In my opinion, there is nothing better than sharing a little adventure with the people you love. When I went home to San Francisco a few weeks ago, three of my best friends from high school were there for the holidays – it is a rare occasion when we’re all in town at the same time - so we had to celebrate.
Though I’ve never known a more dedicated foursome to so eagerly indulge in all accessible food and drink (our reunions are only ever spent around a dining table, at a food fair, in a bar, at a winery...or on a couch with a glass of something and a plate full of homemade goods) we wanted to find a way to kick it up a notch this time – enhance our indulgence, that is. Together we brainstormed and came up with, what we now believe to be, the greatest day in the history of the world.
As Bay Area natives, we love to explore our beautiful part of Northern California. So in a rare moment of genius, we decided to take the afternoon and drive up to Tomales Bay*. Oysters, wine, and waterfront dining - it doesn't get much better.
After an hour of scenic driving through rolling hills along Northern California’s coastline, we stumbled upon a delicious, seemingly undiscovered - but apparently famed - eatery called ‘Nick’s Cove’ in Marshall, California. Marshall, you say? That’s right, population of 400 most days, 408 on that particular afternoon as the four of us and our appetites sat down and decided to stay a while. A few dozen oysters, a bottle of champagne, multiple orders of breaded-covered dishes, and a pot of Dungeness crab macaroni and cheese later, we found ourselves roaming down the beautiful pier looking out across the stunningly quiet bay as the sun went down. We were in heaven.
Destination: Marshall, California (approximately an hour north of San Francisco)
Eatery: Nick’s Cove
Order: Oysters, in any and every form possible – fried, BBQed, buttered, etc.
Drink: A Bloody Mary, or two
Do: Nothing, but indulge and take in the view while you eat until the sun goes down.
*Tomales is pronounced Tow-Mah-Less not Tuh-Mah-Lees as in "multiple tomales, por favor"