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Tourist in My Backyard: Lake Charles Food

Sometimes the best days are the ones spent closest to home. And since I call Southwest Louisiana home, I’m surrounded by exotic flavors, hauntingly beautiful bayous, and colorful festivals. In order to appreciate all home has to offer, I regularly act as a tourist in my own backyard. Steeped in rich…

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Lake Charles Happy Hour Highlights

Long week? Or maybe just a long day. Happy Hour to the rescue, y’all! Great drink deals, good food, and live music/entertainment; it’s the perfect recipe for a smile. Loggerheads Loggerheads is ideal for parties and gatherings. Choose from either indoor or outdoor patio seating. My favorite spot…

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6 Lake Charles Bloggers to Follow Right Now

Want to know how Lake Charles locals live? Places to visit, foods to taste, and things to do? Of course, you can always read the Visit Lake Charles blog, but I’ve found a 6 super local bloggers who “tell the tale” of Southwest Louisiana and are a joy to follow. 1. Rooted Gypsy: Jessica Pickett…

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How to Make Shrimp Gumbo

If you’ve lived in Southwest Louisiana long enough, then you’ve probably heard the term “gumbo weather.” Gumbo weather is what we refer to as the first cool front – and by “cool front” I mean “lows in the 60s” – and it usually inspires all of us to run to the store for our favorite Cajun ingredients…

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Trip Advisor Says: Best Cocktail Bars

An evening out wouldn’t be complete without some amazing cocktails. Lake Charles is a fun-loving city, with a variety of local bars, craft cocktail restaurants, and pubs. But when you’re looking for the BEST cocktails to sit and enjoy, where do you go? Look no further. We’ve scoured Trip Advisor…

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Planning a Girlfriend Getaway to Lake Charles

So, you come home from work and call up an old friend. After twirling your store bought "boxed" spaghetti on your fork and watching it fall off in a limp splat on your plate, you realize that you (A. need a vacation B. need better food C. would like to bring a few old friends with you!) Has this…

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Lake Charles Date Night Ideas

Here in Southwest Louisiana, we tend to be a creative, fun-loving bunch. So when it comes to impressing our better half, sometimes dinner and a movie just won’t do. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a savory meal, buttery popcorn, and in-your-face action as much as the next person, but it’s refreshing…

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