Marianne Valencia writes about how oysters were more than food. They were a connection with her dad.
by Marianne Valencia
Seafood is my favorite food.
I love shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams, and crabs.
Squeezing lemon and adding a pinch of salt on top of shrimp is the best taste imaginable
The pepper and butter melt into my taste buds.
My dad and I always had seafood twice a week.
A seafood truck on Gage Avenue and Avalon was our spot and a restaurant called Mi Lindo Nayarit, those were our all-time favorites.
My dad and I shared the same likes in food.
We would always order the same items.
I would get a tostada of shrimp cheviche and three empanadas de camaron.
My dad would order a shrimp and crab cocktail, very hot!
We would share a dozen oysters.
Oysters were our connection.
Scraping the oyster off the shell,
Squeezing lemon, salt, and Tapatio. Quickly eating them.
They were the best thing.
I loved the texture.
I’ve eaten oysters as far back as I can remember.
Now that I’m older and I don’t see my dad, my taste for oysters has gone away.
I no longer crave them because my dad did.
He introduced me to them.
Now, I don’t care about them.
Seafood, along with other foods, well, I’ve lost interest in them.
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