Food and Dining

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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 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…

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Houston, We Have Your Cliches

I watched three late local newscasts last night, and wondered what would have filled the time if it weren’t for UK’s big victory in Newark and the Bellarmine victory celebration on Sunday morning. This week, get set to endure plenty of cliches about Houston and aerospace, as Fox41’s Bennett Haeberle did leading off the newscast: “Houston, We Have Liftoff.” The UK and Bellarmine stories took what seemed to be half the newscasts. It’s the one time during the year that local on-air types are seen in a different city, and that sports bars are the focus of live shots.  Two…

Red Hog Tapas Satisfy!

Last night, my cohabitante Sarah and I decided not to slave in the kitchen, but to venture out. We’re very well acquainted with the abundant assortment of excellent eateries within walking distance of our Crescent Hill home, but I decided to surprise Sarah by trying something new. I noticed that Red Hog Tapas open only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Perfect timing. We passed on seeing an early showing of the movie “Limitless,” only to find that Red Hog’s tapas menu could be similarly headlined. But wait, there’s more – a separate sheet of Red Hog Specials. And an amazing assortment of very reasonably priced wines and draught and bottled beers.

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Lights Out on Shelbyville Not a Media Story

We were in the 4th frame at Ten Pin Lanes last night when all of  a sudden, the place went dark. The loud din of pins crashing stopped. Emergency lights came on. And the Monday Night Men’s Bowling League was done for the night.  Outside, businesses up and down Shelbyville Road, just inside the Watterson, were dark. Here’s what happened, according to LG&E’s Chip Keeling. A fuse at a substation failed, caused by a break in a line. So crews had to check the line, and that took about an hour and a half. The fuse was replaced and the…

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Chicken Broccoli in Whole Wheat Pita Pockets

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Per Serving: 208 calories, 18 grams protein, 4 grams of fat, 25 grams of CHO, 3 grams of fiber, 422 mg sodium. Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes   Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Condense Cream of Chicken Soup ¼ cup water 1 tbsp. lemon juice (bottled or fresh) ¼ tsp. garlic powder 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1 cup cooked broccoli flowerets 1 medium carrot, shredded (about ½ cup) 2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey breast 3 whole wheat pita breads (6-inch), cut in…