By BELLA PORTARO
Wandering the renovated streets of NuLu is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. There are so many boutiques with a variety of items to keep you entertained for hours. One of my favorite boutiques is Revelry; part boutique, part gallery. Let’s call it a boutiquellery.
This boutiquellery has a wide variety of jewelry, art, and home décor from local and a few national artists. My favorite item from Revelry is the Louisville grid jewelry; made by husband and wife, Lana and John Briscella. “They have a studio in Brooklyn which focuses on using emerging technology to design 21st century jewelry – like the grid necklace and earrings” said Revelry owner and operator Mo McKnight Howe.
The grids of Louisville are laser cut from stainless steel. The gold ones have been plated in 24karat gold. I personally wear the silver necklace daily and have gifted both necklaces and earrings to friends for their birthdays. My necklace was a gift to me on Valentine’s Day two years ago. Wearing my necklace reminds me of that day, the history of our city, and so many other memories I’ve had in Louisville.
When I think of giving a gift to others I try to make it as personal as possible. These necklaces and earrings are unique and personal to anyone that lives here because we all share Louisville. Each of us has a portion of property in the spaces we call home; that makes it a sharable area by the division of property. We share stories with one another about things that have happened or are going to happen in Louisville by posting pictures and status updates to social media. By sharing or wearing either the necklace or earrings is a visualization of sharing Louisville with others.
Share the beauty. Share the love. Share Louisville.
P.S. – The next time you’re at Revelry be sure to show some love to Major, the ambassador.
By ALLISON MYERS
The Joy Luck is the newest addition to the Highlands foodie scene. They boast belly-warming comfort food in a friendly and cozy atmosphere. When I heard the name, I immediately thought of the very popular book, The Joy Luck Club. I was soon to find out the connection between the two is a focus on family and food.
As Louisvillians, we love our patio dining. The Joy Luck is nestled back on Bardstown Road creating the perfect area for patio seating. The outdoor arrangement is lovely with bright orange umbrellas to help you enjoy your food even on the sunniest of days. Attention animal lovers, the patio is pet friendly.
The restaurant is split into rooms. A large dining area is straight ahead as you walk in with a connecting room that has additional seating. Both rooms had chalk wall areas where you could leave messages for the staff or declare your love one for one another. I couldn’t resist and had to share my love for Share Louisville on the wall. The restaurant also has a bar area and my favorite spot is a comfy, cozy indoor porch that overlooks the patio.
"We offer truly unique and authentic mom and pop style Asian food." said owner Alvin Lin, who works with his dad known as Uncle Lin who runs the kitchen. You can also find his mom both out front and in the back of the house. It’s nice to see such a fun, family dynamic at work.
For starters we ordered the Pork Soup Dumplings ($7), the Formosa Chicken Roll ($6) and the Taiwanese Sausage Roll ($6). The Pork Soup Dumplings are what I would consider a signature appetizer that’s a fun must try. It’s a dumpling with hot broth and pork inside. Don’t make a rookie mistake and immediately pop the entire thing in your mouth.
The Formosa Chicken Roll are fried soy wraps filled with chicken, fresh herbs and house spices. They were fresh and good but average compared to the other starters.
My favorite starter of the evening was the Taiwanese Sausage Roll. It’s sausage wrapped with a layer of grounded white chicken breast and then wrapped with seaweed, encrusted with panko crumbs and lightly fried. It’s full of flavor and textures and when you pop one in your mouth you’ll quickly want another. Try ordering the sauce on the side so the panko crumbs don’t get soggy.
Although I didn’t order it, I’ve heard the Crab Rangoon is some of the best in Louisville. So I will definitely be checking it out on my next visit.
For entrees, we ordered the Cantonese Roast Duck ($16) and the Kentuckyaki Beef ($16).
"We bathe our ducks twice in honey. In between each bath, we let it sit, cool down and dry. The skin is caramelized and that the brown, crispy part is the honey. We use local honey from Louisville. It’s an 8 hour bathing process. Then we rub the inside and outside of the skin with special herbs and spices. And let it slow roast for 8 hours at a low temperature" described Lin. It was tender and had flavor all the way to the bone – delicious and beautifully presented.
The Kentuckyaki Beef is made with Bourbon Barrel Foods' Kentuckyaki sauce. It’s sweetened with sorghum, flavored with bourdon and seasoned with ginger and garlic. There is a fun table side presentation of this dish adding the sauce over the beef and vegetables. A tasty dish for those who don’t overly like Asian flavors. It comes served with steamed rice which had a nice little surprise hint of lavender flavor. The only negative was the beef was a little fatty for my taste.
They also have lunch specials for $10. The specials include spring roll, rice and a choice of soup. Lunch is always a great option to get out and try a new place. So you can try a place at a reduced price. I’m looking forward to going back at lunch and sitting on their beautiful patio.
