Monday, April 24, 2017

We Found the Kentucky Derby in Oldham County!

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And they're off!  The first Saturday in May is an exciting time in Kentucky and there are many ways to find the Derby spirit in Oldham County! Let us tell you what we found...

 photo IMG_2585_zpsmm1rc2ji.jpgDining - Hometown Pizza and Main Street Bourbon and Ale House in LaGrange both serve a Hot Brown pizza! 119 West Main in LaGrange has a Kentucky "Haute" Brown entree.  Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport will have a Hot Brown Casserole special on their menu the week of Derby, too! Going to Oaks or Derby? Grab boxed lunches for the track from Red Pepper Deli in Crestwood or Gracious Plenty in Prospect.

Desserts - Find cute jockey silk/cap cookies and cupcakes at Q&A Sweet Treats in LaGrange for your kids to enjoy.  You have to try some bourbon ice cream pie or "Ky Nut Pie" at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport.  Grab some bourbon balls, horse shaped chocolates or bourbon dipped twinkies from Serendipity Café in LaGrange to take to a Derby party!

Attire - The shops on Main Street in Downtown LaGrange have a large selection of Derby hats. Find unique jewelry to go with your Oaks or Derby outfit at Addie's Goods. Down the street at Rainy Day Resale and Absolutely Fabulous, you can find plenty of pink for Oaks!  Both shops have beautiful dresses and hats for a day at the track or Derby party.  Did you know Blooms by Essential Details in LaGrange has jewelry and clothing?  We found fun Derby t-shirts, scarves and vibrant necklaces.  Bobbi Lynn's Boutique in Crestwood also has women's clothing, accessories and custom-made hats and fascinators.  Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner has Derby hats and fascinators also. 

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Party Essentials - Need a centerpiece for your Derby buffet?  Pick up some beautiful red roses from Blooms by Essential Details in LaGrange!  They also carry Kentucky dish towels, mint julep syrup and other Bourbon Barrel Food goods - perfect for a party or hostess gift!  1887 Corner Store in LaGrange has a wide variety of horse-themed serving dishes, beautiful Kentucky shaped cutting boards and horse-themed soaps!  Pick up one of the rubber duck/horse soaps for your kid's bathroom during Derby week-so fun!  The Copper Awning in LaGrange has several hidden gems on its shelves.  We saw Hadley Pottery and Louisville Stoneware, along with the Kentucky "home" t-shirts and other Kentucky flare.  Picked N' Painted in LaGrange has one-of-a-kind hostess gifts to choose from as well.  We found "Talk Derby to Me" door hangers, dish towels and horse pillows.

 photo ac1ba9e1-0454-4971-8f71-c9320c3355d5_zpsbibutjbd.jpg photo 005c8696-0fa9-4df0-b296-08edba4c5979_zps4ddv4soh.jpgThunder Over Louisville Air Show - Pack a picnic lunch, bikes and binoculars and spend the afternoon at Hays Kennedy Park in Prospect (Jeff County).  A few of the planes from the Thunder Air Show fly over the park.  This is a fun alternative to enjoying some of the planes without the crowd.

Kid Fun - Check the children's programs at the Oldham County Public Library (Main Branch), sometimes there are fun horse themed crafts!  All About Kids in Crestwood has an Oaks and Derby Day Camp and Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance in Prospect has an Oaks Day Camp.  Check out their websites for details. 

Whichever way you choose to spend the first Saturday in May - make it fun!  Oldham County offers several Derby and Kentucky themed items, activities, sights, and treats for families to enjoy together!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Breakfast & Brunch Spots Near Oldham County

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We researched and asked our readers, "Where do you like to grab breakfast during the week or brunch on the weekends?"  Here's what we found in and around Oldham County!  Have more suggestions?  Please let us know!


Big R's & Shannon's BBQ
213 S 1st Street
Sunday Brunch Buffet 11am-2pm

One Nineteen West Main Restaurant
119 West Main Street
Open on Sunday until 11am with regular menu items.


Inspirational Grounds
4724 Old LaGrange Road
Breakfast served all day Tuesday-Saturday

Frascelli's NY Deli & Pizzeria
4310 West Hwy 146
Breakfast served daily Monday-Friday.


Latin Café
6334 W Highway 146
Breakfast served 7 days a week.


Melrose Café
13206 Hwy 42
Breakfast served 7 days a week.


Gracious Plenty
9207 US Hwy 42
Weekend Brunch Saturday & Sunday 8am-2pm

Cunningham's Creekside
6301 River Road
Sunday Brunch Buffet 10:30am-3pm

Verbena Café
10639 Meeting Street
Breakfast served all day Tuesday-Sunday.

*As always, contact the restaurant prior to your visit in case menus and hours change without notice.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Rollin' Ruby's Cafe on Wheels

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If you're ever in the Crestwood or LaGrange area during the week around lunch time, then you've probably seen the Rollin' Ruby's food truck.  After driving by the truck several times, I decided to look them up on Facebook.

Their Facebook page is updated regularly and should be the place to look if you're wanting to know what's going on with Rollin' Ruby's.  On the page I learned that generally, the food truck is in Crestwood one day and then LaGrange twice during the week.  Menus are posted along with times the truck will be serving food and any changes due to uncooperative weather.

After finding the schedule and menu online, I met some friends at the truck in Crestwood on a nice Wednesday afternoon.  The food photos on Facebook will make you drool.  I tried the turkey burger with spicy relish with a side of fresh fruit.  My daughter was with me and she got a grilled cheese sandwich, chips and a capri sun.  I appreciated that Rollin' Ruby's had a nice kid-friendly option.  The menu has something for everyone.  Other friends tried the fried chicken and waffles and hot brown!  Other choices range from a Triple Decker Club, Chicken Salad (yum!), BBQ sandwiches, meatloaf burger, quiche, soups and an assortment of fresh homemade sides!  Don't pass on dessert!  Imagine divine choices like, coconut cream bread pudding, fresh brownies, German chocolate cheesecake and banana cream pudding.  There are a few signature Ruby choices, but the menu is always changing!  Everything was very flavorful, fresh and perfectly portioned!  Owner, Eva Pace, is very friendly and quick to respond on social media.

You can find the food truck parked near the railroad track overpass in Crestwood.  It sits between the tracks and the new liquor store and right next to the ice machine.  There is a great gazebo across the street from it if you want to sit and enjoy your lunch.  There's plenty of parking next to the ice machine.  In LaGrange, the truck usually parks in the Oldham Plaza near the Auto Zone.  Again, there is plenty of parking to be found near the food truck.  Always make sure you check Facebook for location and menu updates.

The next time you see Rollin' Ruby's parked in Oldham County, ya gotta stop and give it a try!  Cash and credit cards are accepted and you can even call in your order.  The only thing that will disappoint you is if Rollin' Ruby's runs out of your menu choice before you get to her!

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