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Oyster NewsFebruary 6, 2015

While You Were Slurping

"While You Were Slurping" is a weekly compilation of my best oyster finds. On Fridays, I will be posting a list of fun oyster links, stories, and photos that I've collected throughout the week. Get inspired, get hungry, and get shuckin'!

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#INAHALFSHELL Oyster Instagrams of the Week: What a nice #Shellfie from @jaceherself (left)! This mouthwatering shot from @rivetedroost makes me crave chargrilled oysters in New Orleans (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #inahalfshell and follow @inahalfshellblog!

 

– If you want a thoughtful perspective on Georgia oyster culture, read André Gallant’s blog.

– One of the most beautiful stories I’ve come across about the oysters and oystermen of Apalachicola.

– Looking forward to my new “Bivalve Curious?” shirt! Snag one before they’re gone.

– Obama seeks $30M for ocean acidification studies, and that’s good news for baby oysters.

– I’ve been daydreaming about oyster roasts lately. Would love to try the award-winning Bulls Bay OYRO someday!

– There are two more seats open to this month’s New York Oyster Lovers oyster dinner at Mayfield!

– LA oyster lovers, have you visited The Oyster Gourmet yet? You should.

– Sad to hear that Oyster Cafe of New York has closed. Sigh.

– Very honored to be selected as one of Fathom’s Best Travel Blogs and Websites of 2015!

– Call for papers for the 6th International Oyster Symposium (Oct 2015, Cape Cod) is live.

 

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Oyster NewsDecember 26, 2014

Top Oyster Moments of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect back on all of the oyster adventures that were had. This was a momentous year of many milestones and memories. I am so grateful for these experiences and opportunities and want to thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me along the way. Here’s to a bright and bivalve-filled new year!

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Greenport Oyster Adventure: Five Fantastic Ways to Enjoy the Day — Loved shucking oysters at the Little Creek Oyster Market and re-visiting Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm.

 

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Cape Cod Oyster Tour: A Look Into the WiAnno Way — Learned a ton during this incredible oyster farm immersion.

 

2014 BK Oyster Riot. Photo Credit: Julie Qiu of In A Half Shell.

Kicking Off New York Oyster Week at BK Oyster Riot — There’s nothing better than slurping ungodly amounts of oysters with fellow oyster fans.

 

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A Dozen Ways to Enjoy A Dozen Oysters in New Orleans — My stomach went on strike after this trip, but it was well worth it.

 

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Virginia Wine & Brine Retreat — Loved every minute spent on the Eastern Shore of VA.

 

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Virginia Oyster Road Trip: Lynnhaven — A close and personal look at Pleasure House Oysters.

 

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The Hidden Pearls of Hiroshima — That time when I went to Japan to visit an oyster farm!

 

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What You Should Know About Oysters and Sustainability — The Billion Oyster Project has got to be one of the most inspiring and awesome oyster restoration initiatives around.

 

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Oyster Love: Details from the Ultimate Half Shell Wedding — A photo-filled recap of my magical oyster-themed nuptials.

Oyster NewsOctober 3, 2014

While You Were Slurping

"While You Were Slurping" is a weekly compilation of my best oyster finds. Every Friday, I will be posting a list of fun oyster links, stories, and photos that I've collected throughout the week. Get inspired, get hungry, and get shuckin'!

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#INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: A few cool snaps from my own Oyster Week event, “Kaki & Sake,” caught by W&T Seafood (left) and my friend Rose (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!

 

NYC Wine & Food Festival‘s Oyster Bash (presented by Lobster Place) is a sold out affair!

– It’s cool to see more students getting into marine/aquaculture studies.

– When I designed my first In A Half Shell logo to as five Ninja Oysters, I had no idea there would ever be a connection to “mutant.” Guess I was wrong! Anyway, here’s an interesting take on triploids — a subject that rarely gets this much ink in a mass publication.

– The Catlin Seaview Survey should capture wild (and restored) oyster reefs.

– A little bit of oyster drama is stirring up in Delaware.

– Totally in love with my very own custom branded Half Shellers from the Littledeers. Thanks Tom & Sharron!

– October is more like “Oystober” to me. Here’s a fun oyster & cocktails event in Brooklyn to check out (10/7).

– Here’s another cool opportunity (10/20) to meet some leaders of the Sustainable Seafood Movement (and eat lots of oysters).

– Congratulations to Stacey Loftus for being awarded every oyster nerd’s dream scholarship!

