Tag Archives: Breakfast

  1. When a new job gives you biscuits, make a breakfast casserole

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    May 13, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A dream job seemed like a fantasy. For the past few years, I’ve assumed that a job was something I had to tolerate for eight hours a day so I would have enough money to pursue the activities about which I was really passionate. I was lucky enough to land somewhere that wasn’t too bad. My co-workers were fun. The work was new. I gave up the idea of earning a paycheck from doing what I love and loving what I do (a first-world mantra that glosses over things like taxes, rent and savings accounts) and settled into a content cubicle life.

    Then my dream job showed up, slapped me in the face and reminded me that you can do what you love and get paid for it.

    Last week, I began working at the technology and review website CNET as a senior associate editor. I test and review ovens for a living. Seriously. I can’t make this up. A food writer landed in a job that requires boiling water, broiling burgers and baking biscuits in order to recommend which ranges are a good fit in consumers’ homes.

    Y’all, I’m living the dream. Let’s pause for a praise break.

  2. Event Alert: Take your pup to Bark Brunch at The Cafe tomorrow, 8.2.14

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    August 1, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Brunch is wonderful on its own. Add pets, and we’ve achieved next-level glee.

    The Café, a restaurant at 712 Brent Street in Louisville, will team up with 102.3 The Max and The Flea Off Market for a Bark Brunch this Saturday, Aug. 2. It’s your chance to bring your dog to the lovely patio of The Café for a meal.

  3. 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:

  4. Dunkin’ Donuts has a bacon doughnut sandwich. But did Kentucky do it first?

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    June 5, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I guess the marriage of bacon and morning pastry at Dunkin’ Donuts was inevitable.

    The chain first introduced the Glazed Breakfast Sandwich in April, Eater National reported. But only customers in Massachusetts got to try this sandwich made up of a fried egg and bacon between two glazed doughnuts.

    Last week, DD debuted this new breakfast item nationwide, and the internet seems surprised that a restaurant would offer something that just seems so bad yet so good.

    But lest we not forget that Kentucky’s been doing this meat-and-doughnut sandwich thing for years.

  5. Wild Eggs has all-you-can-eat pancakes this month. Challenge accepted.

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    February 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    February is National Pancake Month. I’m not one to shrug off seemingly unnecessary proclamations such as this, and neither is Wild Eggs.

    In honor of this glorious month, the breakfast/lunch/brunch restaurant will offer all-you-can-eat pancakes $4.99 through February.

    Heck. Yeah.

    I’m a frequent Wild Eggs patron on lazy Sunday afternoons. I tried their pancakes for the first time a few weeks ago, and I was smitten. I’ve been on a pancake kick ever since. I’ll even order a pancake as a side dish — I’m not ashamed. Wild Eggs serves their hot cakes big, buttery and fluffy. I agree with Michelle at Consuming Louisville — it’s hard to finish a regular order, let alone an unlimited supply.

    That doesn’t mean I won’t try.

    Check out Wild Eggs’ Facebook page or website for more details. In the meantime, I’ll be practicing some pancake-eatin’ for my next visit.

  6. The $10 Challenge: Terri Ann’s

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    January 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A restaurant like Theresa’s doesn’t come along all the time. Neither does its breakfast special.

    Theresa’s is a diner in Bowling Green that serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday; Sundays are reserved for the staff to spend time with “the Lord and their families,” the menu says. The smoking section takes up the majority of the restaurant, but the cloud of secondhand smoke inevitably wafts over to a non-smoker’s table as waitresses hustle by with full trays of orders. Because the doors close at 3 in the afternoon, the booths and tables are full of blue-collar workers still in cover-alls looking for breakfast after the first and third shifts.

    Breakfast was my favorite thing about Theresa’s. They had this incredible breakfast special that I ordered every time I visited as a Western Kentucky University student. For four dollars and some change, you get biscuits and gravy or toast (but seriously, who chooses toast when biscuits and gravy is an option), your choice of a meat, two eggs any way you want them, and hash browns.

    I’ve spent three years trying to find a dinner in Louisville that I love as much as Theresa’s.

    Terri Ann’s is pretty close. It’s a diner in southwest Louisville, just down the street from the beauty shop my parents own. Terri Ann’s offers a hearty line-up of meat-centric Southern diner fare that will set you back well less than $10.

    My dad comes in most Saturdays with a carry-out box filled to the edges with some kind of breakfast combo he’s picked up from Terri Ann’s.

    “You want some of this?” he asks, mouth full of egg and potato.

    Yes, Daddy, I indeed want some Terri Ann’s, I decided one Saturday.

    Instead of picking out of my dad’s to-go box, I went down to the restaurant after my shampoo and set to enjoy an early lunch with Rob.

    The diner lacks some of the charm of Theresa’s (the city’s smoking ban probably has a lot to do with that), but it’s just as unpretentious. Guests seat themselves in vinyl booths or small tables under the dull glow of fluorescent lights. Waitresses don’t wear uniforms – just T-shirts, jeans and a smile.

    We started with a couple of mismatched mugs of coffee ($1.50). I wasn’t expecting Starbucks, but I wasn’t expecting the thin beverage I sipped. Even though it was the cheapest coffee I had in weeks, I quickly decided I would stick with just water the next time.

    Terri Ann’s food is more robust than its drinks, but take note: this is a restaurant where New Year’s resolutions come to die. All of the appetizers ($3.25-$4.95) are fried or covered in cheese. The only vegetarian option on the lunch sandwich menu is the grilled cheese on Texas toast (served with fries, $3.50). And don’t get me started on the country fried steak. But there’s a certain charm to this disregard providing healthful options. This isn’t a place to count Weight Watchers points. Terri Ann’s is a place to fill your belly on the cheap with some good, greasy, cheap food.

