Cherè Coen

Journalist and Author

Cherè Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist and author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Cherè began her career in communications at the 1984 World's Fair. She has worked or written for Variety magazine in Hollywood, TravelAge West magazine, the Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, Gambit Weekly in New Orleans, and the Gannett newspapers of Louisiana, among many other publications. She currently works as a freelance travel and food writer, plus pens the weekly books column and newsletter, Louisiana Book News. Her books include "Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana," the cookbook travelogue "Cooking in Cajun Country" and the ethereal "Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets." She is also the author of the blog, "Have Book, Will Travel, Let's Eat."

HGTV's Chip and Joanna
November 1, 2016
Head to the double silos on any morning in Waco, Texas, and you'll likely find a line forming outside. The massive silos and surrounding buildings and grounds belong to Chip and Joanna Gaines, host of the popular HGTV show, "Fixer Upper".
Spirited Granbury, Texas
September 28, 2016

Dallas residents love to escape the big city and head to Granbury, Texas, for its historic Hood County Courthouse, its varied theater offerings and the downtown square full of boutique shops and restaurants. Some visitors have refused to leave, including two notorious outlaws. There's a legend in Granbury that John Wilkes Booth and Jesse James fled to north Texas after their criminal deeds and lived out their lives in the small Texas town, under different names of course.

Yes, things are bigger in Texas. Take Waco, for instance, with its mammoths, college, Lone Ranger
September 1, 2016
They say everything is bigger in Texas. How true is that? On a recent trip to several cities in Texas, we found out that their bragging may be right on. For instance, just in Waco... Baylor University in Waco is the largest Baptist college in the world. We were told that one of its buildings, the Baylor Sciences Building, is the largest collegiate building as well. The building houses multiple research and service facilities, six academic departments - such as physics and chemistry - and more than a dozen interdisciplinary centers, according to the college website. There's more than 150 labs and almost 40 class and conference rooms inside those walls.
Tossing tortillas
August 24, 2016
Waco, Texas, owns a lovely suspension bridge in the heart of downtown, next to giant outdoor sculptures of cowboys and longhorns. The 1870 bridge was the first across the Brazos River and once part of the Chisholm Trail. Walk out toward the middle of the bridge and you'll find an old concrete pillar off to the side, situated in the water. It's just close enough to be a challenge for bridge pedestrians to throw something on top.
Lake Charles blends the old with the new to create a great getaway
May 14, 2015
There's a real buzz in Lake Charles, La., these days. Two energy-related companies-Cheniere Energy and Sasol-are moving in and spending billions in infrastructure and hiring thousands of workers. Last December, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles opened, the newest addition to the city's gaming industry. The culinary scene has expanded with the city's growth, now offering a diverse selection of dining options, in addition to a distillery cooking up Louisiana rum products.
Best Chefs
November 12, 2014
Work in the culinary arts sometimes requires extensive traveling to perfect a craft or to move up in the kitchen hierarchy. Many of Acadiana's chefs, for instance, hail from other regions of the country, sometimes other parts of the world. The following are several chefs who now call Acadiana home, bringing new culinary trends into the region, or incorporating Louisiana ingredients and culinary styles into their expertise.
Happy (Southwest Louisiana) Trails
November 12, 2014
Lake Arthur has been called one of Louisiana's hidden secrets, an enormous freshwater lake south of Jennings and midway between Lake Charles and Lafayette that's been attracting hunters and fishermen for years. Since the opening of the Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse Restaurant on the water's edge in 2011, the lake has been culling new visitors, many of them day-trippers looking for a chance to relax and watch the sun set over the lake.
Ghost in the Grevemberg parlor
August 14, 2014
The Grevemberg House in Franklin, Louisiana, was built in 1851 by town lawyer Henry Wilson. He later sold the home to Mrs. Frances Wyckoff Grevemberg, who had lost her husband, Gabriel Grevemberg, in the 1856 hurricane that devastated Last Island or Isle Derniere off the coast of Louisiana. Mrs. Grevemberg and her children lived in the house for many years, then different owners purchased the home until the City of Franklin took over the property in 1948.
Rockford Offers Collection of Unique Architecture
June 11, 2014
Noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright created many homes and buildings in his career, from the famous Pennsylvania Fallingwaters to churches, corporate headquarters and the Guggenheim. But the only project Wright designed that was handicapped accessible was the Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois.
Relive Groundhog Day - Woodstock, Illinois
February 1, 2014
There's a sense of dèjà vu in Woodstock, Illinois, a quaint town with a centralized square and located about an hour north of Chicago. In 1992, Woodstock doubled as Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, the site of the famous groundhog named Phil that fore-tells whether the United States will experience six more weeks of winter by either seeing or not seeing his shadow.
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