Meet an Array of Critters at the Caldwell Zoo

February 14, 2017 10:00 am

The Caldwell Zoo actually began as a playschool for local kids run by David King Caldwell. He enjoyed teaching children almost as much as he enjoyed animals, so his so-called Child Development Laboratory hosted an array of furry and feathery critters for the kids to play with, including parrots, squirrels, and even monkeys. That was 1937; by 1953, the local animal lover succeeded in opening the Caldwell Zoo for the children of east Texas.

The zoo remains in the same spot today, but it boasts even more creatures than the original. In fact, more than 3,400 animals call it home. In the African Savanna exhibit, expect to encounter everything from giraffes to elephants, whereas the South American habitat hosts anteaters, macaws, and even Chilean flamingos. These are just a few of the spots to explore, so give yourself an entire day to see what's in store at the Caldwell Zoo.

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La Madeleine Country French Cafe: For a Different Kind of French Dining

February 8, 2017 10:01 am

French restaurants tend to have the reputation for being expensive, however, you can find top-notch French-inspired cuisine near you for a great price. La Madeleine Country French Cafe on West SW Loop 323 in Tyler is probably your best bet in the area for doing just that.

Though this location of La Madeleine has only recently opened for business, it's already receiving rave reviews for its cozy and casual atmosphere as well as its food, which is a departure from other restaurants in the area. One of the biggest draws is the breakfast menu, which has both richer and lighter options for whatever appetite you have that day. Try the quiche with a rich crust or a flaky and savory croissant. And what would a French cafe be without crepes: check out the crepe Romanoff, which comes topped with strawberries Romanoff. La Madeleine is an excellent place to enjoy French-style food without spending a fortune, so be sure to check it out!

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The Catch Serves Top-Notch Seafood Every Day of the Week

February 1, 2017 10:00 am

Seafood is the focal point at The Catch, a popular eatery in Tyler. The Catch specializes in Cajun-inspired seafood that keeps its loyal diners coming back. Many love the local spot for its super-fresh seafood, friendly waitstaff, and generous portions. As far as the food goes, you'll want to indulge in one of the popular fish dishes, but for the non-seafood eater, burgers, salads, and more are available for purchase. Drinks of all sorts are available for purchase from the full bar too.

The restaurant isn't far from Orion at the Cascades, which makes it an easy spot to visit for your next meal. The Catch is open daily for both lunch and dinner. Note that this casual eatery does not take reservations. Will you be visiting The Catch soon?

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