Best Summer Barbecue Recipes

Summer Barbecue Recipes

Grabbing a bite in summer is one thing, but making food yourself is another adventure entirely. Whether you’re a master chef or an expert with the microwave, this is the season to don your hat and apron. From new recipes to new food altogether, there’s plenty to learn this summer. We here at Nissan of Lake Charles have some of the best summer barbecue recipes to ever hit the grill!

  • Grilled Veggie Skewers – A quick-to-eat treat, grilled veggie skewers require the following ingredients: cherry tomatoes, eggplant in chunks, olive oil, Tabasco Original Red Sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, and minced cilantro. Preheat the grill while soaking wooden skewers to avoid burning them. Whisk the salt, pepper, sugar, cilantro, Tabasco sauce, and olive oil together. Slide the tomatoes and eggplant onto the skewers with space in between. Cover them in the mixed sauce then place them on the grill. When the eggplant is soft or has grill marks, turn them over.
  • Grilled Buffalo Chicken – To make grilled buffalo chicken, gather the following ingredients: hot sauce, unsalted butter, ketchup, boneless and skinless chicken breasts, ranch dressing, and hamburger buns. Preheat the grill while mixing the hot sauce, butter, and ketchup in a bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat it. Let it marinate for 20 minutes before removing the chicken. Grill the chicken until it reaches 165 degrees on the inside. Grill the hamburger buns until lightly toasted then add the chicken and dressing. Add blue cheese-apple slaw for an added burst of flavor.

How to Best Pack Your Car for a Road Trip

road trip

If your family is like so many others in the United States, then you probably have a road trip coming up soon this summer. One part of a successful road trip is having a well-packed car, so here are a few tips on how to pack your car for a road trip.

  • Luggage. When packing your luggage into the trunk or cargo area, make sure the heaviest items are on the bottom. You also want to avoid stacking items so high that the driver can’t see out of the back of the vehicle.
  • Overnight bag. If you’ll be stopping overnight along the way, consider packing an overnight bag (perhaps a single suitcase for the whole family) that includes only the essentials you’ll need for the night and the next morning—a change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. That way you don’t have to bring in all of your luggage and repack the car the next day.
  • Activity bag. Each member of the family should have a small bag of things to occupy them during the trip—books, tablets, coloring, handheld games, etc.
  • Snacks. If you’ve ever been on a road trip before you know how important food is while in the car. Pack a good supply of car-friendly snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy. Place the snack container in a central spot so everyone has access to it.

What are some road trip essentials that you pack in your car?  Let us know at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Best 4th of July Fireworks in Lake Charles, Louisiana

With the 4th of July right around the corner, everyone’s excited for all the summer fun that goes along with it.  One must see on the 4th of July are the amazing fireworks displays.  Here in Lake Charles, we are lucky enough to have some of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows and the best spots to see them!

Best 4th of July Fireworks

Lake Charles Civic Center

The best places to see fireworks are above beautiful waters, and that’s what makes the Red, White, Blue & You celebration such an amazing show!  Located at the Civic Center boardwalk, this show is sure to be stunning with the fireworks reflected in the water.  Also, there will be family friendly events going on to keep the kids (and adults) entertained until the fireworks begin!

Prien Lake Park

Being in Southwest Louisiana, we are in no short supply of lakes, rivers and other waterways and this makes 4th of July Firework celebrations that much better!  Prien Lake Park has a unique view of the firework show if you want to avoid the crowds.  The lake is just far enough away to avoid the crowds, but close enough to still see the fireworks and the water reflected below.

Isle of Capri Casino

For those of you who want to have a great time before the fireworks show, the Isle of Capri Casino has a great view of the show,.  Plus, it has plenty of entertainment to keep you busy until the show starts!

In addition to all the great fireworks going on during 4th of July weekend, stop by Nissan of Lake Charles for some red hot Independence Day deals as well!

Top Three Driving Simulators on the Market

Driving Fast

If you are a racing fan, but don’t necessarily want to don a fire suit and drive faster than 200mph, don’t worry—Nissan of Lake Charles has you covered. To get the racing experience without actually getting behind the wheel of a race car, consider getting behind the wheel of a simulator. Here are the top three driving simulators that are currently on the market.

iRacing

It really doesn’t get any better than iRacing. After all, it’s what some pros use to train. You race on tracks that were scanned using high-tech laser technology. That means you can feel the slightest bump from the actual track that the simulator was modeled from.

rFactor2

The strength of this simulator is how realistic the feel of driving is. You can be driving on worn-out tires and this will have a real effect on how the vehicle handles. Same thing if you happen to drive through a wet patch of road.

Live For Speed

Live For Speed may not be the most realistic driving simulator on the market but it probably has the most active online community of all of the driving simulators out there. It has also been around a long time and has many loyal followers.

Of course, these top three driving simulators don’t have a dress code. So you could wear that fire suit if you wanted to…

Four Creative Easter Craft Projects

Family Gathering

With the month of March already halfway over, Easter will be springing up on us soon! If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids for Easter, then don’t worry. These four creative Easter craft projects should keep your children engaged and entertained.

  1. Bunny Ears

Peter Cottontail won’t be the only one hopping down the bunny trail after your children complete their own set of big bunny ears to wear.

  1. Sock Bunnies

Speaking of bunnies, if you have some old socks lying around, then you can put them to good us by creating some very cute sock bunny creations.

  1. Jelly Bean Carrot

By wrapping up a large assortment of orange jelly beans, you can make a sweet craft that is the spitting image of the Easter Bunny’s favorite food.

  1. Dyed Easter Eggs

No Easter is complete without dying Easter eggs! Each child can choose his or her very own color and design to brighten up their egg in a unique way.

