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Having your own boat and being able to go fishing when and where you like on any given day is the only way to fly. The only glitch is knowing what kind of boat you need. Obviously, if you are into bass fishing you’ll want to get a bass fishing boat. But if you like to fish on the inland lakes and along the coast you’ll definitely do best with a center console. This type of boat is pretty much the best one to use in Southeast Texas. Having a boat that can be used for both bass fishing and going after trout and reds on the coast gives you a lot of options.

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Known for its Cajun flavored menu that features depth and variety as well as classics and standards, Reel Cajun has moved beyond its Port Arthur location and expanded into Lumberton.

Because its current location is so close to a school, Real Cajun Lumberton is BYOB, which allows customers to bring their own beer and wine. However, liquor is prohibited, as are personal coolers, though the Reel Cajun team is happy to provide ice buckets for any diners that need to keep their drinks cold.

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Movies didn’t disappoint over the holidays. There was literally something for everyone with everything from rom-coms to super heroes to family fare. If you define family as anyone from 7 to 70 and beyond then “Mary Poppins Returns” was high on the list of must-sees. It was a true Disney production in the grand old fashion from the full orchestrations of the score to the elaborate set design and costumes. That much did harken back to the glory days of Disney.

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And one of the most highly anticipated yearly events is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Stadium and this year’s entertainment lineup features a fabulous mix of musical genres, which includes country, hip-hop, rock, pop and EDM.

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Beaumont is no stranger to Cajun cuisine. From Sabine Pass to Newton, Southeast Texans are sure to find at least one Cajun eatery available near them. However, in an area where Cajun flavors are so accessible, there are bound to be restaurants that stand above the rest. One of these is Bayou Café. Nestled on Major Drive in Beaumont, this café straight from the bayou, is filled with flavor and personality. From seafood specialties to offbeat offerings this Cajun café is sure to impress. 

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The Weekly Dish is a place to spotlight the best things to eat around Southeast Texas, and 2018 did not disappoint. The delicious eats showcased every week have included tried-and-true standards, totally new concepts and fun takes on classic plates. While all dishes featured are outstanding among Southeast Texas grub, these five dishes are some of our favorites that were featured in 2018.

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There’s a big qualifier for my best and worst picks for 2018 — I haven’t seen some contenders yet. So let’s say this is my best and worst so far. It’s been a strong year for women in film with actresses and directors. The Best Actress category is bound to be a crowded field with veterans like Glenn Close for “The Wife” and most likely Lady Gaga for her debut in “A Star is Born.” But I’m getting ahead of myself lets recap the year with some hits and misses that I’ve seen:

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Just going to sit outdoors tends to calm my nerves and help me to relax. With that morning cup of coffee outside on the patio the caffeine kicks in and I usually end up with at least 30 minutes of gardening “regular duties” like pulling some weeds, clipping unruly branches or re-mulching. It always makes me feel energized. Studies are showing that gardening can lift your mood, energize your step and actually add years to your life.

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Amy Adams and Christian Bale star in McKay’s ‘Vice’

Adam McKay likes taking those pesky parts of history we tend to forget and turn them into movies lest we forget why we are where we are today. Take “The Big Short” about the house lending meltdown of 2008. We don’t like to remember there were some who sounded the alarm bell about what was happening in plain sight and then it happened, sending the economy spiraling with it. 

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Legally Blonde The Musical at the Lutcher Theater

“OMG you guys!!!” Legally Blonde — The Musical is coming back to the Lutcher Theater on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. America’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who’s in charge (again) as Legally Blonde — The Musical takes America by storm. The ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power, Legally Blonde will take you from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice with the timely coming of age story of Broadway’s brightest heroine.

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