A Perfect Blue Point Oyster Dinner

April 20, 2010 · 5 comments

To make a perfect Blue Point Oyster dinner:

1. Go home and start the laundry while Rick visits the Half Moon Bay Fish Market, leaving his wallet in the car and entering the store with a maximum of one $20 bill in his pocket.*


2. Get out of the corporate zoot suit and hose, jump into favorite old yoga pants and fuzzy blue sweater, start the washing machine, put on some Diana Krall and then take the flowers that Suzie brought over and place them where you can see them during dinner.

3. Give Rick a hug when he gets back from the market and help put away the groceries.


3. Go upstairs and see what’s new in Facebook, Gmail, Statcounter, Google Analystics, and start tomorrow’s blog post while Rick lays out a beautiful bed of ice, perfectly shucks the exquisitely fresh and delicately flavored oysters, plates out olives, baby carrots, leftover roasted eggplant, cuts the fresh bread, sets the table on the balcony, and mixes up two ice-cold Manhattans with Italian amarena cherries.


4. Grab the camera. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS grab the camera when Rick has prepared, well, anything.

5. Pause for a couple of profound moments in gratitude for the life you inhabit, noticing the warmth of the setting sun, the chirping frogs, and how close the warring hummingbirds are to your head tonight. Duck if necessary.

6. See if you can coax your trusty D90 into coming anywhere close to capturing the beauty and essence of your dinner.


7. Lift your perfectly chilled glass in celebration of another great day on the planet, and then try hard not to inhale your meal like a trucker with the motor running and a thousand miles still to go.

*Coming to a blog post near you soon: the story of how Rick went to the HMB Fish Market to buy a couple of tilapia fillets for dinner and came out with two grocery bags full of wine, bread, six different kinds of fish, and $108 less in available cash reserves.

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Keith April 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

Can I get that for breakfast? Awesome.

Sandi Fentiman April 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Great looking supper there guys. I unfortunately can’t swallow them due to my throat closing up just looking at the real thing. I’d love to eat scallops but can’t — allergy to them. The drink makes me drool a little though. 😉

Lori Boone April 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Ahhhh…’tis the life with the one you love.
Happy other couples enjoy each other as do my husband and I.
We had our 33rd Wedding Anniversary April 16th…for that, we deserve applause. We want more! We’re going for doubles!

rickandkathy April 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

And the crowd goes CRAZY!!!!!!!!! woohoo!!!!!
Blessings for the doubles. Great goal!

Sue April 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Could you please make this again tonight? We’ll be right over.

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