Oysters are one of the best known aphrodisiacs, and wonderful when enjoyed with a crisp bottle (not glass, yawwn) of bubbly. I think it’s all the slurping that makes them so sexy, because these puppies are not winning any beauty pageants based on looks, that’s for sure. They’re also great conversation starters. You can do the whole “biggie vs tupac” (east coast vs west coast) debate, and test your palette on the different regions. Depending on the company, saying things like “I prefer the sweeter Wellfleet to the briny Kumamoto” could score positive or negative Oyster IQ points. Whether they are a precursor to the rest of dinner, or the sole purpose of a drinks date, a dozen clean, fresh oysters on a bed of crushed ice is a fantastic way to spend a lazy hour.
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