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Ways to Know That You're in Cajun Country

Have you ever been to a place that surprises, charms and maybe even leaves you wondering why you’re just now experiencing it? That’s the reaction I’ve seen from so many folks visiting Southwest Louisiana for their first time. As a local, there are so many things that define Cajun country which we…

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Trip Advisor Says: Best Crawfish

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas? Nope… crawfish season ! I’ve never loved a crustacean more than when I see a big tray of freshly boiled Louisiana crawfish coming my direction. YUM! But where do you find the best crawfish in Southwest Louisiana? I went to Trip Advisor to see where…

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Plan Vacation NOW!

“So much to do, so little time.” How many of you have said this when you think of taking time off from work? I know I have. There never seems to be a “perfect time” to take a few days away from the office. Well, guess what…research shows there actually is time. Project: Time Off research found that…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail , it is only right for us to share a recipe! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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8 Must Try Neighborhood Coffee Shops

Mmmmm coffee. I love it. The warmth, smell, and of course, the flavor all make me so very happy! Like many Louisianan kids, coffee has always been part of my life. Daddy had me working as the family barista since I was 10 years old. On the weekends, if I woke up before my parents, it was my job to…

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Lake Charles Courir de Mardi Gras : Chicken Runs

Dozens of costumed revelers mount their horses, pile in the back of trailers, and onto floats just as the sun breaks over the horizon. Mud-stained from last year’s run, their fringed suits whip in the wind as they make their way into town. Once gathered, the irresistible beat of Zydeco cuts through…

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Eating Healthy and Staying Fit in Lake Charles

When many people think of Louisiana, they think of fried seafood, beignets, sugary, sweet frozen drinks and a dozen other Southern culinary delights that redefine the word “decadent.” Louisiana is also the land of continuous celebrations. So, when you have the choice between going to the gym or…

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