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Jan 9th, 2012

The bay is still alive……


The bay is still alive.  There are crabs walking about, flounders swimming between our feet, and a dense assemblage of baitfish residing in the bay.  The baitfish have attracted loons, mergansers, king fishers, and a number of young Bonaparte Gulls.  There is also a small harbor seal residing along the piers and floats, feasting on the baitfish, and attracting humans.  What’s going on? Well, all of this coincides with the […]

Jan 5th, 2012

The Long Dark

The fireplaces are filled, and the Xbox Live accounts are active once again here at Island Creek Oysters. We have passed the halfway point of what is known as “The Long Dark” here in oyster town. It really works out well because the new Call of Duty game usually comes out in November, right around the time when it’s too cold and too dark to be outside after work. My […]

Dec 8th, 2011

Joyeux Noël!: Belon Oysters and the French Christmas Tradition


Almost all traditional French food is unbelievably good (my blog entry, my rules) and their seafood is no exception to this elemental truth.  Coupled with the terrain and culture, French seafood (next to that of New England) is probably the most evocative in the world. John Baxter, author of Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, conveys it verbosely, but nicely: “Something in the seasonality of seafood, its essentiality of freshness, demands […]

Nov 7th, 2011

The Winds of Change

Winds of Change

I think James Taylor said it best in his introduction to a live version of Walking Man, “This song is about the coming of winter, and the fall of the year”. At Island Creek we are nostalgic. Its impossible not to be. Seasons come and seasons go. Mother Nature’s hand is an ever present force in our lives so, logically, as the OysterPlex gets moved to its winter home and […]

Oct 26th, 2011

There are Oyster Bars and then there are “Oyster Bars”

Oyster Bars and Oyster Bars

A big part of what we do here in the marketing department of Island Creek is education.  We travel around the country spreading the oyster gospel, teaching people why an Island Creek is different than a Wellfleet and much different than a Kumamoto, teaching people in Africa a better way to grow shellfish, teaching people in US how to shuck them, teaching chefs, teaching average joe oyster eaters, and teaching […]