Every year Alex's family orders oysters from Island Creek Oysters for his grandfather, Oso. He's a tough guy to shop for but he does love his oysters. This year they got him The Damn Yankee sampler pack and there was shucking party in the kitchen on Christmas Day in MA. Alex was one of two s(h)uckers. I wasn't in the room when Alex was at work but he made sure that I got one of each kind. They were impeccably fresh, firm yet tender, sweet, salty and utterly delicious.
Whenever I eat great raw oysters I feel brighter and more alert. A platter of oysters accompanied by some really good french fries is my idea of a great meal. Add one of my favorite California Chardonnays and an entertaining companion and I might never leave the table.
Our New year's resolution is to eat more oysters. Seek out the best, savor them, and share.