But that's not all. "We’re working on a late night menu. Opening up food options for those on the weekend staying out late. Currently, we’re testing out recipes including Asian inspired hot wings. The wings have Sriracha sauce and a hint of chili oil." said Lin.
I had the pleasure to taste test the hot wings. Let me tell you they were the perfect mixture of crispy, sweet, meaty, moist, savory and hot. I’m still thinking about those wings and can’t wait until they make their late night debut.
The Joy Luck goal is to have comfort food in a friendly and cozy atmosphere. In this foodie’s opinion they have hit their mark. I look forward to see how they continue to grow and thrive in our community.
The Joy Luck is located at 1285 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204. View the entire menu of The Joy Luck at www.thejoyluck.com. Special thanks to Kara DeLost for her assistance in setting up the meeting with Alvin Lin. Thank you to Alvin and The Joy Luck team for a lovely evening.
By EMILY FAWBUSH
Saturday was the first official day of summer and while everyone is enjoying the trips to the pool, picnics or whatever else people do besides lie in front of an AC unit and cry, I’ll be slowing dying inside as the busy season at the shelter reaches its worst.
There are ways you can help, though. DO NOT under any circumstance leave an animal in a car. It can take less than 10 minutes to reach 100 degrees in a car when the temperature outside is only 85. If you see an animal that has been left in a vehicle and there is no owner around you should call animal control or 9-1-1. If the animal appears to be in distress it would be advisable to contact 9-1-1 first, as I have been told animal control would need to have police present to remove the pet from the car.
Speaking of distress – it is also important to know the signs of heat stroke. The early symptoms are basics:
· Excessive panting/difficulty breathing.
· Excessive drooling with abnormally thick saliva.
· Bright red tongue and gum color.
· Confusion, inattention.
If you are able to get a temperature, unfortunately for both of you it needs to be taken rectally, anything 103 and higher is a cause for concern. As the animal’s condition worsens he/she may vomit or have bloody diarrhea, become wobbly and off balance, have a change in gum color from bright red to gray, and eventually collapse.
If a dog not locked in a car appears to be in heat distress the first thing you should do is move it into an air-conditioned area and take the temperature (YES RECTALLY!) If the temperature is above 103 you can apply cool water to inner thighs, stomach, and paws – making sure to monitor temperature change as to not cool the dog off too much causing hypothermia or shock. If the animal’s temperature is ever 104 or above it is very severe and pouring cool water all over and getting to an emergency vet clinic is best.
Using cold water or ice could do more harm than good, possibly causing the animal to go into shock. Covering with wet towels creates a “sauna” effect and does not cool the animal down properly. Lastly letting the animal drink or gulp large amounts of water while in distress could cause vomiting or bloat … and NEVER force water into the mouth of the animal.
Ideally you will want to get the animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke could be a symptom of an even bigger underlying problem. Monitoring the dog for the next few days is also very critical, as the damage to the blood cells could have caused organ damage.
I would like to end this post by saying that I am not a licensed veterinarian and if you do not feel comfortable and confident in doing any of the things I have mentioned – please, please, please do not do it. Call animal control or take the animal to the nearest vet clinic and leave it to the professionals.
By BELLA PORTARO
When Louisville is mentioned several topics can run through your mind; the Kentucky Derby, bourbon, Louisville Slugger, the University of Louisville, bluegrass in the city parks, southern cooking, and last but certainly not least, the amazing natives from the great state of Kentucky. One word that doesn’t immediately come into your mind is beauty.
If you take a step backward and think of each place, thing, or memory of any I listed you can relate beauty to all of them. From the beautiful horses that grace the racetrack at Churchill Downs to the talented natives of Louisville, you’ll be able to tell me several beautiful details of many, if not all of my examples.
It’s not only an attractive environment we all live in, but it is a creative nest for so many artists of various magnitudes which make our city a more beautiful place to eat, live, and play. I am a writer, blogger, and beauty admirer here in Louisville. I love sharing images on and stories about women, men and what they do to help keep themselves and / or this city going.
In my future blogs for Share Louisville I will share stories about local products and fashion items that can be found locally. And if you haven’t guessed yet, I’m sure you can figure out that I’m going to tie in how each of them is uniquely beautiful.
Beauty can be found anywhere when you look for it and I can’t wait to share all I find with you. Thanks for taking the time to read my first post!
Join us for the debut of the weekly Rocko & Igor Podcast on Share Louisville. This week the guys introduce themselves and their respective journies through Louisville. They also talk burritos, Doug Proffitt and very wet fast babies.
By EMILY FAWBUSH
I spend a lot of my time working with various dog rescues and fostering dogs, but anyone that knows me (or at least follows my instagram) knows I am a cat lady.
It all started with an abandoned kitten that my roommate, Taylor, and I were fostering for a friend who found her in a parking lot and could not keep her. The unnamed kitten had a nice little setup in our bathroom. With two cats already in the house, Taylor and I were in agreement that this was a very temporary situation.
