Oysters from the North East. I know it is closed minded, but they are my favorite. I did for a time sell Oysters and Mussels from the worlds best growers and farmers. Again, another one of my many issues that revolve around food. I love the brininess of the liquor from them. The sweetness from the tides, and the character of the shells. Yes, I still a believer that you only eat shellfish in months that have an ‘R’ in them. That is when the waters are cooler and the best growing conditions for the beautiful bivalves.
A few of my favorites:
Raspberry Point Oysters: Harvested from one of the most northern stocks of oysters in North America, these oysters take about 6 years to reach market size. This cold water growing area produces this beautiful 3 to 3½ inch oyster. They have a wonderful salty taste, clean flavour with a delightful sweet finish. **Beverage of choice-Oban 14yr Single Malt Scotch.
Belon “The European Flat Oyster”: From Maine. Harvested by hand from rivers and islands on the Maine Coast. They are intense and minerally while delicate and creamy. **Beverage of Choice-Grey Goose Dirty Martini with regular olives.
Watch Hill: White-shelled Watch Hills are grown off-bottom in waist-deep water on a five-acre lease in Winnapaug Pond, near Westerly. For being mild in salinity they are a full-bodied, with strong “oysterness” and an addictive sweet-butter flavor that is especially apparent in the winter months. **Beverage of Choice-Hanger 1 Chipotle Bloody Mary or a Smirnoff Bloody Mary.
Beau Soleil- are sourced through the pristine North Atlantic waters which enshrine the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Canada. **Beverage of Choice-Brut Champagne. Not California Sparkling, Proscecco, or any other crap. Champagne, from France.
Caraquet- Nice little gems that, depending on the season, have had the most amazing crab like sweetness classified as “small choice” — are harvested from Chaleur Bay, which is located on the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Canada. **Beverage of Choice-Brut Champagne. Not California Sparkling, Proscecco, or any other crap. Champagne, from France.
Ninigret Cup: Smooth and buttery with an underlying sweetness. Ninigret Salt Pond, Rhode Island. **Beverage of Choice-A traditional IPA. Ice Cold. Gooseneck, Bell’s Brewery Two Headed, Sierra Nevada, & Dog Fish 60 Minute.
Matunuck Oysters: Love. Just Love. Farmed and Harvested from Potters Pond in East Matunuck Rhode Island. **Beverage of Choice-Vouvray from the Loire Valley of France.