Tag Archives: Food

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    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)
  4. 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:

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Bits and Pieces: Grasshoppers, tacos and other Louisville food news from the web, 12.6.13

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    December 6, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Photo courtesy Wild Rita's Facebook page.

    Closing

    • RIP Grasshoppers Distribution. This local service that provided produce from area farmers to Louisville customers will shut down today. (WDRB)

    News

    • Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer created a super-official work group to figure out how to make a hot spot for good food and spirits. The 34-member group includes local chefs and restaurateurs, local distillers and bourbon aficionados, and tourism officials. I assume my invitation got lost in the mail, Greg… (Insider Louisville)

    Openings

    • Tacos are having their moment in Louisville right now.
      • El Taco Luchador, from the genius minds behind Guaca Mole and Mussel and Burger Bar, will open at 938 Baxter Avenue sometime in December. The restaurant in a particularly bad-luck spot, the same building the once housed the former Lil’ Cheezers restaurant and 14K Cupcakes. (Consuming Louisville)
      • Wild Rita’s will open in the former location of Mozz at 445 East Market Street. This restaurant bills itself as a “modern Mexican and tequila bar” and is the latest creation from the Wild Eggs people (if you couldn’t tell by the logo). (Megabites Louisville)
    • In non-taco news, Big Four Burgers + Beer has opened in downtown Jeffersonville. Once the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge is open, I’d be tempted to walk over for a gourmet burger. But isn’t that defeating the purpose? (News and Tribune)
  8. Review: Premium meat from Mattingly worth the investment

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    December 3, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A box of meat from Mattingly. Christmas came early?

    Let’s get the tough part out of the way. This blog post is going to feature expensive meats firmly settled in Treat Yo’ Self territory.
    Yet, I was torn. The selection of meat from Mattingly is of premium quality with prices that reflect that commitment. Of the meat I sampled, the New York Strip is $13.75 a pound, pork chops are $5.50 per pound, and the hamburger patties are $3.50 per pound.

    We’re all regular folks, here. You know and I know that the prices made us gulp. But if you’re going to go big, go with Mattingly.

    Bringing home Mattingly Meat was like sneaking into the kitchen of my favorite steakhouse, clunking the chef over the head, and stealing slabs of beef from the fridge. My galley kitchen was instantly upgraded when I cooked a New York strip.

  9. Last-minute event alert: March of Dimes to celebrate good food to help babies

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    November 14, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This is SUPERSONIC last minute, but the March of Dimes will host a foodie event tonight to raise money for the non-profit’s efforts to fund research to find the causes of premature birth and developing strategies to prevent it.

    The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will take place today, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Here’s a rundown of the event, courtesy of the March of Dimes:

    • Guests sample culinary creations from 25 of Louisville’s finest white tablecloth restaurants followed by an exciting live auction featuring experiential dining packages and unique items. The Lead chef is Josh Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante.
    • Participating restaurants include: August Moon Chinese Bistro, Bistro 1860 Wine Bar, Bourbons Bistro, Buck’s Restaurant and Bar, Corbett’s, Jack Fry’s, Lilly’s Bistro, Napa River Grill, Rivue and Varanese.
    • To reserve your table or seat, contact Kim Ulrich at kulrich@marchofdimes.com or 502-473-6683.
    • Want to help March of Dimes? Make a donation (https://www.marchofdimes.com/kentucky/support_giving.html) or call March of Dimes Ohio Valley Division at (800) 255-5857 for volunteer opportunities.

     

  10. Speaking of openings, Papalinos to debut second location in Springhurst this month

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    November 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A slice from Papalinos.

    Papalinos Pizza serves some of the best New York-style pizza in the city with a bevy of house-made toppings.

    The pizzeria’s first location on Baxter Avenue has  thrived since it opened in 2010, and I’ve rooted for Papalinos to open another storefront since I wrote about the closing of their second location in Cardinal Towne adjacent to U of L’s campus.

    Did someone hear all my cheerleading for this restaurant?

    Papalinos plans to open a location sometime this month near Springhurst Towne Center in the East End, Business First of Louisville reports. The restaurant, which will operate at 3598 Springhurst Blvd., will be different than the Baxter Avenue store. From Business First:

    The restaurant will offer table service and will have a bar and expanded menu, including more salads and appetizers than the first store.

    For more information on the Springhurst opening, keep an eye on Papalinos’ Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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