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Favorite King Cakes of SWLA

A staple of The Season and a much-loved tradition, King Cake is as much a part of Mardi Gras as the parties and parades. The people of SWLA have very passionate opinions about where to find and what makes up the best King Cakes to indulge in. I recently set out to find out the local favorites. To my…

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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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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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How to Make a King Cake

No other bakery treat can beat King Cake during the Mardi Gras season. Take a stab at making your own with this recipe from the Junior League of Lake Charles cookbook, "Marshes to Mansions." Download the recipe card, here. We want to see your creations! After baking, dress your cake up with Mardi…

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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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Hail to the King Cake: 12 Ways to Enjoy

It’s been over a month since Twelfth Night, the official opening of Mardi Gras season and the appearance of king cakes. You’d think we’d be tired of all the sugar. ABSOLUTELY NOT! In fact, because of the many varieties of king cake flavors and styles, you’re able to enjoy our beloved Mardi Gras…

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King of King Cakes (Taste-Off & Giveaway)

It’s the most popular food during Mardi Gras – king cake. And, it’s because of these delicious brioche-rich, colorfully iced cakes that Mardi Gras truly is the most WONDERFUL time of the year. I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoy king cake for breakfast, during my coffee break, and for dessert. In…

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Make Plans for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s always a flurry of purple, green and gold at the start of the New Year. Some people even convert their Christmas trees and wreaths into Mardi Gras décor! If you are a huge fan of Mardi Gras, you know that the season…

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7 Must Try Southwest Louisiana Foods

Prior to visiting Southwest Louisiana last August I had no idea what culinary delights were offered in the region. Of course, I knew gumbo and jambalaya were popular, but I had never heard of boudin or tried crawfish. Needless to say, since then, my taste buds have been introduced to a whole new region of food and they couldn’t be happier…

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