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Clam Chowder Satisfaction

In Food, Out of Town on December 28, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Yesterday morning my sister and I ran 8 hilly miles through the misty vineyards and woods in St. Helena. We were hellbent on undoing any good we might have achieved, and so hightailed it to Hog Island Oyster Co at the Oxbow Market in Napa for lunch. The dozen oysters—Hog Island sweetwaters—would have been virtuous enough had we stopped there. But we didn’t. Instead we piled on with a pint each of Lagunitas IPA and steaming bowls of clam chowder, which consisted of Manila clams, bacon, potatoes, carrots and celery in cream. Mr. Foodinista, who did not run 8 miles, must have been experiencing fondue withdrawal from the other night. He opted for a grilled cheese sandwich featuring Cowgirl Creamery Gruyère and Fromage Blanc with housemade pickles. I may have indulged in (read: demanded) a gooey delicious bite…

Hog Wild

In Drink, Food, Out of Town on March 2, 2009 at 8:03 am


Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving my sister and I drive out to Hog Island Oyster Co in Tomales Bay—about an hour’s drive from our parents’ house—and get 5 dozen oysters, which we like to chase with Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs. (Whomever ends up with the unenviable task of shucking the oysters, we dub the “mothershucker.”) A few years ago, Hog Island opened up a satellite restaurant at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, but just last November they opened a third location at Oxbow Market in Napa. This is GREAT news for future visits.


On Saturday afternoon, we stopped by the new oyster bar for a quick dozen—six Sweetwaters from Tomales Bay, six Kusshi from BC. The Sweetwaters are my absolute favorite—smokey sweet and briny. If you see them on a menu, order them without hesitation! The Sweetwaters are the ones with the fluted shell:


Couldn’t resist a pint of Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, a seasonal beer released each January. It’s a little bit sweet (kinda tastes like figs), and is a great match with the Sweetwaters in particular.