Exploring Louisville, Kentucky: Part I

I just got back from a conference in Louisville, Kentucky. (Pronounced Lou-uh-vul). I admit I wasn’t really looking forward to the location, but at the same time I do like exploring new territory.

With some free time, a few colleagues and I headed a short distance outside Downtown to the Butchertown Market. The historical brick building was really cool with a few retail shops including Cellar Door Chocolates. My BFF asked me to bring home some bourbon balls so I knew this is where I should get them.

What is a bourbon ball? Essentially they are chocolates made with buttercream and bourbon. Kentucky is well known for making bourbon. I picked up the classic bourbon balls as well as the bake apple flavored ones. The sales lady said baked apple was her favorite. The apples are puréed into the mixture. Bourbon balls are not baked so that the bourbon stays in your mouth for a bit.

We needed to grab a bite of lunch before heading back to the conference. I was happy to discover that the Blind Pig was across the street which was on my list of places to eat in Louisville. The Blind Pig was cute inside and out. The building was also made of brick and the tables were made of hand carved wood.

What to eat? I was contemplating between the Ivory Bacon Sandwich or the Bacon Butty Sandwich. The waitress recommended the Ivory Bacon which is house made boudin blanc sausage, bacon, muenster cheese, and aioli. I could not resist pork on top of pork. It was a great sandwich with loads of flavor, and the fresh greens I substituted to replace the fries made me feel like I was being a little healthier.

There is more to blog about Louisville, so stay tuned for Part II of Louisville which promises more bourbon.