Category: fearless finds

15 Sep 2016

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats  2

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats | bonveillercher.com

Looking to try a new dessert? Well have you ever had a tea cake? We hadn’t, so when a patient of mine suggested we try out Sweets & Treats of Lake Charles, we had to oblige!

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats | bonveillercher.com

Located at 411 Ryan Street, Sweets & Treats has a variety of homemade desserts from chocolate covered anything to their famous tea cakes. First time customers get a free tea cake to sample! Once we tried each a one, we had to buy a few to take home! They’re not overly sweet, super soft, and very delicious. At just $4.10 for 3, it’s an affordable and easy treat to pick up and bring home.

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats | bonveillercher.com

Check out their Facebook page and stop by to try a new dessert!

Already love Sweets & Treats? What’s your favorite menu item? Comment below!

Keep smiling!Lexi

02 Sep 2016

Fearless Finds: Cotten’s Downtown  3

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

If you read our post about The Rocket Drive Inn in Jennings, Louisiana, then you know that WE LOVE CHEESEBURGERS!! So, when my husband suggested we check out the newest location of Cotten’s for the blog, we hurried on over.

Cotten’s Famous Hamburgers is known for its location on Oak Park Boulevard, but since November of 2015 they’ve also been providing delicious diner foods at the old Mary Ann’s Café at 110 West Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles.

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

Called Cotten’s Downtown, this new location has a really cool retro vibe with vintage photographs and newspaper clippings on the wall and even the original Mary Ann’s Café sign. Also, instead of a walk-up and order restaurant, they have a waitstaff to take your orders and bring your food.

You can even watch your food being prepared behind the counter because it’s an open grill with fryers!

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The food was delicious (we each had a cheeseburger and shared some onion rings), the staff was fun and friendly, and the environment was interesting and laid back. We will definitely be back!

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

Have you had a chance to check out Cotten’s Downtown yet? What’s your favorite menu item?

Check out Cotten’s Downtown Facebook page and be sure to use their hashtags #burgersonbroad and #breakfastonbroad if you share some of your grub on social media!

Also be on the lookout for a few Southern Snapshots featuring the art at the diner!

Keep smiling!Lexi

 

14 Aug 2016

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum  2

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Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comReady to step back in time? Well we have found just the place to make you feel like you’re back in the early 1900’s! The W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum is a hidden gem in downtown Jennings, Louisiana. Just a block down from the Heywood Building, the museum’s exterior looks like an old storefront, and when you walk through the front doors you’re transported back to 1910 China, Louisiana!

Originally started to supply workers and farmers with goods, the store remained open until 1949 when they left for lunch, locked it up, and never opened it again. Eventually they boxed everything up (and we mean EVERYTHING) and stored it in a warehouse until the grandson donated everything for the creation of the museum in the 1990’s.

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comThe museum is absolutely overfull with old merchandise. Shelves and shelves of medicines, dry goods, fabric, and so much more can be seen, and almost everything still has the original prices posted! They kept everything including the original wholesale catalogs from which the merchandise was bought, so the curators of the museum can actually look back to see when things were purchased and for how much.

There are also some amazing examples of hand-woven Coushatta Indian baskets that were brought in by the Native Americans to trade for goods.

Along with the merchandise, the actual display counters were also brought to the museum. One measures 17 feet long and was brought in one piece! You can also walk through the original store doors.Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.com

This museum is such a cool find, and it would be a perfect way to get out of the house but still escape the heat and learn about early twentieth century life in small town Louisiana! It’s only $3 for adults and $1 for students, and there is a side room with rotating exhibits as well as the amazing Children’s Telephone Museum in the back portion (stay tuned for a separate post about that!).

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comThe museum is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5. For more information check out their website tuppermuseum.com, and we hope you take a trip back in time there very soon!

Keep smiling!Lexi

18 Jul 2016

Fearless Finds: The Sloppy Taco  0

Fearless Finds: The Sloppy Taco | bonveillercher.com

Is it Taco Tuesday yet?! Well it’s only Monday, but we have tacos to share with you today! The new rage right now in Lake Charles is the Sloppy Taco food truck, and I was lucky enough to be working in Iowa, Louisiana, when they made a stop there last month!Fearless Finds: The Sloppy Taco | bonveillercher.com

The Sloppy Taco food truck drives and parks around Lake Charles and surrounding areas to sell their delicious foods, and when I saw them they were attending a fundraiser for a local cheerleading team. Since it was our first time to try it, my boyfriend and I ordered a few different items to try. I absolutely loved the Chicken Tacos! The Sloppy Tacos and Ribeye Roll were tough to beat too! There’s so much stuff on the tacos, and the sauces are delicious! For all the food you get, the prices are definitely reasonable.

