Try Eating It: Raw Oyster

I never thought I would voluntarily eat any seafood raw. As I have been “growing up” I have decided to give something a try, at least once.

Pretty sure, the first time I gave raw oysters a try was about 2003, my family went to Santa Barbara, California for a weekend trip.  I think it was my sister that got me to eat an oyster shooter (it was in a cocktail sauce). Went right down and I thought, not too bad. Since then, I have had more oyster shooters, bbq’d ones, and even plain and straight from the shell.

But, in order to check this experience off, for at least one of the times, I need to have a photo and write about it. (my rule)

In February 2020, I went with my mom to San Francisco, California for the day. She had an appointment in the city and wanted someone with her. For dinner, we treated ourselves by going to the Hog Island Restaurant. She had been before, but this was my first time. It’s located in the San Francisco Ferry Building. Really cool, gourmet foods place. Everything looked and smelled yummy.

I decided to get the oyster mix and a geoduck ceviche (I am glad I didn’t know what a geoduck clam looked like before trying, I probably would not have wanted the dish, even though it was yummy). My mom got clam chowder and a grilled cheese sandwich (which I had some). I made my mom try an oyster but she didn’t care much for it. Each oyster was from a different place. I could only tell a slight difference. Guess I need to eat more to refine my palate.

The oysters:

  • Hog Island Sweetwater (Tomales Bay, CA)
  • Chelesa Olympia (Eld Inlet, WA)
  • Dully’s (Pickering Passage, WA)
  • Glacier Point (Kachemak Bay, AK)
  • Wellfleet (Cape Cod, MA)
  • Crowes Pasture (Cape Cod, MA)


Have you had raw oysters? Are you able to tell a difference on where the oyster came from? Have you had or made any dishes with Geoduck clams? 

February Check-In / March Plans

It’s not quite the end of February, but I still seem to be in a “doing nothing” rut, so I have decided to do this recap/planning for next month early. I did go to a crab feed and to a play, but other than going to work and home, zip. Now is a good time to take a look again at the 12 items lists here and start planning for March. I think I will also print it out and put it by my door so I am always seeing my goals. Hopefully that, and the sun shining for longer hours each day will be the inspiration kick I need.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body
  2. Boil and eat a lobster
  3. Eat a raw oyster
  4. Get a professional massage
  5. go check out the new Hard Rock Casino
  6. Go on a art walk and check out the wide open murals
  7. gun range – get lessons in shooting
  8. Museum exhibits – Movie cars at the Auto Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Hall of Fame gallery & the Chinese gallery at California Museum,
  9. Play bingo
  10. Send a friend a gift, just because (something I made)
  11. Walk on the beach in winter
  12. Write a letter

note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post 

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”

  • didn’t go to any new ones in February

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

Music Monday 03

Ongoing challenge: listen to the 1001(+) Songs you Must Hear Before You Die, 20 songs each week. Read about it, and find the full list here. 

Music Monday 03

  1. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys (released 2005, album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”, Garage Rock, Indie Rock, Punk Rock)
  2. Respect – Aretha Franklin (released 1967, album “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”, Soul)
  3. I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin (released 1968, album “Aretha Now”, Soul) – should also listen to same song by Dionne Warwick (released 1967, album “The Windows of the World”)
  4. U Don’t Know Me – Armand Van Helden (released 1999, album “2 Future 4 U”, Garage House, disco)
  5. Sun City – Artists United Against Apartheid (released 1985, album “Sun City”, New Wave, R&B, Hip Hop)
  6. Kung Fu – Ash (released 1995, album “1977”, Power Pop)
  7. Dum Maro Dum – Asha Bhosle (released 1971, Film Score, Indian Rock)
  8. One Armed Scissor – At the Drive-In (released 2000, album “Relationship of Command”, Progressive Rock)
  9. 212 – Azaelia Banks (released 2011, album “Broke with Expensive Taste”, Hip House)
  10. Please Love Me – B.B. King (released 1956, album “Singin the Blues”, Blues)
  11. The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King (released 1969, album “Completely Well”, Soul, Blues)
  12. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys (released 1997, album “Backstreet Boys”, Pop)
  13. Manic Monday – Bangles (released 1986, album “Different Light”, Pop Rock)
  14. Guilty – Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb (released 1980, album “Guilty”, Pop, Disco)
  15. Romeo – Basement Jaxx (released 2001, album “Rooty”, Disco, House)
  16. No Sleep Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys (released 1987, album “Licensed to Ill”, Rap, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal)
  17. Sabotage – Beastie Boys (released 1994, album “Ill Communications”, Rap, Hard Rock)
  18. Dub Be Good to Me – Beats International (released 1990, album “Let Them Eat Bingo”, Dub)
  19. Loser – Beck (released 1993, album “Mellow Gold”, Alternative Rock)
  20. Devil’s Haricut – Beck (released 1996, album “Odelay”, Alternative Rock)