Drakes Bay Oyster Company

Our last stop during our Point Reyes escapade was Drakes Bay Oyster Company, where we popped in for a dozen of the biggest oysters I’ve ever slurped down. Ironically, we ordered small oysters and they ended up being huge. We wondered what the large ones were like.

The place really is a shack and unlike Hog Island, not pretentious. No picnic baskets, no beer on ice. Just honest-to-goodness, fresh, juicy mega oysters.

Drakes has been in the news because their lease expired and the federal government (who owns the land) refuses to renew it. Drakes is calling foul play and saying there’s a clause and provision allowing the farm to operate for a minimum of 10 more years. We’ll see how all of this plays out.

But seriously, let’s all plan a big group vacation to Point Reyes. This place rocks.

I Love So Many Things

During the homily, the priest talked about some of the things my uncle loved. A few of the things caught me by surprise and it made me wonder if people know what I love.


Books and libraries, fiction

Looking at great art, going to museums

Getting mail—the good kind, not bills or credit card promotions

My mom’s cooking. She cooks with a lot of fresh vegetables. Her food is healthy and good for you. But I especially love her lumpia. It’s the BEST. During the holidays, I could eat one after another, with big scoops of my aunt’s spinach dip. Amazing!

Oysters, foie gras, french fries, ice-cream cake, milk chocolate

Travelling, exploring, hiking

The Bay Area, NYC, Burning Man, Palm Springs

When others do the cooking

Pink flowers of all kinds—roses, carnations, whatever

Restaurants, wine tasting, happy hour, brunch

Steam rooms


My amazing family and friends

What do you love? Do people know?

Restaurant Review: Hayes Street Grill

Went here last night and the bartender wasn’t very friendly. A woman sat down after me and the bartender poured her a glass of water first. Later on, the bartender asked a man if he wanted to order anything.  The man looked at me and said, “Yes but I think she was first.”

ARGH, isn’t that so rude. Not sure how customer service people can get away with shit like that. I didn’t want to tip him, yet I didn’t want him to think I was a cheapskate either. Plus the Hayes Street Grill is a nice restaurant so I felt forced to give him a normal tip.

All that angst aside, I really like this place. It’s not a zoo like Absinthe. You can sit at the bar, spread out, and do some work. The food is great. French fries are crispy. Their salads are entree-sized. Hog Island oysters are creamy. And the bar menu is a total deal after 7:30pm every day. $1.50 oysters. $2 french fries. $8 salads.

I wish I could hate this place, but we all have to go after 7:30pm one night.

$1 Oysters in San Francisco

Since oysters are on the mind, I compiled this list of restaurants where you can get $1 oysters. I’ve been to four of the seven and can vouch that their oysters are damn fresh. I got the location info quickly from Yelp. Gotta quote reference your sources! And thanks to Yelp, I found a few other places to round out my list.

Interesting fact: oysters are approximately 10 calories each. So if you eat half a dozen oysters, that’s less calories than a hard-boiled egg. It’s all protein. Healthy alert!


B Restaurant & Bar

What: $1 oysters

When: Tue-Fri 4-7:30p

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens – Upper Terrace

720 Howard St

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 495-9800


Bar Crudo

What: $1 oysters, $5 seafood chowder, 2 for $10 fish tacos, beer and wine specials

When: Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m

Where: 655 Divisadero (at Grove), 415-409-0679

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 409-0679


Cafe des Amis

What: $1 oysters, $5 Moscow mules, $5 glasses of Kuentz-Bas pinot blanc, $2.50 Trumers

When: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 2000 Union Street, 415-563-7700

San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 563-7700


Hog Island

What:  Chef’s choice half priced oyster

When: Monday and Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: 1 Ferry Bldg

San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 391-7117



What: Apparently $1 oysters

When: Not sure

Where: The Embarcadero

Pier 40

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 222-6169



What:  $1 Pt Reyes oysters

When: 5.30pm-7pm, not sure which days

Where: 603 Bush St

(between Stockton St & Burritt St)

San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 956-0396



What:  $1.00 Oysters

When: 11:30am-6pm Everyday

Where: 399 Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 284-9922