Oysters and Cowgirls

Recently, I’ve been feeling this itch to get away from the city.

The hustle and bustle, the moustached hipster kids on their fixies, and the urine-stained streets of the Tenderloin can get a little much at times. So yesterday, some friends and I hopped in a car to escape the urban bubble of the city and headed for the mountains oysters!

Point Reyes Oyster

In Point Reyes, to be exact.

Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes

Weaving through the sidewinding roads underneath the giant Douglas firs, we make our way further into the natural landscape. At last, we make it to the edge of the peninsula and embark on an excruciating hike short walk along a non-descript trail (that we missed twice) which invites us into a vast expanse of beach. Kehoe Beach appears seemingly untouched by humans…other than the silently marked prints of shoes and paws in the sand.The waves are crashing as the clusters of brownish green sea foam glide seamlessly along the shore. Everything ticks to the rhythm of nature’s watch. Soon the sandy beach that we are solidly standing upon, will entirely be submerged underwater as the sun sets and the moon rises. For the time being, it all feels so calm.

Sea foam in Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes.

Finally, it’s lunch oyster time.

Fresh oysters from Point Reyes

Oyster lunch at Cafe Reyes in Point ReyesSweet, briny, and succulent. There’s nothing like a fresh oyster, with a drizzle of vinegary mignonette sauce to top it all off. The folks over at Café Reyes sure know how to do these local oysters right. These Point Reyes oysters are delicately firm, not overly fleshy. One by one I slurp them off of their flaky salty shells as they slide down my throat so effortlessly. The flavor is incredibly sweet, with a subtle briny flavor, reminiscent of the nearby ocean. My craving has finally been satiated…at least for the time being.

Oysters in Point Reyes

Oh look! It’s Cowgirl Creamery just down the street…

Cowgirl Creamery at Point Reyes StationRed Hawk cheese at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station

Today, they are making their famous and my favorite, Red Hawk cheese.

CowgirlCreamerySandwich

Lunch #2: A hot and melty open-faced sandwich with thick charred pieces of turkey bacon, and slices of oozing Devil’s Gulch cheese with hot chili pepper flakes, all on top of a slice of thick toasted country bread smothered in a layer of sweet tomato jam. Yum.

Sand patterns at Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes

I promise we came to Point Reyes to be active and hike and maybe even break a sweat. We had the best of intentions. However, I also don’t regret leaving beautiful Point Reyes with a full and happy stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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