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Author: Angie Manning

Angie Manning is a native of Southwest Louisiana yet had the chance of a lifetime to travel the world and live in Paris where she solidified speaking in French. She has a love for literature, art, culture and music. A singer/songwriter/pianist, Angie has recorded 4 studio albums. She enjoys being involved with the arts community in Southwest Louisiana and has a passion for seeing people succeed at accomplishing their dreams. She resides in Sulphur with her husband and six (yes, six) children! Follow her on Twitter @CajunWhimsy

Mama Reta Seems Like My Mama Too!

6/13/2018 by Angie Manning
Posted In:  Culinary
Thursday “Gravy Day” at Mama Reta’s Kitchen. I know it’s been said before that we have incredible hospitality in the South. And, while that is true, there are some people who take Southern Hospitality to a different level. It’s the “treating you like family” kind of hospitality that really makes you have a genuine smile with crinkles around your eyes and a warm glow in your heart. Well, that’s what eating at Mama Reta’s Kitchen is like.
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The Bistro at Crying Eagle Will Make You Smile!

5/17/2018 by Angie Manning
Posted In:  Culinary
It has been said that “beer and pizza” go together. But, what about “incredible gourmet pizza and delicious craft beer?” That sounds even tastier! If you have ever been to Crying Eagle Brewery, you know that they do everything topnotch. With their creative taproom, beer garden, gift shop, giant Jenga and (my favorite) giant Connect Four, they are
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2017 Arts & Crabs Fest in Lake Charles

7/15/2017 by Angie Manning
***UPDATED 8/4/2017*** Delicious crab dishes, Louisiana-made brews, local art and music – one of the “must-experience” events every August in Southwest Louisiana is Arts & Crabs Fest. People love to celebrate Louisiana’s authentic passion for music, art and of course, “secret recipes,” and those are reasons enough that Arts & Crabs Fest sells out
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Things for Teens to Do in Lake Charles

7/2/2017 by Angie Manning
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
Here’s the thing…while I am not a teen, I used to be one, and I absolutely know plenty of them! It’s a rough “age timeframe” in some ways because a teen is too old (um, I mean…uh… mature ) for kids’ activities , and then, too young to participate in adult activities - nightlife and the like. Anyway, to get a response from a teen, sometimes, you have
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Beach Time on the Creole Nature Trail

5/12/2017 by Angie Manning
Posted In:  Outdoors
It was a ho-hum Saturday with laziness abounding in the house. After going into a blueberry muffin coma and consuming copious amounts of coffee later, I looked around my house to see our 6 kids all plugged into their phones, iPads or TV. Some of the devices were literally plugged into the wall, which made me think of them as tethered to the house.
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Experience Louisiana’s Wild Side at the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival

12/30/2015 by Angie Manning
Louisiana is home to so many interesting cultures, traditions and festivals. People love Louisiana’s authenticity, and there is hardly any festival that delivers quite like the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival. This is an event that is organized by people who regularly enjoy the bounty of Louisiana’s unique landscape and estuaries .
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