Archive for December, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

Only one more day (ish) left in 2011. Reflecting on this past year, thought it only fitting to share highlights of our little journey.

It all started with a pretty store front great location.

The store front was a massive undertaking.

If you measure once, you will always cut twice, probably thrice.

Both store front and marriage in tact – whew!

Will admit to fleeting moments of WTF were we thinking!?!

upstate craft beer & oyster bar!

We will be closed for a private party on New Year’s Eve and giving the staff a much deserved day off New Year’s Day too and then will be open on Monday, January 2 at 5pm sharp.

Thank you for an incredible start and look forward to seeing you all in 2012!

See you upstate!

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December 30th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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We’re Baaack!

Pretty much slept through Christmas, kinda nice and definitely needed.

Off to a bit of a slow start today as we stayed up until 3 am watching The Wire – the entire first season. Somehow we never got around to it while it was actually on tv but hey The game’s out there, and it’s play or get played. That simple.

So in addition to being able to solve crime from the couch, we also have an updated draught list, a kilo fresh delivery of oysters and whiskey cake of course.

See you upstate!

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December 27th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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Happy Holidays

Heading upstate for the holidays, which means we’ll be closed for a couple of days.

December 24, Saturday
December 25, Sunday
December 26, Monday

We will be back in the city, ready to open on Tuesday December 27 @5pm sharp!


So as a kid growing up here, every holiday season Carvel Ice Cream bombarded the airways with their commercials. Well just a few days ago we actually realized that Carvel’s Santa cake is actually Fudgie the Whale sideways and the Hanukkah cake is Cookie Puss upside down.

Happy holidays to everyone, safe travels!

See you upstate!

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December 23rd, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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Fancy-Pants Oysters This Evening

World famous both in name and reputation, the Belon Oyster is culitivated in the Belon River, France and has the AOC protected name. Meaning they’ve got that whole only Champagne from Champagne can be classified as Champagne thing going on. That is with the exception of the good old crunchy state of Maine…

Maine can market Belon Oysters because they are a population of closeted francophiles the same species as the French Belon that were transplated from France in the 1950′s and grow wild in the Damariscotta River. Only about 5000 are harvested each year so availability is very limited – but guess who has them?

Large, round, with a relatively shallow cup and scallop shaped shell tinged vibrant green from the area’s algae. The algae part is on the house. You’re welcome. So come on by and slurp down a few. Think that’s enough geography for the day.

See you upstate!

 

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December 21st, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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Grandma Got Run Over By BuckShowalter

Who doesn’t love, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it’s one of the best holiday shows. “He even took the roast beast!” Speaking of beasts, thought it would be funny to dress BuckShowalter as Max, the Grinch’s dog. Not everyone thought it was funny, namely BuckShowalter.

For all of 60 seconds he kinda really did look like Max, no?

Take one was more of an action shot…


Take two, while better still makes the final take above look pretty good


In case you are wondering – no, we are not that kind of owner. The kind that dresses up their pet in little outfits (um he’s 95 lbs folks, not so dainty). The dog antlers were a gift from the mother-in-law. He’s just our lovable, big-headed beast.

But enough with holiday shenanigans – we’ve got a great oyster selection today and an updated draught list too.

See you upstate!

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December 20th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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Debunking the Mignonette Myth

A little hydrating and caffeinating this morning to fend off the previous evening’s holiday festivities. Ah the magic of McDonald’s, as much as we love oysters there’s nothing like a QuarterPounder with Cheese’s 510 calories to take the edge off.

Let’s set the record straight people – we have mignonette sauce. Always have. We make it with Hidalgo’s La Gitana, it has long been one of the most reliable and true manzanilla sherries, an almost water-white, bone dry with a flavorful tang. Not too sure how this whole kooky we don’t serve mignonette sauce rumor got started…um actually we’re looking at you @schmooey.

We are all about serving freshly simple seafood. We encourage people to try a bite or two as is before deciding to add on sauces. And always happy to provide cocktail, mignonette and hot sauces along with horseradish. We’re even trying a new hand prepared horseradish from Saratoga, NY that we (husband) find to be nose burn worthy.

If we forget to offer, just ask. So please everyone, no more BYOM. We good? Great. Because we have an excellent selection of oysters and new beers on draught for you to enjoy this weekend.

