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My Oyster Question...

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Newcastle, Maine
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My Oyster Question...

As you may know, I live in coastal Maine, where we are very big on seafood. Oyster farming is quite prevalent in this area (we have at least three within a 5 mile area) and we're quite proud of our local delicasies. Every summer there is an Oyster festival downtown where you can sample them on the half shell, deep fried, in stew and in Po' Boy sandwiches. I know you are famous for Fish and Chips, but is other seafood, specifically shellfish, native to the area, prevalent, popular, and/or outrageously expensive? Are there any recommended things that I should seek out and try? Do you have English Oysters?

Enquiring minds....

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1. Re: My Oyster Question...

Who else expected this to be about travelcards and PAYG? :-)

"Do you have English Oysters?"

They certainly do in Whitstable.

http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk/

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2. Re: My Oyster Question...

There's also Scottish oysters, Welsh oysters & Irish Oysters

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3. Re: My Oyster Question...

Methinks Suz could be fishing!

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4. Re: My Oyster Question...

Fishing? No, that would be diving wouldn't it? But I'm serious. I love the little tasties and I thought we could use a different oyster question for a little something different.

I'm interested in comparing English seafood with Maine seafood...

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5. Re: My Oyster Question...

Hay's Galleria Oyster and Seafood Fair

Friday 7 September - Sunday 9 September 2007

www.londonfreelist.com/details.asp?id=22355

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6. Re: My Oyster Question...

Good one ElinV! You got the idea! I love Hays Galleria. I ate some fabulous mediteranean style shrimp there last fall and afterward I bought the cutest hat from an asian lady who was crocheting away like the wind! (stall) Do you get lobster in London, and if so what kind and from what waters? I'll miss the Sept event, but good answer!

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7. Re: My Oyster Question...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, my favorite! Is there a great place for fresh shellfish all the time, not just a special event, in London? If so, directions/link/info, please!

Suz: Need a researcher helper?

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8. Re: My Oyster Question...

Suz, you'll get great oysters here:

http://www.bentleys.org/

Also, here:

http://www.bibendum.co.uk/oyster-bar.htm

http://www.greens.org.uk/

www.scotts-restaurant.com/index.asp?area=11

As far as oyster festivals go, the 3-day Balls Brothers Oyster Festival starts on 8 Sept at Hay's Galleria:

www.clicquot-season.com/index.php?id=92

For future planning, the Whitstable Oyster Festival is in July (this year it began on 21 July and ran for 9 days).

http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk/

In Ireland, the Galway Oyster Festival is held this year from 27-30 Sept.

galwayoysterfest.com/history_of_the_festival…

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9. Re: My Oyster Question...

Sweetings, not far from St Paul's and the Mansion House, is a City resto that does fish of all kinds, and offers oysters with black velvet - the latter served in a silver tankard ..... could become The Next Big Thing in Maine, perhaps?

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10. Re: My Oyster Question...

..with Black Velvet.....could be a winna!

How about lobsters, crabs and the like?