Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Do you see what I see? Yummy Oysters

I know, I know. Not everyone finds raw oysters appealing. For some, they're just too darn slimy. But not for me.

As a native of New Orleans, I've loved raw oysters since I was a teenager. Cold, clean, and salty – and even better with a squirt of lemon juice and a dab of cocktail sauce. In fact, I dream about them all the time, and I miss them when I'm not down south. That's probably why I eat so many of them during my fall visits to New Orleans – I have to get my fill before enduring months without them, and needless to say, I'm really, really hoping that the current Gulf oil spill doesn't destroy the Louisiana oyster beds for years to come.

So, what's your favorite food? What yummy treat do you dream about often – and what would you lament being without?

Authors and characters are all welcome to share! So, come on, let's get hungry!


Jennifer Shirk said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE raw oysters. Once, when I was in New Orleans, I had a chef give me a raw oyster in a shot glass with a dash of cocktail sauce and vodka. I was in heaven.
I adore sushi too and Mousetracks ice cream with hot fudge on top.

Christine H said...

Oh my gosh, I want to reach right through the screen and grab some of those!

My favorite topping is lots of lemon and a dash of Tabasco sauce.

I like just about everything food-wise. Seafood is probably my favorite because I only get it once in a while. I love Alaskan King Crab legs.

Jil said...

I just love baked potatoes, skins crispy, not those soggy microwave types, and lots of butter. And french bread- oh and lemon merangue pie- in fact anything lemon. I used to like raw oysters too but haven't had them for ages.
Hot apple pie with ice-cream on top.
My list grows. I'd better go and eat something!

Laura Martone said...

Wow! I'm so surprised and delighted that there are other raw oyster lovers around here. Though I admit to loving EVERYTHING else y'all mentioned. And I should add a few more favorites... dark chocolate, nectarines, cherries, avocados, pecans, key lime pie, hot apple cider, and really sharp cheddar cheese! Mmm... too bad I'm on a diet right now. :-(

Devi Marconi said...

I'm a big foodie, too. Just like my author. In fact, I'm one of the many cooks down in Ruby Hollow, so I'm around food a lot. Probably more than I should be.

And to this growing list, I'd add seafood gumbo (which I remember fondly from my days in New Orleans), spinach casserole, pumpkin pie, and all sorts of baked goods... from blueberry muffins to banana nut bread.

Christine H said...

I love all that stuff you mentioned, Laura. We must have twin taste buds.

Christine H said...

Ditto, to you too, Jill!

Not that big on sushi, though, Jennifer. It's okay once in a while. Moosetracks ice cream is fantastic, though.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, then, of course, there's always mint chocolate chip ice cream... and Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia.

How funny is it that only female writers joined a conversation about food? What does that say about gender-related preoccupations?

David Jace said...

OK, just to screw with the gender-related thing...

First, you're all crazy for eating raw food. Except for fruits, that's just ridiculous!

Second, yeah, I'm weird, I'm not really a fan of chocolate and can take or leave most sweets altogether.

That said, I'm pretty much a carnivore. I want something with some meat in it! I LOVE ham & cheese French omelets. Not that "fluffy" type that waffle house serves. Pizza is a classic favorite, Arby's is heaven-in-retail, I do have to agree with Christine on the crab legs, oh, hello, Red Lobster and your clam chowder!

We do fun-named foods around my house. She makes a beef-stew type of casserole with biscuits baked into the top that we call "Shipwreck" and there's "Pizza Avalanche," too.

Oh, we live in Texas, and there's a place called "Texas de Brazil" that serves this amazing meat called Parmesan Pork. Oh, it's incredible. I love that place. The guys walk around with these giant kabobs that look more like swords, loaded with meat. You turn over your little button to green and they drop meat on your plate until you flip it to red. It's awesome, just expensive.

We should all go to a restaurant together! I'm now done ranting about food. And, for the record, I'm a guy. Usually.

Laura Martone said...

Yay! A guy contributed to the food discussion! Now, I don't feel so bad for us gals (wink).

And, just to throw another monkey wrench in, I'm with you on the meat thing, David. Actually, I'm an omnivore, for sure. Sushi, seafood, steak, fruit, veggies, nuts, breads, cheeses, sweets, wine, beer... I'll pretty much eat anything - except chocolate-covered insects, that is. I do have my standards, you know.