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Foodie Tip: FishPhone


If you’re like me, the fish counter can be a daunting spot with questions like, “Which is more sustainable, Atlantic or Pacific cod?” (Pacific) Or, “Which has higher levels of mercury, Chilean sea bass or striped bass?” (Chilean sea bass)

Now, thanks to a mention in the current issue of Bon Appetit, I consult FishPhone. The service, activated by texting 30644 and entering “FISH” followed by the type of fish you’re considering, offers the quick and dirty on potential purchases.


After texting “Atlantic cod,” I received a message from Blue Ocean Institute indicating that, for environmental reasons, I should look for Pacific cod instead.

Finally, the guesswork is gone.

Bonus: Later in the issue, the foodie mag calls out Boulder’s Organic Orbit in a roundup of top vegetarian spots and gives a nod to Palisade’s Garfield Estates for outstanding Colorado wine.

Amanda M. Faison, 5280 Contributor

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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