Hi again!! did you miss me?! Did you run out last night in search of a plate of oysters?! hope so!
Well, as promised, I am continuing my post about oysters..
And one of the very best oysters in the world, in my opinion, is the Kumamoto.
It is a tiny oyster, and almost round.
It is now, like most oysters, farm- raised in the Pacific Northwest or in Europe- but it originated from Kyushu island in Japan.
Hog Island Oyster Company- In Tomales Bay- is where we used to get ours when I was a Chef in SF- and if you are over there, I really recommend a trip there! It’s amazing! Fun! and you can eat as many oysters as you want!
the Kumamoto’s flavour is creamy- almost buttery- and has no harshness or aggression whatsoever to it. By the way, they go perfectly with sevruga, osetra,
or of course, if you have plenty of spare money lying around- Beluga- caviar.
And speaking of caviar, spare money lying around, and other APHRODISIACS- let’s briefly discuss the legend that oysters will give you a Tiger in the Tank in the bedroom!
it’s no secret they look and taste sexy…
but, well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but research pretty much disproves that eating them will turn you into a Sex-God.. sorry..
Although in the case of the mythologically fantastic lover Cassanova, he was famous also for eating 50 oysters for breakfast every morning, so who knows!!!!
I don’t know why talking about sex reminds me of this place, but-
Next time you are in my home town of San Francisco, make sure that you go to my all-time favourite restaurant there :
Get at least 36 of them! And order a sapphire martini to with them! Trust me! I used to do it all the time!Sadly, it’s almost impossible to get Kumamotos outside of Japan or the States, so I have taken up eating Belons, or Fines de Claires- also absolutely top grade oysters, and carefully and proudly grown and harvested in Brittany and Marennes by people who have generations of history as oyster producers-Beautiful Breton
And when I’m in France- I have been known to devour them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
here are two places which you MUST go to- if in Paris:
I was sitting in Paris for 2 days waiting for Alon to join me after a meeting in Zurich, and every night I sat there (by myself) and ate 36 Fines de Claires and drank a whole bottle of Sancerre!
they treated me like a God! You will love it!
And in the unfortunate event that you are ever in Nice:
(sorry, but it reminded me of Netanya! Not that there’s anything wrong with Netanya, mind you- but when in France, I like to feel like I’m in France!!)
We were there filming “Duet” with Chef Christian Plumail of the Michelin- starred “L’Universe”!
Oh La La!
Alon and I were lucky to find this place!
We ate perfect oysters and oursin every day there after I finished shooting!
while the rest of the crew was sitting in some tourist trap, eating 25-euro pizza!
Why?! because they do not eat oysters!! Ha!
Now- I gess you guys think I will be giving some sort of recipes, blah blah blah.
Sorry- as well as my hatred for recipes, I truly believe nothing more than a squeeze of lemon belongs on a fresh Oyster..
Oh- and maybe a spoonful of Tobiko caviar! (NOT the tiny, yucky,”mintay” used for making ikra that is sometimes passed off as Tobiko by unscrupulous sushi bars here!)