Listen to this week’s Deliciously Louisville podcast with Bourbon Built’s Katie Kelty

Katie Kelty knows her bourbon.

The co-founder of the company Bourbon Built is a big fan of this Kentucky beverage, and I talked to her about it on this week’s episode of Deliciously Louisville with Ashlee Eats, my podcast at Louisville.am.

Bourbon Built sells Kentucky-inspired T-shirts, coozies and other goods with a Southern flair. My new favorite shirt, a grey tee with “Bless Her Heart” on the front, is a Bourbon Built product.

I had a lot of fun talking bourbon, business and food with Katie. Best quote of the interview:

“It tastes like angels.” Katie describing the doughnut/croissant hybrid at Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Café

Good news — you can now download this episode of Deliciously Louisville and others on iTunes.

Better news — you can listen to the episode right here.

The downtown Vint Coffee shops are now Heine Brothers’, and they’re giving away coffee Wednesday

Ahh, a good cup of coffee.
Ahh, a good cup of coffee.

Well, color me surprised.

The Vint Coffee location I often visit at 516 W. Main Street next to Humana HQ has turned into a Heine Brothers’ coffeehouse. Ditto at the Vint location at 462 S. Fourth Street.

I was two seconds from being super confused until I remembered that this replacement had been in the works for months.

Heine and Vint announced that they were merging back in November 2011. As of Monday, the two downtown Vint locations carry the Heine Brothers’ name, Insider Louisville reports. The Frankfort Avenue Vint will stay the same.

To mark the occasion, the downtown Heine Brothers’ locations will offer buy one, get one free coffee on Wednesday, Jan. 9. I’ll drink to that.

Give $1 at Heine Brothers’ Coffee to help the Center for Women and Families

If you have a spare dollar, it could go a long way for a family this holiday season.

The Heine Brothers’ Coffee location at 805 Blankenbaker Pkwy. will give a free cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to all guests who donate at least $1 to Care in a Cup on Thursday, Nov. 29. The donations will go toward buying holiday dinners at the Center for Women and Families.

Visit the Center for Women and Families’ website for more information about the non-profit organization.

 

Care in a Cup

Where: Heine Brothers’ Coffee, 805 Blankenbaker Pkwy., Louisville

When: Thursday, Nov. 29

Cost: At least $1 donation

5 reasons to visit Please & Thank You, the coffee shop/record store hybrid

Working in coffee shops around Louisville was the best thing about being unemployed.

You recall seeing black woman, black frame glasses, twentysomething-ish, posted up at a table for two, fumbling through a navy blue messenger bag, typing away at worn MacBook? Yep, that was me, surviving on refills and free wifi.

A visit to a coffeehouse was the highlight of my days, which had become filled with wedding planning and job hunting. This was the time I had all to myself to blog, journal and fart around on the Internet.

I became sort of a floozy when it came to which shop to visit. I tried them all. But one quickly became my favorite: Please & Thank You.

Here are six five reasons why you should make a visit to this coffee shop, located at 800 E. Market St. in downtown Louisville:

1. Wrap your mind around Please & Thank You’s concept: coffeehouse/music store. And not just any music store — they sell vinyl, the cornerstone of every hipster/twentysomething/music lover’s collection. On my first visit, it took me less than five minutes to find and buy the album Guess Who’s Comin’ to the Crib? by the 80s R&B group Full Force. Not familiar? Observe this gem:

 

2. Good coffee and good things to put in it. Want cream with your coffee? A barista will hand you an opaque jug from a fridge behind the counter. If brown sugar cubes are your preference, they have those, too. Don’t worry — Splenda and the like is available, too.

3. With a prime location on East Market in the NuLu district, you’re cool just walking in there. I have never been mistaken for someone who is “with it.” Somehow, I manage to feel not as square when I’m in Please & Thank You. I’m on board with where the cool people of Louisville are hanging out.

4. They support The Paper. I’ve had a few articles in the newest addition to Louisville media. They’re readily available at Please & Thank You. ‘Nuff said. (Blogger’s note: The Paper is no longer available here. Sorry for any confusion.)

5. The coffee shop uses social media — well. If you follow Please & Thank You on Twitter, you can
easily find out what the fine employees are serving up for the day. The shop also shares its latest news on Facebook.

6. The pastries = THE BUSINESS. If you’re around me long enough, you will eventually hear me refer to something (usually food) as THE BUSINESS. This is a great compliment that can only be expressed in all caps. It’s also the only way I can describe my love for the baked goods at Please & Thank You. Observe:

Bits and pieces: Magical pomegranate, Starbucks and other food news from the web, 9.27.10

  • Starbucks will join a host of other companies as it raises the prices of certain coffee drinks, according to an article in Business First of Louisville. The increased prices come as a response to the soaring costs of coffee beans, the article states. Other companies that have raised coffee prices include J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company of Folger’s and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and Kraft Foods Inc., which includes Maxwell House coffee.
  • This is kind of a bummer – Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will remove its “all natural” label from some of its frozen treats after debate about the validity of that claim. According to NPR:
  • The flavors containing alkalized cocoa, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil particularly irked the folks over at the Center for the Science in the Public Interest, who had asked the company to stop using “all natural” claims last month in a letter to parent company Unilever.

  • Don’t like eating at that restaurant that got a B grade on the health inspection? Well, their kitchen is probably cleaner than yours. The Los Angeles County health department conducted a study on home kitchens that showed that one in seven home kitchens would not pass the standard restaurant home inspection, according to the Poynter Institute.
  • The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the makers of POM Wonderful for “false and unsubstantiated” claims that pomegranate can prevent and treat everything from “heart disease to erectile dysfunction,” according to an article from the Chicago Tribune. I don’t know if the company’s advertising is true, but that POM juice makes a heckuva smoothie ingredient.