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Cajun Oyster Stew

Back in the day, New Orleans’ cooks created a butter and cream-based oyster soup that was so rich it was referred to as oyster stew. The creamy offering is really delicious, but being born and raised in SWLA—Lake Charles — I prefer an oyster stew that represents my SWLA roots, one prepared with a…

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The Listening Room in Lake Charles

An active music scene is nothing new for Lake Charles. Music is in our BLOOD! We have outdoor concerts, concert venues, bars, and restaurants all provided outstanding live entertainment . Now there’s a new music venue in town and it’s dedicated to more intimate listening. On scheduled nights the Cash…

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Going South: Birding in Lake Charles

Photos by Arlene Vidaurri Cain Southwest Louisiana is a bird lover’s paradise and designated as one of the Top 10 Birding/Birdwatch Destinations in the country – and with good reason. The region is home to more than 400 bird species. During fall, winter, and spring, the bird population soars as…

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Get Your Gumbo On: Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook Off

Thanks to the popularity of Cajun cuisine , Louisiana cooking has become world famous. And as a big fan myself, I thought I knew most of what there is to know about the food. Until I went to Southwest Louisiana for Mardi Gras and attended the annual World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-Off…

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Courir de Mardi Gras: Iowa Chicken Run

Unique. Rural. Authentic. Whatever you’d like to call it, the Iowa Chicken Run is one of the BEST Mardi Gras celebrations you could participate in! Things kick off early – 8 a.m. early – with the smell of barbecue and gumbo spices in the air. Of course, the wash board and accordion music plays, and…

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10 Places to Go for $10 or Less

I don’t know about you but I love nothing more than something inexpensive to do! The idea of not stressing over cost and being able to unwind, enjoy and of course, soak up the Southwest Louisiana culture is incredibly appealing to me. I love being able to do that right here locally. With this in…

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Exciting Expansions at Delta Downs

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel recently completed a HUGE expansion project. Here are some highlights of the epic additions and renovations you can experience! A Delicious New Dining Concept! Rosewater Grill and Tavern is the latest restaurant to open at Delta Downs. The incredible décor and…

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