The Sloppy Taco’s Headquarters is 2500 Kirkman St, Lake Charles, Louisiana, but to see where they’re parked you can go to their website, sloppytacotruck.com, where they have a tentative monthly schedule. Also follow them on Facebook to find out where they’ll be and when!Fearless Finds: The Sloppy Taco | bonveillercher.com

So if you happen to see the Sloppy Taco Truck around town, make an effort to stop and try them out! You won’t be disappointed!

Loving-2Blife-2CKatrina

17 Jul 2016

Fearless Finds: Java Joltz UPDATE!  0

Fearless Finds: Java Joltz UPDATE! | bonveillercher.com

Try out a different flavor of coffee? Yes, please! And as usual Java Joltz did not disappoint! We first visited Java Joltz about a year ago (click here to read that post!), and we were very excited to get back and see what’s new and talk about their recent venture into using the Waitr app.Fearless Finds: Java Joltz UPDATE! | bonveillercher.com

Well Java Joltz is cozy as ever! And we love the new chalkboard wall with the menu! They of course had a long list of mouth-watering flavors, so we each ordered one and grabbed a cupcake to share! The cupcakes are from a local baker, Denise Benoit, and wow! It was so delicious! I loved my French Kiss frappe, and my mom didn’t hesitate to gulp down the Latte of the Day, Ferrero Rocher!

Although we didn’t try any out, Java Joltz also offers soups and sandwiches. And you don’t have to leave your house to enjoy any of it (as long as you live near Jennings, of course)! Java Joltz is now apart of the ever-expanding Waitr app. If you’re unfamiliar with the Waitr app, it’s basically a delivery company for a variety of restaurants. Just download the free app, find the restaurant you’re craving, and order! Simple as that!Fearless Finds: Java Joltz UPDATE! | bonveillercher.com

Java Joltz said it’s been a great addition so far, and they can’t wait to see how it expands once word gets out about the app! Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with their daily specials and events!

Well our love for Java Joltz is still going strong. Our only question is, how about another location closer to us?!

Keep smiling!Lexi

07 Jul 2016

Fearless Finds: The Gator Chateau  0

The Gator Chateau

We held baby gators!! Even after growing up on the bayou, neither me or my mom had ever held a baby gator before. After all, in the wild where there are babies, there are big mamas! So we were so excited to get to check out the Gator Chateau and get our hands on some gators!

bonveillercher.com (14)The Gator Chateau is located in the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park at 100 Rue de l’Acadie in Jennings, Louisiana, and offers a great opportunity to both learn about and interact with live alligators. They fosters baby gators until they are old enough to go into the wild. While they are being fostered they are hand fed and easily handled.

We got to hold T-Gaston. He was about a year old and appeared to be seriously bored by our enthusiasm!

bonveillercher.com (15)The worker who helped us was very informative instructing us in proper handling as well as educating us about other gator facts. Through a window in the Gator Chateau you can see a few larger gators and even a snapping turtle or two. One of the turtles was said to be over seventy years old!

The best part about the Gator Chateau is it’s free! Yes! It costs nothing to learn a little and get your hands around a baby alligator! So load up the kids and spend a day at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park. A perfect and inexpensive day could be a little picnic, have some fun on the playgrounds, feed some ducks, and hold a baby gator!bonveillercher.com (13)

The Gator Chateau is open year-round Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm. From June to September to you can watch them feed the gators on Fridays at 3:30!

Keep smiling!Lexi

05 Jul 2016

Fearless Finds: Bird City  0

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If you read a recent post of ours (click here to catch up!) then you know we love exploring Jungle Gardens! One of our favorite spots though is Bird City.

bonveillercher.com (11)The amazing beginnings of Bird City is what really got me excited about it all. The founder of Jungle Gardens, E. A. McIlhenny, started this rookery in the 1890’s to combat local poachers using feathers for hats. He began with just eight baby snowy egrets! When it was time to migrate in the fall, he let them fly; six returned in the spring! And they brought their mates!