One night out of nowhere my boyfriend at the time decided to end things. I very calmly walked into the bathroom, scooped the kitten off her makeshift bed, took her to my room and closed the door without saying a word. That was three years ago and she has slept in my bed every night since.
When people come into the shelter looking to adopt a pet they tend to gravitate towards getting a dog because they are considered more loving, cuddly pets. This isn’t always the case. Take the kitten mentioned above, now named Fancy. If I am home, Fancy is always one step behind me. When I am in the shower she patiently waits on the sink for me to be done. Despite having a queen-sized bed, Fancy prefers to curl up on my face or chest to sleep. More than once I have woken up from a dream where I was having an asthma attack, but it was really just Fancy. I often wonder if I shouldn’t have kids because I am not sure I could ever love anything more than my stupid little cat.
Cats make great pets, especially for first time pet owners! Generally low maintenance pals that are a constant source of entertainment – as long as the litter box is kept empty and the food bowl is full. Shelters always have cats and kittens in stock but this time of year is that special time all shelter workers love to hate – KITTEN SEASON! By the end of this summer I will burst into tears at the sight of a cardboard box for fear that it will be full of abandoned kittens. To make room for all these kittens coming in we have to get some cats adopted.
Thanks to Best Friends Animal Society sponsoring an adoption special, The Kentucky Humane Society and Louisville Metro Animal Services (hey that’s me!) are offering a $9 adoption fee for any cat over 9 months old. This $9 fee covers the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and all vaccines up-to-date for 1 year. Adopting Fancy has been the best decision I have ever made.
All KHS and LMAS adoptable cats can be seen online at www.kyhumane.org/cats and www.louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices/adopt_a_pet/petfinder.htm
Or I recommend going to visit these little darlings in person at any of their multiple locations. As important as this is to me personally and all the homeless cats in shelters, I would like to end this by saying cat food and litter is not always on special and there are health issues that can arise at any time ... take for instance Taylor’s cat, Conan, who decided eating the plastic needles off the Christmas tree was a good idea. After a 3 a.m. trip to the animal emergency room and a couple hundred bucks later we were just glad he was okay. This was not something we had planned for but he is our little dude and any pet is a serious life long commitment, one that I highly recommend!
ARIES: Don’t leave the house if you want to live.
TAURUS: You are going to meet someone who seems like a perfect fit for you romantically if only you didn’t hate each other so deeply. Sucks for you.
GEMINI: That thing on your cheek is cancer. Unless there isn’t a thing on your cheek. If that’s the case, never mind.
CANCER: That thing on your cheek is, ironically, not cancer. You shouldn’t worry about it. Or anything, for that matter. There’s nothing you can do about that brain aneurism now that it’s on it’s way, anyway.
LEO: Your low amounts of testosterone or estrogen are the reason for your thick facial hair/erectile dysfunction, but not in that order, necessarily. The only cure is the murderous sacrifice of a true innocent. Good luck finding one in your current state.
VIRGO: Your mother saw you when you did that.
LIBRA: Don’t you ever get sick of yourself with that shit you’re always talking? Try keeping your damn mouth shut for a change, would you? Please?
YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Your boss, best friend, lover, and/or roommate have been plotting to either murder you or throw a surprise party for you. Details are unclear at this time. Prepare for either eventuality.
SCORPIO: It’s people like you that are the reason we can’t have nice things.
SAGITTARIUS: You’re actually dead already, your body just hasn’t figured it out, yet. Your soul is either chilling in Heaven or frying in Hell, depending on how long you held that telemarketing job. If you were working as a drug representative peddling to doctor’s offices at any time, never mind, it’s definitely Hell.
CAPRICORN: I don’t even want to tell you about it. Just forget it, think about something else.
AQUARIUS: Scientists will be studying your skeletal remains for decades.
PISCES: Yes, congratulations, you got away with it. Can I go now?
The University of Louisville will celebrate its new membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the day it enters the league at a public event on Tuesday, July 1 at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville.
The free event will begin with live entertainment and video presentations at 5 p.m. with Louisville’s in-stadium DJ, K-Dogg, followed by a program at 6 p.m. The program will include special messages from Louisville coaches and student-athletes, fan giveaways, and plenty of surprises. A concert featuring the Louisville Crashers will cap the celebration on the main stage following the program. There will be food and beverage specials at participating establishments in Fourth Street Live! surrounding the celebration.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford, UofL President Dr. James Ramsey, and Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich will be among those participating in the celebration. An 11 a.m. press conference that day will be streamed live by the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com.
Mascots from each of the 15 ACC institutions will make a special appearance at the event and interact with fans at Fourth Street Live!. The mascots will also visit with children at the U of L Autism Center that afternoon.
Louisville accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference on Nov. 28, 2012 and will soon move on to join that 15-member league on July 1. After an eight-year affiliation in the Big East Conference, the Cardinals competed in the American Athletic Conference last season. To follow the on-campus transition for the Cardinals, read more at GoCards.com/ACC.
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