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Oyster ReviewsJuly 23, 2013

Maine Oyster Tasting

Oysters from Maine are undeniably amazing. Pemaquids, Glidden Points, Johns Rivers and Belons… there’s a unique oyster to suit every mood. Needless to say, it was a real treat to savor the lot at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland. Here’s a brief recount of my favorites!

We had just driven for about three hours from Bar Harbor and what did I want to do? You probably guessed it. Eventide Oyster Co. was our first stop on our three-day adventure in Portland. I had been wanting to check this place out since it opened a couple years ago. Finally, it was happening.

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Oyster ToolsMay 28, 2013

Reviewing SimplyShuck Oyster Trays

It’s been a year since I accepted B’s proposal, but figured this was as good of a time as any to celebrate our engagement with our New York friends. Besides, it gave me a good excuse to try out my brand new simplyshuck oyster trays.

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Jeremy from simplyshuck was kind enough to ship three trays (one of each size — 3, 6, 12) over from the UK for me to try out. These trays are made of British stainless steel with a reflective finish. So reflective in fact, that they act like makeshift mirrors. The construction of it feels solid and streamlined. Each oyster slot is shaped like an egg with a tapered point and the entire tray seems to be made of just one sheet of metal.

The shorter ends of the tray are slightly convex, giving the rectangular frame some smoother edges. A subtle simplyshuck logo is etched into the side. Simplyshuck also offers several other oyster shucking accessories such as an oyster gloveknife, and innovative oyster holder. As someone who enjoys sleek, minimalistic design, I quite like the styling of the simplyshuck trays. They are a clever update to the traditional oyster plate.

The silver trays look great on their own, but splendid when topped off with oysters. We had the party set in our friend’s private courtyard and I loved how the tray surface reflected the tree leaves from above. I can imagine that they’d also look quite pretty under a blue sky. They also reflect a bit of the shell, which gets overlooked far too often in my opinion. There are three different tray sizes to suit various needs.

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Oyster EventsMay 22, 2013

Sustainable Seafood Week NYC 2013

Sustainability is a word we hear quite often today. Sustainable seafood, however, isn’t quite as recognized. Luckily, New York City now has its own weeklong program entirely dedicated to the celebration and discussion of this burgeoning culinary movement.

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Sustainable Seafood Week is a culinary-fueled celebration of the sustainable seafood movement already happening in and around NYC.

To kick things off, I attended the Oysters, Clams & Cocktails Benefit at Riverpark / ‘wichcraft. Proceeds went to the New York Harbor School‘s Billion Oyster Project.  Few also realize just how sustainable oyster farming really is. Samantha Lee and Sam Dixon of the Village Fishmonger are on a mission to change all of that, and what better way to get people’s attention than to lure them in with cocktails and a raw bar? Almost all of the oysters at the party were from New Jersey — a state not well known for their oysters. I had not tried four out of the five varieties present, so it was definitely a treat for me! More

Oyster ReviewsMay 14, 2013

Pleasure House Oysters from Lynnhaven River, VA

A hefty box of Pleasure House Oysters from Lynnhaven, Virginia were dropped off at my office in Times Square. Little did I know these were a modern day homage to a historically iconic oyster. I shared them with a select group of the most avid oyster loving colleagues, and here’s what we had to say…

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The verdict was unanimous: Pleasure House Oysters are amazing. Everyone who tried an oyster most certainly wandered back for a second… and third… maybe a forth, accompanied by big wide puppy eyes. No one could get enough of these supremely plump and toothsome oysters from the great Lynnhaven River. More

Oyster ReviewsFebruary 23, 2013

I Ate the Forbidden Oyster

Last Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of experiencing the Forbidden Oyster, a Virginica oyster grown at the mouth of the York River in Virginia. However, these are not your typical Virginicas...

Forbidden Oysters

Forbidden Oysters, by affiliation, have a long and prestigious heritage. They are cultivated by Greg Garrett — whose family has been eating oysters grown from the area since 1620 (!!!). His 14x great grandfather was the founder of Yorktown, which sits at the mouth of the York River on the south side. A few hundred years after the town’s founding, Greg’s family were able to secured prime oyster farming property along the water. The story of the Forbidden Oyster isn’t all smooth sailing though. There was a lot of controversy surrounding his right to grow oysters on these grounds. A lot of legalities, politics, and what not. But after much determination and fight, the Forbidden Oyster have finally made their debut to the world. More