Bits and Pieces: Comfy Cow, Havana Rumba and other Louisville food news for the web, 2.25.13

News

  • The owners of Comfy Cow plan to expand their ice cream shop by franchising in the region. As a fan of their seasonal sweet potato casserole ice cream, I approve wholeheartedly. (Business First of Louisville, Insider Louisville)
  • Taco Punk, the NuLu restaurant Mexican restaurant that launched a Kickstarter campaign, did not reach its $20,000 fundraising goal. No word on what’s next for the restaurant. (Eater Louisville)

Openings

  • More official news about Havana Rumba‘s new “express” concept restaurant. Havana Rumba Express & Tapas Bar will open in Douglass Loop at 2210 Bardstown Road in the space formerly occupied by Desserts by Helen and Mucho Queso. Owners are still in the planning stages, but this is an opening worth keeping an eye on. (Consuming Louisville)
  • New coffee shop alert: Kaelin’s Coffeehouse, 1801 Newburg Road. (Consuming Louisville)
  • A Detroit-style pizza parlor called Loui Loui’s will open in Jeffersontown next month at the former Ferd Grisanti’s building, 10212 Taylorsville Road. Check out Insider Louisville’s article for more information about this style of the popular dish. (Insider Louisville)

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.

The Ashlee Eats guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

That’s me and my little tree. Christmas-y, huh?

You waited until now to start Christmas shopping, huh?

It’s OK, you have 120 hours and counting to grab some stuff for friends, family and your office Secret Santa.

Here’s a quick and dirty list of food-centric presents that you can scoop up for the big day. Good luck, and godspeed.

  • For the drinker
    • Bourbon. Duh. (Any decent liquor store)
    • Against the Grain Brewery has glassware to hold plenty of beer. The restaurant and brewery also offers Grainiac memberships come with anytime for discounts on beer all year long. (401 E. Main Street at Louisville Slugger Field)

 

 

  • For the barista in training
    • Quills Coffee has some deals that let you treat yo’ self while buying for the ones you love.
      • 10 percent off Quills diner mug when you buy a bag of coffee
      • Buy a bag of coffee and get 15 percent off your second bag
      • Free drink with a $25 Gift Card purchase
      • Fancy coffee-brewing sets

(quillscoffee.com or one of three locations)

 

 

  • For the out-of-towner
    • Bourbon is the gift that keeps on giving. Why not give the ones you love a little taste of Kentucky by buying products spiked with a nip of bourbon? Bourbon Barrel Foods has an array of sauces, marinades and seasonings worthy of any gift bag. (bourbonbarrelfood.com or various locations)

 

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

Bits and Pieces: Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Quills and other Louisville food news from the web, 11.19.12

Awards

 

Openings

  • The new Heine Brothers’ Coffee location at 4305 Shelbyville Road will have its grand opening Nov. 28, but the store will be serving medium cups of coffee for $1 beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Black Friday. (Heine Brothers’ website)

 

Etc.

  • Mozzaria at Fourth Street Live will become Quattro in December. (Insider Louisville)
  • Customers can now buy Quills Coffee online on the shop’s website. If you buy whole beans before noon today, you can get 20 percent off your order when you enter promotion code “Launch” at checkout. (Quills Coffee’s website)

Bits and Pieces: Vint coffee, the Kentucky doughnut trail and other Louisville food news from the web, 11.5.12

Closings

  • Vint, a coffee/wine shop that merged with Heine Brothers’ Coffee earlier this year, will close its Northfield location Wednesday, Nov. 7. Staff members will work at the new Heine Brothers’ location at 4305 Shelbyville Road that is set to open before the end of the year. (Business First of Louisville)

News

  • The New York Times featured Louisville doughnut shop Nord’s Bakery in an article about the Kentucky doughnut trail. I frequented two other stops on the trail when I lived in Lexington — Spalding’s Bakery and Magee’s Bakery. (New York Times)

Openings

  • BoomBozz pizza founder Tony Palombino plans to open a restaurant called Manny and Merle on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville. The restaurant will feature Mexican street food, live music and cocktails. (Insider Louisville)

Etc.

[Bits and pieces] The Cinnamon Challenge, Starbucks and other food news from the web, 3.19.12

Cinnamon sticks. Tasty, but not by the spoonful. Photo courtesy of ::nany mata via Flickr.
  • Wait a minute. People are swallowing spoonfuls of cinnamon for kicks now? And videotaping it? Excuse me while I bang my head against my dining room table and weep for humanity. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Starbucks continues to march toward world domination with the opening of its new Evolution Fresh juice store. That sounds delightfully refreshing. (USA Today)
  • Move over, Burger King. Wendy’s is now the second biggest hamburger chain in the United States. It makes since. I only know of two Burger Kings in my general vicinity, but I can find a Wendy’s pretty easily. (Huffington Post)

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

My Valentines.

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 today with not only my new husband, but a supportive family, fun-loving friends, and a dog who is never short on kisses.

All these people have showed me what love really is:

  • Coffee in bed
  • Catching up over Sunday brunch
  • Washing the dishes, even when it’s not your turn
  • Homemade chicken soup when you’re sick (or feeling fine)
  • Potlucks
  • Giving up the last piece of cake
  • Your favorite meal for your birthday
  • Birthday trips to Huber’s
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Homemade cookies with Ghirardelli chocolate chips
  • Packed lunch boxes with love notes inside
  • Splitting a pizza
  • Table scraps*

*Roscoe’s idea of love

Happy V-Day. Share it someone (or some animal) you love.

 

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: