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Snapshots from New Orleans: Grilled Oysters from Drago's Seafood Restaurant

Grilled oysters are common outdoor food in Louisiana, where people fire up their grills or build coals in a campfire to cook oysters on the half shell. It is hard to capture in words or pictures the interplay between briny oyster liqueur, juicy oyster meat, and the pats of garlic and butter set into the opened oysters, which are then grilled over a conventional barbecue rack or placed directly into hot coals. More

Snapshots from New Orleans: Brunch at Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace is one of those tourist-frequented destinations that still, surprisingly, has great food. After brunch here, it's easy to see why locals and visitors alike love the place. Since 1880, it's been in a Victorian mansion in the Garden District of New Orleans. What makes the food so special? It's really just standard brunch fare but executed flawlessly: perfect hollandaise, tender buttermilk biscuits, and a creamy yet delicate oyster stew. Even the garlic bread, a filler at most places, is just the right combination of bread, garlic, and butter. More

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