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F is for Falafel

May 26, 2010

When we need a quick lunch on the go the Falafel Pita-wich from Oasis comes foiled, lettered, and ready to eat.

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Pho BC

May 26, 2010

Pho BC is TLH’s Vietnamese mainstay.  We attend at least a couple times a month.  One of the best non Pho or Bun dishes is the Vietnamese Special Pancake – Banh Xeo. It’s loaded with bean sprouts, carrots, shrimp and pork, cradled in a savory pancake and served with lettuce leaves, fresh cilantro and a dipping sauce.

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Local Wonder: Bondurant’s Pharmacy

May 22, 2010

Bondurant’s pharmacy, Lexington’s shining example of mimetic architecture. The building was designed and patented in 1974 by visionary pharmacist Joseph A. Bondurant after returning home from a Las Vegas get away. The mortar stands 30 feet tall and was originally designed to house the pharmacist’s apartment on the second floor. Quite a Flat!

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Nuoc Cham: The Catsup of Vietnam

May 22, 2010

Adapted from Pleasures of The Vietnamese Table

3  Thai bird chilies

1  clove garlic

3  tablespoon sugar

2/3 cup warm water

1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice

5 tablespoon fish sauce

Chop chilies and garlic with a knife or run through a mortar or food processor.

Add remaining ingredients.

I added fresh ginger for The Cookout.

This is on most Viet tables and every region and family has specific nuances.

The Cookout

May 19, 2010

The cookout is a collaboration between Johnny of TLH and Wine + Market. Johnny plans and cooks the weekly menu and Wine + Market provides the event’s convivial atmosphere. Barbecue is the running theme, each Friday’s locale inspires the menu. Somehow we’ve managed to not photograph the first 3 events: South Carolina, Western Kentucky, and Puerto Rico. So lets kick off this weekly column with last Friday’s menu: Vietnam.

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Mayfest: Moms, Maypoles, and Lamb Trimmings

May 19, 2010

Mayfest, Downtown Lexington’s celebration of the rights of spring. Held in historic Gratz Park, the festival has blossomed into a Mothers Day weekend craft extravaganza, which is great, but what got TLH moving that direction were promises of gyros, Kentucky Ale, and kettle corn. It’s not everyday that those three are neighbors.

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Budweiser: The Great American Can

May 19, 2010

With The Larder House beverage index not yet complete, lets focus on the iconic design of this American classic.

Check back soon for our ever expanding list of Sippages.