Louisville: Small City, Big Town

Louisville has been categorized as a small city, big town.  Most may not think of Louisville when considering vacation destinations, but you really should add us to your ‘places to visit’ list, and here’s why:

No matter what type of food you like, Louisville has it.  Whether its Ethiopian or Southern barbeque your craving can be satisfied.  One of my favorite restaurants is Mojitos.  Chef Pedro Hernández serves Cuban cuisine in the form of tapas.  The flavors will leave you wanting more, so go with a group of friends and share different plates.  Try my favorite dish, Masa de Puerco and don’t forget dessert, Dulce de Leche Helado (goat’s milk ice cream).  Don’t forget the main food group, well one of MY main food groups, pizza!  Stop by Spinelli’s pizzeria for a slice of New York Style pizza that’s as big as your head. Also, be sure to try their fried oreos. Yes! I said FRIED OREOS!

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While in Louisville you should also check out SuperChef’s restaurant for breakfast or dinner.  Superchef’s serves up regular everyday dishes with a twist.  Below is a picture of a pancake platter; a neopolitan pancake, caramel apple pancake, and baked alaskan banana pudding pancake (just typing this made my mouth water).

 

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After you’ve stuffed your self with as much food as you can, you can delve into all the history surrounding our little city of possibilities.  Venture into the historic Old Louisville Preservation District to see the largest collection of Victorian homes in the U.S..  In October, the St. James Court Art Fair is held in the historical St. James square, where many of these homes are located.  The art festival has been put on since 1957 and is one of the largest in the country.

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Are or your vacation buddy a major sports fan? Go down to Main St. to see how the Louisville Slugger baseball bats are made.  After the slugger museum, enjoy a classic American baseball game at slugger field and cheer on the Riverbats.  Baseball not in season? Walk down to the Muhammad Ali center and learn this famous boxer’s story.

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If you’re in Louisville during the months of April or May, be prepared for the Derby Festivities. The Derby (a Thoroughbred horse race) takes place every first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs. Two weeks prior to Derby, there are many events that occur; Thunder Over Louisville (the largest firework show in the North America), the Great Balloon Race, The Great Steamboat Race, and the Pegasus Parade are just a few of the many festivities.

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During the summer months there are free concerts at the Riverfront park every last Wednesday of the month.  Louisville also hosts Forecastle Music Festival where previous headliners include Flaming lip, Black Keys, and My Morning Jacket (a local Louisville band).

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Whatever time of year, there is always something to do in Louisville.  Oh, don’t forget its pronounced ‘Loo-ah-vul’!

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