Tag Archives: Shopping

  1. The $10 Challenge: Yang Kee Noodle


    June 3, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Malls are a gift and a curse.

    The convenience is the most redeeming quality of a typical trip to a Louisville shopping mall. In terms of one-stop shopping, I can’t beat having 50-plus retailers at my disposal when it’s time to find some shorts. Everything else, however, is awful – loud corridors filled with oblivious teenagers, pushy sales associates, and racks and racks and racks of clothes that I really don’t even need. I have a headache just thinking about the sensory overload.

    To soothe my sensitive psyche, I’ve made more frequent meal-time visits to Oxmoor Center so I can stop by Yang Kee Noodle, a Louisville-grown pan-Asian restaurant in that mall. Yang Kee Noodle is a rarity – a local dining option in a shopping mall. Its location away from Oxmoor’s main corridor (it’s next to Dick’s Sporting Goods) and fast-casual concept make for a nice oasis when I’ve had enough browsing and buying. Plus, the food is tasty, fresh and affordable, especially important when I’ve treated myself a little too well on a shopping trip.

  2. The Ashlee Eats guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

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    December 20, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    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)


  3. My Favorite Things: The tiny carts at Kroger


    October 18, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: Every once in a while, I come across something so awesome that I must shout it from the …
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  4. So Trader Joe’s is coming to Louisville?


    March 11, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The Big Guy must listen to my food prayers. Signs are pointing to “yes” that Trader Joe’s is coming to …
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  5. Got bourbon? Get some and support Brightside at Four Roses Flower Hour

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    February 3, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ve written before that I’m a fan of charity and food. Add bourbon to the mix, and you’ve got yourself …
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  6. Mark your calendars: Frozen yogurt shop’s Sept. 29 opening will benefit Kosair Charities

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    September 28, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I love fundraisers disguised as food events. They combine two of my passions – charity and good eats. One such …
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