Epicurious Louisville

Louisville Kentucky is a treasure trove of amazing eats. I blog about them here. Y'all pull up a chair and sit awhile.
As of August 15, I’ve spent the last five years in a relationship with this handsome lug. He has loved me through a lot, and I am more than blessed and grateful to have him in my life.
Together we’ve weathered family issues, uncertainty about the future, and a very trying year while he was in Afghanistan and I was here. He loved me when I weighed almost literally twice what I weigh now, and when I was stuck at a job I hated, laid off from a job I loved, when I totally changed my career path. He brought me back into the church.
He has brought an immense dimension of joy and support to my life that nobody else has. So I missed it by a few days, but happy anniversary, my Bunny. You’re my best and dearest friend, the love of my life, the most wonderful and unexpected thing that ever happened to me. I can’t wait to spend every day of the rest of our lives together.

As of August 15, I’ve spent the last five years in a relationship with this handsome lug. He has loved me through a lot, and I am more than blessed and grateful to have him in my life.

Together we’ve weathered family issues, uncertainty about the future, and a very trying year while he was in Afghanistan and I was here. He loved me when I weighed almost literally twice what I weigh now, and when I was stuck at a job I hated, laid off from a job I loved, when I totally changed my career path. He brought me back into the church.

He has brought an immense dimension of joy and support to my life that nobody else has. So I missed it by a few days, but happy anniversary, my Bunny. You’re my best and dearest friend, the love of my life, the most wonderful and unexpected thing that ever happened to me. I can’t wait to spend every day of the rest of our lives together.

chairman-meow-and-cat-benatar asked: Before they closed due to a fire, Old Louisville Tavern had some awesome had-cut fries

I totally reported on that! I think it was arson? So sad.

Louisville, who has the best french fries in town? I want to write one of those listicle-type roundups of the best fries, but I don’t really eat that many carbs so I’m not as adept at knowing these things as I’d like to. Pictured above are the ones from the Monkey Wrench, but some of my other favorites are: 
Hammerheads duck fat truffle fries
Bunz burgerz fries
Sweet potato fries from Mussel & Burger Bar 
Any other suggestions? 

Louisville, who has the best french fries in town? I want to write one of those listicle-type roundups of the best fries, but I don’t really eat that many carbs so I’m not as adept at knowing these things as I’d like to. Pictured above are the ones from the Monkey Wrench, but some of my other favorites are: 

  • Hammerheads duck fat truffle fries
  • Bunz burgerz fries
  • Sweet potato fries from Mussel & Burger Bar 

Any other suggestions? 

Sugar & Spice donuts. Apple filling was delicious. 

Favorite mac-and-cheese in Louisville? Go. 

Favorite mac-and-cheese in Louisville? Go. 

Hot Brown on a Stick from the Kentucky State Fair

Chunks of turkey and tomatoes deep fried with an awesome cheesy sauce. Definitely a great fair food, although $8? Seriously? Best eaten in conjunction with the deep fried derby pie served at the same booth. 

If you’re on a diet this weekend you’re doing it wrong.

Pros of going to Brazeiros Churrascaria: 

  • For $38 bucks, it’s all the meat, salad bar and side dishes you could possibly want. 
  • You get this little button, and when you flip it to green that means you’re a go for meat. 
  • Waiters walk around the dining room with giant skewers of everything from pork sausage to prime rib to leg of lamb, and you can eat AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. 
  • Salad bar is incredible, stuffed with fresh mozz, smoked gouda, pickled asparagus, you get the idea. 

Cons: 

  • You cannot possibly eat enough meat in one sitting. 

I’m happy to announce that I’m one of the Ambassadors for Taste of Innovation 2014, a tasting event on October 1, 2014 from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Churchill Downs on Millionaire’s Row. 

Taste of Innovation is part of the Idea Festival, and (not that I’m biased!) I think it’s the best part. This year, Taste of Innovation is celebrating the farm-to-table movement, of which I’m quite fond.

There are a bunch of restaurants already confirmed (pictured above: Ghyslain, Hillbilly Tea and the Mayan Cafe, photos courtesy of their Facebook pages) but there is still opportunity to participate if you’re interested. 

Come on out! See more information here! 

Anonymous asked: what are your thoughts on hillbilly tea? do you also have any particular thoughts on the gentrification of louisville; expensive restaurants/stores popping up around downtown- New Lou- Old Louisville?

I like Hillbilly Tea! I had a few negative experiences there but overall I think it’s an absolutely fantastic restaurant. 

On to your question about gentrification: I have to selfishly tell you I have roundly enjoyed the gentrification of NuLu. I believe in progress, and I don’t think bringing businesses and restaurants, even if they are on the more expensive side, is particularly bad for a community, AS LONG AS business owners and people who patronize those businesses are careful to be respectful and inclusive to the people who are already living and working in that community

This means giving people that are living and working in that community pre-gentrification the chance to benefit from the gentrification. Pay better wages than the McDonalds down the road, and I don’t care what you choose to charge for a latte. Don’t cultivate a snooty, exclusive attitude about the people who browse through your store, and be a reasonable human being. There’s nothing wrong with opening an art gallery, a nice restaurant, a boutique, whatever in a community that hasn’t had one of those before, but please make sure the people within that community have a chance to benefit from the business you’re drawing to their community. 

Hopefully that answers your question!

This has been, bar none, the best summer of my entire life. Swimming at the quarry, dinners with my friends, Lauren’s baptism, dancing half the nights away at Seidenfaden’s, Best of Louisville, family nights, long bike rides, farmer’s markets, more freelance work than I can possibly handle, our trip to New Orleans…I am incredibly blessed and happy and full of joy. 

This has been, bar none, the best summer of my entire life. Swimming at the quarry, dinners with my friends, Lauren’s baptism, dancing half the nights away at Seidenfaden’s, Best of Louisville, family nights, long bike rides, farmer’s markets, more freelance work than I can possibly handle, our trip to New Orleans…I am incredibly blessed and happy and full of joy.