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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a notice that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is currently in Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening strategy. Many businesses and events have adjusted to accommodate patrons during this time. View Updates

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Four Ways to #ReDiscoverSWLA This Summer

Sweet, sweet summertime. It’s all about making unforgettable memories, and there’s no better way to do that than to explore and rediscover Lake Charles. It may not look like the typical summer in Southwest Louisiana, but it’s still going to be a fun one. Whether you choose kayaking at Sam Houston…

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How To Make the Best Vanilla Latte from Home

Like many of you, my daily routine has undergone major changes in the last few weeks. One of my routines (many will call it a bad habit) is grabbing a coffee in the morning on my commute to work. As we adjust to the stay-at-home mandate, acquiring everyday products, such as our favorite grande iced…

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The Evolution of Flavor at Crying Eagle

When I finally left Crying Eagle Brewing Company after what seemed like days of sampling their new menu, I didn’t eat for 24 hours. That was because Marketing and Special Events Director Krickett Racca took care of me. During my lunch break, I came to Crying Eagle to interview Krickett, but before I…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! • Too lazy to make one…

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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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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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