Thursday, January 29, 2015
By Brice Perrin

A few days ago I decided to set out on an adventure to re-discover my home turf.  I struggled with where to start.  Being a photographer, I decided to start in the country and work my way in.  Just a heads up...there's so much to see and do, that there's NO WAY to get it all in one post.
By Brice Perrin
Southwest Louisiana has some of the most beautiful landscapes and drives in the world.  The beginning of my adventure went a LONG way to drive (pun completely intended) that point home.  Traveling about 3 miles south and east of the Lake Charles Regional Airport, allowed me to get some of the best photographs I've ever taken. 
By Brice Perrin
Farm land, marsh land, groves of beautiful trees that have withstood some of the most intense weather on the planet.  They're all there within a few miles of the city.  Standing on a dirt road, in my Southwest Louisiana...watching the sky begin to glow from the coming sunrise, the light fog hugging the ground, the sounds of native birds and wildlife beginning to call out as they start their daily activities...it was peaceful, soothing, meditative, and awe-inspiring all at the same time.  And it's in my back yard!
By Brice Perrin
There are, I’m sure, many places to see scenes like this...but there's something about a Southwest Louisiana sunrise that is mystic, musical, life-affirming, and spicy...just like our culture and food!  And THAT, my friends, is something you can't get anywhere but here.

They say, "It's not the destination, but the journey."  Here in Southwest Louisiana...it's both.  One way to discover it is on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, which just so happens to have a free tour app.
Stay tuned...Part Deux coming soon.

For more blogs by Brice Perrin, check out his blog at https://perrinstudios.wordpress.com.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Office of Tourism have deemed 2015 the “Louisiana Culinary Celebration!” With that in mind, how can I possibly diet? Plus, it’s almost Mardi Gras, so King Cakes are in no short supply and my office is directly across the street from Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake. I can practically hear the boiled crawfish calling my name every day after work.


Eating in Cajun Country means good food prepared by the people who know what to do with the bounty that nature provides.  My mom recently “borrowed” kumquats from her neighbor’s tree to make a marmalade. My brother-in-law knows a thing or two about preparing ducks and geese after the hunt. 

With seafood, everyone has their preferred methods of cooking.  You won’t find a shortage of fried foods in Southwest Louisiana restaurants! Don’t get me started on boudin. Or cracklins.

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One of my favorite gumbo stories was covered recently by Michelle Winner on www.CulinaryTraveler.com mentioning Chef Lyle Broussard from Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill®. He was telling Jay Ducote, Bite and Booze food blogger, how he knows when the roux is ready – he recalls the flavor from when he was a small child, standing on a stool with a big heaping spoon of “chocolate” on his mother’s stove.  Little did he know, the “chocolate” was actually roux! He’ll never forget that surprising taste!

Check out The Culinary Trails Taste-umentary YouTube video that celebrates the local food scene and features local restaurants at www.visitlakecharles.org/seafood. Other culinary videos can be seen on the Visit Lake Charles YouTube channel.




Cajun food is simple. And it’s complex. It is a conversation starter.  Food in Southwest Louisiana is filled with passion.  Don’t take my word for it- come and taste for yourself!

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