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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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Louisiana Restaurant Takeover in Austin, Texas

Austin is only a five hour drive to Lake Charles, Louisiana. We have family there so we travel to the Texas Hill Country regularly. And, who doesn’t love the “weird” vibe in Austin? What happens when a few crazy Cajuns cross the Texas border into Austin – it gets even weirder…

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Pass the Po Boy, Please!

What’s not to love about a po boy? The finest po boy starts with only the best ingredients: super-fresh, local seafood, ripe tomatoes, homemade remoulade sauce, and an outstanding loaf of bread. Drooling yet? Po boy sandwiches are typically either seafood or roast beef, and my favorites use a tangy…

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Meeting Chef Jeff with Flip My Food

Having the opportunity to meet Chef Jeff Henderson with Flip My Food was a blast! Their food truck pulled into the parking lot of Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point and out came the entourage – hair stylist, makeup artist, sous chefs, producers, directors, gaffers and videographers…these folks had…

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Catching (and Eating) Fresh, Louisiana Seafood

When Louisiana native, Jay Ducote, came to Lake Charles last year with a crew from Tommy’s TV capturing footage for the Louisiana Culinary Trails program, I was pumped! Jay is a Louisiana food legend with his own blog, radio show and column in Louisiana Cookin’. He has a love for the culinary culture of our state that is evident the second you meet him. He grew up in Louisiana hunting and fishing, like most of us Cajuns do here in the Bayou State! Our goal during the visit was to expose the crew to fresh, local seafood throughout Southwest Louisiana to give visitors a taste of the Seafood Sensation Culinary Trail. …

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Louisiana Shrimp Stew

Boiled shrimp by www.monsoursphotography.net My three-year-old son, Banks, is a pretty picky eater! His favorite foods all involve loads of sugar, but there is hope for him yet! Banks loves shrimp. He eats fried shrimp, boiled shrimp (if I peel it for him), shrimp gumbo, but his favorite…

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Gumbo Season

In Southwest Louisiana, gumbo is a staple that’s cooked in big cast iron pots and stirred with large wood spoons – or boat oars, depending on how many people are being fed. Variations of the roux-based soup include chicken and smoked sausage, shrimp and okra, wild duck and smoked sausage, even…

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Golfing in Southwest Louisiana

By Glen Turk Golfing, Gambling, Fishing, and Dining Combine to Create a Memorable Trip www.monsoursphotography.net The sum of any great golf trip is a collection of its parts. Even the most avid golfer will tell you it's the adventures enjoyed in between the fairways hit and birdies…

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Sunday Brunch

Adapted from Austin Price's April 2014 THRIVE Magazine article Luna Bar & Grill's Omelet Mamou by Michelle Higginbotham When the English writer Guy Berringer coined the term “brunch” in 1895 and proposed that England make it a staple of their weekends, his reasons were as social as they…

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5 Must Eat Fried Foods in Lake Charles

Crispy, juicy and often salty - and when prepared correctly, nothing satisfies me like fried food. In fact, I sometimes only eat fried food when I travel. While I’m not a food expert, I did grow up in a household that traded in their Fry Daddy for a Fry Pappy (a larger model of the popular Fry Daddy…

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