Category Archives: Louisville

Puppies and Booze

I was pretty stoked when I saw Mayor Greg Fischer post a pic visiting new small business Vines & Canines on Frankfort Avenue.  The idea of bringing two great things together, wine and animals, just seemed too good to be true. Was I going to get Rick Rolled when I clicked on their website? Look what I discovered:

Freaking adorable.

The idea behind the shop from owner Marc DeMichele (pictured above with his mama):

Vine & Canines (was) developed from my personal love for my dog, and for fine wine, as well as my desire to unite everyone who shares these passions. This idea grew out of an evening of pulling corks with a dear friend along with our dogs and the realization that our experience was enriched by our four-legged pals. I not only want to provide a unique line of products for lovers of dogs and wine, but also create events where people with similar interests could meet and celebrate this affinity we all share.

What a unique concept! Shake your tail on over to Vines & Canines and support local business owners. Need some more feel-goodiness? A portion of all of their proceeds go to the Kentucky Humane Society to benefit animals in need. Giddeyup!

1760 Frankfort Avenue .  Open Tuesday–Thursday from 12n to 9p.   Friday & Saturday: 12n to 10 p.

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Cheap martinis

Cheap, good martinis are hard to come by.  Boys may scoff at women’s love for martinis, marking it as some jaded Sex in the City fantasy.  But if you’re not careful those cocktails will knock you on your ass as they as are potent as they are delicious.  Besides, if you’ve watched an episode of Mad Men you know that a good martini can be pretty manly. With this in mind, plus my craving for a new Friday night watering hole hangout, led me to 60 West Bistro and Martini Bar on Shelbyville Road.

Cheers to my Bellini martini with Pinnacle vodka, peach schnapps, peach puree and champagne.

Having been to Drake’s next door and passing 60 West quite a few times I wasn’t sure what to expect.  A couple of things left me pleasantly surprised:

  • Holy martini list (PDF) batman. 61 martinis if I counted right. Yes I know some of the names are girly, I hate the word ‘MANtini’ and a majority are made with sour mix or sprite.  This isn’t for mixology purists.  But admit it… that list is impressive!  And my bellini was excellent.
  • When you walk into 60 West it is deceptively bigger then it looks from the outside.  A heated patio, plenty of elegant booth space, and a nice big wooden square bar. And loved the easy parking out back (coming from a downtown dweller).
  • The waitstaff/bartenders were excellent and patient with my hundreds of questions.  I’m allowed to be picky. You’re talking to a former server/hostess for 6+ years.
  • The atmosphere was appealing.  Candles everywhere, wooden accents and cool 20 x 20 ft wall of a Makers Mark art installation.  Martini bars can be fru fru. This was not.
  • Cheap drinks.  $5 martinis on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 1/2 price bottles of wine Wednesday and Friday.  You could do some serious damage to yourself with $20.
  • A decent food menu (PDF) with interesting dishes:

My pizza with maple fennell sausage, roasted tomatoes, balsamic glazed onions, shitake mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and a house made red sauce.

My bill after two martinis and this split pizza: $28 bucks. And I didn’t even order anything on special.  Cheers to that!

Open Monday – Thursday 4p to 12m.  Friday – Saturday 4p to 2a.  3939 Shelbyville Rd.

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Kitchen Nightmares

One of my besties who was a hot shot caster in NYC agreed to pass along all information to me related to casting for culinary shows so we can see more great Louisvillians on tv! Though this is probably for a restaurant that needs a little more inspiration:

Get yelled at by Chef Ramsey on national tv!

Kitchen Nightmares is now casting!  The cities they are casting in aren’t important – all restaurants should apply if interested. MUST have a good story to tell! (family owned, loan against a house, etc…) Restaurants must:

  • Have been open at least one year
  • Offer dinner service
  • Not be a franchise or chain
  • Have at least 35 seats
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Where to eat in Louisville right now

Although I have sang the praises of many of these restaurants- it doesn’t hurt to have the fine folks at the James Beard Awards agree with my tastes. Maybe they have been reading my blog? 🙂 Here’s a list of chefs and restaurants that are making Louisville so wonderful:

Congratulations to James Beard semi-finalist Harvest for Best New Restaurant.

Remember when I about melted over their chocolate pumpkin bread pudding with caramel and whipped cream? Maybe this will jog your memory:

Makes me want to grow a garden! And force their chefs to cook me food everyday. Congrats Harvest.

Congratulations to the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton for the James Beard nomination for Outstanding Service.  Although I often focus on the many exciting new restaurants opening up in Louisville, the Oakroom has not only bred numerous great chefs who were inspired to start their own ventures, but they continuously push the envelope with their food.  I have fond memories of my very first pecan pie salad with blue cheese ice cream, pumpkin soup with bison sausage, and their melt-in-your mouth ribeye.  And of course the service has always been impeccable, which everyone knows is half of the dining experience.

And in the Best Chef Southeast category, congratulations to Seviche’s Anthony Lamas and 610 Magnolia’s Chef Edward Lee. When I first moved to Louisville everyone told me I had to go to Seviche and they were right.  From the spicy empanadas, to the gorgeous tuna tacuitos seviche, Chef Anthony brings the Latin thunder. Having received this nomination for the past two years I’m crossing my fingers that this year he can go all the way.

Chef Edward Lee has been in the press lately for getting to the top 4 in Top Chef and he couldn’t have represented Louisville better.  Funny, caring, charismatic and honest Chef Lee deserves all of these great food accomplishments.  And if his day couldn’t get any better, Greater Louisville Inc. also named Chef Lee as the recipient of the Thomas Edison Award for bringing success to both Louisville and himself.  Get info on the awards ceremony and purchase tickets here.

Cheers to all of those nominated for making this city such a great place to live and eat. Now get out there and enjoy the best!

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UnCorked Art

UpTown Art Uncorked is a artsy place on Bardstown Road that I can’t wait to take my girlfriends to.  Here’s the concept.  First you pick the type of painting you would like to paint from their upcoming calendar.  Once you pick the masterpiece you are going to create, (like the whimsical poppy field class coming up on Sunday February 25th at 7pm), you get stroke-by-stroke instructions from the head artist on how to create the beauty yourself.

The best part? The reason the art is uncorked is because you get to sip on wine and martinis during the class.  It’s like a night on the town with your best friend Bob Ross! Third step? Hang it on your wall and pretend you were a tortured art minor in college.  It’s perfect.

The fine folks at UpTown Art Uncorked are hoping to increase the thumbs up on their Facebook page with the following promotion:

We are doing 15% off with the coupon code “UptownArt” only valid for classes signed up for online, expiring March 15th.  And if we get 1000 LIKES in a month, we will choose a lucky winner to paint for FREE in 2012, unlimited times!

The painting classes seem to range from $29-$39 for adult paintings with special classes that are less money geared towards children.  To make a reservation head to their website and book online.  Although if you are an early-bird this may interest you:

Feeling super adventurous? Check out a free class at 5 am, max 15 people! Coffee provided to help awaken your creativity (and eyelids) on February 27th.

Making art while drinking wine. Genius! Located at 2458 Bardstown Road.

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