July 2013

Don’t dishonor tequila by shooting it, savor and sip it slowly

July 23, 2013
Don’t dishonor tequila by shooting it, savor and sip it slowly

“Tequila makes me crazy, so I kinda steer clear of it,” said the woman mixing a batch of paint for me at a shop last weekend. She said that with a roll of her eyes and a grin, implying some past misbehavior born of excess tequila consumption. “That didn’t have anything to do with the […]

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When the customer isn’t right—not even close

July 20, 2013
When the customer isn’t right—not even close

A restaurateur called me, exasperated and agitated that a customer had thrown a fit in his restaurant. She was a long-time patron, but not beloved by staff or ownership; a chronic complainer; a trifling, entitled sort who demanded things her way as if she were in her own home. Her most recent hissy fit, the […]

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Making Tequila: It begins with the jimador

July 18, 2013
Making Tequila: It begins with the jimador

It’s feels awkward watching someone else work for your entertainment. But on this cool, dry morning at Casa Noble Tequila distillery in the hills outside Tequila, Mexico, that’s what we’re doing: admiring a veteran agave harvester, known as a jimador, demonstrating his centuries-old trade. With hundreds agave plants stretching out in neat rows before us, […]

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The Colonel’s logo left behind with creation of KFC eleven

July 18, 2013
The Colonel’s logo left behind with creation of KFC eleven

“You won’t find the colonel on the marquee or signage,” KFC president John Cywinski told the Associated Press yesterday, “but you’ll find more abstract references to our heritage.” That’s in reference to the absence of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders’ image on anything tied to its new fast casual restaurant project, KFC eleven. […]

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Dogs: Let ‘em eat Steak!

July 17, 2013
Dogs: Let ‘em eat Steak!

“Can that dog read?” a man asked the woman sitting next to him. The question surprised her, though it shouldn’t have. “Excuse me?” she replied. “Can that dog read? That dog food bag,” he replied, pointing to a glossy papered package of premium puppy grub. “Can she read what brand it is?” “Well, of course […]

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Clueless health inspector tells Havana Rumba Express not to use sous vide

July 15, 2013
Clueless health inspector tells Havana Rumba Express not to use sous vide

I hear this time and time again from chefs: Our local health board is not only not well-enough trained to do their jobs, their application of “the rules” can be capricious. To wit: Eater Louisville reported this morning that Havana Rumba Express, a new Cuban-centered concept in the Douglass Loop, got a “C” on its […]

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Heads up: Lexington, Ky., fast becoming a terrific restaurant town, Part 2

July 13, 2013
Heads up: Lexington, Ky., fast becoming a terrific restaurant town, Part 2

(Editor’s note: If you haven’t read Part 1 of this two-part post, know that it’s about the explosion of great food and drink options in downtown Lexington. This second part touches on restaurants just a couple of blocks away, to some several miles away, that should be added to your “must visit” list.) Doodles: This fast-casual breakfast and lunch […]

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Heads up: Lexington, Ky., is fast becoming a terrific restaurant town, Part 1

July 13, 2013
Heads up: Lexington, Ky., is fast becoming a terrific restaurant town, Part 1

The last time I went to downtown Lexington for any other purpose than a rock concert at Rupp Arena was 1989. Velvet Elvis was the band and they played at the Bottom Line. (Great show, by the way.) If we ate anywhere after that, it was likely Tolly Ho, a good greasy burger stop frequented […]

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Skip fast-food joints at lunch and eat at these four authentic, affordable restaurants

July 10, 2013
Skip fast-food joints at lunch and eat at these four authentic, affordable restaurants

Sometimes it’s not such a bad thing having carpool duty for your son’s wrestling camp. (Well maybe except for driving those sweaty bodies home after the three-hour practice.) When it’s easy for a work-at-home type like me to fix a sandwich lunch and get back to my desk, it’s good to be dragged beyond those […]

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Trust me, your barbecue doesn’t meet KCBS standards

July 10, 2013
Trust me, your barbecue doesn’t meet KCBS standards

You think your barbecue is great, right? Who doesn’t? Most everyone who’s ever slow cooked a slab of meat and lacquered it with their “secret sauce” — and it actually came out tasting good — considers themselves (secretly or privately) a Sultan of Smoke. But whip up a batch of ribs and ask a professional […]

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