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Author: Amos Orr

Amos Orr moved to Lake Charles in 2008 from northern Indiana. Sometimes called "the Damn Yankee" by his Lake Charles friends, he has embraced the culture, food, and destination as his own, living as a perpetual tourist in his own hometown. After a short stint of living in New Orleans from 2015-2018, Amos has returned to Lake Charles with a newfound appreciation for the community and all it has to offer.

How to Make a Roux

8/28/2018 by Amos Orr
Posted In:  Culinary
Making a Roux is the basis of several Louisiana Creole and Cajun dishes such as gumbo and jambalaya. There are several varieties of roux from white to dark; the coloring is based on how long it is cooked. It's a labor of love, but you don't have to be daunted by the process. Here is a step-by-step guide with a quick video at the bottom to help you
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A Cookie Scavenger Hunt with a Tasty Prize!

7/30/2018 by Amos Orr
Posted In:  Culinary
Like many people with the best of intentions, I try to watch what I eat, but there comes a time when I have to throw caution to the wind and indulge my cravings, especially when my curiosity is piqued by the allure of a scavenger hunt with the simple question: Where is Alice P? Fact: Life is better with a fresh-baked cookie! It was that simple
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Most Decorated Rum

11/6/2014 by Amos Orr
Just down the road from Lake Charles is a new and exciting venture that is taking the world by storm. Bayou Rum began shipping July 1, 2013. Louisiana Spirits entered Bayou Silver Rum and Bayou Spiced Rum in some tasting competitions. As of October 27, 2014, Bayou Rum has been honored 50 times in tasting competitions and 26 times by marketing
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Memorial Day in SWLA

5/23/2014 by Amos Orr
M emorial Day in Lake Charles offers several ways to pay honor to those who have fought for our freedoms. One way is to visit the Avenue of Flags at the Graceland/Orange Grove Cemetery. Casket Flags line the drive through the cemetery in honor of fallen men and women. These flags were donated just for this day and special memoriam. The flags will be
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Seafood Palace- Over Wow

3/13/2014 by Amos Orr
I f you're a local, more than likely you appreciate Seafood Palace . If you're not from Southwest Louisiana, the outside might not look like much, but we all know it's what's on the inside that counts. What will you find on the inside? Good people, sizable portions and, of course, great food! If you're looking for some great Cajun cuisine in a
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Before I Die...

9/19/2013 by Amos Orr
"Before I Die" is a global public art project that invites the community to share their personal aspirations in a public space through non-destructive graffiti. The project, which started in New Orleans, will now be featured in SWLA in the heart of downtown Lake Charles. The public is encouraged to write what they hope to accomplish in their
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Great Festivals and Events

8/7/2013 by Amos Orr
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana plays host to over 75 festivals a year! Needless to say, there is virtually always something happening. We would like to highlight a couple great events for you to consider. Arts & Crabs Fest Saturday, August 17, 2013 Arts & Crabs Fest began in 2010 as a response to the BP oil spill, and it aims to celebrate the
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Southwest Louisiana Top 20 Restaurants

5/17/2013 by Amos Orr
We all need to eat, right? And when we go on trips, we like to have great food and experiences sampling the local cuisine. In Southwest Louisiana's case cuisine and culture are almost synonymous! In an effort to make it easier for visitors to find the best Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has to offer, we left it up to the public to tell you where
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