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Slurp! The Best Oyster Wines

Oyster-mania hits Fort Mason this weekend in the form of the 11th annual Oyster Fest. Head down there to catch oyster-philes getting their fix at events like the "Slurp and Shuck" competition.

In honor of the weekend, we're republishing a few words of wisdom on oyster and wine pairings:

11th Annual Oyster Fest Answers the Prayers of Local Oyster Lovers

Everyone I know is obsessed with oysters. Here in San Francisco, we eat oysters every which way: deep fried in po' boys, barbecued to succulent perfection, swimming in a citrus bath of Peruvian ceviche and half-drunk during happy hour along with an ice cold Guinness, lemon wedges and Tabasco. For those who count themselves true, salivating oyster-philes, it's pretty much the Super Bowl: the 11th Annual Oysterfest is coming to the Great Meadow at Fort Mason to celebrate the most revered of bivalves in a single action-packed afternoon on Saturday, May 15th.

Oysters and Mustard Flowers: Escape Plan for Tomales Bay

The rain, the cold, the grey: Instead of running away from it, last week I embraced it and headed up to Tomales Bay which, to my mind, is best experienced in the winter. The crowds are gone, fields of hot yellow mustard flowers pop off the mottled grey sky, the bay is calm and moody and the oyster-eating is very, very fine. Add a fire to this scenario and the word hunker suddenly doesn't seem so silly after all.

Here's the escape plan:

Nettie's Crab Shack Opens

Just in time for the opening of Dungeness season next month, Nettie’s Crab Shack debuted on Union Street Tuesday night, in the space that—for about five minutes—house Palmetto. The co-creation of Brian Leitner (who spent five years cooking at Chez Panisse) and Annette Yang (who helped open Spruce, Jack Falstaff and Home, which occupied said space before Palmetto), Nettie’s is done up like a spacious Atlantic beach cottage. You’ll think you’re back in Cape Cod or Ocean City. There’s a patio, picnic tables covered in butcher paper and buckets of beer.


The bar at Nettie's.
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