Kentucky Journey Part 2: Good Food, Good Company

My journey did allow for some time to enjoy myself. What better thing to do on such a trip than to have excellent food in even more excellent company? So, starting from the beginning….

If you go back a couple posts, you will encounter a whopping helping of chicken and waffles. Handsome found this tiny little hole-in-the-wall called Hammerheads that served this monstrosity, and holy mercy was that dish one of the best things I have ever tasted. I could not do it more than once a year, but once I dug into the thing with my bare hands as my only utensil….let’s just say I was lost. In terms of the next wonderful meal, it starts with the fact that a portion of my former professors were at the conference. While I certainly enjoyed seeing all of them, one professor (who will henceforth be known as the Alchemist) was someone whom I shared a strong relationship as a colleague, professor, and friend. When I discovered he was at the conference, I immediately contacted him. After a series of texts, we agreed to go to dinner on Friday night. I told him I would be accompanied by Handsome, and with that said I eagerly awaited that evening.

We had decided to do Ethiopian food, because rumor had it there was a particularly good restaurant near the hotel. I will be completely transparent with you and say that my palette is extremely limited, particularly when it comes to ethnically based foods ( in my mind that means things like Indian, Thai, Afghan etc.) It breaks my heart, because when I taste such food, I can tell it is really delicious. The problem is that the taste is just not jiving with my personal buds. The usual culprit? Hot spices. Yup, I have the same tolerance to spiciness that a seagull has to Alka-Seltzer (supposedly seagulls explode from the inside out when you give them this fizzy product). Despite my misgivings, I knew Handsome and the Alchemist would enjoy it, and I usually always try all types of food regardless if I think I will like it or not. Thus, I found myself in a tiny Ethiopian restaurant called Addi’s Grill in excellent company. The man who ran the place also took our order, and after many apologies for the wait (apparently he was not used to the amount of customers that an influx of theatre-people can provide), he recommended that I get the vegetarian dish as it would be the least likely to burn my mouth off. I gratefully agreed, and this was what was given me

20130315-184549.jpgYah dude, I was a little speechless. That bread type substance is called injera, and it was kind of a cross between a flatbread and a pancake for me. You break off pieces of the injera and use it to scoop/grab various things on top of the even bigger piece of injera underneath. What I will say of the meal is that I really enjoyed how you have to eat it with your hands. Again, I could tell the food was good, and while I did eat a generous portion of my meal, I do not think I will be seeking Ethiopian food again outside of rare occasions. As for the company, I could not have picked two better gentleman to hang out with for the evening. Not only did I have the distinct pleasure of sharing a meal with two people I know, but I also introduced two kindred souls. We were having such a good time that (naturally since we are all beer lovers) we went out to a local brewery that the Alchemist had visited the previous evening. My heart was warmed not only by the excellent drink (suggested by the Alchemist, I got a beer that also had mead mixed in, which is probably one of the best things ever!), and the fact the Handsome and the Alchemist were clearly getting on as if they had been friends since college. The evening ended on an excellent note, with a suggestion from the Alchemist on where we should go for brunch the next morning.

We decided to take the Alchemist’s suggestion, and mercy alive we were not disappointed! What do you get when you combine a kitchy atmosphere,

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scrumptious brunch food…..20130315-192307.jpg

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and the most sensuous tea I have ever encountered?

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why, that would be this place 🙂

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Hillbilly Tea, is a most lovely place, and I truly wished I could have gone more than once. I did purchase two of their excellent teas to enjoy from my own loose lease infuser, and both have proved most fitting choices for my tea tastes.

That’s that then. Truly a most glorious collection of experiences indeed.

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Productivity and a “Yay!” for Podcasts

I am experiencing a wave of productive energy that I am riding for all it’s worth. Knowing that my friends are arriving Friday, I realized that cleaning should happen before that time. Well, tomorrow is out due to knitting fun, so I mentally prepared myself all day for the scrub that I knew must happen this evening. Usually I am really exhausted when I get home, so though it may sound silly to prepare for something so trivial, I really wanted to be energized enough to accomplish the task. I think I overdid it a little, because I was not only inspired to clean like a crazy lady, but I also sent off multiple emails that needed to happen and I am about to go through my heavy-duty stretching regiment. In other news, I discovered another way that my Iphone is probably one of the best gifts I have ever received. I realize that Apple is not a sparkling paragon of corporate morality, but I dearly love their products. My Iphone has continued to impress me with how much it improves my existence in large ways and small. For example, today it provided a way to make my endless lonely hours far more enjoyable. When I am working, I don’t like to wear ear phones because I worry that I might not hear something important (be it phone or something more hazardous like a falling object), thus music and podcasts are not usually an option. Also, much as I love music, it can get a little monotonous on occasion. Enter my Iphone with its built in speakers and the PodCruncher app. The house I work in is usually very quiet, so I can happily listen to my podcasts with my phone tucked neatly in the fluorescent pink apron that the Costume Shop kindly lent me (keeping paint off my clothes is a whole new experience for this panda). Today’s podcast choice was Stuff You Should Know, which is a fantabulous podcast that I highly recommend to anyone with a curiosity about anything and everything. Allowing my mind to feed on something audio, while also visually enjoying the paintwork I am doing at the moment (lots of neon), makes my work go so much more quickly, and I am less aware of the creepiness of my location. Plus, I got something really pretty in that mail, so that just means the day got that much better!!