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Questionable? Zagat Guide says Michael’s Pizzeria best in U.S.

October 2, 2013
Questionable? Zagat Guide says Michael’s Pizzeria best in U.S.

Michael’s Pizzeria in Long Beach, Calif., is the best pizzeria in America. According to the Zagat Guide. I don’t buy it. No matter how good Michael’s is and no matter how many Michael’s customers Zagat said it contacted. Saying, “You’ve got to taste this—it’s great!” is one thing, but saying, “This is the best!” is […]

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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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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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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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Staring at the Sea

June 7, 2013
Staring at the Sea

Thoughts from my beach chair on Fripp Island, S.C. Of all God’s creation, perhaps the sea is the most generous. And most abused by us. There is no point on a beach, no vista even from on high, where one set of eyes can consume its expanse, its absurd breadth and distance, not to mention […]

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Spring Break: Short trips, great food and bourbon, all within 2 hours

May 7, 2013
Spring Break: Short trips, great food and bourbon, all within 2 hours

Have you notice that there’s no cool dateline on any of our Insider Louisville pieces this week? No … MIAMI, FORT LAUDERDALE, PANAMA CITY, etc. because we’re here, still pasty white as everyone else and filing stories from home base, which doesn’t require a dateline. Though we have no faraway vacation plans for spring break, […]

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An artisan butcher shop and a great cafeteria: Louisville needs ‘em, Nashville’s got ‘em

April 10, 2013
An artisan butcher shop and a great cafeteria: Louisville needs ‘em, Nashville’s got ‘em

Arnold’s Country Kitchen is the last place I expected a food writer to suggest for a recent lunch meeting in Nashville. The 30-year-old cafeteria is humble and homely and in a downtown location some might find a bit sketchy past sundown. But unlike any cafeteria in the U.S., it’s a 2008 James Beard Award winner, American […]

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TRAVEL: Snorkeling Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park

November 7, 2012
TRAVEL: Snorkeling Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park

ST. GEORGES, GRENADA—As I help my kayaking guide walk our craft into the waters of Grenada’s Grand Mal beach, the 85 F water enveloping my legs, especially when the air temperature is 3 degrees cooler, is luxurious. Eight years back on a trip to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, the water was a chilly […]

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Dining out on vacation proves Louisville’s value as a restaurant community

October 30, 2012
Dining out on vacation proves Louisville’s value as a restaurant community

It didn’t take a trip out of town to remind me how good Louisville restaurants are, but 10 days in Siesta Key, Fla., really drove the point home. (I’m spoiled. I admit it.) And that’s surprising given the money that flows through this small resort area: There is no shortage of luxury cars and eight-figure homes. […]

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