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drakes bay oyster farm

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” -Jonathan Swift

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When you drive up to Marin County, there’s a good chance you’ll spot signs for Save Our Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. The signs are visible throughout Napa and Sonoma as well. And they become even more visible as you get closer to Point Reyes. Hand-painted with a simple message, they reflect a community that cares. A historic farm, owned by a third-generation ranching family, Drakes “provides local jobs and a sustainable food product that supports local businesses.”

Fog-filled skies, cold weather along the marsh and bay, an afternoon in pictures.

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“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” -Ernest Hemingway

Drakes Bay is a great spot for a picnic with friends to enjoy delectable fresh oysters. The Oyster Shack will shuck the oysters for you, or give you a quick tutorial so you can give it a try on your own. For more about the plight of Drakes Bay, visit:

Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture
Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company Will Be Forced To Close [Update: Maybe Not]

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dans le jardin

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in the garden

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the french laundry garden

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Early spring, a mildly hazy but wonderfully warm day. Following an impromptu visit to the renowned French Laundry for lunch, a romp through the restaurant’s edible garden. Sit back and savor the moment.

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For more pictures from that exquisite visit, enjoy photos and a taste: Lunch at The French Laundry.

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lunch at the french laundry

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I’m reveling in bliss for having eaten a symphony of stars and finally having taken a bite out of the one perhaps most challenging to reach in the constellation. The French Laundry is lauded with international accolades including landing on many Best and Top Restaurants lists, is a James Beard Foundation recipient, and has garnered three Michelin Stars, defined as a restaurant reflecting “exceptional cuisine and worthy of a special journey”. There wasn’t a special occasion on the calendar to celebrate that sent me on a long drive up to Yountville in Napa Valley. Just an impromptu chance for my taste buds to celebrate, and a ‘carpe diem’ opportunity not to miss. For a gastronome, arriving at The French Laundry is like reaching the pinnacle of a trip. But I’m fortunate to say that the journey does not end here, there is far more cuisine, from the simple to the exotic, to go on to explore. For someone with a deep interest in gastronomy and passionate about the intersection of food, history, and culture, indulging in haute cuisine now and again is gratifying. The experience doesn’t transcend eating a meal where the recipes for the dishes have been passed on from generation to generation for example, nor does it even surpass eating something simple yet sublime. But venturing into one of the distinguished establishments of the Les Grandes Tables du Monde is an adventure and ultimately an experience. For a moment (or perhaps several hours) I was fortunate to experience The French Laundry and step into the world of world-renowned Chef Thomas Keller.

Photos du Jour | Step inside, sit back, sip some champagne and wine, and enjoy a parade of dishes from the kitchen – a tasting menu and feast for the eyes, then a taste of the kitchen itself.

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So often art on a plate is an intimate experience relished for only a few moments, then left to memory. In the food world, there’s currently a debate whether diners should or should not take pictures of their food, and some restauranteurs and chefs feel camera-enabled smartphones (such as the iPhone) is intruding on the dining experience. This sentiment may also be felt by other guests at the table or guests at nearby tables. Some chefs are also concerned the quality of the pictures being snapped may misrepresent the dishes that are being served. Being aware of the debate, prior to taking these photos, I did out of courtesy ask the staff if it was acceptable to take pictures, and they in fact encouraged it.

While I would be delighted to know the images are enticing and whet your appetite, documenting my dishes is foremost a way for me to capture a moment I hope to look back on. Relevant to yumivore, to quote Thomas Keller: “I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.” So often these carefully crafted plates are lost after being devoured, and all that remains are just a few memories of the experience. Perhaps this is by design and the way fine dining is meant to be. Documenting dishes can serve though as not only a way to capture a personal experience but also a way to reflect on what we as a society are currently eating or indulging in, and with a changing landscape, our foods may very well be quite different in the years ahead. So too our philosophy may change (or even mine) regarding taking pictures while dining.

There are many more interesting debates taking place in the food world today, some hot topics include sustainability, the “tyranny” of the tasting menu, or even fine dining making a comeback. Some of these topics are very relevant to Chef Keller. There’s too much fodder to cover in one sitting but it all makes great food for thought. I’ll end with a thought from the chef:

“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.” -Chef Thomas Keller

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bread and cheese

“All sorrows are less with bread.” -Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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photos du jour: A quiet evening enjoying simple but fine pleasures from San Francisco- Tartine Bakery‘s Country Loaf Bread, and nibbles from Bi-Rite Market– seasoned olives, Point Reyes Toma cheese and Ardi Gasna cheese from Basque.

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after the rain the grass will grow; after wine, conversation -swedish proverb

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rose and vines

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strolling through a spice market

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It’s hard to describe most open-air markets as tranquil, certainly not markets in the Middle East. People often walk with a purpose when visiting the market, they hardly stroll. Between the hustle and bustle of shoppers crowding the pavement and vendors actively seeking buyers in an effort to sell their goods, there’s too much excitement going on for shopping in a souq to be deemed relaxing. Even the vibrant colors of spices, produce or knickknacks dangling from windows scream for attention.

For a moment though while visiting the spice market on Levinsky Street in Tel Aviv, known as Shuk Levinsky, I was lost in thought. These pictures collectively capture some of the quieter moments standing at the entrance of a few small shop fronts. The images blend together and somehow reflect my disposition at that moment. I was pondering the origin of markets and trying to conjure up the history of the spice trade. Alas, my thoughts set sail on a long journey back in time. For a moment though I allowed myself to just revel in the simple and enjoy the sights, the sounds and the scents of strolling through the spice market.

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