Quick, what is the first thing you noticed about this ad? Me too! Whoever knew there were so many kinds of oysters? If I’d known there were such a thing as Plymouth Rock Oysters, I would have tracked some down a few years back when we had our family reunion in the town of Plimoth.
Over the years I’ve become quite fond of oysters — on the half-shell, fried, in stew and even an oyster po boy. So there is a company that actually delivers them here to Las Vegas fresh every day? Yowzer! Do you suppose they make home deliveries? Do you suppose I’d want to order a gross of oysters (144)? Probably not.
But really, I thought oysters were oysters, pure and simple, although I’ve heard of blue point oysters, but it’s not that simple. There are Great South Bay blue points and Long Island Sound blue points. In fact, if you go to www.oysterguide.com/oyster-finder you can find hundreds of kinds of oysters. Everything from Apalachicola to Zen. It would take a lifetime to try them all. Hmmm… not a bad idea. Maybe I’ll add it to my “Bucket List.”
Apparently oysters come in colors — there’s your basic oyster-colored oyster and then there are brown oysters and yellow oysters. And here’s something else — the oysters we eat aren’t the pearl-producing oysters, although (according to Wikipedia) any oyster can produce pearls if they really want to.
And speaking of shellfish, supposedly mussels — at least some of them — have green lips. In fact, I seem to recall a restaurant named Green Lips. A name so revolting that I would not eat there even if I liked mussels. Which I don’t particularly.
But back to oysters — According to the back of the truck (if you can read it) they will deliver you at least a half-dozen types such as the Tomahawk oysters or Kiwi Cup oysters. I suppose that if one goes into an oyster bar these days, one has to make a decision about which type of oyster to order. Perhaps they have a sampler platter with a half dozen different kinds of oysters like many mini-breweries have for their beers. Too many decisions. I liked it better when life was simple. An oyster was an oyster. Period.
Oh, hey, I just noticed the phone number. What does naked have to do with oysters? Ooh, let’s think about this … maybe it’s because oysters are supposed to be an aphrodisiac and if you eat oysters, the next step is getting naked and … oh, uh, never mind.
Let’s just say that big blue oyster truck brightened my day.