Aw Shucks

This is the face of someone who left San Francisco to recharge her batteries:


I am so grateful for the person to think of the idea of Spring Break! It is officially the first day of my week-long vacation and to say I really needed it is an understatement. My idea of wilding out is not partying in Cancun, but sleeping in until 9 o’clock. When did I become such a grandma?

Fortunately, we headed up to Tomales Bay (in Marin) to shuck oysters and grill some carne asada for Richie’s birthday. As much as I love my city, it is hard to find serenity when there is close to a million people in seven square miles. One of the delights of living here is you can travel an hour north and have a whole new playground. I wish I snapped pictures of the windy roads with the crystal clear lakes and sure-signs of spring starting to bloom.


I am not the biggest oyster fan (read: I cannot even) but the whole process was really cool to me. The oyster house sells them by the dozen and you go to your little reserved picnic table and grill them yourself.


Apparently, shucking oysters requires many tools and a bit of finesse. It seems like a lot of work for one shot. Gloves, horseshoe-shaped work place and special knives that are crazy not just for cooking but as Self Defense Knives as well…I must be missing out on something fabulous.


PS: can we talk about how cute my godson is with his new haircut? He is lucky he has such a great mama to sacrifice her warmth so he can stay cozy.


In order to get my dose of Vitamin D, I took a walk along the “beach”, which does not look so glorious in the picture below. I do not know if it was low-tide/drought/that’s just how it is, but the water was really far away and I even saw a dead sting-ray and some sort of alien looking shark.


Let’s play Where’s Waldo and find the mini crab that was shuffling around in the sand and trying not to get stepped on. I told my roommate that all the little cone-shells were for hermit crabs, but I was half-sure and half-sure-that-I-could-have-made-it-up.


When I came back to our table, I was so excited to see that D came! The last time was during New Years and it has been way too long. She eats her oyster “like a true Mexican” with a dash of Tapatio, lime, and a splash of Corona.


She even found this b-e-autiful flower to put in my hair.

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Okay, last picture of the oysters. I just find them fascinating. What first human saw this rock-shaped thing and said, “Whatever is inside, I am going to eat it. Even if it is really slimy and stuck to the shell”.


How do you feel about oysters?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

17 thoughts on “Aw Shucks

  1. ALL of these pictures are SO stinking cute I LOVE THEM ALL.
    I wanna see the alien looking shark please. Send that via email if it’s too dark, ha!! And oysters are NOT my friend. At all. I hate them. But you make them look so appealing and adorable! I can handle them if they’re fried (which means they taste like all fried foods – heavenly) but that isn’t really how you’re supposed to eat them. Glad you’re on break – sounds like you need it! Have a great week!

  2. .. I can’t even. Still.
    How is it that a person can have a borderline addiction to mussels {fave = PEI} and scallops {fave = Diver} but
    “can’t even..” with oysters.
    I have never tried one. Never mind a splash of Cornona, I’d need to mainline it. And then have someone pinch my nose and tilt my head.
    Sad face. I feel like I’m missing out on a pearl of the sea.
    .. wait, that’s a clam. {which I also like = harumph}

  3. I need another Marin trip. I love oysters. Don’t need anything but a shucker, and shoot! But a little lemon juice is nice, too.
    I would have totally geeked out looking for more weird dead things on the beach. A stingray AND a shark? Then again, I was having more fun “petting” the starfish at the Cal Academy of Sciences than the kids were. I probably should have been a biologist.

  4. I do love oysters, but I am definitely curious about what that first person was thinking now… They’re definitely weird! And if I came upon one without knowing they were a “thing,” I’d probably be disturbed 🙂


  5. I think I tried an oyster years ago. And I say think because I was (very) tipsy and all I have to go by is what Vishnu tells me about that night 🙂

  6. You know I love oysters and I love having them al fresco in Tomales Bay. Glad you were able to experience it yourself. Really a true signature thing for locals to do in the Bay Area. Hope you enjoy the rest of your spring break! Advice on oyster shucking: Find someone else willing to shuck them for you, and then just enjoy eating them! 😉

  7. The first, and only, time I’ve had oysters was in New Orleans and there were a lot of dirty martinis involved, so I can’t give a true testament to whether I enjoyed them. I guess I should go try them at Tomales Bay!

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