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Responding to yesterday's FaceTime piece about how I drove 50+ miles for a lobster roll, one MNB reader wrote:

Aw, man Kevin. I’m heading to New Haven on the 13th to see my child (at Yale). First trip in 14 months!  NOW, we have to go to get one of those scrumptious looking sandwiches!

They are closed Mon/Tues, so I’d better do some planning.

Thanks for the idea. Mmmmm

First of all, congrats on having a kid at Yale.  Second, congrats on being able to take your first trip in 14 months.

As for the lobster roll, they’re totally worth the trip.

One suggestion, though - if you get the urge to go to the Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT, DON’T.  It is just awful … I’d rather go through colonoscopy prep again.

MNB reader Garry Beaty wrote: 

My son-in-law and I drive from Lenox, Massachusetts to Hoboken to get a ‘roast beef and mutz’ sandwich. Also pick up ‘mutz’ for 3 families.

To be honest, I had to look up "mutz."  It is short for mozzarella … and I hope you tell me where in Hoboken you get what sounds like a spectacular sandwich.

Another MNB reader wrote:

This email doesn't have anything to do with your video this morning, 9ther than it reminded me of a documentary I just watched on Netflix  called "Seaspiracy".

It was a very eye opening look at sustainable seafood, commercial fishing ,and the health of our oceans. I highly recommend watching it. I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well. I think retailers may have to look at this issue and maybe do the right thing for the environment and truly protect our oceans.

You're not the first person to recommend Seaspiracy to me, but I haven't had the chance to catch up with it yet.

I did see a piece by Mark Bittman, though, about the documentary in which he wrote:

As most of you know, I strongly believe in part-time veganism, but given that billions of people around the world rely on animal products as a major, if not primary, protein source, my feeling is that militant, proselytizing veganism —as represented by both Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy— is a privileged and even racist stance. (In addition, nearly every expert and ocean protector interviewed in the film is a white Westerner, while Asians are overwhelmingly portrayed as the menacing bad guys. Letting this dynamic loom over the film is irresponsible at best.)

Yes, industrial fishing must be better regulated: It’s a horror show, and its awfulness cannot be overstated. And at the same time, small-scale fishing is an activity many of our fellow humans perform to survive and provide for their families, neighbors, and communities. There is a big and important difference between these two things, and Seaspiracy, by blurring that difference, amounts to manipulative propaganda. Telling people they can't eat fish because you think it's cruel or unsustainable is like telling Indigenous Plains people they can't eat bison or Indigenous Northerners they can't eat seal or whale: That’s just not right.

Not judging.  Just saying.


Finally, yesterday I posted an email from an MNB reader that said:

Whoever is trying to bring you down, is already below you.

Everything comes to you the right time, Be patient and trust the process.

I responded:

I never think of the disagreements we sometimes have here on MNB as people trying to bring me down.  We're just having a free and largely respectful exchange of ideas.  And trying to have some fun.

Prompting MNB reader Gregory Gheen to write:

And this is why I read your Newsletter:

Thanks.  That's also why I write it.