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International Chef Amanda Cusey Brings a Unique Flair to The Villa’s Kitchen

5/25/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Culinary
In late 2016, internationally-trained chef Amanda Cusey was looking for an executive chef position in the Lake Area. At the same time, Mike Sperandeo was gearing up to open his new restaurant, The Villa , and was searching for a stellar chef. The timing could not have been better for both. It was a perfect match. As a child, Amanda moved around the
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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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#VisitLakeCharles Photo of the Month: Views from Above

3/26/2018 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Arts
I love seeing our city from the sky. Aerial photography is so cool! So many of photographers and “instagrammers” (both locals and visitors) are using drones to capture breathtaking new perspectives of our city. Like this one from Photo of the Month winner, Michael. “I wanted to capture a relatable image; an image that featured institutions and
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Pup Foodie Takes Lake Charles - Part 2

10/13/2017 by Cooper the Goldendoodle
Posted In:  Outdoors, Culinary
By Cooper - The Dog with a Blog Hey doods! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the fall weather! Cooler temperatures means longer walks, more adventures AND more outdoor dining trips with my human. Whether you prefer a quick “grab & go” lunch or a leisure sit down meal, there are plenty of offerings in the area where we can tag along! So
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8 Reasons to Love the Lake Charles Children’s Museum

8/16/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
School classrooms aren’t the only places for the kiddos to learn. Take a visit to the Lake Charles Children's Museum - it has 3 floors of fun activities for kids. Watching the kids play, learn and ignite their curiosity – it’s the cutest! Plus it’s good for them (and you). Here are a few reasons why you’ll love the Children’s Museum. 1. There is
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Lake Charles Fresh: Where to Find Farmers Markets

7/26/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Growing up in a rural part of Central Louisiana, I was spoiled with a full garden – almost year around. Tomatoes, sweet corn, purple hull peas, ford hook lima beans, squash, blueberries and sometimes watermelon. If we weren’t growing it, we were swapping veggies with our neighbors. Mom and Dad also spent a lot of time canning, pickling, blanching,
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Where to buy Local Products in Southwest Louisiana

7/23/2017 by Amanda Reeves
Two facts that you will learn in this blog post; Southwest Louisiana is home to some uber creative and talented individuals, and that I have a passion for shopping more than most humans (if you’ve spent any amount of time with me you’re aware of the second fact). Over the years, my shopping style has progressed and I am more aware of the importance
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Where Ladies Go for Lunch

5/18/2017 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Culinary
***Updated June 28, 2017*** When ladies meet up for lunch, it’s about more than good food. Girlfriends seek out establishments with atmospheres conducive to conversation. They want to talk and catch up on things without the imposition of televisions blaring the latest sports trivia and loud music insisting they shout at each other. When it comes to
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You Voted! 2017 Top 20 Local Favorites Restaurants

5/16/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
There is no question – we take food seriously in Southwest Louisiana. If you ask someone “Which is your favorite SWLA restaurant?” or “Where do you like to eat?” – they’ll let you know the answer QUICK! They might even have a few different favorites. Throughout past few months, we asked YOU to vote for your most loved local restaurants. The votes
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