I think that oysters are the one food that most people take a long time to come around to liking. Their looks impede the progress, I think, although I find the shells quite beautiful. They are also one of those foods that get you to wondering about the first person who had the smarts to figure out that there was something delicious inside that shell. I’ll bet the first taste-tester was an otter, a raccoon, or some primitive relative of either of them. Then, humans saw the clever creature slurping up the sweet-salty mollusk and, as they say, culinary history was made.
On our annual Provincetown run, raw oysters are on the menu every night – usually with a glass of champagne or prosecco. We never tire of them. Sometimes I make a mignonette – the classic French dipping sauce – but usually we simply eat them “au naturelle” because they are so fresh, so saline, so sweet, so meaty that they need nothing to accent their almost indefinable taste. Either way, if you are not an oyster lover, I encourage you to close your eyes and lift one to your lips – give a quick slurp and enjoy the wonderfully sensual taste and texture of a perfectly fresh oyster on your palate. You will become a convert!
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Posted in Stephen Kolyer, tagged best buddies, CAEP COD, Café Heaven, cape cod, Commercial Street, Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict, eggs benedict, magnificent sunsets, provincetown, restaurants, seafood, the cape on November 16, 2012 |
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We were trying to figure out how many years we have been making a fall trek to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod to walk the beach, eat great seafood, and toast the magnificent sunsets, usually with our best buddies Lynn and Doug. (And this year our “almost-daughter Anne and her husband joined us, too.) Neither Steve, Lynn, Doug nor I can remember, but for however long it has been – 10 years or more – we have begun each day there with breakfast at Café Heaven on Commercial Street. It is the most welcoming spot run by 2 open-hearted guys, Alan in the front and Patrick in the kitchen. We walk in the door and find a seat and Alan has coffee on the table, 3 regulars and 1 decaf. The menu is imaginative and the food delicious. One specialty, Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict, is seen on almost every table every morning. We usually opt for simpler dishes. Open for breakfast and lunch early and late in the season and for 3 meals a day during the height of the summer crowds, Café Heaven is truly a little bit of heaven on Cape Cod.
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You either love ‘em or hate ‘em – I’ve found there is no in-between. We happen to be a family that loves them. Steve and I have just returned from our annual fall visit to Provincetown where oysters are on the menu every day. Always on the half shell – never fancied up. No mignonette, no lemon, no dippin’ or drizzlin’ at all – we just slurp them right from the shell. This year they were particularly salty/sweet and very plump. I don’t offer a recipe ‘cause, for us, only nature can provide the perfect dish – just some photos so you can enjoy our feasts just a bit. And, along with the oysters, Steve shares a snap of Lynn’s (our vacationing buddy) found beach treasures. The little starfish seemed to be everywhere on the beach – some struggling to make it back to the water and some for whom it was too late to make the dash.
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