My first raw oyster

April 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

After staying at a friend’s house in Fairfax on Friday evening, my family and I then drove to Old Town Alexandria to walk around King Street and look at cute antique stores. There was a lot of rain, but in a way, it was a good thing since there were less people walking around town that day. We had a late lunch at Hank’s Oyster Bar, which also has a location at Dupont Circle, much closer to Georgetown campus.

Now, I’d never tried raw oysters before. I don’t even remember if I ever tried them cooked, but when I read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, I knew that if I was ever given the opportunity, I wouldn’t let it pass me by. Eating raw oysters was one of his food revelation-moments after all. Luckily, my dad happens to really love them, so going with our waiter’s recommendations, we ordered the Kusshi, Steamboat, Bluepoint, and Wildcat; this was one case where he didn’t want to hold back the food. Though all were delicious and wonderfully fresh, the Kusshi stood out and I actually got a bit of that “cucumber finish” that our waiter mentioned. At $2 a piece, they weren’t too expensive, and my dad found out that on Saturdays, you can buy tickets for $65 for all-you-can-eat oysters and all-you-can-drink beers. Needless to say, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just happened to visit me next time during the weekend.

Oh, and this is a beautiful box of mochi that my dad got during his trip to Tokyo. It was gorgeously wrapped, but the box itself was plain white, which is driving me crazy now because I want to know if I can order the same set online and I don’t even know the company name. Anyway, there was a lot of sesame-seed-crusted red bean mochi, some apple and orange, but my favorites by far were the individually wrapped yuzu (yellow) and sakura (pink). Both of them were so floral and not disgustingly sweet, and I just love that sticky rice texture compared to the smooth filling. Sigh. I need more.


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