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)