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L'Auberge Casino Resort, @LAubergeLC

Luxurious resort in Lake Charles, LA featuring an exciting casino, elegant rooms/suites, enticing restaurants, full service spa, and more!
 
L'Auberge Lake Charles
777 Avenue L'Auberge 
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337.395.7777 or 
866.580.7444
 

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First Federal Bank of Louisiana

First Federal Bank of Louisiana is a full-service, locally owned, community bank that has helped build the communities we serve for over 65 years.   With 17 branches serving 10 cities in Louisiana, we are proud to offer our customers a wide variety of products and services to meet all of their financial needs.  We offer Personal and Business Checking Accounts, Savings and CD’s, multiple Retirement Options, Home Equity Credit Lines, as well as Mortgages and Consumer Loans. Our established Investment and Insurance divisions also offer a full line of products for First Federal Bank customers.  Over the years, First Federal Bank has established a reputation for fast, professional service.  We believe our customers expect and deserve nothing less.

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Lasyones

Mr. James Lasyone was a butcher at live oak grocery for 25 years. He first started working on his meat pie recipe in the 1950s. After grinding the meat for the ladies who made them in their homes for many years, James Lasyone started experimenting with a recipe of his own. In 1967, Mr. Lasyone rented out the bottom half of a building that once was the home to the Phoenix Lodge #38, built in 1859. While the masons still occupied the top portion of the building, James Lasyone started his Meat Pie Kitchen.                       

James got his first national break when the editor of ” House Beautiful” magazine dropped in for a couple of meat pies in the early 1970s. People from all over the world have stopped in to try Lasyone’s meat pies, from local towns folk to Charles Kuralt, Lorne Greene, Vanna White, Daryl Hannah, and a host of others. Lasyone’s Meat Pie has been recognized and raved about by a score of magazines including Southern Living, Cooking with Paula Deen, The New Yorker, Glamour Magazine, and Gourmet Magazine. Reviews have also included book articles such as Jane & Michael Stern’s Good Food, Jane & Michael Stern’s Road Food, and Calvin Trillin’s Third Helpings. Major newspapers such as The Houston Chronicle, Times Picayune New Orleans, The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times have found their way to Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant. It has also been featured in many other national newspapers as well as international papers from France, Italy, and Spain. It has also made its way on the national airwaves, having been featured by On the Road with Charles Kuralt and Good Morning America with Bryant Gumble, as well as many other statewide and Texas news broadcasts.    

The meat pie, although famous and the most popular item on the menu, is not the only thing that makes this restaurant a proud favorite. The Crawfish Pie was introduced in 2008 and quickly became the new item to try. Adding to those already highly recommended fares is the restaurant’s Red Beans and Sausage, Dirty Rice, Southern Fried Catfish, Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce and don’t forget the Chicken and dumplings on Thursday and many other well known Louisiana Cajun and Creole cuisine that is in the soul of the Lasyone Family.

Chef Angela Lasyone and Tina Lasyone Smith run the kitchen and restaurant, just as it has been for over 40 years, so you know that all the food is prepared the old fashion way, home made with lot’s of Soul and Love!  Our down home atmosphere and old family recipes, will make you feel like you’ve come home, for that special meal.

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Sweet Teas

Welcome to Sweet Teas, where every guest is addressed with a “Down home Southern” greeting. Established in the heart of Shockoe Bottom, Sweet Teas is family owned and operated . We take pride in serving quality made-from-scratch soul food that is cooked with lots of love. If you are in search of delicious comfort food and great service Sweet Teas is the place, Come and enjoy Chef Gary’s satisfying and tasty southern cuisine.

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The Peabody Hotel, @PeabodyMemphis

The Peabody Memphis

In the heart of "Blues City," you'll find The Peabody Memphis, a magnificent Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond historic Downtown Memphis hotel.

Our convenient downtown location is just blocks from Memphis attractions like Beale Street, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Orpheum Theatre, and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The Peabody itself is also one of Memphis' most popular attractions. The Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933.

Legendary, charming, elegant and grand are adjectives that perfectly describe this luxury Downtown Memphis hotel. Whether visiting for business or leisure, our Southern hospitality is sure to exceed your expectations.

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Sisters Real Southern

Real Southern Cooking, just like you had at your Grandmother's house every Sunday!

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Houmas House, @HoumasHouse

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens has reclaimed its position as Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road.

Through the vision and determination of Kevin Kelly, who fulfilled a lifelong dream by acquiring the property in the Spring of 2003, the mansion today reflects the best parts of each period in its rich history alongside the big bend in the Mississippi River.

The first owners of the plantation were the indigenous Houmas Indians, who were given a land grant to occupy the fertile plain between the Mississippi and Lake Maurepas to the north.

