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The 1 Summer Treat You Have to Try!

One thing you must have to survive a Louisiana summer is something cold. Frozen concoctions like Coke Icees, sno-cones, and slushies provide us a cool retreat during 80 to 100 degree temperatures. My plan this summer is hang out with coolest “kid on the block,” Pops and Rockets gourmet pops . These popsicles are bringing fresh and bold flavors to the Lake Area. I featured them back in February for their king cake pop , and since then, they have been cranking out outrageous flavors that keep me coming back for more…

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Reasons You Should Shop Local Lake Charles, Part 2

In Part 1 of Reasons You Should Shop Local , we went through a few boutiques for ladies apparel and fun shops for foodies. In Part 2, we’ll hit a few Louisiana made items at local stores and where to find treasures for your home.  It’s always nice to be able to bring back something to reminisce about your trip…

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Summer Cocktails in Southwest Louisiana

Louisiana’s love affair with cocktails dates back centuries. Enjoying a summer cocktail or frozen beverage is almost an essential part of escaping the heat and humidity. It’s doesn’t have to be alcoholic either – what about our famous snow balls?!? In this summer’s blog series, we’ll explore…

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Reasons You Should Shop Local Lake Charles

Is it just me or is shopping more fun when you’re on vacation? You want something memorable or unique to that destination.  You may want to get your friends or children souvenirs.  And on a business trip, you finally have precious alone time to browse.  In Lake Charles, there are several great boutiques giving you good reasons to shop local! Part 1, of Reasons You Should Shop Local will highlight ladies fashion and great places to stock up on local culinary gifts…

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Lake Charles-Owned Duck Call Manufacturer

I grew up down the street from some of Dud Faulk’s granddaughters and have fond memories of playing in their backyard over the years. I remember my Dad and my younger brother calling in ducks in the Southwest Louisiana marsh using Faulk duck calls. But it wasn’t until I was older that I grew to…

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New Lake Charles Golf Course

Last night, my family was having dinner at one of my favorite local Italian restaurants, Joe’s Pizza & Pasta . Their homemade marinara sauce is the best I’ve had and their family is from Sicily. Their accent is adorable! But I digress. During dinner, my grandfather and brother-in-law were discussing…

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Sweet as Sugar: Starks Mayhaw Festival, May 14-16

I’ve learned so many new words since moving to Louisiana eight years ago. For example, mayhaw . I recall my first trip to a farmers’ market in Lake Charles. A friendly lady stood behind a table with an impressive display of jams and jellies. I saw some jars labeled “Mayhaw Jelly.” I’d never hear of…

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