Ashlee Clark Thompson http://wfpl.org en What You Need to Know to Find Good Tacos in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/what-you-need-know-find-good-tacos-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I never thought I would have to type a sentence like this:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m sick of tacos.</span></p><p class="c1"><span>It’s a problem I’ve only just confronted as I explored Louisville’s burgeoning taco scene. Casual restaurants in the area have embraced and celebrated the taco so much that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options available. But what a wonderful problem for a city to have.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:31:56 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 9211 at http://wfpl.org What You Need to Know to Find Good Tacos in Louisville Black Friday Shopping in Louisville? Here Are Tips for Staying Fed. http://wfpl.org/post/black-friday-shopping-louisville-here-are-tips-staying-fed <p>I horribly underestimated the need to prepare for the spectacle of Black Friday my first time out. My mother and I woke up at 5 a.m., still bleary eyed and bloated from the Thanksgiving feast the night before. We stopped by Burger King and had barely bitten into our <span class="c2"><a class="c0" href="http://www.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/breakfast-menu-201/sandwiches-and-burritos-212/sausage-egg-and-cheese-croissan-wich-m34/index.html">Croissan’wiches</a></span><span> when we arrived at the Target parking lot on Dixie Highway. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 7685 at http://wfpl.org Black Friday Shopping in Louisville? Here Are Tips for Staying Fed. Louisville Cooks, Here Are Tips to Avoid a Thanksgiving Disaster http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-cooks-here-are-tips-avoid-thanksgiving-disaster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">We are delusional in the weeks before Thanksgiving. We convince ourselves that we can cook a 20-pound turkey because </span><span class="c0" style="line-height: 1.5; "><a class="c1" href="http://www.altonbrown.com/">Alton Brown</a></span><span class="c3" style="line-height: 1.5; "> says it’s easy. We fill our grocery cart with bags upon bags of potatoes because the dehydrated flakes will just not do. We buy a rolling pin and a </span><span class="c0" style="line-height: 1.5; "><a class="c1" href="https://www.google.com/search?q=pastry+blender&amp;sugexp=chrome,mod=17&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">pastry blender</a></span><span class="c3" style="line-height: 1.5; "> because this will be the year we finally make that pie crust from scratch. And we sincerely believe that from our kitchens will emerge a display of culinary prowess that would make </span><span class="c0" style="line-height: 1.5; "><a class="c1" href="http://marthastewart.com/">Martha Stewart</a></span><span class="c3" style="line-height: 1.5; "> clutch her pearls.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:47:08 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 7681 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Cooks, Here Are Tips to Avoid a Thanksgiving Disaster Five Louisville Fall Treats for the Pumpkin Spice-Fatigued http://wfpl.org/post/five-louisville-fall-treats-pumpkin-spice-fatigued <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Autumn has barely settled in, and I’m already dizzy from all the pumpkin spice in the air.</span></p><p>No one denies the power of pumpkin spice—it eases us into the fall by adding subtle warmth and zest to everything it touches. This blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger has become more synonymous with the beginning of the season than sweater weather or turning back the clocks.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 7250 at http://wfpl.org Five Louisville Fall Treats for the Pumpkin Spice-Fatigued Louisville's Burgers Get Fancy http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-burgers-get-fancy <p>Was I at the wrong restaurant?</p><p>Surely, the oozing mound of ground meat coated in cheese and spilling onto a pile of shoestring French fries wasn’t from the kitchen of <a href="http://www.coopbistro.com/#location">La Coop: Bistro à Vins</a>, a French restaurant at 732 East Market Street.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:07:56 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 6300 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Burgers Get Fancy Your Guide to Kentucky Derby Weekend Dining http://wfpl.org/post/your-guide-kentucky-derby-weekend-dining <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mint juleps get all the attention, but it’s food, not bourbon, that drives the Kentucky Derby and its festivities. Hot browns, Benedictine sandwiches, and slices of Derby pie provide the fuel revelers need to enjoy the weekend ahead.</span></p><p>Here are some tips that will help guide you through your Derby dining experiences.</p><p><strong>Getting in the Door</strong></p><p>To get a table, you'll need more than prayer to score some good food on Derby or Oaks nights. You need to plan, and plan well.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 14:02:54 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 5227 at http://wfpl.org Your Guide to Kentucky Derby Weekend Dining 502 Restaurant Week Begins http://wfpl.org/post/502-restaurant-week-begins <p></p><p>My attempts to save a little extra money for a splurge are usually half-hearted. Just check my savings account.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s an envelope on my kitchen table with a trio of Andrew </span>Jacksons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reserved for a night out during 502 Restaurant Week.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:35:26 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 4143 at http://wfpl.org 502 Restaurant Week Begins Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues http://wfpl.org/post/undeterred-critics-taco-punk-kickstarter-campaign-continues <p><em>Editor's Note: With all the emotion surrounding this story, we've asked Gabe Sowder and Rae Hodge, who last year wrote a stinging review of Taco Punk in the University of Louisville's student newspaper, &nbsp;to contribute to a point-counterpoint feature. Read Sowder's <a href="/post/op-ed-kickstarter-campaign-can-allow-taco-punk-ethically-compete-chains">here</a> and Hodge's <a href="/post/op-ed-taco-punk-let-market-run-its-course">here.</a></em></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:24:27 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 3614 at http://wfpl.org Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues Timeline: Former Employees' Complaints Preceded Lynn's Paradise Cafe Closing http://wfpl.org/post/timeline-former-employees-complaints-preceded-lynns-paradise-cafe-closing <p>Lynn’s Paradise Café, a Louisville restaurant staple with national recognition, has closed after 22 years.</p><p>No official reason has been given for the abrupt closure, but it follows several days of media attention and backlash over new labor policies at the restaurant. The most contentious of those policies, according to several reports, is a requirement for servers to keep $100 in cash on them during each shift to ensure that secondary staff members such as bussers and bartenders receive their share of tips.</p><p>Here are the events that preceded the closing:</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:44:56 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 3393 at http://wfpl.org Timeline: Former Employees' Complaints Preceded Lynn's Paradise Cafe Closing Food Trucks Go Beyond Curbside Service http://wfpl.org/post/food-trucks-go-beyond-curbside-service <p>One food truck couldn’t contain the plans Matt Davis had for Lil Cheezers Gourmet Grilled Cheesemobile.</p><p>Davis took to the Louisville streets in a Velveeta-yellow truck in 2011, selling creative takes on the classic grilled cheese sandwich to office workers, club kids and curious passers-by. In less then 18 months, Davis has established a brick-and-mortar restaurant, too.<br><br>“The idea was not to put all the eggs in the Lil Cheezers (truck) basket,” Davis said. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:41:37 +0000 Ashlee Clark Thompson 3126 at http://wfpl.org Food Trucks Go Beyond Curbside Service