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Proof on Main, 21C Museum and Hotel

Went to this funky looking bar for a drink when we were in Louisville KY a few weeks ago… a nice change from the usual irish pubs and pubs!  Hahaha…  Psychedelic seal head and arty abstract horse heads hung on the walls with big red penguins at random corners of the whole establishment. It has a nice expensive feel to it (well the prices of the drinks tells it all!) and its part of a Museum and Hotel all in the same building.  Even the efficient waitress who attended to us looked really interesting; long dreads, black tight vest with a black flare above-the-ankle length big skirt and a fascinating accent and voice.  I couldnt stop giving her all my attention whenever she came to us. 

The museum houses interesting looking collections from photographs to paintings to sculptures and video projections.  The hotel lobby which is the entrance to the museum is nicely decorated with the art pieces as well.  You’ll probably not know that it’s a hotel when you walk in.  I was particularly interested in a video projection on the wall at the lift lobby.  Random letters falling from the top and land on your head, shoulders, arms, well basically on you.  You can try flick it move it up and down and that will keep you occupied while waiting for the lift!

January 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

TASK Louisville: Find them, Try them and Share them…

Before getting into another city, I’ll try to read about it in Wikipedia, find out where the grocery stores, salsa clubs and any interesting sights are, relative to the location of our hotel.  From Wikipedia, I found a list of dishes that are unique to Louisville and I did managed to try 2 out of 17…

HOT BROWN – A layered dish of bread, bacon, and turkey, topped  with a Mornay sauce.

 “I ate this in Bluegrass Brewing Company place and actually felt really sinful eating it.  There was a lot of melted cheese… enough to make a cup of soup.”

DERBY PIE – Chocolate and pecan pie named for the Kentucky Derby.

“This sounds and looks really yummy in the pictures during my research.  I managed to have one in The Old Spaghetti Factory which I don’t think is authentic enough but it will do for now.” 

These are the rest on the list in Wikipedia… I’ll definitely keep a lookout for them in other cities.

ALE-8-ONE – A ginger-flavored soft drink bottled in Winchester.

BURGOO – A thick stew made from vegetables and mutton, or lamb, or other game meats.

MINT JULEP – Potable that is made with bourbon and crushed mint and is the ‘official’ drink of the Kentucky Derby

GOETTA – A Northern Kentucky delicacy composed primarily of ground meat, steel-cut oats and seasoned with bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper and thyme.

HENRY BAIN SAUCE – A potent sauce for serving with game.

BRAINS & EGGS – Known mostly as an English dish; this was served in Frankfort restaurants until BSE scares.

MOCK TURTLE SOUP – Welsh and English settlers brought this recipe with them when they settled in Clay County.  “Chinese and Asians has mock food too but usually a turtle soup is cooked with a real little turtle!” 

FROG LEGS – Often breaded and deep-fried.  “I thought that frog legs is an Asian thing!”

BENEDICTINE – A greenish cucumber and cream cheese spread made popular by Louisville’s Benedict’s restaurant.

STACK CAKE – An Appalachian layered cake with apple preserves spread between each layer.

JOHNNY CAKE – A corruption of “Shawnee” cake this is a flat corn bread cooked by direct heat.

BOURBON BALLS – Crushed cookies mixed with chocolate and bourbon, then coated in powdered sugar, first produced in Frankfort during Prohibition.

BEER CHEESE – Cheese dip made with beer, Cheddar cheese, and spices.

MODJESKAS – Gooey caramel candy with a marshmallow center. Named for a 19th century Polish actress that once visited Louisville.

SPOONBREAD – A sweet, moist cornmeal-based dish.

January 10, 2011 at 8:34 am Leave a comment


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