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Creole vs. Cajun Ancestry

One of the most frequently asked questions from visitors in Southwest Louisiana, is what is the difference between Creole and Cajun? Creoles as an ethnic group are harder to define than Cajuns. Creoles are of French and European descent, mainly aristocracy who settled in cities, specifically New…

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Faulk’s Game Calls Demo Day, Aug. 1

I grew up duck hunting with my dad and my little brother. I’ve never been any good at duck calling, but I always like to try and enhance my skills! Recently, I visited the Faulk’s Game Calls warehouse in Lake Charles and was taken back in time. Each call is still handmade, hand tuned and crafted…

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Botsky's: Lake Charles' Premium Hotdogs Spot

The menu speaks volumes: MacDaddy & Cheese, Slawdog Millionaire, and other fun and catchy names hint at the fun you’ll have in this downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana eatery long before the hot dogs are delivered to your table. This unique eatery does one thing and does it remarkably well. They specialize in hot dogs…

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Eat Like a Local!

Whether visiting family or enjoying a vacation to Southwest Louisiana, when you’re in town, you’ll want to savor as much of our unique culture as possible – live music , museums , art , and of course, our fabulous food ! To truly experience the flavor of local cuisine, dine where the locals hang out! They know the best spots for whatever you’re in the mood for. Southwest Louisiana is home to dozens of family-owned establishments with a reputation for great food. Here’s a short list of some of my favorites to get you started…

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How to Cajun Two Step like a Pro

I have always loved music and dancing! When I first came to Southwest Louisiana 10 years ago, I had never Cajun danced. In fact, the only "coordinated" dance I could pull off was the "Watermelon Crawl." It wasn't pretty either. So, when I found out the Cajun French and Music Association hosted…

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Top 20 Local Favorites: The Results are In!

If there is one thing we know in Southwest Louisiana-its food! In the month of June, we asked you to vote for your Top 20 Local Favorite Restaurants . More than 3,800 votes were cast, and we are happy to announce Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana’s Top 3 restaurants! First place went to Steamboat…

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Catching (and Eating) Fresh, Louisiana Seafood

When Louisiana native, Jay Ducote, came to Lake Charles last year with a crew from Tommy’s TV capturing footage for the Louisiana Culinary Trails program, I was pumped! Jay is a Louisiana food legend with his own blog, radio show and column in Louisiana Cookin’ . He has a love for the culinary culture of our state that is evident the second you meet him. He grew up in Louisiana hunting and fishing, like most of us Cajuns do here in the Bayou State! Our goal during the visit was to expose the crew to fresh, local seafood throughout Southwest Louisiana to give visitors a taste of the Seafood Sensation Culinary Trail.  …

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