Oysters and Love: Shuck. Sip. Slurp. Swallow.

Oysters and Love: Shuck. Sip. Slurp. Swallow.

Coming soon: Valentines Day

We have a lot of fun surrounding the consumption of oysters, and why wouldn’t we? How often can you use words like those without having to put up a parental guidance notice?

It gets even better – we’re using them in the discussion of Valentine’s Day!

Planning the Perfect Night

You’ve got something special planned, right? If beer is your thing, you should follow up dinner here with the Haunted Valentine Pub Tour by BeerQuest.
If you prefer theater, there are still a few tickets left for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. If comedy is your style, you might prefer an evening with Chad Prather.

Premiering in Portland, Kodachrome explores the life and times of a photographer who gives attendees a peek into the lives of her small-town neighbors as they pursue romance.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with finishing up your dinner with us and heading off to home or a hotel room for an evening with Netflix and your love.

No matter what you do, Portland’s best oysters should be a part of your evening!

The History of Eating Oysters

Oysters have been a part of human history almost from the beginning. In ancient Greece, not only were oysters a food source, but they were also used for voting. The Romans discovered their aphrodisiac qualities, and in ancient North America, the Native Americans who lived in coastal areas absolutely loved them. Here in the Northwest, there were so many different indigenous tribes to inspire Lewis and Clark to describe how from a hilltop at night, you could see dozens of campfires – and each one belonged to a different tribe. That means that there may have been hundreds of different tribes along the coast, shucking and slurping much like we do today. In China and Japan, they used bamboo to move oysters around as they farmed and harvested them. Almost without fail, in any part of the world that bordered an ocean or estuaries where oysters would thrive, you could find people eating them.

For centuries, people have consumed raw oysters for their aphrodisiac qualities. Casanova was said to eat a breakfast of fifty oysters, a tradition he pulled from the ancient Romans. The more historians research this claim, the more convinced they become that it’s probably true.

And Casanova may have been onto something.

Aphrodisiac Qualities

Oysters in a chocolate tin with the cover removedThe ancient Romans long held the oyster in regard as an aphrodisiac, and Casanova followed in their stead. In 2005, a team of Italian and American researchers, led by Dr. George Fisher, Ph.D. of Barry University, concluded that bivalves such as oysters carry rare amino acids and nutrients found nowhere else. These amino acids activate sex hormones in the human body. Finally, the folklore that consuming oysters raises your libido had some very strong evidence pointing to its truth.

By the way, here’s the Reservations link.

In addition to the hormonal response, oysters and mussels contain high levels of zinc. Men, that’s great for you. Certain activities leach zinc from your body. One oyster replenishes about ten times that amount. Think of the rest as bonus nutrition, along with the other nutrients – like more calcium per oyster than an entire glass of milk.

But all of that is moot, really. There is a more important question: Isn’t your romantic partner sexy when they’re slurping oysters with you?

You know, you ought to bring them in for a good shuck.