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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Driving down from Napa back to San Francisco, we stopped at the famous Hog Island Oyster Co. Farm at Tomales Bay for lunch.

The oysters here are sold by dozens. You pick the sizes of oysters you want - xsmall, small, medium, large, or xlarge. The xsmall and small are the sweetest and usually large or xlarge are only recommended by the farm to "real oyster lovers".

The farm provides you with everything you need to have a wonderful feast. We were given a lesson of how to open the oysters (in the end I still couldn't open any of them), gloves, oyster knife, and 2 types of dipping sauces. It cost only $5 to rent a picnic table under the beautiful sky and you could basically stay there for as long as you want. BBQ are also set up by the picnic tables but you'd have to bring your own tools and sauces for that. Of course if you're not in a hurry, you could open a bottle of wine or purchase some beer and just lie on the bench for a nap.

In conclusion, it was an amazing lunch. I should probably also mention that this was my first time eating raw oysters and this kind of proves how good and how fresh their oysters are.

p.s. Hog Island Oyster Co. also have oyster bars in San Francisco (Ferry Building) and Napa (Public Market) so you could enjoy their oysters, too outside Tomales Bay. But you get to open your own oysters and bring other food for picnic in Tomales Bay so I would definitely recommend the farm more.

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