About 3 years ago, my cousin Peter introduced me to this amazing cajun/creole restaurant that’s hidden inside a Vegas hotel frequented by locals & seniors called the Oyster Bar in Palace Station. When I adventured back to Vegas for the 4th of July weekend, I was determined to get everyone to try it. The bar behind the restaurant serves $3 Bloody Mary’s & $0.99 margaritas as Jimmy, Josh, Kelcie, & I learned as we waited 2 hours in line for the most delicious red bowl of seafood goodness that awaited us. It was my third time at the Oyster Bar & everyone else’s first, so I was there on a mission: to figure out all the ingredients they use to make this bowl of perfection.
This recipe is by no means a cheap recipe if you don’t already have most of the ingredients, but it’s definitely the best recipe you’ll find out on the web so far. I don’t mean to be over confident about my recipes, but the ones I’ve seen out there are so off! I mean, one uses cocktail sauce for the base – are you kidding me? *facepalm* No. It’s a tomato stew with seafood in it. Using cocktail sauce to make a creole sounds like you’re all going to have a bad time. So, while this recipe is not exactly the same, it’s a slightly healthier version that is delicious, but lacks the richness of the original. If you want the original richness, use heavy cream, 2 Tbsp of flour (thickening agent), & a whole stick of butter. Check out my recipe & tell me what you think!
Seafood Pan Roast
So, you could wait hours in line for this or you could try making it at home yourself. It’s the perfect crockpot recipe too, so you won’t need a bunch of pans to make it. I also updated my watermark! I felt like my other one was just alright, so I tried to personalize it a little more with my attempt at a “cute” hand-drawn bee. Let me know what you think because I want a watermark that I don’t feel the need to change every 3 months.
Ooooh La, La!
On the Sunday of Josh’s graduation weekend–yes, we made it a weekend long affair because his family was in town–his brother Brett, his girlfriend Jessica, & I all went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
But, What About The Food?
We picked up Josh’s cousin Brad to have lunch in Laguna Beach. I probably wouldn’t eat at that restaurant again if I were in the area. That Soba Salad was most definitely not soba. I am so disappoint.
Gimme Tourist Photos
Satisfied? Short post today. I’ll be back with more recipes & photos from Josh’s weekend graduation celebration. I’m so proud of him for earning his Doctor of Philosophy (aka the blood, sweat, & tears that is the PhD) in Political Science & thrilled about his new job at the University of North Florida. He also gets an award for “Best Boyfriend of the Year” too. We’ll see how he does next year.
Pics or It Didn’t Happen
Sheesh, so demanding. Here’s Josh & me at Seal Beach right before dinner in his graduation cap & gown. He’s got a little hood around his neck, which means he can now be formally addressed as “Dr. Josh” – just don’t ask him for medical advice.
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I made all of these link buttons for the winners of my giveaway, so I hope you like them. Didn’t really want to risk someone making something with comic sans, so…I made them all for you. Congrats, y’all!