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Three Perfect Days: Culinary




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My wife and I had a great honeymoon but it was slightly non-traditional.  Instead of flying off to some exotic locale we opted for a road-trip.  Our first stop was a couple of days in Louisville and to celebrate our anniversary we decided to visit again. 

It had been several years since we were in Kentucky and Louisville had continued evolving .  As we were making plans we discovered Louisville had become a foodie town.  One of my hobbies is cooking and my wife loves to try new dishes so this added to Louisville’s allure.

We arrived, checked into the same downtown hotel we stayed in on our honeymoon and left for our return visit to the Belle of Louisville.  As we cruised on the Ohio River we noticed the changes in the Louisville skyline, one of which was the Muhammad Ali Center, the next stop on our sight-seeing tour.  

Instead of a sit-down dinner at one of Louisville’s amazing restaurants, on night one, we decided to taste and graze at several stops on the Urban Bourbon Trail.  

What would a trip to Louisville be without a trip to the races?  We arrived at Churchill Downs early to see the new displays at the Kentucky Derby Museum, had lunch at the Derby Café and spent the afternoon cheering our picks across the finish line.  

Since this trip was all about food, we had invested some time, before leaving home, researching Louisville restaurants and made reservations at 610 Magnolia, one of Chef Edward Lee’s Louisville restaurants.  This was not an easy choice due to the number of fabulous restaurants in town, but one we both enjoyed.  

Even though this trip was based on our honeymoon we split up for several hours to pursue things we enjoy individually.  I headed out for a round of golf and while my wife drove to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for a little retail therapy.   We reconnected at Louisville Slugger Field for an afternoon baseball game between the Louisville Bats and Toledo Mud Hens.  

For our last night in Louisville we had a romantic dinner at Lilly’s-A Kentucky Bistro.  We had eaten here on our honeymoon and enjoyed revisiting this special place.  

We were once again captivated by Louisville as we revisited memories and made new ones on this visit.   

While researching this trip we found a website www.kentuckycuisine.com that celebrates all Kentucky foods and we will be back.  We want to sample regional specialties like western Kentucky barbecue and Ale-8-One as well as dine at restaurants featuring established and up and coming chefs.