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Monday, 25 February 2013 20:48

Our Favorite Things: Louisville

When tasked with finding my favorite local things, I've found that it's pretty difficult to narrow down succintly. As a relative newbie to the city, I've found that Louisville has a long list of incredible, inspiring locally-grown businesses that serve amazing food, sell gorgeous things and host interesting events. Below is my short-list. If you live in Louisville, I hope you've had the chance to visit all of these places. If you've never been here, Lonely Planet (and CNN) listed Louisville as the #1 US tourist destination of 2013... Better get on it!

My top Louisville spots

Favorite local clothing boutique: CARGO.

Holli, one of the friendliest, most fashionable women I've ever met, obviously had a clear vision when she opened up this boutique just last year. Inside a cute bungalow off Frankfort Avenue, her shop houses a colorful, unique, very smartly curated collection, ranging from comfy T-shirts to sparkly NYE dresses, with plenty of shoes and accesories to complete a look. Holli considers it her personal mission to help you find looks that fit your body and your style. You'll find yourself going there just as much for the sweet conversation as the incredible fashion finds.


Favorite restaurant: RYE

If you know me even vaguely, you knew this already. I definitely talk about it a lot :)  My husband and I relocated to Louisville from Brooklyn in early 2011 to open this restaurant. As Chef, he creates truly inventive, delicious dishes and a regularly evolving menu. The restaurant's amazing staff also serves up rad cocktails and, of course, plenty of bourbon and rye. Bonus this week: It's "502 Restaurant Week," and RYE is participating. Yum!  (Scroll down to see a recipe for RYE's addictive Sally Lunn rolls.)


Favorite coffee shop: Please and Thank You

Über-creative married duo Brooke and Jason opened up their cheekily-named coffee shop/ record store in 2011 in an up-and-coming neighborhood, NuLu. The area has since become a mainstay with the in-the-know Louisville crowd, as more and more people discover the many gems along East Market Street, such as P&TY.  Brooke's chocolate chip cookies are the best ever (EVER), and they even have a listening booth to make sure you're selecting the right vinyl record before you buy. If you love good coffee, fantastic music and delicious treats, this is a do-not-miss.


Favorite antique store: The Deal

Now, this was a tough one. From Goss Avenue Antiques to Crazy Daisy Antique Mall to a million mom-and-pops, there is no shortage of antique sweet spots in this city. I'm partial to this cozy shop, which offers a selection of mostly mid-century modern furniture and decor.


Favorite activity: it's a tie.

I'll just list them all! Kentucky Oaks and Derby, duh (the only sporting event on my agenda --sorry, basketball nuts); a day of bourbon-tasting; attending raucous events and quietly browsing the art at 21C Museum in downtown Louisville; browsing the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC); riding bikes in heavenly Olmstead-designed Cherokee Park; exploring Bernheim Arboretum with our dog; Spring/Fall festivals and hiking at Foxhollow Farm; summer concerts on the river's edge; weekend getaways at Nolin Lake; scenic drives through horse-country.


RYE's Sally Lunn rollssallylunnrolls2

by Chef Tyler Morris

What you need:           

Tyler recommends buying a food scale (they're cheap!) to measure grams accurately.

Yields 1 dozen.

For the dough:

  • one Idaho potato
  • 2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 60 grams granulated sugar
  • 300 grams all-purpose flour
  • 120 grams butter
  • 325 grams whole milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 350 grams hi-gluten flour
  • 15 grams malden sea salt

For egg wash and finishing:

  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 oz. of melted butter
  • malden sea salt (a pinch on each roll)


What you do:


    Boil the potato in a pot until tender (20-30 min). When cooled, peel and mash. Measure 150 grams of the mashed potato to use; save the rest.

    Whisk together the all-purpose flour, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

    Melt butter and add milk; blend in potato. Make sure it's luke-warm, not hot.

    Whisk liquids into yeast mixer. Make sure it's not hotter than 115 degrees, or you'll risk killing the yeast! Let sit for 15 minutes.

    Mix in the eggs, hi-gluten flour and salt. If you have a mixer, use your dough hook for 2 minutes.

    Scrape the dough into a bowl that's been oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and let it proof for 30 minutes.

    Scrape the dough onto an oiled surface and weigh into 50 gram balls.

    Place the dough balls onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let them proof for another 30 minutes.

    Egg Wash:

    Mix 1 egg and 2 egg yolks and 2 oz. melted butter. Gently brush on roll tops and finish with a pinch of Malden sea salt.

    To finish:

    Bake in 400 degree convection oven until golden brown (14 minutes).

    Enjoy warm with a dollop of butter.


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        Sunday, 15 April 2012 21:30

        Green Week: Slow Food

        Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm happy to be kicking off this week's theme, where we'll be featuring all things green in honor of Earth Day which is coming up on April 22nd. My focus: Slow Food.

        To some, participating in Slow Food might mean taking a trip to the local farmer's market or growing their own seasonal produce in a home garden. To some, it means crawling around in the back yard, hunting for edible plants. For others, it means frequenting restaurants and grocers who support local purveyors with ethical and sustainable practices. To me, it is a mix of all of these things, tempered with a dash of compromise.  I'd like to share a couple of highlights from my experiences with Slow Food.

        Shop carefully, prepare with care and enjoy the fruits of your labor!


        Slow Food Part One

        This past weekend, Louisville hosted the Slow Food USA National Congress, during which leaders in the Slow Food movement have a powow and determine the organization’s direction for the next four years. According to their website, "Slow Food USA envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet." What impeccable timing considering Earth Week, a celebration of all things good for our planet, was only a week away! My husband Tyler, who is a Chef, was invited to participate in an evening food tasting for Slow Food which took place at beautiful Woodland Farm in Goshen, Kentucky.

