Good news (mostly) for shad roe afficianados. Noted in foraging over the weekend that shad roe sets are widely available in the area. Saw them at Balducci's in McLean at $11.99 a set (large) and a fellow shad roe lover bought his at M. Slavin on Glebe at $9.99 a set, said to be generous size. Saw boned shad at Whole Foods near Tyson's Corner and asked the fishmonger about the roe. He said they had sold out at -- get this -- $21.99 a set! By far the highest price I've ever seen quoted outside a white tablecloth restaurant. If normal trends hold, prices should come down as the all-to-brief season progresses. Would like to hear from other hounds about availability and better prices than these if you see them, at market or in eateries.