Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Louisville KY Dining Experience

My Louisville, KY Dining Experience




            I was recently in Louisville, KY serving as the Opening Keynote Speaker at the Kentucky College Women's Leadership Conference! I had a great time teaching women about Blogging and it's role in Leadership Development. Of course, before and after my presentation, I ventured out in downtown Louisville to try out some of the great restaurants there! I feel like I need to take a trip back soon because there were so many restaurants on my list to try and I didn't make it to even a fraction of them. Since Louisville is only 2.5 hours from Nashville, I think there will be another road trip in the works for me soon!


My first stop was Proof on Main Street
Proof on Main



I had the most amazing Lavender Lemonade to start this experience off right! It combined house made Lavender Syrup, lemon and lime!
Proof on Main



And THIS my friends is a Grilled Cheese Sandwich!!! It is made with a Parmesan Crust, crisp apple, arugula, cheddar and Bourbon-Bacon Marmalade. These fries are drizzled with Truffle oil and shredded Parmesan...OMG!
Proof on Main



The interior of Proof is so cool!
Proof on Main




           I ventured into the 21C Museum Hotel which is connected to Proof Restaurant. As I was walking down the hall I glanced to my right and saw my image portrayed on the wall beside me. Of course, this stopped me dead in my tracks as I tried to figure out how this was happening lol! What you see floating around me are letters of the alphabet which people can "push" up, down and side to side with my hand. I was literally pushing the letter "i" around with my hand for almost a minute because it was so much fun! All of this is done virtually and I still don't understand it, but I thought it was really cool!





Later that evening, I met up with a friend of mine who was also in Louisville that week on a business trip. She and I ventured in to Sway Restaurant located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel for a late evening snack.
Sway Restaurant



I didn't have my DSLR camera with me that day so just bear with me through the cell phone pics........
Sway Restaurant
Love these Deviled Eggs!



You can never go wrong with Shrimp & Grits and this version was delicious!
Sway Restaurant


I noticed a lot of Salted Caramel items on the menu's in Louisville including this Salted Caramel Cake at Sway.....delicious!
Sway Restaurant



I stayed at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel and it was such a treat! I always enjoy historic hotels because they have so much character. I highly recommend it when staying in this city!
Seelbach Hilton Hotel


            As I was walking around downtown, I came across the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. I thought it was simply a storefront as I walked past, but later learned from someone that this is an actual distillery with a tasting room! I was running short on time, but still should have actually gone in...bummer :-(. BTW, Evan Williams is the "secret" ingredient in my Holiday Cider Punch with Whiskey!

Evan Williams Experience



I could not have left Louisville without having a Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel! There are, of course, many restaurants in Louisville that feature Hot Brown's on the menu, but The Brown Hotel is where it all started and is why I had to have an authentic one there :-)
The Brown Hotel



Ta-da........The world famous HOT BROWN!

A Louisville tradition since 1926! Roasted Turkey Breast and Toast Points covered with sauce Mornay, Pecorino Morono Cheese baked golden brown and finished with bacon and tomatoes!
The Brown Hotel


This was my first time ever having a Hot Brown and let me tell you that it will not be my last! It is sooooooo savory and delicious! I had the waitress bring me a recipe card for it and you better believe I will eventually try my hand a making one myself very soon :-)
The Brown Hotel


 
 The Chocolate Striptease - Milk Chocolate Mouse, Espresso Steam Cake, Salted Caramel
The Brown Hotel


The reason it is called a Striptease is because once it's brought to the table, the waitress lights it on fire and the chocolate petals melt down along the sides! Very cool!
The Brown Hotel



The Brown Hotel
 

 This Raspberry Sorbet was super refreshing and delicious too. Check out that glass bowl!
The Brown Hotel



Before I got on the road headed back to Nashville, I decided to stop for breakfast. I came across this cute little cafe downtown called Mrs Potter's Coffee Lounge and Cafe.
Mrs Potter's Coffee Lounge and Cafe



I enjoyed a Pomesto Panini with Pesto, Cream Cheese, Roma Tomatoes on a grilled everything Bagel
Mrs Potter's Coffee Lounge and Cafe

 If you have any favorite Louisville restaurants you suggest I try on a future visit, leave them for me in the comments below!

-- Dr. April

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