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Author: Jessica Pickett

The daughter of a free-spirited, surfing waitress and a professional cross-country mover, Jessica discovered most of the country from the dog trot of an eighteen-wheeler before turning 5 years old. She was raised along the banks of the Sabine River and embraces her naturally curious soul, love of nature, and appreciation for culture. After marrying a 4th generation farmer who had never taken a vacation, an entirely new adventure began. You can join them on their many (and sometimes muddy) adventures at www.TheRootedGypsy.com.

9 Reasons to Take a Lake Charles Road Trip

5/9/2018 by Jessica Pickett
While I’ve traveled this world over, Southwest Louisiana is where I call home. And in my travels, when someone finds out I’m from Louisiana, the inevitable “Oh I love New Orleans!” or “ I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans!” happens. And yes, New Orleans rocks. I, too, love New Orleans but I also love to share with others the amazing places,
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Cinco de Mayo with a Cajun Twist

5/1/2018 by Jessica Pickett
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
While we may be just a tad bit north of the border, that’s never stopped us from joining in on all the Cinco de Mayo fun. Our affection for savory Mexican flare and salt-rimmed cocktails are second only to our love for our own world famous Cajun cuisine and Louisiana joie de vive . But just when we think life can’t get any better, some of our most
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How To Host a Crawfish Boil

3/16/2018 by Jessica Pickett
Posted In:  Culinary
Just as we look forward to the first cold front of the fall to bust out our favorite gumbo pot, we anxiously anticipate the first warm, sunny weekend that just begs for the perfect crawfish boil. There’s nothing like gathering your favorite people, local craft brews, and creative signature cocktails around a steaming crawfish pot. Life doesn’t get
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Late Night Eats

3/1/2018 by Jessica Pickett
Posted In:  Culinary
When we laissez les bons temps rouler , more often than not our good times roll on into the early hours of the morning. And nothing works up a hearty appetite like two-stepping to zydeco at one of our many cultural festivals , screaming “Throw me something, MISTER!” along with our parade routes, or rocking out to a great band at any of our l ive music
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Worth The Trip: Mardi Gras Museum

11/23/2017 by Jessica Pickett
Posted In:  Festivals & Events, History
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Louisiana to participate in the extravagance known as Mardi Gras . Blaring Zydeco, flying beads, and outrageous outfits are just a few images brought to mind. But, few know of the rich customs and colorful traditions that make up Carnival Season beyond the parades. Luckily, Lake Charles boasts Louisiana's
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Tourist in My Backyard: Lake Charles Food

8/31/2017 by Jessica Pickett
Posted In:  Culinary
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 French heritage, doused in Caribbean spices, and
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