Food and Dining

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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…


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Bike, Walk or TARC to Louisville’s Car-Free Happy Hour

Rain or shine, one night each month Louisville’s active transportation advocates get together for food and beverages wherever they can find enough bicycle parking. You should come, even if you need to drive. You’ll meet people from all walks of life. No pun intended. The thing we have in common is some measure of independence from automobiles. Come see. Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Can you believe I posted this bit of shameless promotion from my phone! This is crazy for a guy who started out as a printer setting lead type by hand. By the way, folks, here’s…


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Tasty Mayo-Free Chicken Salad

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Just calling something a ‘salad’ doesn’t necessarily make it healthy. Traditional chicken ‘salad’ touts full-fat mayonnaise and half a day’s worth of sodium. By making small changes, like substituting smaller amounts of olive oil for mayo and adding fresh tomatoes and dark leafy greens, you can significantly reduce the fat and calories and even add some cancer protection into your meal. Plus making small changes can help you maintain a healthy weight, which in and of itself can help prevent cancer at several different sites.* Great recipe from the AICR.org. Tasty Mayo-Free Chicken Salad…


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Louisville should have this…

As someone in development (the proper term for being a fundraiser), I am always curious and excited by unique concepts, especially ones that can be used to benefit a charity (see my earlier post on the upcoming Bacon Ball for LVAA). So, when stumbling upon this big city concept of Pop-Up Restaurants, I was intrigued. I had to do some research – here and here, and oh here, too. I believe we have enough foodies and do-gooders for this to happen in Louisville. But, like the struggles that Food Truck businesses have had, would our fair city let this be Possible….


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Chocolate Bunnies Feelin’ the Pinch? Easter Price Gouging a Threat!

Greetings, Pagans! For those of us who have worshiped at daybreak on the front porch of our homes by digging into an Easter basket and passing out with a sticky, brown grins by sunset– this economic news might just send you off to pray. Hershey said this week it’s going to raise prices by 9.7%, a move that many people expect competitors to follow. The entire industry is facing huge price increases for raw ingredients — the cost of sugar has more than doubled in the past year — and can no longer absorb the higher expenses. — So says…


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A Dish Worth Fighting Over

There aren’t many dishes that are worth fighting over. Usually if your S.O. and you both crave something you just get two (or three!). After all this is the land of plenty. If you’re both have a crush on meat-lover’s pizza then you just get a bigger one. If you get into a race to inhale the appetizers you begrudgingly decided to split, you can still keep the peace by grabbing a pen & napkin and visibly adding up the total number of calories in your date’s 22 oz. sirloin and baked potato. If he/she doesn’t take notice and stop hovering over…