Seafood?s the go
STEAMY summer Christmas days call for succulent seafood lunches and long lazy afternoons, according to Tweed seafood supplier Jim Stamoudis.
Mr Stamoudis, who owns Jimbo's Seafoods, has been in the industry for 22 years and says it's time Australians ditched the hot roast lunch and set the menu to suit our climate.
"We stock a range of prawns, crabs, fish, oysters and scallops and will be open from 4am on Christmas eve until around 9.30pm (NSW)," he said.
"All our stock is local apart from one line of imported prawns which is here purely as a cheaper alternative for those who can't afford the Australian market prices.
"This at least gives residents in this area, particularly the elderly, the opportunity to enjoy seafood."
Mr Stamoudis said Christmas was not his favourite time of year - in fact it was one of his busiest.
He said this year the local market supply was down on previous years, however he claimed there was still plenty of seafood available to cater to everyone's needs.
"When selecting your seafood the rule is - you pretty much get what you pay for in quality," he said.
"I leave the skin on my fish fillets to show customers that it is snapper or whatever - and I can still remove the skin for them once they have selected their purchase."
Mr Stamoudis said the price of prawns at his store had not risen this year despite the increase in wholesale prices.
"I decided to maintain my prices this year as people can only pay so much," he said.
"Prices start at $26 to $28 per kilogram for medium prawns and go up to $39/kilogram for large prawns. That would give you about 15 large prawns to a kilogram."