    My general rule is to order breakfast whenever a restaurant serves the most important meal of the day all day. Unless you had your heart set on waffles, which aren’t on the menu, Terri Ann’s has just about everything I could ask for in a breakfast menu. I could be full for hours with one of the egg plates, which come with fried potatoes, a biscuit, two eggs and one of seven different meats (ranging from $5.95 for smoked sausage and eggs to $9.95 for steak and eggs). The short stack with meat ($5.35 for two “hot cakes” and your choice of meat) and old-time French toast ($3.50 for three piece made with Texas toast) would satisfy my sweet tooth. And if all else fails, there’s always biscuits and gravy ($3 for two biscuits).

    To get a little taste of a lot of food, I ordered the “Two Egg’s & Taters” (sic) that came with two eggs cooked to order (over medium for me), fried potatoes, country gravy and a biscuit ($3.95). Rob went with the Traditional Western omelet and fried potatoes ($8.70).

    The meal compensated for my earlier disappointment with the coffee.

    The fried potatoes were like the fat cousin of hash browns. The heftier hunks had the crispy edges that I like but more of the potato’s “meat.”

    The eggs and biscuit were very good, nothing out of the ordinary, but tasty nonetheless. The country gravy, however, was some of the thickest I had ever had. I only needed to plop couple of heaping spoonfuls onto my biscuit. The gravy was a day away from being the consistency of a Jell-O mold.
    If I ever go to Terri Ann’s on an empty stomach, I will get the Western omelet that Rob ordered. The three-egg dish includes bacon, sausage, ham onion, tomato, mushrooms, green peppers and cheddar cheese. It was like someone dumped the toppings of a supreme pizza onto a pile of eggs. This dish is guaranteed to give you a severe case of the itis that you can only remedy with a nap.

    Terri Ann’s won’t have the nostalgia that I’ve attached to Theresa’s any time soon. But it is a restaurant where I can afford to make plenty of new memories.

    Terri Ann’s, 2605 Rockford Lane, Louisville

    • Coffee: $1.50
    • Two eggs, fried potatoes and a biscuit with gravy: $3.95
    • Total (with tax): $5.78

    Mission: Accomplished

  7. Treat Yo’ Self: Brunch at BLU Italian Grille (and a giveaway)

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    October 19, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: I’m giving away a brunch for two at BLU. Read this post for more info.)
    I got the chance to celebrate brunch last week at BLU Italian Grille in the Marriott in downtown Louisville. The restaurant is promoting its new brunch concept and invited me to try it out on the house.

    The brunch buffet at BLU is $22.95 per person, which puts the BLU buffet firmly in Treat Yo’ Self territory. But the upscale atmosphere, attentive wait staff and wide variety of delicious food choices are worth scrimping during the week to have a nice Sunday brunch, especially if you have some hard-to-please guests to entertain.

    BLU offers a variety of dishes to satisfy urges for breakfast, lunch or both. The buffet provides a satisfying preview of what the regular BLU menu offers. Here are some of the foods that were available during my visit:

    Omelet station
    Egg benedict station
    Carving station (a chef carved slices of beef at your request)
    Antipasto platters
    Selection of fresh fruit
    Continental breakfast selections (yogurt, cereal, pastries, etc.)
    Hot breakfast offerings (eggs, sausage, bacon, waffles, etc.)
    Premium entreés
    Desserts
    In about an hour, I had sampled from three plates full of food (I was researching for this blog, so I absolve myself of guilt). Some of my favorite selections were the beef filet and scalloped potatoes from the entreé section of the buffet, the scrambled eggs and the fresh fruit. A slice of moist carrot cake was a good cap to my meal.

    But it wasn’t just the food that made my experience at BLU enjoyable. A jazz trio played upbeat tunes throughout the afternoon. Our waitress, Mei, was never more than a step or two away with fresh coffee or cold water. These little extras made my brunch a little more classy than what I’m used to, and I’m OK with that.

    BLU Italian Grille, 280 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville

    Brunch buffet, $22.95 per person

    10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sundays

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLUItalianGrille
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BLUGrille
    BLU would like to offer a brunch for two to one Ashlee Eats reader. Just answer the following question in the comments between now and next Thursday, 10.25.12, for your chance to win:

    What is your favorite brunch food?

  8. Eat your heart out at the Wild Eggs Pancake Eating Championship

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    September 12, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Any competitive eaters in the audience?

    Wild Eggs, a brunch restaurant based in Louisville, is having its first National Championship Pancake Eating Championship Sept. 29. Applications to enter the contest are available at all Wild Eggs locations.

    Laugh if you want, but I got a little giddy when I saw the flier for this event because:

    1. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day
    2. Wild Eggs is my favorite place to get breakfast
    3. I love Man vs. Food, a show that features a host competing in eating challenges at local restaurants

    Even if you’re not that into the gluttony of eating challenge, visit Wild Eggs anyway. It’s tasty and $10-Challenge friendly.

    Wild Eggs National Pancake Eating Championship

    Competition at 2 p.m., family activities from noon to 3 p.m., Sept. 29

    Wild Eggs at Westport Village, 1211 Herr Lane, Louisville

  9. Happy Valentine’s Day, and a foodie’s musings on love

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    February 14, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ve griped about Valentine’s Day, but I’m really nothing but a big sap with a caramel center.  I’m blessed to spend …
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  10. Bits and pieces: Happy Meals, colorful cauliflower and other food news from the web, 8.1.11

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    August 1, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Starting in September, McDonald’s will add a serving of fruit or vegetable and reduce the portion of french fries in …
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