• February 2011

    weekly update

    February 25, 2011

    Does a week begin on Sunday? We forget. Sunday we were up to our elbows in oysters, ice, and pig madness at Cochon 555, a traveling culinary celebration of all things porcine. The food was delicious and the air smelled like bacon and we quite literally could not shuck the oysters fast enough. Thanks to […]


    Cochon 555, and an explanation

    February 18, 2011

    We’ve very excited about this weekend’s Cochon 555, where we’ll be shucking Hama Hamas and Blue Pools and feasting on heirloom pork dishes prepared by some of Seattle’s finest chefs. From their website: Cochon 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event–five chefs, five pigs, five wine makers–to promote sustainable farming of heritage […]


    big fat red anemone

    February 17, 2011

    The other day Louis was working on the barge and noticed that three huge red anemones had moved into the barge slip. He swears they weren’t there the day before… but just how the three legless creatures moved in overnight remains unclear. We put one in our tank. It looks like a persimmon, and our […]


    Shore crab understandably have a heck of a time climbing up the glass walls of the aquarium. At most, a clever crab wedged into the corner of the tank can gain a couple of inches of altitude before drifting down to bottom. But this guy went sky-high while hitching a ride on a drill snail…. was he on […]


    Winter Tideflats

    February 4, 2011

    Here are some photos from a nighttime beach walk we took a couple of weeks ago. Ever wonder what diving ducks do underwater? In the photo below you can see a duck excavation, created by foraging a surf scoter, white wing, or other clam-eating duck. In the winter the tideflats are covered with these pits, and the hungry […]

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    Hama Hama Oysters, Stout!

    February 3, 2011

    We’ve been bugging local breweries to brew us up some oyster stout for a couple of years, and we’ve always been turned down flat. But finally we met a brewery bold enough to take on the challenge: Upright Brewing Co in Portland will release their oyster stout, made with oysters fresh from yours truly, on February 22nd at […]


    Lovely Lilliwaup

    February 1, 2011

    Most of these photos (with the obvious exception of the recent ones) were donated to the Mason County Historical Society by the Aaro family, which homesteaded in Lilliwaup Valley and still lives around these parts (John Aaro worked for us shucking oysters until just a few months ago). Lilliwaup Valley before Hwy 101: Building the […]