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Author: Elizabeth Eustis

Elizabeth Eustis grew up in Elmer, La and moved to Lake Charles 13 years ago to study at McNeese State University. Elizabeth is the digital media manager at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau and enjoys sharing the culture of Southwest Louisiana with all who visit. Watch out, her smile and laugh are contagious! Elizabeth enjoys trying new activities and foods and makes sure to document all of her adventures on social media! Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Whisafaye and @LakeCharlesCVB.

Eating Healthy and Staying Fit in Lake Charles

1/16/2018 by Elizabeth Eustis
When many people think of Louisiana, they think of fried seafood, beignets, sugary, sweet frozen drinks and a dozen other Southern culinary delights that redefine the word “decadent.” Louisiana is also the land of continuous celebrations. So, when you have the choice between going to the gym or going to a Mardi Gras parade and/or crawfish boil –
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How to Make a King Cake

1/8/2018 by Elizabeth Eustis
No other bakery treat can beat King Cake during the Mardi Gras season. Take a stab at making your own with this recipe from the Junior League of Lake Charles cookbook, "Marshes to Mansions." Download the recipe card, here . We want to see your creations! After baking, dress your cake up with Mardi Gras beads and flair, snap a picture and tag us
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Top 10 BEST Instagram Photos of 2017

12/29/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Arts
Our Instagram game was STRONG this year thanks to all of our locals and visitors tagging their gorgeous photos with our hashtags: #visitlakecharles, #eatswla, and #CreoleNatureTrail. Almost every post that we shared was submitted by YOU and we can't thank you enough. Here are the top 10 most liked Instagram photos of 2017. Keep 'em coming in 2018!
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Best of Visit Lake Charles: 2017 Blog Winners

12/15/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Wow – 2017 sure did fly by! I guess that is what happens when you're having a good time and writing! We posted over 130 blogs this year and had some GREAT feature posts. Here are the top 10 blog posts, chosen by our readers. How to Make Shrimp Gumbo – 5,613 "If you’ve lived in Southwest Louisiana long enough, then you’ve probably heard the
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Trip Advisor Says: Best Pizza in Lake Charles

11/15/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
Pizza is awesome. It’s a great choice any night of the week. It’s so popular that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest pizza nights of the year across the country. I get it, who wants to cook a meal the night before the biggest feast day of the year?! Not me. So if you’re looking for the perfect slice in Southwest Louisiana,
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Southwest Louisiana Christmas: A to Z

11/10/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
Cooler weather, colorful Christmas lights, warm cups of hot chocolate, and the big guy himself, Santa Claus. It must be the holiday season! Southwest Louisiana has one festive collection of Christmas fun. Here’s a Cajun Christmas list from A to Z. A is for Angel Decorations along Shell Beach Dr. Shell Beach Dr. is a hotspot for Christmas light
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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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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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