One thing we learned from our trip to New Orleans is that the locals really like their oysters. We had oysters in some way or form at nearly every meal: charbroiled oysters, oysters rockefeller, fried oysters, even the gumbo roux contained oysters.

In my research for my trip, I kept coming across Drago’s famous charbroiled oysters, so I made sure we made the time to go try them.

When we first entered the restaurant, I was immediately wary of the setting. It looked like a seafood tourist trap-type restaurant, like many of the ones in San Diego that I would not normally ever step foot in.

Shrimp Étouffée

We started with the Shrimp Étouffée, which unfortunately, was not very good. It was quite salty and the light brown roux tasted like a bean puree.

Charbroiled Oysters

Next, we had the legendary charbroiled oysters. The large platter arrived, with two giant French bread rolls. I removed the rolls so you could see the oysters better. We ordered a dozen and wondered if it would be too many for just the two of us, but we had absolutely no problems finishing these.

Bang Bang Pasta

This chicken pasta is tossed in an addicting orange bang bang sauce.

A few weeks ago, I tasted bang bang sauce for the first time and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I’ve already gone through a whole bottle of sweet Thai chili sauce because I’ve made it so many times. I previously made Bang Bang Cauliflower. Now, I’m sharing my Bang Bang Chicken Pasta.

I’m still trying to figure out where bang bang sauce came from. I’ve been researching on the internet and haven’t found anything. All I know is that I really love it and am totally addicted to it right now.

I am totally in love with this 3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Whether you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day or other special occasion dessert to bake, or you are just in the mood for some chocolate, this cake is the answer. I made a version of this a few years ago, but I decided to fiddle with the recipe and baking method and I love this version even more.

It’s pretty easy to make, with only three basic ingredients you likely have already, and it comes out looking pretty impressive.