1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

  6. I ate all the tacos so you don’t have to (unless you’re really into that)

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    April 28, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A sampling of tacos from El Taco Luchador on Baxter Avenue.

    It was an assignment not for the weak of stomach: write a round-up of the Louisville taco scene.

    Journalism school taught me that a good reporter must do his or her research, so I embarked on a two-week taco taste test across the city. I documented some lessons learned and some stand-out taquerias in a story I wrote for the WFPL news blog.

  7. A Passover Seder, a fish fry, and how food brings us together

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    April 16, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A Seder plate. (Photo courtesy Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr)

    Sometimes, I can be pretty naive for my own good. Take this blog post, for example.

    I’ve had a case of the warm fuzzies all day after attending my first Passover Seder on Monday. I spent a wonderful evening learning about the Jewish holiday, drinking a lot of kosher wine, eating my weight in matzo, and having some great conversations with folks I would’ve never met otherwise.

    A few weeks ago, I had the tinglies after a trip with two of my best friends to Holy Family Catholic Church’s Friday fish fry, a Catholic tradition during the Christian holiday of Lent. There I was, in a gym full of strangers, eating a fish sandwich, listening to someone holler out Keno numbers over the crowd. It was the best Friday night I’d had in ages.

    I’m not Catholic. I’m not Jewish. But both communities welcomed me with the one event that has the formative power to bridge divides — a good meal.

  8. Grad school is hard, and other things I learned during my blog blackout

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    April 14, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Oh, pizza. You have sustained me. (Photo courtesy thebittenword.com via Flickr)

    You remember that scene in Jumanji in which Robin Williams emerges from the board game after 20 some-odd years and has NO IDEA what’s going on in his hometown?

    Other than the whole trapped-in-a-jungle-board-game hell, I can completely relate.

    In November, I started my first semester in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at Spalding University. My concentration is creative nonfiction. I’m not gonna lie — I thought this would be relatively easy-peasy to fit into my life. I was a journalist. I have a food blog. I got this creative nonfiction thing in the bag, I thought.

    Holy shiitake, was I wrong.

  9. It’s cookie time. Have you found your Girl Scout?

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    February 19, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

    Want to support girls? Just want something to calm that aching sweet tooth? Here’s how you can get your hands on some Girl Scout cookies.

  10. Bits and Pieces: Grind food truck, Gelato Gilberto and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.17.14

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    February 17, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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

    Blogger’s note: Y’ALL. I have been buried in the delightful terror that is grad school. I’ll have to tell you about it one day. I’m blogging while I’m up for air.

    News

    • Louisville loves Liz and Jesse Huot. How do I know? I linked to a story about the pair behind Grind food truck opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and it’s the most read post EVER on the Ashlee Eats Facebook page. The couple plans to open a restaurant in the building that used to house Oasis Sushi on Preston Highway. Congratulations, you crazy kids. (Courier-Journal)

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