What a wonderful day! After a satisfying day at work (I know, a day off would have been great but I can't be greedy since I'm off Friday and I'm leaving for vacation on Sunday!), I headed out for a few last-minute Christmas errands. I got home a little after 6:30 and got ready for a special dinner out. I feel Christmas Eve warrants a celebratory dinner and since I didn't feel like cooking one up, I suggested going to a local Oyster House.
Oyster Houses pop up during the Winter months at various spots along the coast. I saw a poster out in town for an Oyster House at Spasso, a nearby onsen. SMS and I decided to try it and we had a great time! It's outside but there are several small heaters they'll stick under the table at one's request. On a side note, how can SMS miss San Diego when they are equally ridiculous here in heating the outside during Winter?!?
We ordered a basket of oysters, 2 scallops, sardines, pickled vegetables, bread, soup and calamari. We brought our selections over to the table and one of the women fired up the grill. There was a lid to cover the food as it cooked, although I think it was mostly for the oysters. Oysters cooked for 3 minutes a side while scallops were cooked for 2 minutes, flipped and then cooked for 5 more minutes.
|Multi-tasking at its finest. BTW, see the beer vending machine in the background?|
Now, I'm typing and listening to Handel's Messiah. I'm getting a little sleepy so it might be time for me to go to bed and dream of Santa!