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The Ultimate Mardi Gras Bucket List

Mardi Gras is growing bigger and more elaborate every year. From parades and balls to parties and chicken runs, you need to plan ahead so that you don’t miss out on something incredible! Whether it’s your first Mardi Gras or if you’re a seasoned vet, here is a list of things you have to experience…

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All You Need to Know about Boudin Wars - 2018

Boudin is as much a part of Southern Louisiana culture as Cajun music or gumbo. And I’m here to tell you – if I had to choose between those – boudin would be my pick. If you’re a boudin enthusiast like me, OH HAPPY DAY - Boudin Wars is just around the corner. It’s like Christmas morning! WHEN:…

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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! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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Cajun Cookin' Words to Know

One thing that sets Louisiana apart from anywhere else in the United States is our delicious food. We always have a reason to gather and eat! The food in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is prepared by people who know what to do with the bounty that nature provides. But, if you’re visiting the area…

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Louisiana Food Groups

Most of us in Louisiana can agree on one thing: food is KING! And, there’s no shortage of food when it comes to our Cajun and Creole cuisine. Visitors be warned – once you’re here, the traditional food pyramid is forgotten and our unique and savory foods will take over. The food in Lake…

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5 Ways to Enjoy Lake Charles this Fall

Summer is not the only season for vacations! In fact, the kids back in school usually means more work for us adults too! Don't you think it's about time for a weekend getaway? Time to explore a new city, experience an outdoor adventure, and taste new flavors?! In our latest video, we give you 5…

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Boudin Wars: Ball vs. Link

Growing up every road trip started off with a stop at a local convenience store for a frozen Coke Icee and a little, paper tray of fried tater logs (it’s like a giant French fry!) and boudin balls. My faithful love with boudin balls lasted for many years until my dad visited Holly Beach for work and…

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7 "Gotta Have It" Festival Foods in Lake Charles

Southwest Louisiana is the Festival Capital of Louisiana with more than 75 annual fairs and festivals. True to our Cajun nature, we love passing a good time, dancing and indulging in delicious foods and drinks. You can generally find fried alligator bites, Cajun jambalaya and gumbo at any of the…

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