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#EatSWLA: Calcasieu Crawfish and Grits

Growing up in Central Louisiana, my dinner plate didn’t often showcase fresh seafood . Sure – there are great places to find seafood in that part of Louisiana, but it wasn’t as easy as it is here in Cajun Country! One dish I was always dying to try was Cajun Shrimp and Grits. I love grits. I love…

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Moving On #VisitLakeCharles: Photo of the Month

I know I’m not alone with occasionally getting into a rut. (And by occasionally I mean more often than I’d like to admit!) It’s so easy to do the same thing every day or week. Getting comfortable with the usual. There’s hope! Every spring I cannot fight the urge to start up something new. Gardening…

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CyPhaCon: Everything You Need to Know

CyPhaCon is Lake Charles, Louisiana’s premiere Pop Culture/Comic Con style event held April 7 – 9 at the spacious Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive. This convention is an all-inclusive 3 day event including concerts by Professor Shy Guy, Dubba D, Suzaku 7; gaming tournaments hosted by…

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Biking in Lake Charles

It’s official – spring has arrived, and there’s no better time to hop on a bike and get out & about to explore the great outdoors in Southwest Louisiana! One of my favorite places to ride is at Sam Houston Jones State Park . This park is great for outdoor enthusiasts, offering several scenic, shady…

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How to Clean Your Catch

Spring is a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the fish are biting! Here in Southwest Louisiana, we without-a-doubt have some of the best fishing around. Lake Charles’ proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the rich marshlands along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road…

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Creole Nature Trail: Photo Story

Story and Photos by Kayla Martin/Time and Beauty Photography (Visit Lake Charles fan) I recently got asked by a friend to travel to Louisiana. She was going to visit her brother who lives in Iowa, Louisiana. I could not turn her down. I love to travel and always wanted to visit Southwest Louisiana…

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St. Patrick's Day Fun in Lake Charles

Friday, March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day and if you’re looking for something fun to do then look no further! Whether you want to go out with adults or bring the kids somewhere, there is something for everyone. If you want a full day of celebrating, then you have to go to the 6 th Annual St. Paddy’s…

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