May 23, 2013
boston, island creek, oyster bar, oysters, oysters on the half shell, wild belon
View from the bar.
We love raw oysters on the half shell. In LA, we typically have oysters from British Columbia, Washington state, even locally in Northern and Central California. We were especially excited to try some East Coast oysters and what better place to go than Island Creek Oyster Bar? During this quick stop we tried 6 varieties – 5 farm and 1 wild. This swanky oyster bar served its own Island Creek variety of oysters, farmed just south of Boston at Duxbury Bay along with several other New England varieties and other areas.
Can you spot the wild variety?
Starting from the right of the lemon: Island Creek (Duxbury, MA), Rocky Nook (Kingston, MA), Ichabod Flat (Plymouth, MA), Big Rock (E Dennis, MA), WellFleet (WellFleet, MA), Wild Belon (Harpswell, ME).
The Island Creek variety was definitely the creamiest and sweetest of the 6. As we went around the tray clockwise, each variety was more briny and became increasingly more complex than the last. The Wild Belon was a slap in the face, standing completely out from the rest with its powerful mineral notes throughout. Luckily we finished with the Wild Belon which blew out our taste buds for the next 15 minutes. It’s quite the experience but not for the faint of oyster.
The Raw Bar Menu
We enjoyed or brief hour or so at Island Creek Oyster Bar and could see ourselves frequenting this gem more often if we were Bostonians. If you’re dropping by Boston for a weekend or two, consider stopping by Island Creek Oyster Bar and try some of their local catches – you won’t be disappointed.
Check out Island Creek Oyster Bar: www.islandcreekoysterbar.com
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
See their Yelp reviews here!
September 13, 2012
drakes bay, marin county, oyster farm, oyster shucking, oysters
Rise and shine! We woke up pretty early to make the trek out to the farthest part of California that sticks out into the Pacific Ocean. The windy, narrow roads were very reminiscent of the wilderness leading up to Camp River Glen, the site of Unicamp where we volunteered as undergrads at UCLA. A good 15 minutes into Inverness, California, we noticed a heavy fog blanketing the surrounding forest. The air smelled more and more of salt as we approached Drake’s Bay. It was very serene at 8am, way before any other visitors made their way out there. It was difficult to navigate by GPS because of the trees and abrupt end to the road we were traveling on but we made it!
January 11, 2012
christmas eve, date night, elliotts oyster house, holidays, one week three cities, oysters, restaurants, seattle, vacation
This year for our holiday vacation, the one time of the year when nonprofit and for-profit organizations alike are more generous with approving Paid Time Off, Martin and I decided to take a week off to travel north and really experience winter (we heard LA was having summer in December while we were gone – consider us a bit envious). Our first stop in our One Week, Three Cities series: Seattle.
Jason the Oyster Master of Elliott's Oyster House
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October 29, 2011
ciabatta, creme brulee, date night, dinner, morro bay, oysters, rack of lamb, restaurants, scallops, the galley
In a recent weekend trip to Morro Bay, we were trying to find a relatively nice sit-down restaurant to dine on Saturday evening. Many of the oceanfront restaurants seemed to cater to tourists and a brief glance of their menus didn’t spark any interest.
After doing a brief search on Yelp!, we decided to check out the menu at The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar and a place to stay at the adjoining inn. Although the inn had booked out along with every inn on that street, the manager recommended we make reservations in advance for The Galley.
The Galley Car
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