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Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold visits Blue Point Oysterette in Santa Monica, and finds the oysters (“quivering and cold, expertly opened, served on big platters of ice”) worth the trip. Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Counter Intelligence, “Consider the Oysterette: Bivalvular (and Other) Pleasures on Ocean Avenue.”

corner booth; Credit: Anne Fishbein

corner booth; Credit: Anne Fishbein

afternoon bar scene; Credit: Anne Fishbein

afternoon bar scene; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Craig Brady, head chef; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Craig Brady, head chef; Credit: Anne Fishbein

sous chef Tony Torres and crab; Credit: Anne Fishbein

sous chef Tony Torres and crab; Credit: Anne Fishbein

inspecting the crab before it's served; Credit: Anne Fishbein

inspecting the crab before it's served; Credit: Anne Fishbein

afternoon shucking; Credit: Anne Fishbein

afternoon shucking; Credit: Anne Fishbein

basket of hot sauce; Credit: Anne Fishbein

basket of hot sauce; Credit: Anne Fishbein

shucking the oyster; Credit: Anne Fishbein

shucking the oyster; Credit: Anne Fishbein

freshly opened oyster; Credit: Anne Fishbein

freshly opened oyster; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fresh lemonade; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fresh lemonade; Credit: Anne Fishbein

essential seafood dish component; Credit: Anne Fishbein

essential seafood dish component; Credit: Anne Fishbein

lobster roll; Credit: Anne Fishbein

lobster roll; Credit: Anne Fishbein

"between the bread" fish sandwich with ahi tuna; Credit: Anne Fishbein

“between the bread” fish sandwich with ahi tuna; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Zachary eating the fisherman's stew; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Zachary eating the fisherman's stew; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fries; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fries; Credit: Anne Fishbein

sweet potato chips; Credit: Anne Fishbein

sweet potato chips; Credit: Anne Fishbein

server Jennifer taking an order; Credit: Anne Fishbein

server Jennifer taking an order; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fisherman's stew; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fisherman's stew; Credit: Anne Fishbein

entryway looking out; Credit: Anne Fishbein

entryway looking out; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Savage Harbor oyster on the half shell; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Savage Harbor oyster on the half shell; Credit: Anne Fishbein