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Sep 5, 2007 08:58 PM

It's Septembe"R" - Oysters!

Hi everyone,

I am a big fan of oysters, particularly the "flats" like Belon and Gallway. Since it is the beginning of the "R" ending months, I think these oysters are ready for the season! Have anyone seen any Belons or other flat oysters either at restaurants or in grocery stores? If so, could you please share with me / us? I can't wait!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I still adhere to the "R" rule, though farmed oysters may have made it obsolete. This was much discussed here in the past. Given the possible downside of consuming bad oysters, it's a rule I obey happily. Blue Ribbon raw bar, here I come!

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    1. re: sing me a bar

      Does Blue Ribbon have Belons now? I really really want Belons....!!!

      1. re: kobetobiko

        Whats so good about Belons? I've never had it but im curious now.

    2. There is an Oyster Festival this Saturday in Riverside Park at 103rd Street to celebrate the return of the "R" months.

      Sounds like fun.

      I, too, still adhere to the "R" rule. Mostly for nostalgia, I suppose.

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      1. re: mjps2

        Hi mjps2,

        I don't really adhere to the R rule in generall, but for Belon I rarely see them available anywhere until the "R" months. I have had good luck with other kinds of oysters, but Belon is so hard to find these days I need to really make an effort to search!

        1. re: kobetobiko

          Kobe - what is your favorite kind of oyster?

          1. re: mccan

            I love salty oysters - European flats like Belons are my favorite. Fine de Claire is another. Irish Gallway, Tatamagouche, Fanny Bay, etc. I am less into the sweet creamy kinds like Kumamoto, though I know most people love them.

            1. re: kobetobiko

              If you love flats, try searching out for some English ' Colchester'! Very similar to Belons and Gallways but even 'sweeter'. I had a dozen all by myself in London a few years back and now I am addicted. Heard Grand Central might bring in some? ... but at a cost. I talked to the world shucking champion/owner Patrick of 'Starfish' in Toronto. He told me he once flew some in but ended up paying around Can$20 each!! Freight, paper work etc., all added up to form the final damage!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                Hi Charles,

                Thanks for the tip! I would love to try the Colchester! I don't really think I have tried oysters from England, but that sounds interesting. But $20 CAN each! That's expensive!

                So Charles, what oysters do you like (and where to find them)? I sure love oysters but there is still so much to learn!