I just returned from vacation after spending all last week in Charleston, South Carolina. My wife and I go there every year and one thing we always try and do is try something new. Anybody who knows me or listens to me and Leslie on the air know that 'new' can be kind of scary for me - but I did something I swore I would never do. I ate my first ever raw oyster. Now keep in mind, I have a hard time eating tuna out of a can that has any red in it whatsoever and I typically never eat fish because I'm scared to death it won't be cooked all the way through - so, a raw oyster seemed impossible.

The first thing that jumps out about raw oysters is the way the look - they look like someone sneezed on a seashell for cryin' out loud. Eating one for the first time takes a little preparation because you're convinced you will never be able to eat it without gagging.

I did eat it and it was awesome - so awesome in fact, that I ate a dozen all by myself and told my wife to get her own. It's strange because I absolutely cannot do sushi, but I'm all about the raw oyster....who knew?

I did learn that an oyster with a strong fishy, ocean taste is not a good oyster. A good oyster tastes fresh and does not have any kind of fishy taste or smell. I liked them so much I decided to move to clams...big mistake. Oysters are one thing, but clams - that's a whole different kettle of fish, no pun intended.