For the past several years I've been looking for smoked haddock to serve at Christmas breakfast. It was a tradition in my family throughout my L.A. childhood, but I could never find it up here. Sending away for it involved buying large quantities at large prices.
So somebody suggested Mollie Stone in SF. I've never been there before. Called yesterday and hit pay dirt immediately. The head fish monger/manager said he thought there was some at another store and he'd call and find out.
I've had this happen several times over the years, always with "Sorry, we just don't have it" results. This time, however, he called back within 10 minutes and asked how much I wanted. He had 3 lbs at $15.95 a lb. I said "One and one half pounds would be great."
I'm picking it up on Monday! Wahooo.
Hmmm, perhaps I should withhold my "wahoos" until I have it in my hands.