The Houmas sold the land to Maurice Conway and Alexander Latil in the mid 1700's

The original French Provincial house that Latil erected on the property in is situated directly behind the Mansion, adjoined by a carriageway to the grand home described during its antebellum heyday as "The Sugar Palace." The original home was later used as living quarters for the staff that served the great house.

By the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the plantation was established and producing sugar.

In 1810, Revolutionary War hero Gen. Wade Hampton of Virginia purchased the property and shortly thereafter began construction on the Mansion. However, it was not until 1825 when Hampton's daughter, Caroline, and her husband, Col. John Preston, took over the property that the grand house truly began to take shape.

Construction on the Mansion was completed in 1828. At the same time, Houmas House began to build its sugar production and continued to increase its land holdings, which ultimately grew to 300,000 acres.

Irishman John Burnside bought the plantation in 1857 for $1 million. A businessman and a character, Burnside increased production of sugar until Houmas House was the largest producer in the country, actively working the crop on 98,000 acres. During the Civil War, Burnside saved the Mansion from destruction at the hands of advancing Union forces by declaring immunity as a subject of the British Crown. In addition to building a railway to carry his products to market —"The Sugar Cane Train (1862)" — Burnside, a bachelor, is also said to have offered payment to any parents in the parish who would name their sons "John."

An avid sportsman who wagered heavily in horse races, Burnside once secretly purchased a champion thoroughbred back East with the intent of defeating the steeds of fellow local businessmen in a big race. He quietly slipped the racehorse into the billiard room of the Mansion where it was "stabled" until Burnside's surprise was unveiled at the starting line and hailed in the winner's circle.

Houmas House flourished under Burnside's ownership, but it was under a successor, Col. William Porcher Miles that the plantation grew to its apex in the late 1800's when it was producing a monumental 20 million pounds of sugar each year.

In 1927, the Mississippi came out of its banks in the epic "great flood." While Houmas House was spared, the surrounding areas were inundated. The ensuing economic havoc was but a prelude to the devastation of the Great Depression just two years later.

Houmas House Plantation withered away. The Mansion closed and fell into disrepair, a condition in which it remained until 1940 when Dr. George B. Crozat purchased it.

Crozat bought Houmas House to be a summer home away from his native New Orleans. He renovated the property with the intent to give it a more "Federal" look than the stately Greek Revival style in which it was conceived. The structure was painted white inside and out. Crown moldings and ceiling medallions were removed and both interior and exterior forms and finishes were simplified.

Eventually, the Crozat heirs opened the property to tourists. In 1963, the defining Bette Davis film "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" was shot in the property. The room in which Ms. Davis stayed while filming is preserved as part of today's Houmas House tour.

In addition to the Mansion and Gardens, history is also reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace the Houmas House tour. Distinguished by its two Garconierre, the Mansion exudes the warmth of a home (it's the owner's active residence), while proudly portraying its role as a landmark in American history.

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Morrison, @Morrisonsupply

Morrison has over 30 showrooms where builders, designers and homeowners can personally select from a vast array of plumbing fixtures,appliances, decorative hardware, accessories and lighting. Morrison offers not only the largest selection of products from quality manufacturers, but also offers the best expertise and customer service in the industry. Our Commitment to Customer Service: All of our people are invested in your satisfaction. Our goal is to exceed customer expectations with unyielding integrity. Our Values/Relationships: Since 1917 we built our business on helping our customers grow their business. We continue the same principles today as we expand our product offering to better meet the needs of our customers.

Our Shreveport Facility: We have redefined the showroom experience in Shreveport. Our destination showroom has the largest selection of quality products mixed with an experience that no one can touch. Our Mission is to be the supplier of choice to our customers, the employer of choice to our associates and the partner of choice to our vendors.
 

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Pomi Tomatoes

Pomì, the authentic Italian passata (strained tomatoes) was created in Parma, Italy in 1935…

In 1982, Pomì, the tomato revolution, was introduced successfully in the United States.

Since its introduction, Pomì quality and convenience has been appreciated by millions of consumers.

Pomì has become a staple and a trusted brand for all those who seek premium quality, Italian tomatoes conveniently sealed in a BPA-free, stay-fresh package, ready to use anytime they want to add the fresh taste of garden-ripe, Italian tomatoes to all their favorite recipes.

Check out the official Pomi website to find out more at www.pomi.com

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Kylie Mazon

Kylie is a twenty-something girl who loves food & taking pictures of it. Cooking is her relaxation and the time she’s happiest, other than when eating. She lives life by the mantra, "act like a lady, eat like a beast!"

Follow her food instagram @cookingwithcocktailrings

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