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Let me just be clear. Growing up, the “fish” we ate was fried…in a stick form…from a box. Over the years I have developed a love for seafood. Well, most of it anyways. I can devour mahi mahi, salmon, shrimp, lobster and crab like nobody’s business. Oysters have always been my nemesis. I can’t stand to look at them or think about them laying there on their shell, mocking me because they know I won’t eat them. But when I went to the Union Oyster House in Boston, it wasn’t just to visit America’s oldest restaurant or to see the booth that President Kennedy claimed as his. I made up my mind. No more fear. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Wait, how far is it back to the T (Boston’s public transit system) and then to my hotel? Ok, no more talking myself out of it, even if our server hesitated when I asked if the oysters were good. They arrived on a plate with spicy cocktail sauce and horseradish laying on a bed of leafy greens. Right, like that’s going to make these suckers any better looking. So…down the hatch it goes. A cursory check reveals that I’m not nauseous, my throat is not itchy (damn, I was hoping I was allergic), and I kinda want another one.

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3 Responses to Finally…Oysters

  1. You wouldn’t have been able to blink if I was sitting at that table with you! Those suckers would have been gone in a second! Oysters are one of my favorite ‘treats’ on a summer afternoon in Baltimore. I eat mine with cocktail sauce and lemon juice….soooooo delicious!

  2. Hmmm, Valerie, you are way gutsier than I. It used to be that I’d eat anything, however, not anymore. And . . at least they weren’t the Colorado type!

    • Valerie says:

      I think even I would have to draw the line at Rocky Mountain oysters! It was definitely an experience for sure. Oysters may be “normal” for some folks, but I didn’t grow up on them and until now could not bring myself to eat them. I did have company though, I made my husband eat them too!

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