Sunday, January 31, 2010

Oysters


This is what we are seeing right now--a long line of vehicles going into a massive parking area for the country's largest oyster roast. This year we decided to come early, presumably to beat the crowd. Everyone else had the same idea.

But it is a sunny day without a cloud in the sky. It is chilly--perfect weather for a roast. The restaurant association will be serving other food as well. The oyster shucking and eating contests are something to behold. I'll post more photos from the afternoon's festivities later.

I am feeling much better today. Yesterday I definitely took it easy. I may not eat my usual share of the delectable mollusks, but I will give it a try. One of our sayings down here is "Eat fish live longer, eat oysters love longer."

Deserved or not, the humble oyster has maintained a timeless mystique when it comes to passion. The oysters own love life is an interesting one, reproducing during the summer months and changing sex every time they do so. Weird, huh?

Romance aside, oysters are a pretty healthy option-- they're a valuable source of minerals, such as zinc, calcium and copper, and are also rich in iodine and low in cholesterol. So love longer, live longer and look younger.

I am ready to give that a try.


20 comments:

  1. I can do oysters if they are steamed or broiled but not raw. The whole day sounds like a blast out there. Have a wonderful day, glad you are feeling up to the fun.

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  2. You live in the coolest place ever! There's so much to do there, so many community events, etc. The oyster gathering sounds fun! Very weird about the sex life of an oyster. I didn't know that!

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  3. Sounds like a great time. I used to go to Oyster Roast all the time when I lived in Fla. It's been ages. Enjoy plenty for me. (Hugs)Indigo

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  4. Oysters are right in there with octopus if you aske me >:P
    Not that you did..but I think community roasts are just fab no matter..Now,isn't that interesting about the oysters changing sex.
    I wonder why? So the Mom won't have to breast feed maybe? lol

    xo

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  5. I love oysters best when fried and there's a great restaurant here that specializes in doing them that way, makes my mouth water just thinking about them! It took me years before I would even attempt to taste one of those slimy shelled mucky things, but once I did, I was hooked! I'm still not going to do the octo thing though, uck! Interesting that oysters change sex, how weird! Bet that keeps things rather interesting though, lol!

    Have a good evening Syd :)

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  6. I have never had an oyster in my life... are they nice?

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  7. I love raw oysters. Used to love them especially with vodka, but in sobriety have learned that a good hot horseradish is a fabulous substitute. No wonder I've been able to love longer than ever before. My hubby and I are oyster eaters.

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  8. In our neck of the woods, you only hear of oysters in "Oyster Stew" which is part of some folk's Christmas Eve. Can't wait to hear about it....

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  9. Oyster stew!! My friend's father would make it for XMAS but only he and the dog enjoyed it. I love it and I don't even know why.

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  10. Lovely - I forget is my turn to be thy guy or the gal?

    Again, you may gladly eat my share...

    Blessings and aloha...

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  11. Kumamoto oysters are my favorite
    I go to the oyster farms and eat them fresh with lemon and tobasco.

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  12. So many oysters, so little time! And they are a fabulous aphrodisiac...

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  13. Sounds and looks like you and 'many' others will have a terrific time at the "oyster affair".

    Can't wait for more pictures.

    PG

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  14. I love oysters, raw, cooked, any way I can get them. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. It looks so warm.

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  15. sounds great. there's an oysterfest close to my hometown too, in october. i think i should try to go to one...

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  16. awww shucks, sounds like a nice time :-) how do you take your pysters? I love em on the half shell, salt and pepper and that's about it

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  17. Wow, learn something everyday, very strange sex life indeed! You are blessed to live in such a delightful area of this Earth, and we are all blessed that you share it with us!

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  18. What a great resource!

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