Wining & Dining
4/10/2014 12:57:52 PM

There’s something about springtime. Cool breeze, sun on your shoulders, and the smell of new flowers and fresh cut grass combines to make you want to sit outside and enjoy a few tasty refreshments.


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4/10/2014 12:46:26 PM
In the philosophy of Taoism—an ancient Chinese religion—the concept of "Yin and Yang” are seen as the balancing forces of nature. Contrary to popular belief, however, these forces are not seen as "good” and "bad” forces opposing one another.
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4/10/2014 12:44:27 PM


We mostly eat when we’re hungry, designing our meals around cycles: breakfast to "break” a "fast,” lunch because it’s the middle of the day and we need more energy and dinner as it’s been ages since lunch and no one enjoys sleeping on an empty stomach. How anomalous is "brunch?” It seems to deny us of our regular schedule by combining two meals—at least in theory. Brunches sometimes take on a reputation as a chance to gorge.

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3/13/2014 4:35:46 PM

With springtime making its long-awaited appearance, the temperatures—and spirits—in Southwest Louisiana are beginning to rise. In keeping with the fresh attitude that accompanies the changing of the seasons, we’ve put together a spring wine list that pairs well with light, crisp springtime fare.


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3/13/2014 4:34:51 PM

Here are a few spring grilling ideas that will allow you to enjoy the best of grilling outdoors without enduring heavy calories. All recipes have roughly four servings and oddly enough, there are about four six-ounce glasses of wine in one bottle. Coincidence? I think not—a few springtime wines are included here as well.


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3/13/2014 4:32:37 PM

The Partnership for a Healthy Southwest Louisiana and Dare to be Healthy is working with local restaurants to launch a new program that will mean easily identified, healthier options on restaurant menus around the area.


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2/18/2014 11:52:51 AM

It’s pure magic to open the lid of a slow cooker after a few hours and see the final product, not to mention the ease and convenience of the Crock-pot. The following recipes are from two women who have championed crockpot cooking. Stephanie O’Dea took on a full year of slowcooking in 2008, and since then has written several cookbooks. Jenn Bare, also a crockpot cookbook author, maintains the website GetCrocked.com.


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2/18/2014 11:51:03 AM

Crave Gourmet Baskets & Gifts, located in the Palms Plaza at 2801 Ryan Street in Lake Charles, is now the exclusive supplier of olive oils and balsamic vinegars for 121 Artisan Bistro, a Lake Charles Italian Restaurant and Steakhouse, located at 121 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles. Crave olive oils and balsamics are used to prepare many of the delicious menu items served at 121 Artisan Bistro. The flavorful oils and balsamics will also be paired with fresh bread offerings at every table in the restaurant.


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2/18/2014 11:50:23 AM

Sweet oaky bourbon bites at the corner of my mouth as smooth, soulful jazz music tiptoes at the edge of my consciousness. The lighting overhead is just dim enough that the contours of my fiancee’s face start to blur, like a soft light just for the two of us.


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