1. Holy shiitake, I’m writing a book about Louisville diners

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    July 31, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Chicken and waffles from Good Ole Jessie's Diner on Dixie Highway, one of the subjects of the book.

    Everyone expects any announcement of big news to center around a pregnancy when you’re a woman of childbearing age. There are no buns in my oven at this time, but I do have news.

    I’m writing my first book, and I have a publisher.

    *throws confetti*

    *swings pants around my head*

  2. Brace yourselves. The Great Gelato Giveaway is upon us.

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    July 1, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Be on the lookout for the Gelatomobile (Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert).

    Ahh, Ohio Valley summers. Sultry, sweaty and sticky (I’d complain, but that would go against the vow I took during the Polar Vortex to not talk bad about the heat).

    The nice folks over at Gelato Gilberto have a solution to the summer woes. The gelato shop will give away 100 pints of the dessert starting today, July 1.

  3. Hillbilly Tea heads to Portland and West End. What other Louisville neighborhoods need more local restaurants?

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    June 4, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A flashback to lunch at Hillbilly Tea in 2010.

    First things first. I’m talking about Portland in Louisville, not Oregon or Maine.

    And a lot of business owners are starting to point their eyes at this neighborhood as the next frontier in fancy redevelopment à la NuLu on East Market Street.

    Hillbilly Tea (which I reviewed back in the day — four years ago!) will open a location at 2425 Portland Ave. and a West End location at 1023 Dixie Highway, according to the Courier-Journal. The restaurant will join the good folks at Gelato Gilberto, who are setting up a wholesale operation in Portland.

    Kudos to these local eateries for looking past Ninth Street to operate new outposts. It makes my heart happy to see business owners taking a chance on an area that’s not Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue (no shade to these areas, just sayin’ that they already have a lot).

    What part of Louisville do you think needs more restaurants/coffee shops/eateries?

  4. Add a cooking competition to your summer parties

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    June 3, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Nine entries in the banana pudding bake-off.

    It seemed like a joke — a birthday party/backyard barbecue/banana pudding bake-off? So many slashes, so much to wrap my head around for one afternoon at my friend Christine’s house.

    Nine bakers made their version of banana pudding. All the dishes were numbered so guests didn’t know who made each entry. Then, everyone scooped and ate to their heart’s content. Right as our bellies were about to burst, we wrote the number of our favorite entry on a slip of paper. The number with the most votes was the winner.

    Somehow, this amalgamation of an event I attended last week not only worked, but stands out as one of the best parties I’ve attended as an adulthood (because honestly, nothing competes with some Chuck E. Cheese action as a kid).

  5. Save your quarters for 25-cent scoops at Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

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    May 29, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Gadzooks, that's a lot of chocolate.

    The mosquitoes are humming, the air has grown stagnant and the sweat has stopped evaporating from my brow.

    Yep, it’s almost summer in the Ohio Valley.

    Now, we all promised that we wouldn’t complain about the heat after such a long, dreary winter (I wasn’t complaining in the opening — those were scientific observations). Instead, let’s cool off with the Ninth Annual 25¢ Ice Cream Social at Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen.

    From noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, May 31, all single scoops of ice cream are 25 cents at any of the 10 Pie Kitchen locations. There is some fine print: waffle cones and all other scoops such as doubles and triples are normal price.

    So go forth with your change, friends, and treat yo’ self to a scoop. Just don’t complain about the heat.

  6. Carve out time for these free Louisville events this weekend

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    May 16, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Me and the Hubs at 16. We were ready to blow this popsicle stand.

    Once upon a time, I was a surly teenager. Not a problem child, mind you, just an adolescent who thought there was nothing to do in this town and couldn’t wait to get out.
    Jump ahead 10 years. Is it me, or is Louisville a lot more bustling than it used to be? There always seems to be some kind of fair or concert or free something-or-the-other that pile up and fill my Google calendar. Or maybe it’s me who has changed, and I can see how fun this city has been all along. /introspection

  7. Need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Go for edible gifts (with a side of flowers)

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    May 9, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The ol' dyed pasta necklace isn't going to cut it when you become an adult. (Photo courtesy Selena N. B. H. via Flickr Creative Commons)

    The horses have barely finished kicking up dirt at Churchill Downs, yet it’s time to turn around and celebrate another big occasion.

    I’ve always thought that the Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day are just a little too close together to give moms in the state proper justice. You want me to pick a horse, down a couple of mint juleps, AND plan a bomb brunch and buy a fabulous gift for my beyond-fabulous mother all in one breath?

    Month of May, have mercy on me.

  8. Event: Time to learn on the fly at the How-To Festival, 5.10.14

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    May 7, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Want to learn how to make your own chicken and dumplings?

    Have you ever wanted to learn something new and fun, like how to build a vertical garden or cook chicken and dumplings?

    The Louisville Free Public Library has a day of events to tickle your adventurous fancy.

    The library will present the How-To Festival at the main library branch this Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The family-friendly event was a big hit last year. According to the library, “nearly 3,000 people learned more than 50 things in 5 hours for free.” Yep, friends — all this learning is free.

  9. It’s that time again. Let Them Tweet Cake, 5.7.14

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    May 6, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’m in the mood for some cake and some ladies.

    Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talkin’ ’bout Let Them Tweet Cake.

    This event that I try to regularly attend is just a bunch of ladies (and a few gents) talking tech at a dessert shop, Sweet Surrender Dessert Café. We let our geek flags fly HIGH.

    It’s been a while since the last Tweet Cake, but this tweet-up is right on time for me. I’m excited to see old friends and meet some new ones.

    See you then, yes?

    Let Them Tweet Cake

    6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 7

    Sweet Surrender Dessert Café, 1804 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Ky.

  10. A few wishes on this Kentucky Derby Day

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    May 3, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A view of the paddock from the fifth-floor balcony of Churchill Downs.

    Happy Derby Day, readers. I hope you have fun, whether you’re at Churchill Downs or chilling in a patio chair in front of a grill (which I will be doing shortly).

    Here are my wishes for you on this day our lovely Bluegrass State deems a holiday:

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