Dutch herring in NYC
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Herring is a fish that lives in the Atlantic. In Europe the North Sea and surrounding waters are best known herring fishing grounds. Herring also lives in America, e.g. in the Gulf of St, Lawrence and the Maine area.
In The Netherlands Herring is a very popular seasonal delicacy. Every year between May and July herring is caught. This typical Maatjes Herring contains at least 16% fish fat and has not developed completely yet, giving it a very good taste.
The Japanese have Sushi, the Dutch have Herring. Like sushi, herring is eaten raw. NOT the whole fish, with spine, fish bones, tail, intestines, and head, as one of my colleagues thought, but filleted. Before eating the tender fish meat it is first dragged through some chopped (raw) onions. Delicious! Even for someone like me who is not too fond of fish.
The herring made its way into New York too. The famous Seafood restaurant "The Oyster Bar" in the basement of Grand Central Station features a Herring Event every year. This year they had a very nice advertisement posted all around Grand Central Station. After seeing it I could understand why my colleague thought the herring was eaten including the fishbone..... (See picture, and one more below).