1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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)
  6. Need some last-minute Super Bowl snack ideas?

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    January 31, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Full disclosure: I only follow sports enough to carry on small talk after a big event like the Super Bowl. I am, however, a fan of any occasion that calls for appetizers.

    If you plan on going to or hosting a Super Bowl party, check out one of my boards on Pinterest called Dips, Bites and Other Delights.

  7. It’s cold. We’re cranky. Bring on the delivery guys and gals.

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    January 30, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Dressing for this winter weather makes me as miserable as the little squirt from “A Christmas Story.”
    There are tights, socks, pants (preferably corduroy). A tank top, a long-sleeved blouse, a cardigan. Boots, down-feather coat, hat, scarf. Maybe another scarf for good measure. I look like a stuffed sausage by the time I’m fully clothed.

    This routine makes me hesitate to venture outside, even to go out to eat. There are new restaurants I still haven’t tried (looking at you, El Camino) and favorite restaurants that I’ve missed (oh, Mussels & Burger Bar, I’ll be back as soon as I thaw) all because the cold brings out my inner curmudgeon.

    God bless delivery people.

    These folks take it to the streets to deliver the goods to weather wusses like me. I have a genuine admiration for the work they do to bring home a paycheck.

    If you hate the cold like me, here are some places to consider for your next night in:

  8. Five bowls to thaw the Polar Vortex off your bones

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    January 8, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Don't stare too closely. The heat might singe your eyebrows.

    Thank you, Louisville, for not asking, “Is it cold enough for you?” during this Polar Vortex madness.  Fortunately, this cold snap …
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  9. Forget recaps. Here are 10 ways I will rock my foodie life in 2014.

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    December 31, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Ahh, the wonders of Instagram. Doesn't the app make this corn dog look delicious?

    Is 2013 already over?  There’s so much food I didn’t get to. So many recipes I didn’t try. So many …
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  10. Want to try Green BEAN Delivery? Here’s a special offer.

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    December 20, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    My first bunch of produce from Green BEAN Delivery.

    A couple of years ago, I reviewed Green BEAN Delivery, a company that sells bins of produce, most of which is organic, a lot of which is local, and delivers your bin right to your door (check out the review here).

    I’ve been a customer since that review. Every other week, Green BEAN brings a small bin of fruits and vegetables to my apartment. I can customize what comes in my bin, so if I’m not feeling like Brussels sprouts, I can sub a butternut squash. You can also add grocery items such as locally sourced milk, meat and dry goods. The small bins feed my husband and I pretty well and run us $35 for each bin.

    If you’re interested in trying Green BEAN (especially with the closing of Grasshopper’s Distribution fresh on our minds), the lovely folks at the company have offered a discount to new or reactivating customers who read this blog — that means you guys.

    Use the code “15AEml” for $15 off your first order when you visit Green BEAN’s website and sign up for a membership (don’t worry, you can cancel if you don’t like it). But hurry — the code expires next Friday, Dec. 27.

    Visit Green BEAN’s FAQ page for information about this service and how it works.

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