Conversely, sometimes there are not enough machinations and gyrations you can go through to help a truly inferior ingredient. I am frugal, by nature. I like nice things, but my frugal side usually prevails.
However, when it comes to buying fish or beef, my frugality takes a back seat to my desire for quality. And, I am not a natural fish eater. It is not my comfort zone. Overly fishy fish puts me off for months. That is why when I buy fish, I make sure I buy good fish from a reputable fishmonger. When I aim to eat fish raw, this is doubly so. Luckily, I have an exceptional fish shop about a mile from my home. For Dallasites, you can do no better than Rex’s Seafood on Lovers. This, I have known since they opened. What I didn’t know is that they not only have the best and freshest (previously frozen and never frozen) fish in Dallas, but they also prepare stunning catered foods (and they always have a packed lunch service).
I’ll name drop because I think they are cool in the extreme, but we recently were fortunate enough to attend two different parties on two evenings in the home of notable photographer and director Stewart Cohen and his lovely and, well, bad-ass attorney wife Kim. On the night of the first party they served an impressive whole side of smoked salmon and at the second, a giant bathtub of the best tuna tartare I had ever eaten. OK, I’ll be honest, I had never eaten it before…ever. But it was out-of-this-world good. The world is a better place when people share good information…and Kim and Stewart happily shared that they had picked up both of these dishes at Rex’s.