During the summer we enjoy taking weekend trips to our cottage in Bodega Bay; the drive from the Casa to the coast is not a long one, but with the beautiful rolling hills along the way we often wish it was longer. When we feel particularly adventurous we’ll jump in the car and head off along Hwy. 1 to explore the neighboring towns and beaches. On one of our first coastal expeditions, we discovered Hog Island Oysters, a local gem in the town of Marshall, on neighboring Tomales Bay. Since our initial visit, Hog Island Oysters has grown in popularity and one can now enjoy them across the United States. For us Hog Island Oyster Co. has become a favorite, if not essential, stop during our summer trips. Now we eagerly await a weekend where, weather permitting, we can spend the day lying in the sand, reading, running up and down the shore flying kites and of course eating oysters, drenched in our favorite Mignonette, Hog Islands signature “Hog Wash”. Pair this with a glass of our crisp and refreshing 2010 Verdelho and you’ve the makings of a great day. Enjoy!
Hog Wash Mignonette
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup natural rice vinegar
1 large shallot, peeled and finely diced
1 large Jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime