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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Raw Oysters: Best Edibles on Earth



"If you don't love life, you can't enjoy an oyster; there is a shock of freshness to it and intimations of the ages of man, some piercing intuition of the sea and all its weeds and breezes. They shiver you for a split second." - Eleanor Clark
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Just got back from an oyster festival in Maryland where I gorged on a dozen and a half raw ones with horseradish, hot sauce and lemon.

The more a food can be eaten in its raw, natural state, the better. And when it tastes so perfect in that state, it's clearly god's way of telling us, "I've put these here for you, my dear. For you." That one-of-a-kind texture of sea-salty, lemony Chesapeake oysters with a dab of horseradish, chased with a cold 16 ounce beer, makes my eyes roll back in my head and forces the world to escape me. No thoughts exist. My body undergoes pure seafood sensation and I revert to some primordial version of my pre-oyster self for a split second.

I've heard rumors that there are those on this earth who do not think that raw oysters are one of the best foods in the world. I feel sorry for those deprived people and thank the lord that I grew up on a coast.
Comments:
I don't like raw oysters, but I love them fried. Clams I like steamed, and mussels too. The raw stuff I reserve for sushi...
 
I'm glad I grew up near seafood as well. When I used to travel to Ohio, a landlocked state, they would always make faces when you mentioned fish or shellfish, and if you tried to order it there, it was always dreadful.

Washington Cube Was Here. #378
 
Coming from a land-locked state, I never knew people ate oysters until I was in my 30s and met LB. I tried them once at a restaurant in Baltimore that's supposed to be famous for the BEST raw oysters around. I ate a half a dozen of them. I didn't really get what the big deal was.

Later that night I was curled in a fetal position on my living room floor vomiting and screaming in agony. I can't remember when I've been in that much pain.

Lesson: don't eat raw oysters... if you really love the taste of horse radish, salt and beer... try some nice crackers.
 
Mass, I feel sorry for you and thank the lord that I grew up on a coast.

WC, I feel sorry for those deprived Ohioans and thank the lord that I grew up on a coast.

HP, I feel sorry for you and thank the lord that I grew up on a coast.
 
ALL HAIL THE BAY!!! KEEPER OF THE SACRED AND HOLY OYSTER!!! OYSTERS ARE THE MUSHY JEWELS OF THE SEA, AND YOU, OLD CHESSIE, THE CHERISHED TREASURE CHEST OF SUCH PALATABLE BOUNTY!!!!
ALL HAIL THE BAY!!!!
 
Oysters are THE most under-rated food in the world. Although risky with the whole food poisoning and Hep C thing, the taste and sensation of the food world's version of oral sex is more than worth it.

My dream is to take a bath in a salty cool tub of freshly shucked oysters. with lemon. and Miss Jolie.
 
Just curious--was the beer non-alcoholic? Could a non-alcoholic beer detract from the bliss that is oysters, or is their supremacy so complete that they cover all ills? I have yet to try a raw oyster, but based on your post, I'm going to give them a try (plus, I love horseradish).
 
You caught me, Nathalie, the oysters I had at the recent festival were sans beer, given my recent teetotaling. I looked high and low for some non-alkey but ended up empty-handed.

You really should try them with a real beer. Plus, if your stomach has a reaction like Mr. Happy Pants, the alcohol will kill it ... sort of.

One tip: Make sure you eat them at a somewhat nice restaurant. Then you'll be ready to graduate to eating them at a down-home seafood market.
 
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