Now each year thousands of snowy egrets make their way to Southwest Louisiana each year to nest and raise their young. There is an ideal lookout for visitors to watch the birds, and it’s truly an amazing sight! Its proof what impact a single person can truly have on the world!

For more information about Bird City and Jungle Gardens itself go to junglegardens.org. There you will find hours, attractions, tours, and prices! It’s a great way to spend a sunny summer day as you can drive through in your vehicle, stay in the air conditioning, and make a few quick treks for up-close views! Plus the photo ops are endless!

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Do you have a favorite spot at Jungle Gardens? Please share it with us in a comment below!

Keep smiling!Lexi

23 Jun 2016

Fearless Finds: Lakeside Hospitality for You and Your Dog  0

Fearless Finds: Lakeside Hospitality for You and Your Dog | bonveillercher.com

 

Fearless Finds: Lakeside Hospitality for You and Your Dog | bonveillercher.comI love this taste of true Southern hospitality! I actually found this little watering hole a few years back on a run, and I am so excited to share it with y’all! Just off the sidewalk on the lakeside of Shell Beach Drive is this adorable fountain for human and pet use. As you turn the spout for the human side, the pet side fills up. It even has a cute little poem!

We would like to give a huge thanks to the lovely residents who provide this (rumor has it they are fellow runners!), and we would love to give credit where credit is due. So if you know who owns this little oasis, please comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com.

 

Fearless Finds: Lakeside Hospitality for You and Your Dog | bonveillercher.com

 

Thanks for reading and keep following along!

Keep smiling!Lexi

P.S. If you do know who owns this fountain or if you are the owner, there is a Gator on the Geaux just down their dock that we would love to get an up-close view of!!

16 Jun 2016

Fearless Finds: Jungle Gardens  0

Fearless Finds: Jungle Gardens | bonveillercher.com

When most people think of Avery Island, the Tabasco Factory comes to mind (be on the lookout for a post about the Tabasco Factory in the near future!), but Jungle Gardens is another amazing attraction on the island! Spanning over 150 acres, Jungle Gardens has beautiful foliage, birds, and several interesting historical artifacts, and all can be accessed with your own vehicle and some walking.

Fearless Finds: Jungle Gardens | bonveillercher.com

The amount of photo-ops is endless! From the vast bamboo grove to the numerous enormous live oaks, there are plenty of spots for professional and amateur photographers alike! Whether you need engagement, family, or just children’s pictures, you want some taken at Jungle Gardens!

The most unique sight at Jungle Gardens is the beautiful 900 year old Buddha statue. He sits inside a glass-walled building over-looking a peaceful pond filled with fish. It’s breathtaking!

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Bird City is another favorite attraction in Jungle Gardens, but we will be writing about it in a separate post in a few days. So stay tuned!

Fearless Finds: Jungle Gardens | bonveillercher.com

With the beautiful sunny days ahead this summer, a drive to Avery Island and through Jungle Gardens is well worth your time! For hours, prices, and more information go to junglegardens.org.

Loving-2Blife-2CKatrina

15 Jun 2016

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk  0

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk | bonveillercher.com

We have another downtown Jennings, Louisiana, find for you, and this time it’s on the Louisiana Antique Trail! Nova Barnes opened The Steamer Trunk in December of 2012 fulfilling her dream of having a shop on Main Street and loves to fill her shop with things her customers will “treasure and not just fill space.”

The Steamer Trunk is filled with so many fun finds ranging from antiques to clothing to an adorable little book nook! Nova also makes her own jewelry and will repair yours. They also repair and sell furniture, and her daughter makes the soaps and bath scrubs available.

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk | bonveillercher.com

One of our favorite things at The Steamer Trunk is her “Artist of the Month” series. Each month she features a different artist and sells their pieces in the store with all proceeds going directly to the artist. With no gallery in Jennings, this is a great way for local artists to get their name and works out to the public. If you’re an artist and would like to be featured please contact Nova; she’s always looking for new artists!

If you’re looking for a unique gift stop by The Steamer Trunk! Gift certificates and free gift wrapping is available. It’s located at 526 North Main Street in Jennings, Louisiana. Check out their website thesteamertrunkla.com and their Facebook page. Also take a look at the Louisiana Antique Trail website, louisianaantiquetrail.com, for other amazing antique shops.

And keep following along as we make our way along the Louisiana Antique Trail!

Keep smiling!Lexi