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Author: John O'Donnell

John O'Donnell defies convention and lives life on his own terms. After years of  traveling, primarily in Central and South America, doing mission work and studying leadership and expedition logistics John returned home to Lake Charles to study history at McNeese.  He participated in Student Government and founded several organizations including environmental group called Blue and Gold Goes Green, who recycled more waste than any  other college in the country, winning the coveted Recyclemania Competition in 2009. Since then, he's been a businessman, political consultant, and a community activist, volunteering his time for numerous non-profits. He now leads Healthier SWLA as their coalition coordinator, coordinating the efforts of over 170 organizations, businesses and governments whose mission is to get people to move more, eat better and stop using tobacco from a systematic and environmental perspective. He spends his free time traveling, cooking, writing about traveling and cooking, and competing in endurance events like ultra marathons and Ironman distance triathlons. 

Why You’ll Love Cajun Gypsy Corner Market

5/5/2018 by John O'Donnell
Posted In:  Culinary
Located on the corner of Broad and Ryan Streets, underneath downtown’s antique clock (where Keith’s Pawn Shop used to be) you’ll find the city’s newest locally owned grocery store, Cajun Gypsy Corner Market. Upon entering the store, you’re instantly greeted as if you’d been shopping there your entire life. “Nothing is free but the conversation,
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Treat Yourself (and Your Date) to Charleston Bistro

2/12/2018 by John O'Donnell
Posted In:  Culinary
Looking for somewhere to get something sweet with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? The new Charleston Bistro in beautiful Downtown Lake Charles has you covered (in chocolate!). Located in the lobby of the historic Charleston Hotel on Pujo and Ryan Streets, this quaint eatery is dripping with historic charm. Legend tells of a network of tunnels
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