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Good Speed and Drunk Monkeys in Louisville

Just finishing up a great weekend, capped off by a fascinating talk by Charles Venable this morning at the Breakfast of Champions about the way the Speed Museum’s grounds are going to look in about a decade. I’ll write something about that shortly, but now, the news: Sports and the Future: I really wish I could go to this. Tonight in the Churchill Downs press box there’s a forum on the future of sports journalism with a high-powered panel — ESPN’s Pat Forde, the C-J’s Rick Bozich, Kent Taylor of WAVE and John Asher of Churchill Downs.  It starts at…


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Bike Week Reminder: Bicycles Rule Worldwide! Two to One!

Damn, those Danes are stylin’! Just take a look at Cycle Chic, a Website with a bold tagline: “Hold my bicycle while I kiss your girlfriend … The Original. Bringing Sexy Back Since 2006.”

In Freiburg, Germany, 70 percent of local trips are made by bike or public transit or on foot thanks to regular, annual investments in bicycling infrastructure dating back to 1976.

In Australia, the state of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne, the country’s second largest city, amended planning laws to require all new large buildings to provide bike parking and other facilities such as lockers and showers.

New York City and Chicago have proved that even northern-tier American cities can become walkable and bike-friendly when they make the investment. In Washington, D.C. you can ride your bike straight down the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on a bike boulevard!


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Louisville Bike to Work Profile: Meet one brave bicycling barista

The confident 25 year old observed that many Louisville motorists haven’t yet caught on to the emergence of more bikes on the roads. “At the same time,” she added, “bad bikers give us all a bad name” by doing things like riding on sidewalks into crosswalks and generally ignoring traffic laws.


Drakes…The Newest Addition To Louisville’s Dining/Bar Scene

The St. Matthews dining and bar scene has another top-notch newcomer…Drakes is now officially open for you to come out and play. After attending the grand opening this past Thursday night ( packed!), I went back to try some lunch, and had a chance to sit down with Brandon True, the Managing Partner for Drakes, and find out a bit more about this comfy restaurant and pub. Bluegrass Hospitality Group, co-owned by Bruce Drake and Brian McCarty already have several successful eateries in Lexington, where they are based. Malone’s Steakhouse, Sal’s chop-house and Harry’s Sports bars are the forerunners to Drakes, and I was…


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The Reality — Mint Jubilee’s Big Attractions

OK, Concentrate really hard. Think Sunshine. It’s bound to come sooner or later, just not in the next few days. All this rain guarantees we will have good weather Derby Week, so let’s talk about that. This morning the Mint Jubilee announced that it has an impressive list of celebrities lined up for the big party on Derby Eve at the Palace. Matt Battaglia, hosting the party along with Chris Thieneman and his brother Tom Thieneman Jr., is pulling out the stops to pull in the celebs. And if meeting reality TV stars is your thing, the Jubilee is your…


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Stock Your Easter Basket at the Farmers Markets!

No matter how or why you celebrate this weekend in Spring, it is a time of reflection,renewal and yes…rain. A feast is always a vital ritual of the season as well as the giving of gifts. If you have a notion to create a basket of goodies for yourself, loved ones or company, you may want to visit Bardstown Road in the Highlands. It’s my neighborhood and I’m Kentucky Proud, if you will, about the variety available to our visitors. The venerable Bardstown Road Farmers Market  at Deer Park Presbyterian Church near Speed and the newest addition to the Metro…


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Feeling Floody in River City

I don’t like this forecast, or the fact that Bud Schardein says he’s getting ready for flood conditions worse than he’s ever seen. Meanwhile, the show(s) must go on. I’ll be at the Yum! Center tonight for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic, checking out some of U of L’s new recruits.It won’t be affected by rain, at least. But based on yesterday’s media event and the flooding, it looks like next week’s steamboat race is in trouble. That event has really lost its luster recently, as there have been steamboat issues and a lack of interest by the media. And…


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Hospitality, and Sweet Potatoes, at Southern Grace

I experienced a lot of firsts last weekend. Hummingbird Pie. Sweet Potato Waffles. A Canopy Bed with 600-thread count sheets. Feeding an alpaca.  Spending a night in Brandenburg, Kentucky. No, Brandenburg is no vacation mecca. It’s about an hour west of Louisville. You take 64 west to Corydon, head south across the bridge back into Kentucky. From there, its just a mile or so to the Southern Grace Bed & Breakfast. It’s the perfect “middle-of-nowhere” retreat, situated on several acres. The modern-looking architecture sticks out here, a luxurious oasis of a home that’s off the main road a bit, near…


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Day 581 of My Car-Free Experiment – Meet Jeromy Edwards

It was a Vista Duchess – an obscure brand and model to be sure. I couldn’t recall ever seeing a Vista. This bike looked like it was straight from the carton, but clearly had all the signs of its 1960s vintage – large chrome headlight and taillight with generator, matching yellow handle grips, gum-walled tires, a kickstand, a Pletscher-style rear cargo rack. And everything about the bike was immaculate. I mean, not a scratch!


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New Chuy’s Tex-Mex in Southern Indiana

Most of the time my job is not glamorous. Yesterday, for example, I printed posters, argued with the post office about stamp prices and whether I was mailing “printed material” or “parcel” to the UK, and felt guilty because I hadn’t blogged in ages. But then sometimes I’ll get to travel around Europe for a month, or be a celebrity guest at some big gala, or … best of all … go to soft openings of new restaurants. Yes, I know. I like food. A lot. I like Tex-Mex more than most foods, and I will travel far and wide…