I grew up in a meat and potatoes family. My grandfather had to have some sort of beef and potato for almost every meal and during my early childhood, that was the way my mom cooked. Then my step-grandfather had a heart attack and the word cholesterol made its presence in our family meals. Things got healthier but still, everything was pretty basic Midwestern cooking.
I'm not sure how I broke the mold but somehow I did. My parents will eat some seafood but mostly if it is baked to well done or fried. Me on the other hand discovered the joys of eating raw (or rare) seafood and have been doing so for the last couple decades. I started off with sushi and steamed/baked oysters but on this trip, I ate my first raw oyster. It was delicious! I expected a stronger flavor but it was very mild and very tender. They were so good, we almost had them all gone before we took the above photo.
One of the things I always look forward too when hitting the coast of our nation is fresh seafood. I can get sushi back home and most types of seafood but the latter has mostly been frozen at one point or probably a few days old (at best) by the time I see it. Along the coast, I can find seafood that was swimming around hours before it landed on my plate. Above we got a platter of oysters steamed and served with a garlic butter sauce. They were my favorite of the three types of oysters we got on the half shell. Notice that we did better at remembering to take this photo before we had eaten all of them.
Finally we got some baked oysters. They were very good as well. Still we ate some before remembering to take a photo. My wife and mother-in-law ate most of the oysters but I had a couple of each as an appetizer for what you see below, a fried oyster po'-boy which and fresh slaw which was delicious.