Hog Island Oyster Company

A friend and I recently had a lovely picnic up in Marshall at the Hog Island Oyster Company. Here's a picture of a worker hauling off the oyster bed:

For $10, you get a dozen oysters, fresh from the farm bed - does it get much fresher than that?! These are Kumamoto, Atlantic, and Sweetwater oysters.

We also packed other picnic items, including walnut levain from Acme Bread, grapes, green olives, salami and a slab of boucheron, washed down with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale:


Exquisite meal at Boulevard Restaurant

There are many restaurants that simply don't live up to their hype. However, Boulevard isn't one of them. In fact, it exceeded my expectations.

I went there for lunch recently, and I savored every last morsel of my meal. To start, I had a salad consisting of delicate organic mixed lettuces with an herb vinaigrette, juicy snow queen peaches, and Mad River Roll goat cheese, with sprinkle of roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut pesto. For my entree, I had pan roasted Hawaiian Walu, with a summer vegetable relish, carola potatoes, wild arugula and a piquilllo pepper coulis.

It was so good I don't want to talk about it - it's like a dream I didn't want to wake up from.