December 1, 2004

Oysters, Oysters, Oysters!

UPDATE 12/29/04:: Terrific article in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer about Chris Keff and Flying Fish.

CORRECTION: Reported demise of oyster happy-hour greatly exaggerated! Frenzy to continue, 5-6 PM weekdays, at least through April!

Prayers answered; somebody gracious [up there] or crustacious [down there] must like me. Earlier post follows:

November 2004 is over, which means that 25-cent happy-hour oysters at Flying Fish are only 11 months away. In the meantime, be glad there's a restaurateur like Chris Keff who understands shellfish ... and who gives us this annual, month-long bonus.

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In return, one doesn't complain about the price the rest of the year, which is still a modest $18 for an assortment of 12. In Paris, for example, oysters are plentiful year-round, yet they run about 20 euros [$25] a dozen. Have been saving up my oyster pictures from France, by the way ...

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Are you a Nawlins-style oyster-eater? With red sauce and Tabasco? Then drink Manny's pale ale. A Londoner, with horseradish? You'll like the porter. One of those French gastronomes, partial to fresh lemon and mignonette? Then a glass of sauvignon blanc from New Zealand will do nicely.

Oyster plateau Lyon.jpg Oyster tasting at Les Halles.jpg Posted by Ronald Holden at December 1, 2004 4:45 PM