...hog island oysters...


As I sit here with another batch of granola bars in the oven I thought I'd highlight one of the best days of our honeymoon.  I'll probably post more about our trip to Napa/Sonoma, but maybe only if I post a recipe too so that all of you who don't really care about our trip won't get mad at me (over the interwebs..)  Anyways.  We were at Louis Martini Winery (which we didn't love) but the girl there told us to go to Hog Island Oysters in Marshall, Ca.  It was one of the best recommendations we got the whole trip and a very fun trip.


We headed out in our fun rental car and into the beauty of northern california.  Surprisingly the hotel didn't understand why we were going somewhere an hour away; I'm surprised they didn't recommend it to more people!  We went on a Thursday and apparently their picnic tables are rented through November.  I'd more than highly recommend this.  You go, you shuck oyesters...you bring a picnic, they give you lemons and hot sauce.  Benjamin asked how fresh they were and loved the guys response.  "Well, it was alive until you opened it.."  Picking algae off an oyster is a good way to mark it's freshness.


I wasn't a lover of oysters until this day.  They were so fresh and not as salty as the ones you find on the east coast.  I'm not trying to be partial to California- I hear it's true.  It came out to be a buck an oyster which isn't bad at all when you consider what you could pay at a restaurant.  We drove around and stopped off hoping to see the ocean, but alas it was a bit further than we thought.  I'd highly recommend you go the Hog Island Oysters on your next visit to Northern California.  I know we'll be back...

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