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.

krystinrobertson asked: This thought just came to me, and I am not sure if you will have an answer. Have you ever ordered strawberry shortcake from a restaurant, or do you know if any restaurant has it? I am seriously craving some. If you do know of any place or places, who, in your opinion has the best? Also, what about tres leches? I have had that from Chuy's, and it is my absolute favorite. I woke up with desserts on my brain for whatever reason, so I thought I would ask. Haha!

Actually I don’t know who serves a good strawberry shortcake, but I bet I have followers that know!

As for tres leches, probably Guaca Mole is your best best.

Honestly one of my dirty little culinary secrets is that I’m extraordinarily good at baking the exact kind of desserts I can’t eat, so I make the best strawberry shortcake in the world and thus all other strawberry shortcakes fall short.

It’s because when I was younger, we had this giant strawberry field and we picked them to sell. And if my parents sent me to bed without dinner (which as you can imagine was the worst possible punishment for me) I would just sneak out the window, pick strawberries and eat them in my closet while I read with a flashlight. So I have many strawberry memories.

Anyway now that I’ve rambled for way too long…followers, any suggestions?

Beer cheese from Cure in Germantown. Cure is our new place and I haven’t had a single thing there I didn’t like. I appreciate pretty much everything about the place, and I hope they continue to do well. 

I could write a soppy poem about this, but I’ll just say it. I’ve never had a better friend than Teacup. She supports me unconditionally, loves me without failing (and I’m hard to love) and puts up with me. She also tells me things I don’t want to hear but need to hear (“No, you’re not going to aggressively cut that person out of your life.” “No, you can’t leave your fiance because wedding planning is too stressful.” “Maybe try having less than three jobs? Just a thought.”) and is my constant companion and partner in crime.
Teacup is the most unselfish and loving person I’ve ever known. She is kind to everyone:  my family, my other friends, my wonderful husband, people on the street. 
I am beyond blessed to have her in my life. The elder sister I never had, the nonsexual soulmate I definitely needed, the bosom friend I craved my whole life. 

I could write a soppy poem about this, but I’ll just say it. I’ve never had a better friend than Teacup. She supports me unconditionally, loves me without failing (and I’m hard to love) and puts up with me. She also tells me things I don’t want to hear but need to hear (“No, you’re not going to aggressively cut that person out of your life.” “No, you can’t leave your fiance because wedding planning is too stressful.” “Maybe try having less than three jobs? Just a thought.”) and is my constant companion and partner in crime.

Teacup is the most unselfish and loving person I’ve ever known. She is kind to everyone:  my family, my other friends, my wonderful husband, people on the street. 

I am beyond blessed to have her in my life. The elder sister I never had, the nonsexual soulmate I definitely needed, the bosom friend I craved my whole life. 

krystinrobertson asked: E, let's say that I wanted to take my sister (she's sixteen) around the city for a fun sister date. It doesn't matter where places are located. What would you suggest for the day? She's still a kid, but she's growing up fast. For example, she loves coffee, but she is also obsessed with One Direction. She is a girly girl, too. I keep thinking of boutiques and art galleries, but what do you think?

Girl, I often have this issue with my underage sisters. 

Honestly, you should bring her to New Albany for a fun sister day trip. Browse the art store. Get some bath stuff from Savon BB. Have some delicious Feast BBQ and Quills coffee. Shop at Mariposa. Take a picture with that big wedge of cheese statue. 

Something my husband and I recently did together: walked around that house on Frankfort Avenue with all the STUFF in the back yard. If an older gentleman comes out to talk to you about it, (his name is Jerry Lotz) settle down and listen to his stories. Follow up with a trip to the Comfy Cow, right now they have a sorghum and grits ice cream that’s phenomenal. 

Hopefully these are some good ideas! 

This summer has been an ecstatic ellipses 

Stretching on into gold-star-firefly-speckled nights 

Fried chicken evenings with sweating bourbon glasses. 

Heady, slick, entwined weekend afternoons 

Black-coffee-muddle-headed birdsong mornings. 

We lay in the back of his pickup truck, racing down back roads. 

We sucked the nectar out of our city and moved to the countryside. 

We danced, honey-drunk, on sticky-floored-dive-bar-dance-floors. 

We drove windowsdownmusicupdrinkinhand fast fast fastfastfast. 

If we are very, very lucky, we will see one hundred summers.

Save the date for Louisville Magazine’s July launch party! I’ll  be there, and I WON’T be working the table this time, so if you come I definitely want to talk with you. Our last party was super amazing, but I didn’t get to hang out with anyone and it made me really sad. So come this time! I want to meet you! I want to feed you free food! I want to give you a hug for supporting my little blog! 

