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Posts from October 2017

Celebrating Lake Charles: #VisitLakeCharles Photo of the Month

10/31/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
This year, Lake Charles celebrated 150 years of being a city. The city closed out the community celebrations with a huge firework show that ROCKED THE LAKE! We’ve got a lot to be proud of here in Southwest Louisiana. People travel from near and far to experience our great city. I know when I have family visiting, they talk about how much fun they
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How to Make Shrimp Étouffée

10/30/2017 by Lindsay Mattingly
Posted In:  Culinary
I have a kind of embarrassing confession – I can never spell “étouffée” correctly. I get tripped up and lost on how many t’s, f’s, and e’s there are in this French word meaning “smothered.” And where do the accent marks go?? Now this may not seem like a big deal to you, but my maiden name is LaBove – I have Cajun French in my blood! I should know
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National American Beer Day - October 27

10/26/2017 by William Precht
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
It seems like there’s a National _______ Day for just about everything, right? If you take a glance at some of the things that are recognized on certain days, you’ll be surprised at some of the things that people have decided to highlight. For instance, just during the month of October we have, National Noodle Day, National Feral Cat Day, National
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Worth the Trip: Unique Foods to Eat in Lake Charles

10/24/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
Of course, Southwest Louisiana (the whole state, really!) is known for its amazing food. And sure – Lake Charles has got the staples – fresh seafood, smoked boudin, savory gumbos, and sweet bread pudding. But – what if you’re in the mood for something different, unique or downright crazy? I’ve done my culinary research and put together a pretty
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Madame Grand Doigts – Cajun Folklore

10/23/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  History
Louisiana has got its share of ghost stories. You might have heard of the Rougarou , the haunting lights of feu follets , and even local spirits like Toni Jo Henry or Elise . But have you heard of Madame Grand Doigts? Of all the tales – this one gives me the biggest creeps! Madame Grand Doigts (“Doigts” means fingers in French) is described as a lady
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Spices and Seasonings in Lake Charles

10/19/2017 by Lindsay Mattingly
Posted In:  Culinary
***UPDATED 4/10/2018*** If you ask ten Cajuns their favorite type of seasoning blend to use in their cooking, chances are you’ll get ten different answers back! Louisiana has as many varieties of seasoning blends as we do festivals – well, maybe not that many – but it’s still a lot! We recently polled some of our visitors on the Visit Lake Charles
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Pup Foodie Takes Lake Charles - Part 2

10/13/2017 by Cooper the Goldendoodle
Posted In:  Outdoors, Culinary
By Cooper - The Dog with a Blog Hey doods! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the fall weather! Cooler temperatures means longer walks, more adventures AND more outdoor dining trips with my human. Whether you prefer a quick “grab & go” lunch or a leisure sit down meal, there are plenty of offerings in the area where we can tag along! So
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An Evening at the Races

10/11/2017 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Gaming
How often have you driven down I-10 West and seen signs for Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino? Have you been there? Recently, I went for the opening day of Thoroughbred Season. Being newbies to Louisiana horse racing, my husband Bob and I were excited! The first step at horse racing is to buy an Official Program. This booklet tells you all about the
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