I'm working a part-time, seasonal job at William Sonoma so my weekends are not as footloose and fancy free as they use to be. So, I went to work on Sunday feeling a bit deflated that I couldn't join friend for brunch, meet up with the 9:30AM biking group... etc. I got a text around noon time from my friend Jess asking if I was up for a road trip around 2PM - HELL YES! Perfect since I was schedule to end my shift at 2 - stars were aligning.
We drove north across the Golden Gate Bride towards Tomales Bay. Our destination - Hog Island Oysters - about 40 miles north of San Francisco. It was a lovely ride up the coast along a very windy road with a great view of the Pacific ocean. We got to HIO in time for several oysters, some Cowgirl Creamery Cheese, a very nice bottle of the Wattle Creek Sauvignon Blanc and fresh baked local bread. Come to think of it, it was all local cheese, oysters, wine and bread. I really enjoyed the Sweet water raw oysters, but the BBQ were my favorite. So good, I had to dip my bread in to the shell to get the last of the sauce - yum!
Hog Island Oysters has an outside communal seating area with park like picnic benches. Some people brought their own food and wine and just purchased oysters! I remember thinking it's the end of November and we are picnic'ing and BBQ'ing outside...Awesome! Had a very 'east coast' flavor to the day. We all spend the Sunday afternoon talking, BBQ'ing and eating some DAMN good oysters.
I can't wait to go back!!!