– Did you know that there’s a romantic comedy film called “Oyster Farmer“? Has anyone seen it? Is it any good?

– New Oyster Info newsletter by Richard Rush is out! The subject of this issue: shucking contests.

– When you’re in Rio, here’s where you should look for fresh oysters.

 

Have a wonderful oyster-tastic weekend everyone!

Oyster NewsSeptember 19, 2014

While You Were Slurping

"While You Were Slurping" is a weekly compilation of my best oyster finds. Every Friday, I will be posting a list of fun oyster links, stories, and photos that I've collected throughout the week. Get inspired, get hungry, and get shuckin'!

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#INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: Ready to be shucked by PDXOysterSocial (left) and a snap of some great appetizers by cakebook (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!

 

– A mysterious new oyster bar is coming to Boston…

– Tried my very first Tio Point Oyster aka “Bluff Oyster” this week, making it the 9th oyster species in my book.

– Love these dreamy oyster paintings by Kim Hovell.

– Martha’s Vineyard approves a new oyster farm!

– At a young age, I became mesmerized by this particular Disney tragedy.

– If there’s one thing that can end a good thing, it might be this.

– Oystour has officially launched! Download their app and start appreciating.

– Are you going to Shaw’s Oyster Fest next Friday? If so, I’ll see you there!

– These are the biggest mothershucking oysters I’ve ever seen!

– The 22 best oyster bars in America according to Travel + Leisure.

 

Have a wonderful oyster-tastic weekend everyone!

Oyster NewsSeptember 1, 2014

A Year In Shellfies

Exactly one year and one day ago, I posted my first official @inahalfshellblog Instagram. Since then, I’ve accumulated a pretty unique collection of oyster photos and an equally awesome set of IG fans. To celebrate the start of prime oyster season (yay September!), I wanted to revisit some of my favorite shellfies over the last year.

Umm, what is a Shellfie?

I think a shellfie can be defined as two kinds of photos. The first is any respectable-looking oyster-slurping selfie. So basically, a photo of you slurping an oyster, where you’re taking the photo of yourself (rather than someone else taking it of you… which isn’t nearly as impressive). The second definition, which I’m demonstrating below, is any shot of an oyster close-up held in the hand. Some rules that I’ve set for myself:

1) I personally have to be holding the oyster. No hand doubles here. Sadly, this knocks a great shot out of consideration.
2) The photo has to tell a story. Preferably with an interesting background, like at the oyster farm or in space.
3) Taken with a cameraphone (in my case, iPhone 5S) and ideally posted real-time…no Throwback Shellfies unless if it’s Thursday. Also knocks a few other shots out of consideration.

16 of my favorite Shellfies of 2013-2014

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#1 A freshly shucked WiAnno oyster right out of Barnstable, MA. The water was so clear that you could see right to the sandy bottom.

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#2 During a fascinating blind taste test of Ireland’s top oyster-growing regions just before Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival.

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#3 Examining the rare Point Reyes Virginica at Waterbar in SF.

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#4 Enjoying a plump Kusshi oyster with some creme fraiche and caviar at Oyster Nosh.

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#5 Shucking Hog Island Sweetwaters by the pool during Napafest.

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#6 Showing off an exceptional specimen of Coromandel during an in-office oyster tasting.

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#7 Enjoying Maine oysters at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, ME.

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#8 Trying my first Kumiai oyster from Baja, Mexico at the Seafood Expo in Boston.

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#9 One of the many amazing oysters that I had during my Asia Oyster Tour.

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#10 A beautiful Maine belon from Shuckeasy during Oyster Week.

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#11 Blown away by this ultra plump Moyasta oyster from Ireland.

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#12 Slurping a premium Kelly Galway native against the sunset over Galway Bay = pure happiness.

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#13 Holding a remarkable heart-shaped oyster shell, gifted to me by Broadwater Oyster Co.

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#14 Shucking a Hog Island Kumamoto at the farm in Tomales Bay brought my oyster adventure full circle.

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#15 Trying a Sentan oyster at the Kanawa Suisan Co. oyster farm off the coast of Hiroshima, Japan.

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#16 Pretty pleased with my shucking job on this monstrous Pleasure House Oyster.

Show Me Your Shellfie!

Have an awesome shellfie to share? Tag your Instagram photos with #shellfie and #inahalfshell. Yours could be featured on my next “While You Were Slurping” post! Follow me on Instagram if you want more oyster shellfie updates!