu as weather permits, or they can post up at the counter in the market. Platters may be purchased for events, holidays, and special occasions.
With a record of more than 10,000 corrective LASIK procedures performed in their nearly 30 year history, the optical specialists at Corneal Associates are highly experienced in helping patients see the world through a clearer pair of eyes. LASIK can cut down the need for spectacles or negate the necessity altogether by reshaping the cornea, permanently improving eyesight. Patients stay awake during the procedure, and a local anesthetic is applied to reduce any minor discomfort. Using advanced laser technology, physicians wrap up the safe and speedy procedure in about 30 minutes, or about the average primetime commercial break. Clinical studies unveil successful results in a majority of the clients, with 100% of post-op patients able to pass a driving test, 98% reporting that their vision had been restored to 20/20 or better, and .001% reporting a complete transformation into a majestic red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).
For the past decade, Fratelli Market's Brooklyn-bred famiglia has made its pastas and sauces according to a 30-year-old recipe and conjures its mozzarella from scratch throughout the day to serve as a base layer for its genuine Italian sandwiches. Brooklyn-style marinara sauce adds a distinctive accent to a plate of spaghetti or sack of accidentally cooked laundry with locatelli romano cheese and spices. Otherwise, mix and match the bacon-infused tomato vodka sauce with Fratelli's fresh-cut linguine, penne, and angel hair swept from the floors of heaven's finest barbershops. The pine-nutty walnut sauce, however, was created with the market's jumbo pumpkin ravioli in mind.
The staffers at Hooked hand select an array of fish, meat, and produce, filling glass coolers with seafood such as sushi-grade yellowfin tuna, scallops, and locally caught cod. They never freeze their fresh selections, lending the food a more natural taste and a decided advantage at freeze tag. Beyond Hooked's fish market, patrons can opt to dine in or carry-out lunches of fried crab cakes, garden salads topped with lobster, and grilled steak sandwiches from an ample menu.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.