Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Oysters... Aphrodisiacs for Valentine's Day

From our friends at Oceanaire Seafood Room...

Oysters for Valentine’s Day at Oceanaire Oyster Bar

Oysters have been a reputed aphrodisiac at least since the Roman Empire and supposedly were regularly enjoyed as a virility-booster by Giacomo Girolamo Casanova. Casanova became best known for having seduced more than 100 women, described at length in his memoir. While this dubious achievement may or may not have been true, these bivalve mollusks have been found to have desire-inducing properties.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Oceanaire, located at 1201 F Street, NW, offers a variety of oysters perfect for a romantic evening. On the bar menu, grilled oysters are a warm version of this amorous treat, while in the dining room, the restaurant features an oyster bar with 10 different types of the bivalve, many of them from local waters. Choices include Fanny Bay from British Columbia, Oceanaire Salts from Cape Cod, Chef Creek from British Columbia, Eld Inlet from Washington State, Kumamoto from Washington State and local varieties such as Huckleberry and Holy Grail from Maryland, and Pungoteague from Virginia. East Coast oysters are generally known for their light, briny flavor, while the West Coast oysters tend to be more complex, verging on melon and cucumber.  Flavors of oysters vary quite a lot based on the waters in which they were grown, so species isn’t the only taste determiner.

Whether plainly slurped, with hot sauce or however one prefers, Oysters are the perfect and diversely flavored Valentine’s Day treat for lovers.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room is located at 1201 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 in Penn Quarter. Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 AM - 5 PM; Dinner Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-10 PM; Friday-Saturday 5-11 PM; Sunday 5-9 PM. Valet parking available during restaurant dinner hours. For further information and reservations, call (202) 347-2277 or log into www.theoceanaire.com.