Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Oysterville: Day 2

consumed on 8/27/05

Day two in Oysterville started with a wonderful breakfast strata with sausage and mushrooms. It was hearty, steaming hot and filled with spicy sausage. (I especially love that this dish can be made entirely the night before and simply baked in the morning; perfect for a brunch.)

After a rather long walking tour through Historic Oysterville, we returned to the house for lunch. J had seen a shrimp ceviche recipe on The Early Show (with Bobby Flay) that had caught her eye. I’m generally not a huge fan of ceviche, but only because I’m very particular about it. This recipe was fantastic; well-balanced and not overly citrus-y, the tender shrimp pairing perfectly with the sweet mango.

J had also brought along a savory mango cheesecake from JW Desserts (on Whidbey Island). I’ve yet to visit JW Desserts in person, but I’ve already had several of his cakes. His sculpted cake gallery is amazing and not only do the cakes look great, but they taste great as well. In addition to desserts he also makes savory cheesecakes that are out of this world; creamy, rich and flavorful. J served the mango cheesecake with homemade rosemary crackers from The Herbfarm Cookbook.

And just for overkill, J also served fresh mozzarella from Central Market, heirloom tomatoes and basil drizzled with olive oil and good balsamic. With fresh and high-quality ingredients, the Caprese salad is sublime. We washed it all down with a nice Rosé.

After lunch we took another long walk, this time along the beach. And then it was time for dinner.

We decided to eat out, despite the warnings from our host that eating out in Oysterville wouldn’t be nearly as good as cooking in. We ended up at Moby Dick’s – a local “hotel” that houses a restaurant. The hotel had an odd style that’s typically described as “funky”; lots of dark paint in the slightly off colors usually found in the paint store’s bargain bin.

We started off our meal with pan fried oysters and a Caesar salad. The oysters were great—as they should be in a town called “Oysterville”. They were plump and briny with a crisp, cornmeal coating and a side of wonderful corn relish. The Caesar salad tasted fine, but since it was made with feta cheese, I’m not sure I’d technically still call it a Caesar. J had the halibut and fennel stew, but something about the dish was very off; the fish was dry and the stew had an unpleasant bitterness to it. R had the pork chops with ancho sauce. The sauce was decent, but as with most pork served in restaurants, it was very tough and rubbery. The best dish of the night was a rib eye steak coated in an olive tapenade served with mashed potatoes and green beans. This dish was solidly good, but not what I’d consider great. Overall it was a decent meal, but for the prices they were charging, I was expecting a great meal. Next time, I’ll listen to our host!

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11 Responses to “Oysterville: Day 2”

  1. santos. says:

    that savoury cheesecake with the homemade crackers is a thing of bewdy, but you really can’t beat the simplicity of fresh tomatoes, herbs, and cheese—gorgeous!

  2. kevin says:


    What issue of Cooks is the strata in?

  3. megwoo says:

    Sorry! I subscribe to the cooks illustrated website so I didn’t realize the recipe was password protected for the rest of you… the date of the article was 11/2001, but I’m not sure what issue number. I’m going to email you the recipe!

  4. Wow, the ribeye really sounds interesting. Was it cooked with the tapenade on it, or was it served with it, like a chimchurri?

    Strata recipe? Me too, please…

  5. megwoo says:

    It was actually a great combination—but I think it could be improved upon. It seemed like the steak was seared, and then coated with the tapenade and then roasted in the oven until done.

    The strata recipe is on its way to your in-box.

  6. kevin says:


    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Jamie says:

    Oooh I want the strata recipe too!

  8. megwoo says:

    Kevin – You’re welcome!
    Jamie – It’s in the mail…

  9. mitch says:

    Ok, i give up, where is Oysterville? I came accross this blog looking for blogs with unique recipes. I want to do a unique recipes page on my site. If any of you have one to share, a nd would be willing to do so (we will give credit to whom credit is due) please go to http://www.allspicedup.biz and go to our contact us page, and leave us a note. Thank you.

  10. megwoo says:

    Hey Mitch,
    Oysterville is on the northern tip of Long Beach Peninsula (on the Washington coast). It’s a very beautiful place!

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