Lovin’ Louisville [WIAW]

by Sarah on November 6, 2013 · 15 comments

As I mentioned on Monday, I spent my fall break on a Southern Midwest road trip, the goal of which was an extended visit* in Louisville, with Miss Brittany (of Delights & Delectables fame).

*But not extended enough.2013-11-01 15.16.45 (1024x765)

Brittany is much more than just a blend to me. She is one of my best friends, and spending time with her and ‘Luvy’ is the closest I’ve felt to home since I moved to Alabama.IMG_7696 (1024x683)

Rather than harp too long on how much fun we had (see her post for that) or how wonderful she isand how much clarity a conversation with her can bring to my life-I’ll instead spend time on what y’all REALLY care about…WIAWlouisville

…the food, of course.IMG_20131030_211222

I was welcomed to Kentucky to  warm bowl of Lemony Lentil Soup on brown rice, and drizzled with coconut milk, and was welcomed to my first full day by a fresh pot of coffee that Brittany’s ‘Luvy’ made for us before he left for work.IMG_7620 (1024x681)

Brittany had stocked up on Liberte Greek yogurt (YUM!) for me, and I set to work whittling down that stock, as well as her peanut butter stash. :) [Which I paired with apples, the plums I ate excessively, and a crumbled Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Cookie made from Love Grown Foods' Super Oats* and brought from home.]

*Enter my giveaway, by the way!IMG_7616 (1024x683)

I had been missing the Whole Foods hot bar almost as much as I miss my family back home, so I made Brittany promise we would go there for lunch. I believe I originally said I had to go every day, but the beautiful plate piled high with every veggie–including cabbage, greens, roasted sweets and maple squashtuna and beans, plus a drizzle of that irresistible Zesty Tahini Dressing, was satisfying enough to last me another few months until it happens again.IMG_20131031_135634

Dinner was a Halloween-inspired Butternut & Bean Chili cooked in  pumpkin bowls. [Along with a side of Mama Pea's Cowgirl Cornbread, which was my culinary contribution to the meal.]

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After an extremely stormy Halloween night (which, sadly, meant no meet-up with Calee), Friday morning brought sunny skies and another beautiful Greek yogurt creation, this time featuring blackberries from Brittany’s dad, some Love Grown Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola, raw oats, leftover cornbread crumblies, and a drizzled web of peanut butter.

IMG_7625 (1024x683)For lunch, I was so excited to finally visit The Grape Leaf, which I had seen many times on Brittany’s blog. This Mediterranean  restaurant was as amazing as I anticipated it being.

IMG_20131101_141816In addition to the largest “side salad” I’ve ever been served, I devoured the Vegetarian Sampler, featuring hummus, baba ghanous, falafel, spanakopita, pitas, and both tahini and tzatziki sauces.IMG_20131101_142008

A visit to the famous Quills Coffee was the perfect pick-me-us-up to get us through the afternoon until dinner time: Lentil Green Curry made with the kabocha I had brought from Alabama and topped with fresh Thai basil we’d picked up at the Asian market that morning.IMG_7651 (1024x683)

One more breakfast, and one more beautiful peanut butter-topped bowl–this time of oatmeal, with leftover roasted kabocha, blackberries, and chopped apples.IMG_7676 (1024x683)

After a Best Body Boot Camp workout and a quick trip to Kroger–because I aim to visit as many grocery stores as possible on my vacations–Brittany and I threw together some spinach salads for lunch, with mine eaten from the leftover, slightly chili infused pumpkin bowl and topped with mushrooms, carrots, and some paprika-spiced rice and beans.

IMG_20131102_130525Well-rested (first time sleeping through the night in AGES) and VERY well-fed, I took my bittersweet leave from Louisville.2013-11-01 15.26.05 (1024x768)

I wasn’t headed back to ‘bama just yet, however…because I had another special blend reunion en route! [Stay tuned for that recap...]

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria November 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

1. I love Brittany and she just pretty much kills it as a hostess. Also, is Luvy not the nicest guy you’ve ever met?

2. Louisville is gorgeous!

3. Now I want some hummus and warm pita bread. And of course, lemony lentil soup.

4. While on your Blend Travel Tour, you should hit up CA. Just saying.

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate November 6, 2013 at 1:43 am

Seriously, when two foodies get together it is just unbelievable the goodness that comes out of that kitchen (and restaurants, and WF hot bars)…

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Melissa @ Treats With a Twist November 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

Well part 1 all looked pretty darn tasty to me!!! You were really spoiled on your trip :) Yum!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies November 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love that cornbread recipe – I haven’t made it ages, but have very fond memories. :)

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Danica @ It's Progression November 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

ALL of the food looks amazing! How fun that you and Brittany got to spend some time together!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Wow, gorgeous food pictures! I love all of the beautiful colors in the veggies!

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Debbie (Accidently Delish) November 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

i am always so jealous when i see you ladies get together! we WILL meet eventually i am convinced!!

i also get jealous when i see people get the whole foods hot bar. yes i have them here, but to this day i have yet to brown box it. i need to fix that.

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli November 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Awww man!! I feel like I need to step up my game next time you come for a visit! That squash bowl chili looks amazing!! And seriously, cornbread and peanut butter is where it’s AT! So glad Miss Brittany treated you to a good part ONE of your roadtrip! Can’t wait to relive this weekend through your eyes in your next recap! Hope you’re having a good week love! Miss you already!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Oh friend… I miss you so much! Come back???????? :)

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

These eats look absolutely delightful and delectable. Perhaps your hostess had something to do with that. ;)

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