Re the berry custard. It sounds great!
I just recently ate one of those geoduck (gooeyduck) clams. They ain't purty and I think the appearance (the chef, who is a casual friend because we always go to his restaurant, showed it to us prior to cooking it), affected how it tasted to me. Let's just say I'm not going to go geoduck hunting anytime soon. He wasn't being 'blue' showing it to us, even though we all did get a laugh out of it. He always cooks us weird stuff and shows it to us prior sometimes. Chicken's feet, anyone? (I don't like those either, but my dh loves them!)