The Oyster Blog

All oysters, all the time. Except when it's books.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Four Malpeques at the Ginger Man

Oysters: Four Malpeques, a Canadian oyster I have tasted before in Manhattan, paired with two delicious jumbo cocktail shrimp. Two of the four oysters arrived attached to their shells, and I was struck right away by the diversity in shell types, so much so that I wondered if they were in fact all Malpeques. The tasting proved them all to be the same, though, and they were each very good indeed. On this plate, it was the cocktail sauce and the vinegar that actually came up short. The restaurant (extremely good, except for the poorly-mannered folks at the next table over who spent a good half of their meal talking to other people on cell phones) was the Ginger Man, in Greenwich, CT. Along with the Malpeques, a pint of Otter Creek from Vermont (no Canadian beers I wanted on the menu). I had eaten here before, but only for a burger or a beer.

Reading: In the upper-right-hand corner, you can see a new tin of bookdarts, a nice new reading tool. I am in something of a book-rut lately, but I hope to be reading something engrossing soon.

Etc.: Please tell me I'm not the only one who finds it a little terrifying that the people who farm Malpeques refer to photographs as pitchers. Oy.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Beau Soleils (Beaux Soleils?) at L'Impero

Oysters: For my first course on Friday at L'Impero in Manhattan's Tudor City, five Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick with hearts of palm, grapefruit and blood orange oil. Astonishingly good at $16 — one of the most delicious and appealing presentations of oysters I've ever eaten. accompanied by a few glasses of a Basque grapefruit-toned wine called Txakolí de Bizkaia, then followed by a second course of house-made spaghetti. I will not forget this meal for a very long time. (No photos; they would not have been appropriate.)

Reading: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie.