Articles by CindyLamb

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TGIF Local Lunch Post – On Track with Tradition at Wagner’s

Just a horseshoe’s toss from track is the pharmacy and fountain that’s as humble as it is famous to Kentucky Derby visitors and racing insiders. Since 1922, Wagner’s Pharmacy has provided a hub for commerce and conversation from the booths and along the counter. Horsemen striding in for cigarettes and coffee, needing a hot breakfast at dawn or an energizing soup and sandwich for lunch, would find a down-home comfort from L


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Fire Works! Pizza, Pork, Crust and a Conversation with “Joe Pastry.”

  Smoke on the water, fire in the sky. Deep Purple comes to mind as I watch all the preparations for Thunder Over Louisville.  However,  for now,  let’s turn all the heat back to the kitchen. The delicious results of a roaring  fire oven or the easy-going commercial smoker can be enjoyed at Coals Artisan Pizza and Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot. The lunch menu at Coals St. Matthews location in the Vogue Center is a virtual taste tour through Louisville.  Pizzas named Cherokee,  Seneca, Waverly, Audubon and a few more zip codes. To honor my hood,  I’ll go with The…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Calories, Cholesterol, Carbs? Name Your Guilty Pleasure!

We all stray from the lean, green path with astonishing regularity.  A lost weekend of culinary risk-taking as you stray from the obedient weekday routine are often worth the dining experience. Not that these cravings are bad for you,  they’re just slightly out-of-bounds. Whatever dish weighs you down enough to derail your healthy wagon is what most would consider a guilty pleasure.  Go forth and enjoy, there will be a salad waiting on Monday. Waistline, gall bladder, breath – all is forgiven with guilty pleasures – no one will know, no one will tell…until today. For me, it seems that…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Stirring Up the Melting Pot in District 21

From Preston to New Cut, Poplar Level to Palatka– or Iroquois Park to Louisville International Airport-  District 21 attracts visitors with both business and beauty. Thickly-wooded properties give way to bustling commerce. Generational neighborhoods  are cradled among the avenues and parkways. Affordable, diverse and historic. Settlers from several continents  find a positive community spirit in this part of Louisville and as a new cultural horizon, District 21 appeals to first time homeowners, young professionals, immigrants raising families and starting businesses. This treasured turf is the district of Councilman Dan Johnson.  “Ours is a diverse population,” he said, ” The wide…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – A High Scoring Meal for All Fans

Let’s get started by wishing our talented teams of the Commonwealth the best of luck down in New Orleans. For those of us who are holding down the fort in Louisville, we’ll have one more weekday lunch to scarf before the hoopla begins. We’re good at supporting our local team, let it continue to locally owned dining establishments. Since TGIF Local Lunch Post will now have its own Facebook page, I’m celebrating by letting the Facebook army of forks have today’s column. We’ll begin with a highlight and WFPK ‘s Marion Dries gets the ball rolling. Not only does she have…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Head East to District 19’s Miller in Middletown

It’s Metro Council Friday and today District 19’s Jerry Miller steps up to the plate. His turf is  part of Jefferson County that goes from upscale shops to down-home gardening, coffee houses to cows, contemporary to historic in any given direction. District 19 flourishes along the path of 1-60, from Blankenbaker to Eastwood,  where a great number of  local, independent dining establishments are enjoyed as local traditions and make welcome guests from afar. Councilman Miller shares a few of his faves. My wife and I love to go restaurants serving good food that’s reasonably priced.  When I have a late…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Potatoes!

The lovely, diverse tuber. If I think about the glory and endless recipes for the potato, I might launch into an operatic chorus of  “Starch Gets in Your Eyes.”  Now, that’s a stretch. We all know it goes to our hips. With apologies going to The Platters, check out the actual tune here. Today’s launch into the weekend is  brought to you by potatoes! Diverse and delicious, the vegetable that links Ireland to Idaho can go from the ground to gourmet in no time at all. The potato is blank canvas for the best of sauces, butter, cheeses, herbs, vegetables…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Spring Break! Adventures in Local, Independent Dining.

The sunny and mild weather forecast holds  much promise for Metro Louisville and surrounding neighbors this weekend so make sure you get off to a great start with a delicious lunch today. Many of  us will be probably eating brunch instead of breakfast on Sunday as we spring ahead an hour for Daylight Savings Time.   So, prepare to lose an hour and gain a meal. Check out Louisville Originals for the some of the best suggestions in supporting locally owned and operated establishments.  Check out recipes from your favorite chefs and keep up with food and dining events in town….


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Hey, Hey Davy! A Blast from the Past – Of Men and Monkees

As the soul of Davy Jones moves into its next journey, the pop-tonic of grief, praise and nostalgia continues to be served up fresh and strong for the past week. For those of us who are old enough to remember the breakout of the Monkees sound on A.M. radio and network television, we knew then something was different about the band.   Sandwiched between the psychic sex wave of Jim Morrison and the cannabis-stoked mother of all festivals, Woodstock,  the quirky animated and corporate -assembled Monkees thrived without any intimidation from the music icons who surrounded them.   Didn’t bother me,…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – District 4: Noshing in Nulu and Beyond

Hopefully, the stormy weather will not tamper with your lunch plans today. Metro Councilman David Tandy steps up to the plate and has some dining suggestions for the vibrant, historic and culturally diverse District 4. From the Waterfront to Germantown, Portland to Butchertown, Old Louisville to NULU,  Tandy’s turf is as expansive as it is inviting. With Louisville’s central business district as the  epicenter, District 4 has a lot to offer for local pride and a bustling trade in tourism. To name only a few gems on the map,  Slugger Field, Portland Museum, The Kentucky Center, Thomas Edison House , KFC Yum! Center, NULU. The…