This month at The Kitchn, we're talking about food in literature, and this quote from Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast made me think of a local San Francisco favorite: Drake's Bay Family Farms oysters.
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
Since we live so close to the sea, it's almost sacrilegious to buy seafood at the supermarket when we can drive to the coast and get it fresh out of the water. Drake's Bay Family Farms is an hour's drive north of San Francisco, in Point Reyes. The farm is situated in some of the cleanest waters in California. Oysters can be purchased on-site and eaten right there alfresco, or you can pack them in a cooler to take home.
Oysters are healthy, sustainable, and delicious. I recommend serving them with a little champagne vinaigrette or a smidgen of garlic aioli. They can also be eaten smoked, roasted, grilled or used in cocktails.
Drake's Bay Family Farms
Phone: (415) 669-1149
Hours: 8am - 4:30pm Everyday
(Image from drakesbayfamilyfarms.com)