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photo courtesy of Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas

Although the 24th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration in Port Arthur will be competing with Super Bowl 50 weekend this year, the event is as exciting as ever with Grammy Award-winning artist Wayne Toups returning to the area to play the event Sunday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Toups is one of many concerts scheduled during the four days of Mardi Gras fun.

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French Quarter Bar & Grill

When thinking of the French Quarter in New Orleans, good times, great music and the best food around come to mind. And with Mardi Gras right around the corner, what better time to visit Southeast Texas’ own little slice of the Big Easy right off I-10 East in Vidor — French Quarter Bar & Grill at 500 South St.?

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General Tso’s Chicken is served on a bed of broccoli.

When Mike Mak’s father, S.K., and mother, Nancy, emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States, the couple was looking for the perfect city to start a new restaurant. After living in Chicago for a short time, S.K. hoped to find some place with a little more temperate climate.

“He didn’t like the cold weather,” Mike says.

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A new, locally produced war documentary will afford viewers a first-hand look inside the Army’s legendary 101st Airborne Division during its 2010 deployment to Pech River Valley, Afghanistan — a Taliban stronghold in the Kunar province, often referred to as the most dangerous place on Earth.

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Seafood Gumbo

When I was a boy, my dad used to take me fishing at my grandma and grandpa’s farm in Lufkin. They had two fishing holes on about 50 acres of land that were stocked with perch and catfish.

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