Oysters and Champagne

  • Posted on February 12, 2007 at 7:38 am

Around here, birthdays are week-long celebrations. In fact, if it’s an extra-special year, it might even turn into a month-long celebration. So, this weekend began the celebration for Larry’s upcoming birthday on February 14 (yes, it is on Valentine’s Day. But we don’t mention that holiday—it’s only Larry’s birthday. No Valentines.)

Yesterday we went to Clyde’s of Gallery Place in D.C. Clyde’s is a chain, but only a local one, so it’s ok to love it. And I do love it, at least the Raw Bar happy hour. Sundays through Thursdays, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., and again from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m., raw bar items are 50% off. Since both Larry and I work outside of the district, we have no chance of making it downtown for the first happy hour, and we’re usually sleeping by the time the second round starts. But our Sunday afternoon was wide open.

We ordered two dozen oysters. They have an amazing selection—yesterday they had seven different varieties, each with a unique size, taste and texture. We sort of lost track of the names when our server breezed and bumbled through them, but we figured out what our favorite ones were: Kusshi and Burns Point. The Kusshis were small, yet the shells were deceivingly deep, and they were very meaty and succulent. The Burns Point were slightly larger and had more brine than the Kusshis. We drank a bottle of Domaine St. Michelle Brut Sparkling Wine with the oysters—a perfect combination.

Dinner: One Dozen Oysters


We each got dessert—Larry ordered the Bittersweet Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding With Vanilla Bean Custard, and I had the Orange Pound Cake. Both were really good. The bread pudding had just the right amount of chocolate, and the croissants gave it a buttery, flaky texture. The orange pound cake was lighter than a typical pound cake, and it came with grilled pineapple skewered onto a vanilla bean. The desserts were justified because—little known fact—a dozen oysters only have about 110 calories total! What a lo-cal dinner!

Bittersweet Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

On Larry’s actual birthday, I am going to attempt to make a gourmet dinner. I found a crazy delicious duck breast recipe on the internet. Wish me luck, especially with all the chopping! And if you have any suggestions for a birthday dessert that isn’t a cake, let me know!