Easter is earlier this year than normal, so remember that Easter is on March 27th. No matter how you decide to celebrate Easter with your family, we hope that you enjoy your holiday!  Happy Easter from Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan November Sales Break Company Records

2016 Nissan Rogue

During the first few weeks of December, automakers release reports boosting their sales numbers for the previous month. Nissan November sales flaunt rather impressive numbers, with record-breaking growth pointing towards a successful year for the company. In total, Nissan saw a 4% gain over November 2014’s numbers.

The growth is attributed to record-breaking sales of 95,389 cars and trucks for the company in 2015 so far. The cause of this incredible success is none other than the Nissan Rogue, which has been outselling the Altima sedan, one of the company’s bestsellers, for a consecutive three month period, now.

As of the month of November, the Rogue has sold 22,565 units – a 50% increase over the compact crossover’s sales last year around the same time. The Altima itself saw sales decrease, but Nissan representatives attribute the falling numbers to the fact that the sedan is currently in a transitional period between previous-year and new-year models.

“The new Altima really didn’t play into November results because it is just now starting to arrive,” Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s US Vice President of Sales, says. Furthermore, he says, “But we have that to look forward to as the year ends—not just the new Altima, but also a freshened Sentra reaching dealers later this month, as well as the new Titan.”

 

The company’s optimism comes from the positive image painted by Nissan November sales numbers, which indicate continuous growth and success. With several new models on the horizon, sales are expected to increase even further. We are excited to see what this success brings to Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan 370Z Successor in the Works

2016 Nissan 370ZFor months now, rumor mills and industry experts alike have been leaning back and forth on whether there will be a Nissan 370Z successor. The popular sports car has not had a new iteration since 2009, leading many to believe there may not even be a next-generation model. However, in a recent magazine interview, the chief product specialist for Nismo, Hiroshi Tamura, confirmed that work on a new Z car in underway.

The fanfare over a possible new generation of the Z sports car family exploded once again this past September, when Nissan unveiled the Gripz concept crossover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Gripz concept boasted a Z badge, causing many to believe that Nissan would be replacing the 370Z sports car with an endeavor into the sport SUV segment. What do you think of the Gripz concept?

Tamura squashed these rumors while speaking to Australian publication Motoring, stating that the Gripz concept will not succeed the 370Z and hinting that a new member of the Z family is in the works.

The Nissan 370Z successor, as well as the Gripz crossover, is still built on the same platform, however, meaning that the next-generation Z car and the Gripz will have many of the same capabilities and features, in addition to a similar performance.  Tell us what you think about a new Z SUV for Nissan here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Get Ready For The Season With These Winter Car Preparation Tips

Winter Road

Gearing up for a cold winter? One of the most important measures you can take this year is to prepare your vehicle for hazardous road conditions ahead of time – and not after you’ve barely survived the year’s first freeze. Here are some winter car preparation tips to get you started:

  • Make sure that your vehicle is caught up on all routine maintenance, including oil changes and any inspections.
  • Top off all your fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid.
  • Inspect your tires thoroughly, ensuring that you have plenty of tread, and consider installing winter tires.
  • Test out your heating system, especially if you haven’t used it since last winter. You won’t want to discover that it’s broken once it’s too late!
  • Update any emergency gear you have in your car for the winter – perhaps adding a warm blanket, a snow shovel, and a cozy hat.
  • Lastly, purchase some deicer fluid and a top-notch ice scraper, and prevent a frosty, icy windshield from ever making you late for work this season.

And of course, pay close attention to the weather forecast, and if possible, avoid dangerous, icy roads as much as you can. To learn more, visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Origami Nissan Juke Offers Unique Paper Rendering

Believe it or not, the fuel-efficient, high-power Nissan Juke subcompact crossover model is already celebrating its five-year anniversary, and British paper artist Owen Gildersleeve wanted to honor the vehicle justly and in a way that highlights the originality of the Juke.

With the help of Nissan, Gildersleeve was able to create an Origami Nissan Juke completely out of paper, which took more than 200 hours to fold and more than 2,000 pieces of paper.  The best part, it is the size of the Nissan Juke and almost looks real!

In a press release, Gildersleeve drew comparisons between his work and the creation of the Juke, saying the many pieces of paper “represents the thousands of people who helped bring the Nissan JUKE into reality in 2011.”

You can check out the Origami Nissan Juke here, courtesy of Nissan UK’s YouTube channel, showcasing the art – which was clearly inspired by the available Juke exterior color “Solar Yellow.”  Tell us what you think of Gildersleeve’s unique tribute to the Nissan Juke!

The 2016 Nissan Juke balances power and fuel efficiency, able to generate up to 188 horsepower and get up to 32 mpg on the highway. To learn more, visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.

2016 Nissan Frontier Color and Price Changes

2015 Nissan Frontier

2015 Nissan Frontier Pictured

There aren’t many options when it comes to a midsize truck, even with GMC and Chevrolet back in the mix. While still limited, more competition means other automakers have to step up their game and that’s exactly what Nissan has done. The 2016 Nissan Frontier will come with new paint colors and a slight price increase.

The 2016 Frontier S King Cab 4×2 with a five speed manual transmission starts at $18,090. That’s easily the cheapest you can find a new truck for these days. The top end of the Frontier’s spectrum comes is the Pro-4X crew cab models. They run in at $35,410, still not a bad price for a fully loaded pickup.

Nissan’s also looking to appeal to the color conscious as well. New additions to the color spectrum for 2016 include copper, gun metallic, and magnetic black. That brings the total up to eight colors.

The 2016 Frontier comes with two engines. A 2.5-liter four cylinder, with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, is available in King cab models only. The more powerful 4-liter V6 engine runs in with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The Frontier is available in five trims for the 2016 model year.

At Nissan of Lake Charles, we can’t wait to see the latest in affordable midsize pickup trucks!