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8 Things You'll Need for a Cajun Thanksgiving

It’s only a few more days until Thanksgiving. It’s so close, I can almost taste it! Of course every family has their traditions when it comes to the Thanksgiving Day and the menu. This year, I challenge you to give your dinner a touch of SPICE with some Cajun inspired dishes. 1. Add the “Trinity” to…

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Nothing Common about these Grounds

Welcome to Common Grounds Coffee Shop! Common Grounds is a locally and family-owned "Sit and Chill" Coffee house that was built on love and prayer, two of the ingredients that make this a must-visit, top of the checklist, new favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. There are many things that…

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Lake Charles Wine Tour

I think I have a serious case of winederlust . It’s described as the strong desire to drink wines from around the world, or – in my case – around Lake Charles. It’s perhaps the best of the libation ailments out there, and I’m thankful for the chance to conduct “research” around town to see where the…

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Great Fall Fun for Families in Lake Charles

Whether you want to play outdoors or in, hit a fall festival or enjoy a memorable meal, Lake Charles offers a full slate of family fun. Outdoor Parks & Playgrounds Ready to run and jump, swing and skate, play and putt? Lake Charles is calling you for a great family getaway this fall. Taking a…

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How to Make Shrimp Gumbo

If you’ve lived in Southwest Louisiana long enough, then you’ve probably heard the term “gumbo weather.” Gumbo weather is what we refer to as the first cool front – and by “cool front” I mean “lows in the 60s” – and it usually inspires all of us to run to the store for our favorite Cajun ingredients…

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Tailgating in Southwest Louisiana

Fall is coming for us, which means two things: relief from the summer heat (hopefully) and football! Whether your cheering for Local State University or Hometown Tech, personally we prefer our McNeese Cowboys, tailgating and other gatherings are sure to ensue no matter where you are. So why not…

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More than just a Brewery

Crying Eagle Brewing is a conqueror. When they weren’t satisfied with only selling their incredible roster of beers, they turned an eye to the horizon and conquered the next step – creating a bistro. After that, they decided it wasn’t enough for the ambitious business and they moved toward…

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