• oyster miscellany

    Oyster Table Manners

    February 26, 2009

    The other day a customer in the retail store informed us that we needed to restock our display tanks because all the oysters in it were dead. But the oysters weren’t dead, they were just eating. All the oysters had opened slightly (as in the photo above) in order to filter plankton out of the […]

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    Check out these colorful oyster shacks of Ile d’Oléron, France, courtesy of Walt. Meanwhile, last summer residents of Wellfleet, MA decided to preserve Cape Cod’s last historic oyster shack “as tribute to oystering.” Unfortunately the news article didn’t provide a picture of the shack in question.

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    Oysters save the world!

    November 10, 2008

    Oysters are stocking up on good karma. Recently Louisiana researchers discovered that a fatty substance found in oysters may cure cancer. (Eat up, folks!) The sneaky bivalves have also been transmitting messages from on high… or at least answering the financial prayers of a North Carolina man who found this shell, saw the Virgin Mary, […]

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    Superstardom

    August 25, 2008

    The oyster is taking over the world! Read below to learn more about the brash bivalve’s cultural conquests (and our attempts to explain them). 1. Oyster Magazine (Australia). Oysters have a reputation for being sexy and they definitely have cutting-edge qualities. They’ve also moved beyond gender: they start out male but switch sexes several times […]

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    Mais non non!

    July 14, 2008

    Strange happenings in the world of oyster aquaculture: 1. Today’s LA Times ran an article about the West Coast’s V. tubiashii outbreak that is worth reading. Among other interesting things we learned from the article: the fact that the bacteria can be wind-dispersed, “launched into the air by bubbles bursting at the ocean’s surface.” 2. […]

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    Bruce from West Seattle shared with us this image of John Singer Sargent’s masterpiece, the Oyster Gatherers of Cancale. Stop by Singer Sargent’s website for a history of both the painting and Cancale’s oyster industry. Thanks Bruce!

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    Fine Oyster Art

    June 2, 2008

    Oysters, Young Sir? by Henry Perlee Parker © Bridgeman Art Library / Roy Miles Fine Paintings The Oyster Meal by Jacob Ochtervelt © Bridgeman Art Library / Harold Samuel Collection, City of London Still Life with a Skull, 1962, © Glyn Morgan, Bridgeman Art Library / Private Collection Les Trois Huitres, 2002-03 by Alan Kingsbury […]

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    Champion Deep Dish

    April 14, 2008

    Last weekend 22-year old Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, a professional eater from Chicago, consumed 35 dozen oysters in 8 minutes to win the Acme World Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans. Has anyone ever seen a Louisiana oyster? They’re gray, runny, and grown at the mouth of the Mississippi, spelled p-o-l-l-u-t-e-d. Read the AP article […]

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    There are two types of oyster eater: those who are born loving oysters, and those who grow into the taste. For one local dog, the oyster epiphany came last Saturday at an informal campfire gathering in Lilliwaup. Since puppyhood Area Dog has lived on Hood Canal, but this was the first time he’d expressed interest […]

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      Pacific oysters can grow really, really big if left to their own devices. We keep this monster oyster shell in our store to show to interested customers. It also goes on tour with us occasionally…down to Portland to decorate our booth at the NW Food and Wine Festival…over to Seattle for one of the […]

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