Save the date for Louisville Magazine’s July launch party! I’ll  be there, and I WON’T be working the table this time, so if you come I definitely want to talk with you. Our last party was super amazing, but I didn’t get to hang out with anyone and it made me really sad. So come this time! I want to meet you! I want to feed you free food! I want to give you a hug for supporting my little blog! 

Selena’s at Willow Lake Tavern: Creole/Cajun/Italian food. Yes, that’s a thing. 

I’ll admit it, we visited Selena’s because Village Anchor was too crowded and we were starving. But I’m very glad we did, it’s an underrated little place. 

  • Bacon wrapped chicken bites = delicious and tender. 
  • Jambalaya = very spicy, and they didn’t mind making it with red beans instead of rice for my low-carb husband. 
  • Salad = also delicious, though it’s hard to do a salad wrong, I think. 
  • Service = incredible. I think our waiter’s name was Jeremy, but I can’t remember. He was super nice, super fast, super energetic. 
  • They have $2 mimosas for their brunch. 

We’ll be back to Selena’s. For the price, it was a nice upscale dining experience and their patio is lovely. 

Selena's at Willow Lake Tavern on Urbanspoon

A few photographs from the Ms. Beatersville Car Show about a month ago in Louisville. Teacup and Bunny and I went and really enjoyed ourselves incredibly. We loved the pinup girls, the grunge-y rockabilly kids, the old and restored cars and rat rods and trucks. Certainly one of the best weekends I’ve ever had, situated at the very beginning of the best summer I’ve ever had. 

Life just keeps getting better. 

I had the best meal I’ve ever had in Louisville at The Place Downstairs, no lie. 

it was for our first wedding anniversary, and we were ready to do it up right. The Place Downstairs is downstairs from another favorite spot: Mussel & Burger Bar. It’s intimate, beautiful, romantic, expensive. This is what we ate: 

  • The foie gras torchon, with pear and brioche. Smooth, buttery, soft, decadent. 
  • The campfire breakfast jar, with smoked poached egg, warm ricotta, walnuts, sea salt, maple. This thing is so good I have no good food words to describe it. Eating it is like waking up to a text message from someone you’ve liked for years that says “Good morning, beautiful.” 
  • The pork heaven, with Berkshire pork tenderloin, Serrano ham, Chistorria, pork crumble, brussels sprouts, mustard and fig. Very large and meaty, this could definitely be shared. 
  • Ribeye Filet: It was incredible. I’ve had better (my husband is really good at cooking meat!) but it was the best I’ve ever had in a restaurant.
  • The trio of ice creams in house-made cones. Frankly delicious, but they don’t compare to Proof’s gelato or even M & BB’s trio of creme pots. 
  • Plum ginger mojito. I would probably die happy if I could drink this drink every day. 

Service was impeccable, but the kitchen was incredibly slow on the night we went (it took us about two hours for the whole meal) but we weren’t upset…we wanted to take our time. 

I love The Place Downstairs, and I can’t wait to have another special occasion excuse to go back. 

The Place Downstairs on Urbanspoon

Like any foodie, I hate waiting for a table. Once I’ve gotten excited about a restaurant, all I want is to show up, be seated, and get to the most fun part of the meal: ordering. DineTime is an app that makes that possible. 

According to the press release: 

DineTime for consumers is a mobile restaurant guide that allows patrons to find full-service restaurants from their iPhones (Android coming soon) using various filtering methods including restaurant ratings, distance and cuisine. More importantly, it is designed to interact with the Host app as it will allow consumers to add their name to the wait list and book a table at any restaurant using the Host app. Waiting for your table just became a lot easier.”

To put that in normal-person speak, you download the app, put your name on the list, and you get a text letting you know your wait and when your table is ready. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. If Ramsi’s would download this, I wouldn’t  be forced to sit on the bench outside in the hot hot sun waiting for my brunch fix. 

The list of restaurants signed up for DineTime continues to grow, and it would be AMAZING if popular restaurants that often have a long wait (I’m looking at you, Mussel & Burger Bar, Toast, and Monkey Wrench!) signed up for this service so I could just walk in for my dang Sunday brunch without wasting any of my precious weekend hours. 

DineTime is currently being tested in Louisville, with plans to roll out nationally later this year. You can get in in the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.DineTime.com.

Download DineTime, it’s rad, it will save you time, and you’ll love it.