Oyster Loaf — This was popular throughout America in the 19th century. In the Vieux Carre of
New Orleans it was known as "the mediator." It was the one thing a man
felt might effectively stand between his enraged wife and himself when he came home
after spending an evening carousing in the saloons of the French Quarter. He would
buy the oyster loaf for pennies, just before going home, in the French market.