Tag Archives: Food

  1. Scarlet’s Bakery provides hope, second chances and bomb cinnamon rolls

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    May 24, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    Inspiration for blog posts reaches me at the oddest moments, like a couple of weeks ago when I was trapped in the hell that is the Shelbyville Road Plaza parking lot on a Saturday afternoon. It was a segment about the memorial service for the anti-war activist Father Daniel Berrigan. A friend once asked Berrigan what the meaning of life was. His response: “If you want to be hopeful, you have to do hopeful things.”

    That’s a pretty heavy observation on a Saturday in the suburbs.

    Berrigan’s instruction about hope made me think about a local business I had just visited the day before: Scarlet’s Bakery in Shelby Park. This new sweet shop and café blends baked goods and business acumen to give women an opportunity to improve their lives and, in turn, hope for a better future.

  2. Four ways to improve your grocery shopping

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    April 5, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    An oldie but goodie: My haul during one grocery trip in which Cherry Coke Zero was on sale.

      I take grocery shopping seriously. I’d often join my mom when I was a kid, following her around Kroger, …
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  3. Event alert: Celebrate great black women of Kentucky tonight at the Clifton Center

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    March 10, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s way past my bedtime, but I wanted to get something up quick about an event from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a social justice organization that’s doing good work for folks in the state.

    Tonight is the third annual We Are Kentuckians: Celebrating Our Common Heritage, a bash that brings together art, music and food in celebration of the people of the Commonwealth. This year’s gathering specifically focuses on lifting up black women in Kentucky (*clears throat* YAAAAAAS).

  4. Event Alert: Louisville Storytellers event will be all about food on Nov. 16

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    November 4, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Food and good stories complement one another like Nutella and pretzels (just try it if you don’t believe me). And later this month, the first-ever Louisville Storytellers event will turn the spotlight on this entertaining combination.

  5. Got 10 bucks? Check out the Tuesday chicken-and-grits special at the Monkey Wrench

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    August 19, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Fried chicken and grits. Photo courtesy Alexander + Hughes Advertising & Marketing

    The Monkey Wrench has changed its game up this year. A new chef and new outlook means this bar, once known mostly for burgers, is putting more of a Southern flair into its menu.

  6. Get your stomachs ready for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24, 2014

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    August 14, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    My love for the Kentucky State Fair is deep, and it is real. It is so real that my friends Samantha, Beth and I started planning our trip to the fairgrounds last month.

    There is so much to see, do, and eat. The dogs herding ducks. Goats, pigs and cows giving mean side eye. A deep-fried Hot Brown? Why, I don't mind if I do. All this activity requires proper planning.

    The gates opened today, Aug. 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The fair runs through Aug. 24. Visit the fair's website for information on parking, admission and everything you need to know about making your fair visit fun.

    I'm not going for another week. In the meantime, I will start hoarding Mylanta for all the deep-fried deliciousness.

  7. LouVino had me at wine and snacks

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    August 8, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I don’t know if you know this about me, but I enjoy wine. Out of a bottle, box or jug, it’s my adult beverage of choice for an evening at home watching Murder, She Wrote. Fortunately, a new restaurant has opened on Bardstown Road that might get me out of the house in pursuit of wine and snacks.

    LouVino opened in July at 1606 Bardstown Road in the former De La Torre/La Bodega space. The restaurant specializes in “small plates” and “big wine.” A few words from co-owner Lauren Coulter:

    LouVino will have 40 wines by the glass, and an additional 40 by the bottle, along with an innovative “small plates” menu created by our executive chef, Tavis Rockwell.

    The small plate menu looks like the real deal. Most of the small plates are $10 or less, which is right up my alley to go with a nice glass of vino. I have my eye on the smoked gouda Hot Brown mac and cheese ($9), the loaded baked potato tots ($8), and the fried chicken tacos ($9).

    LouVino

    1606 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky.

    More info: LouVino’s websiteFacebook and Twitter

  8. 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

    Chicken salad sandwich at The Cafe.

    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.

  9. Holy shiitake, I’m writing a book about Louisville diners

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    July 31, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Chicken and waffles from Good Ole Jessie's Diner on Dixie Highway, one of the subjects of the book.

    Everyone expects any announcement of big news to center around a pregnancy when you’re a woman of childbearing age. There are no buns in my oven at this time, but I do have news.

    I’m writing my first book, and I have a publisher.

    *throws confetti*

    *swings pants around my head*

  10. Brace yourselves. The Great Gelato Giveaway is upon us.

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    July 1, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Be on the lookout for the Gelatomobile (Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert).

    Ahh, Ohio Valley summers. Sultry, sweaty and sticky (I’d complain, but that would go against the vow I took during the Polar Vortex to not talk bad about the heat).

    The nice folks over at Gelato Gilberto have a solution to the summer woes. The gelato shop will give away 100 pints of the dessert starting today, July 1.

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