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International Chef Amanda Cusey Brings a Unique Flair to The Villa’s Kitchen

5/25/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Culinary
In late 2016, internationally-trained chef Amanda Cusey was looking for an executive chef position in the Lake Area. At the same time, Mike Sperandeo was gearing up to open his new restaurant, The Villa , and was searching for a stellar chef. The timing could not have been better for both. It was a perfect match. As a child, Amanda moved around the
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Downtown at Sundown 2018 Concert Highlights

5/17/2018 by Colten Miller
What’s better than unwinding on a Friday evening in the backdrop of the downtown Lake Charles with great music from hot bands drifting into the sunset? How about four Fridays of cool, FREE outdoor concerts? It’s one of my favorite events – Downtown at Sundown . It’s the perfect mix of cool nightlife, foodie finds, local art and family fun. Set up
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The Bistro at Crying Eagle Will Make You Smile!

5/17/2018 by Angie Manning
Posted In:  Culinary
It has been said that “beer and pizza” go together. But, what about “incredible gourmet pizza and delicious craft beer?” That sounds even tastier! If you have ever been to Crying Eagle Brewery, you know that they do everything topnotch. With their creative taproom, beer garden, gift shop, giant Jenga and (my favorite) giant Connect Four, they are
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Trip Advisor Says: Most Romantic Restaurants

5/11/2018 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
The mood is set for a perfect date night at the most romantic restaurants in Lake Charles. From cozy bistros to elegant eateries, we’ve searched Trip Advisor reviews for a list of the most swoon-worthy spots. “ Out of this world! ” Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse - Reviewed by mandiemmagavin on July 18, 2017 We made reservations and were seated promptly
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9 Reasons to Take a Lake Charles Road Trip

5/9/2018 by Jessica Pickett
While I’ve traveled this world over, Southwest Louisiana is where I call home. And in my travels, when someone finds out I’m from Louisiana, the inevitable “Oh I love New Orleans!” or “ I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans!” happens. And yes, New Orleans rocks. I, too, love New Orleans but I also love to share with others the amazing places,
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Why You’ll Love Cajun Gypsy Corner Market

5/5/2018 by John O'Donnell
Posted In:  Culinary
Located on the corner of Broad and Ryan Streets, underneath downtown’s antique clock (where Keith’s Pawn Shop used to be) you’ll find the city’s newest locally owned grocery store, Cajun Gypsy Corner Market. Upon entering the store, you’re instantly greeted as if you’d been shopping there your entire life. “Nothing is free but the conversation,
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Cinco de Mayo with a Cajun Twist

5/1/2018 by Jessica Pickett
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
While we may be just a tad bit north of the border, that’s never stopped us from joining in on all the Cinco de Mayo fun. Our affection for savory Mexican flare and salt-rimmed cocktails are second only to our love for our own world famous Cajun cuisine and Louisiana joie de vive . But just when we think life can’t get any better, some of our most
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