See you upstate!

 

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December 17th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

Can’t wait! Only thirteen more days before A Christmas Story‘s 24 hour marathon begins. Ooohh fuuudge. Only I didn’t say fudge. I said the word. The big one. The queen mother of dirty words. The F dash, dash, dash word. 

We put up a few holiday decorations…this is a close up of our oyster santa ornaments we made for the teeny tiny tree we have in the shop. Many thanks to Hama Hama Oyster Farm for sharing their clever arts & craft trick.

Saturday morning’s view from our dungeon office, waiting for the beer delivery.

Will be changing up the draught system tomorrow, so an updated list soon to follow.

See you upstate!

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December 11th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

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Whiskey, the Other White Meat

No not really. But we do have a bit of a situation on our hands. Everybody loves the whiskey cake, we make eight-ten cakes a week for you people. All good. Because we don’t have a liquor license, we purchase each and every bottle. We (wife) head to our local friendly liquor store to purchase two 1.7 liter bottles of whiskey each week. TWO. Bottles. And they are no longer buying the “I cook with it” story.

So we will carry the burden of being deemed as a person with problems by our friendly judgmental liquor store owners, for you dear customers. Consider this our Scarlet Letter – each and every time you enjoy a bite our of deliciously moist and complementary dessert. This is our gift to you. You’re welcome.

Total non sequitur…after last Saturday’s shift we got home and the husband fell asleep on the floor while petting BuckShowalter. In fairness it was 4:30am, but found this moment pictured above worth capturing and sharing. Now back to business – updated draught list as well as oysters.

See you upstate!

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December 7th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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Pate Party Hell Yeah

Had the most excellent pate party yesterday evening…officially it was a pate bake-off between upstate and food photographer Noah Fecks. Three different kinds of pate that we paired with an incredible 1999 Miura Pinot Noir. A wine so cultish they don’t even have a website –  because you don’t seek Miura, Miura seeks you.

Check out our savory photos Noah so kindly posted on his site.

The two pate ‘chefs’: wife (aka Jennifer) and Noah, who technically won. His pate in presentation and taste were masterful. And note the fact that the husband selected Noah’s pate, unknowingly as his favorite of the trio. Allegedly. Yet considering we all spent the evening noshing on tasty homemade pate and drinking crazy wine – it’s fair to say we were all winners.

On the way home we stopped by our neighbor, Big Gay Ice Cream. Yes, they have super yummy ice cream that we always enjoy but we love the fact that they have Tang on tap. Tang on tap people. Brings back great Saturday morning memories of Tang, cereal and School House Rock. Lolly, lolly get your adverbs Tang here.

And speaking of what’s on tap. We’ve got some new beers on draught this week. Had a massive oyster delivery this morning too, check out our updated oyster list here.

See you upstate!

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December 5th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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With A Little Help From Our Friends

Dear Upstate.
I love you. I love all gajillion types of your oysters and I love that you know your oysters… really really well. I appreciate that there is never a popped belly, a bit of grit or a teeth wrenching piece of shell in the bunch. I love your teeny tiny menu and the fact that you do just a few things really well. Daily scallop? Pasta with clams? House-cured salmon? And a downright respectable charcuterie plate. And everyone is so darn-pinch-your-cheeks nice in that cool sorta way. What? You made all of your furniture by yourself? Swoon. Well, you’ll probably be seeing me in one of those homemade stools eating whiskey cake on a fairly regular basis.

Your friend,
Courtney

Shouldn’t be a dry eye in the house after reading that note folks. Well new friend Courtney, we love that you love us. And what better way to express our gratitude than a song.

For the record George Harrison is our favorite Beatle (technically the husband probably can’t name all four). He was lead guitarist and had a back log of material Paul/John ‘rejected’ used for his triple album All Things Must Pass.

And let’s not forget that both Paul/John stated Something is among the best songs the group had to offer – covered by over 150 artists including Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Julio Iglesias, The Miracles, Eric Clapton, and Joe Cocker AND is the second-most covered Beatles’ song after Yesterday. So guess what Pandora playlist we’ll be queueing up this weekend?

See you upstate!

 

 

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December 2nd, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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