Monday, October 1, 2012

Les Huitres de France

While fall and winter are not my favorite times of the year,
the cooler weather does bring out certain booths of interest.

In our neighborhood in Paris, we frequently find oyster stands
complete with wave (noise) machines. 
Some even include the sound of seagulls in the background
for the full effect of transporting you to a Normandy beach from your spot
on the Paris sidewalk. 

I'm also not a fan of raw oysters 
(I like them one way--on the grill in the half shell smothered with garlic butter, 
a dash of horseradish and hot pepper seasoning)
but I do love how an officianado of oysters can taste the difference in regions. 
They are all named for their different locations of origin
and some can actually describe the precise differences between them. 
A friend said to me recently,
"But with all that stuff on it, you can't taste the oyster."
"Exactly!" was my response. 

Hope you are finding, and enjoying, the best things 
you love about the change in seasons! 

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)


  1. My sentiment exactly. I tasted one recently. It was too cold and all I could taste was the cocktail sauce and horseradish. I think I would enjoy it more cooked somehow.


    OH, I am so late in responding today; I am working on a paper project for my first show here.

    OHHHH I DO NOT LIKE OYSTERS! But I suppose with the other flavors added to it, like the other blogger said, you can't taste them....ewwww, but the texture! BERK! As the French might say!

    Thank you for coming to sit on the paper moon with me my dear friend. ENJOY every moment with your French friends; I so miss mine from school!

    BISOUS! Anita

  3. Hi Kirsten,
    Oh how envious I am that you were in SF...I am overdue :) LOVE that they play tapes of the ocean,that would get your attention for sure. I love Fall, and the wardrobe change...but we do not have it yet!!! Majot heatwave going on....
    Enjoy your week mon amie!!

  4. Hello Kirsten, Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons, Fall is very beautiful with the changing colors but I dislike the wind. When I go for a walk I repeat to myself what I once heard..."the wind is your friend". Even though where I live in Portland, Oregon we have mild winters they are way too cold for my liking. I love listening to the music as I read your posts and enjoy hearing about all things European.

  5. thanks for sharing.


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