So on Sunday my cat woke me up extremely early, early enough that I made it to the Hollywood Farmer's Market without having to think twice about parking.
Which allowed me to meet the delightful young lady selling live oysters, clams and small scallops directly from the grower in Carlsbad. At $10 a dozen, I figured with the exchange rate it was about the same price I pay in my native Normandy for the same type of experience, and I adore oysters, so I bought a dozen.
Now I know nothing about American oysters, so don' t ask me what type/species they were, I couldn't answer. I picked up the biggest ones, which would be medium/small back home. The young lady was very helpful, bagged them with ice, and she also sells those metallic-looking thermal bags, so you keep your bounty at the right temperature until you reach home. Before me was a customer buying clams and scallops and she told him everything about conservation, cooking/opening them, etc.
Anyway, I had the oysters like night, and they were very, very good. Easy to open for one, and then meaty, briny but not too powerfully strong, and very fresh. In fact they reminded me very much of the oysters grown in Normandy in Saint Vaast La Hougue: not the most fanciful ones, but great every day oysters (if you know French oysters: nowhere near as transcendental as Bellons, slightly inferior to Marennes-Oleron, but very satisfying nonetheless).
Also, this being May I was a bit afraid they might be already too fatty/too cloying, but no, they were perfect.
So if you crave oysters on a weekly basis like I often do, and are not afraid of opening your oysters yourself, I recommend going there. It will brighten your Sunday.
With a glass of Prosecco from TJ's life is grand without hurting your wallet too much!
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