Summer entertaining is about having time with friends and family outdoors. This past weekend, we had a whole group of people over for a lobster feast! We started with oysters for everyone. Most of our friends are already well versed in slurping these slippery creatures, dousing them with lemon and fish sauce, or hot sauce. This time a few friends wanted to learn how to shuck their own oysters. Oysters have to be one of the fastest appetizers — buy, shuck, serve! I like that! The live lobsters, steamed in a big pot, took 9 minutes once the water was boiling. I put a dozen cobs of corn in another pot at the same time. Within 20 minutes we were outside, cracking and dipping fresh lobster in garlic butter, drinking great wine with great friends. Don’t be afraid of seafood — if you like it, you absolutely can make it at home! Invite your friends, and everyone will love to help out in the kitchen too — a true experience.
This weekend I’m in Montreal for the International Jazz Festival. Last night we thoroughly enjoyed a dinner of oysters and a trio of tartare’s at a restaurant called The Mechant Boeuf. The food was amazing. The oysters were shucked right in front of us, nice size (not too big, not too small), and a nice sauce with cilantro. We also got a trio of tartare’s…salmon, beef, and bison. They were all super fresh and yummy. This place has the coolest vibe. It’s a restaurant with about 30 4 top tables, another bunch of stand up tables and a great bar. The d.j. Played classic rock mixed with dance or funk, the bartenders were friendly and fun. I loved it!!! It remi des me that how you feel while you’re eating might be as important as the food itself.