Thursday, April 27, 2017

Daisy's Country Cooking

This is as close to insta-posting as I'm getting to these days. I just came from a delicious meal of liver and onions, greens, mac and cheese, cornbread, and orange cake, thanks to my new friends at Daisy's County Cooking on West Fifth Street in downtown New Albany. Yum!!
You know I have a thing for cafeterias, and the whole slide-the-tray-down-the-track opportunity to select from a variety of tasties served in the individual plastic bowls. I was spent after a day hostessing tourism colleagues, then I concierged a senior group. What better pick-up than some iron-rich liver and onions? I felt perkier after the first bite!!
And, I'm especially intrigued by the idea of cafeteria-style breakfasts, so a follow-up to Daisy's is definitely needed. Who wants to join me?!
Daisy's does not have a website. Phone is 812-944-8101.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Cafe

So, I've been hearing about The Café from multiple co-workers. See, I've been investigating box lunch options for my groups, so I'm getting great input from lots of sources. Today, I understand why The Café is topping those lists.

This, my friends, is the Southern Grits Scramble, with grits covered by eggs, covered by cheese, then covered by tomatoes and bacon. Do I even need to explain how terrific this was?! And, breakfast is available at any time. I love a joint that doesn't limit dreamy food to just morning hours.

I understand from (now confirmed) good sources that the salads, sandwiches, and soups are good. Heck, I haven't heard a bad thing about The Café! Who's with me to explore the whole menu?

Click here for The Cafe's website.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

O'Shea's Irish Pub

This month's Best Burger Ever came to me courtesy of O'Shea's Irish Pub in the Highlands. It is, afterall, Tartan Day, and I'm hanging with the Louisville Pipe Band at a fundraiser there. I was a first-timer to this pub, but you know I did my menu homework. Their Pepper Jam Avocado Burger topped with Swiss, crispy peppers, sweet hot pepper jam, lettuce, and tomato on a potato bun was off the charts! Note that I tried to order healthy with seasoned (which unbeknownst to me was bacon!) and charred Brussels sprouts. Delish!! Who wants to get their Irish on and explore with me?!

Click here for O'Shea's website.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dragon King's Daughter

I'm in the Highlands, hanging with my Louisville Pipe Band chums, after marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (So many cool things about that sentence!!) We're tired and hungry, after marching, playing, and dodging beads and other toss-able items from the partying crowd. We settled on Dragon King's Daughter, because we could eat while watching the revelers and the end of the parade.

I often pick my sushi like I pick my racehorses - by their cool names. Dragon King's Daughter did not disappoint. At top is The Kraken Attacks (red tuna, avocado, hot sauce inside; escolar and unagi outside) and Sushi and the Banshees (cream cheese, roasted garlic, and avocado inside; salmon and basil outside) at bottom. YUM!!

The menu is quite diverse. One friend got kimchi nachos, another prosciutto quesadilla, and the last Asian Beef BBQ tacos. And everyone was happy and content afterward!

I see that there's also a New Albany location, so I can meet you on either side of the river to tackle all the options. Who's with me?!

Click here for their website.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Addams Family at Derby Dinner Playhouse

I can't believe I haven't posted on Derby Dinner Playhouse yet! Since coming back in July, I've already seen The Hallelujah Girls, Honky Tonk Angels, Run For Your Wife, and now The Addams Family at the delightful playhouse. It is a theatre-in-the-round, so the audience seating is wrapped around the center stage, which is configured differently with each production. Sweet!

For The Addams Family, daughter Wednesday falls in love with a "normal" guy, who turns out to be not so normal. The Addams long-dead ancestors in a wide-variety of historical attires (caveman, knight in shining armor, school marm) are involved with bringing them together. And, it's a hoot - bawdy, witty, stomach-achingly funny stuff!!

Oh, as for the Dinner part, there is a full-on buffet beforehand! Salad bar, corn casserole, and fried chicken are just a few of the items loading (and re-loading!) down my plate. Good stuff!!

The next major production is Sister Act. Fingers are crossed I get to see that one, too!

Click here for Derby Dinner Playhouse's website.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Another Place Sandwich Shop

Lunch al desko does not have dreadful. This, my friends, is a PBLT - BLT with a hearty schmeer of pimento cheese from Another Place Sandwich Shop off Seventh and Main downtown Louisville. Can I tell you how tasty the addition was?!

And, you get to walk by 21c's gigantic gold David statue when you visit Another Place. Hey, he's almost the same color as the pimento!!

I'm working my way through Another Place's menu, and the chocolate brownie with peanut butter frosting is dream-worthy. Let's go!!

Click here for their website.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Christmas Story House in Cleveland!

I'm in Cleveland for a work conference, and there is no way I'm leaving without seeing the Christmas Story House!

I grew up watching A Christmas Story; heck, I even still have a VHS copy of the movie! It is truly a holiday tradition for me.

A Christmas Story House is actually made of three components: (1) the ultra-fabulous Gift Shop, complete with the pink bunny outfit - or you can just get the slippers, and every configuration of leg-lamp items, (2) the House itself, and (3) the Museum.

All tours start at the Gift Shop, then a lovely guide walks you across the street while sharing the Christmas Story story. How the house fell into disrepair, and there was a motorcycle repair shop in the living room space. How the owner/uber-fan Brian Jones bought the house sight unseen and began the process of returning it to it's movie glory. How Jack Nicholson was originally pegged to play the Old Man. The great stories just went on and on!!

And here it is! Can you see the leg lamp in the front window?! We also learned that only certain scenes were filmed in the house, due to space limitations. But, the Fragile box was delivered up those stairs and into the living room. The Christmas dinner scene with the dogs running through and destroying the turkey were filmed here on the first attempt.

These are my two favorite details:

The coolest thing is that you can actually wander - and wonder! - around the house, and pick up the replica wall phone, or Randy's bib, or the Orphan Annie decoder ring. Too cool!

Then there's the Museum where the real stuff is presented and protected. Here's Randy's snowsuit. We learned it was stuffed with upholstery foam, so Randy really couldn't put down his arms. Plan to stroll through rooms with the chalkboard from the A+++++ scene, and see one of the Red Ryder guns actually used on film. Truly an awesome experience for me!

Who wants to roadtrip to Cleveland?! I understand there's also a music museum of some esteem we can also pop into!

Click here for A Christmas Story House's website.