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Cool Off with a Cocktail from Ember Grille & Wine Bar

Lake Charles sizzles in the heat of summer so it’s time for another post in the Summer Cocktail Series. At Ember Grille &Wine Bar at L’Auberge Casino Resort , bartender and Creator of Cocktails Kelly Bistok was happy to pour, shake, stir, and muddle my thirst away with two signature cocktails – the Bayou Sidecar (a twist on the classic Sidecar) and White Linen , a light and breezy gin-based drink enhanced with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and cucumber…

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6 Food Stops You Have to Visit

We’re big fans of the 48-hour getaway to New Orleans. And while driving back to Houston doesn’t always feel so great after a wild weekend, my family makes a practice of making room for an empty cooler and taking orders from friends for boudin, andouille, cracklins and jerky at the mom-and-pop spots that are just off Interstate 10 near Lake Charles .  It’s the polite thing to do.  Here are six favorite spots near the Texas/Louisiana state line along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail…

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5 Drive-Thru Frozen Daiquiri Shops in Lake Charles: No Blender Required!

I know Louisiana is not the only state with drive-through frozen daiquiri establishments, although they may be more popular here than elsewhere. I’m originally from Pennsylvania. In the Keystone State, they have super strict blue laws, so until I moved to Lake Charles, I did not know it was possible to order an adult beverage at a drive-up window from the convenience of your car. Curious, I decided to do some research. I visited several area frozen daiquiri shops…

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Southwest Louisiana Snowball Stands

It’s the little things that endear Lake Charles to me. For example, the little mom and pop joints that dot the urban landscape have intrigued me since I moved to southwest Louisiana in 2007. Donut shops , boiled crawfish huts and drive through daiquiri shacks . And snowball stands…

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