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Hog Island Oyster, Marshall General Store, Cow Girl Creamery

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Hog Island Oyster, Marshall General Store, Cow Girl Creamery

Wendy Lai | Sep 29, 2003 02:48 PM

So insipired by this board, hubby, two friends and I went to Hog Island this past Saturday. Here are my thoughts.

They had kummotos, which were very good, much more flavorful then the extra small sweet waters. But everything was much more saltier than restaurant oysters. I was told that's because it's right out of the ocean. It wasn't as hard to shuck as I thought. But the glove they gave you was wet and slimy...I ended up putting a plastic bag over my hand before inserting my hand into the glove :P I would sugget you bring your own oven mitt, or towl or something. Also, found out they have chiminy you can borrow, and charcol that they sell.
We arrived at 11am and it was pretty empty, but by 12:30, it was filling up quick. We didn't bbq, but must say with the wind blowing the smoke around, it was a bit annoying to have other people's ashes in our food.

Marshall General Store, about a mile before Hog Island, was not really a country gocery/deli/gourmet shop that I thought it was. It's more like something you find next to a gas station. Maybe we went too early (around 10:45am), but they didn't have much. The clam chowder wasn't ready, no bread, no salads, limited wine and beer selections. We ended up buying a couple bags of chips and a bottle of white. Oh, and we opted to have yesterday's clam chowder heated up. It wasn't that great to us, but that might be becasue it was heated up all the way through. I wouldn't really recommend the clam chowder that we had to other people.

On the way back, we stopped at Point Reyes Station and visited Cow Girl Creamery. I'm not sure if we went to the right place, but it was more of a gourmet shop/deli, with some cheese operation on one side and takeout on the other (actually, this is what I imaged Marshall General Store to be like). Anyway, I was under the impression that Cow Girl Creamery would be more factory-like? Or offer tours, or something more than just a cheese counter (which I can just get from the ferry terminal farmer's market). We did buy some really delicious Red Hawk cheese.

It was a nice mild day. A great outing, thanks hounds for inspiring us!

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