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        The Slow Food movement deems delicious food to be "created with care from healthy plants and animals" and "nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies." The tasting that Tyler prepared was completely seasonal and local, and took all of these important values to heart. Spring is my second favorite season for food (late Summer/ Fall being my fave!) and Tyler's tasting was essentially Spring on A Plate. He featured gorgeous locally-foraged greens, radish, ramp aoili, and thinly sliced lambchetta (similar to porchetta).

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        The greens (red and green watercress, arugula, garlic mustard, white and purple violets, purple wood sorrel, toothwort, chickweed), radish, and ramps were foraged by Tyler and his sous chef at nearby Foxhollow Farm. The grass-fed lamb was sustainably raised by a small local farm in Lincoln County, KY and processed by Marksbury Farm in Garrard County, KY.

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        His tasting was a big hit! It was great to get such good feedback from the Slow Food community, and show some of the out-of-towners that Kentucky has much more to offer than just bourbon and horses. I hope we get to re-visit Woodland Farm soon-- what a gorgeous place!


        Slow Food Part Two

        One weekend about two and a half years ago, when I still lived in NYC, I visited an event on Governer's Island called Pioneers Of Change: a "festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture." On cloud nine from Dutch-design-heaven, I was even more thrilled to discover a food-related installation/ experience inside one of the houses, named "Go Slow Café."


        The space itself was perfectly serene. Every aspect of my meal was refreshingly slow-paced and calm.

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        The tea bags were sewn on-site. The menus were a map, explaining the correlation between portion size and distance each ingredient traveled. Obviously it would be ideal if everything were local. However, when that is not possible, they are encouraging that products that travel great distances are used in moderation and treated as valuable or precious.

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        The largest portion (mustard greens), came from a rooftop farm in Brooklyn, only 5 miles away. The very last ingredient, "Star Dust" came from outerspace! Actually, it's just licorice powder, a traditional Dutch candy.

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        It was a wonderfully yummy and eye-opening experience.

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        More info on this and other projects can be found on sloom.org



        Slow Food has over 100,000 members worldwide, including 25,000 in the USA. Click here to find a chapter near you in the States, or click here if you'd like to locate an international chapter.  In Louisville, the Slow Food Bluegrass chapter is very active and features wonderful local events, year-round.


        Foraging for edible greens in your own backyard or on a nature hike at a local farm can be a very rewarding experience. Practically everyone in Louisville has dandelion greens, violets, purslane, chives and wood sorrel growing just steps from our backdoors. They are all delicious! If you'd like to try, consult a book on the subject and bring along a friend or professional who has already had lots of practice identifying plants. And of course, forage with caution and at your own risk.

        Some links on the topic:

        Backyard Buffet

        Wild Greens

        Backyard Salad

        Foraging in our own backyard



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        Sunday, 26 February 2012 23:41

        Cocktail: RYE's Vecchio

        Hello! It's Appetizers & Cocktails Week here at THURSDAYS, and we're going to hit the ground running with a serious (and seriously delicious) cocktail recipe. Insert shameless plug: This cocktail is on the menu at my husband's restaurant, RYE, in Louisville. For anyone who can't come try it out in person, this is an easy recipe to try at home!

        I headed over to RYE take some photos of the mixology magic. Watch and learn as bartender Doug Petry shows us how it's done.

        Happy cooking, crafting and cocktail-ing!

        x lauryn



        by RYE


        What you need:

        • 1.5 oz vodka (we use Tito's Handmade Vodka)
        • 0.5 oz amaro liqueur (we recommend a lighter style amaro, like Amaro Nonino)
        • 0.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
        • 0.5 oz rosemary syrup
        • 1 sage leaf for garnish

        What to do:

        Mix, shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with sage leaf. Enjoy.








        Photos by Lauryn Morris

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        Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:34

        Thursday Night Dinner: Tee Shirt Scarves at Glue Gun Mafia Louisville

        In lieu of a typical Thursday Night Dinner post, and in honor of accessory week here at Thursdays, today I am excited to share with you the photos from this week's Glue Gun Mafia: Louisville at Regalo.  We used this really great tutorial from Mr. Kate to turn our old, ratty tee shirts into really fun and adorable scarves. This is an excellent craft for you to do at your next girls' night. We all had a total blast and, as always, I was blown away with everyone's creativity. Enjoy!

        Happy cooking and crafting,



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        Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:38

        Glue Gun Mafia Louisville: Wino Forever

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        Come get crafty with Regalo and Thursdays at our next workshop: Wino Forever.

        RSVP to save your spot.

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        You will learn how to make these wine-related goodies:

        • Etched Glass
        • Wine Charms
        • Personalized Wine Glasses
        • Mulled Wine

        We'll provide all crafting supplies, goodie bags (yay!!), wine, snacks, store discounts, and oh, so much fun! You just have to show up, how easy is that??

        Where: Regalo

        982 Barret Avenue/Louisville, KY/40204

        When: Tuesday, November 8, 7-9pm

        Cost: $25 at the door/$20 in advance

        RSVP: Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR 502.583.1798

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        Sunday, 23 October 2011 08:38

        Introducing...Glue Gun Mafia: Louisville

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        Thursdays has teamed up with everyone's favorite gift store Regalo to bring you a new crafting workshop/get-together series- Glue Gun Mafia: Louisville.  Our first gathering is Tuesday, October 25! RSVP to save your spot.

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        You will learn how to make these feathered accessories:

        • Hair Clips
        • Earrings
        • Headbands

        We'll provide all crafting supplies, goodie bags (yay!!), wine, snacks, store discounts, and oh, so much fun!

        Where: Regalo

        982 Barret Avenue/Louisville, KY/40204

        When: Tuesday, 10.25.11, 7-9pm

        Cost: $25/bring a friend and it's $20 each!

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