Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Adventure For My Husband

Well my husband had a new adventure this weekend and he had a blast.  We went up to Indy so that he could take a home defensive shotgun class. The class lasted for two days (8+ hrs.) a day and was taught by Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute.  They are based out of Michigan but do travel to other locations from time to time. 

If you are wondering if I took the class, no I did not.  A shotgun class is not really my thing.  Have I ever taken a class?  Why yes I have!  I took the Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic back in April.

So while, my husband experienced a brand new adventure this weekend, I did not.  However, I did have a wonderful weekend visiting and catching up with family up in the Indianapolis area.  I was able to spend time with one of my best friends and we went to see Bad Teacher.  I was also able to spend time with my parents and visit my new baby cousin who was less than a week old.

As far as adventures go my husband gave his class an A+.  So if this is your type of thing then definitely check out one of their classes, if they are ever in your area. 

Stay tuned for more adventures, there are some that are planned for the near future!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day Weekend Adventures

Over the weekend my parents came down to visit my husband and I.  I am very lucky that my husband and parents like each other and get along very well!

My parents arrived on a Friday night and we had a reservation to eat at Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge.  My husband and I had purchased a Groupon so that we could try this restaurant out.  I honestly have to say that I was a little disappointed, the food was not bad but it was not spectacular by any means, especially for the price.  For the price I would much prefer to spend our money at someplace like Sullivans or Mortons.  However, I am glad that we tried it.  I do not think that we will go back there for dinner.  However, if my mom were in town and we were just looking for a place to get an appetizer and some drinks then I would consider going there because the Warm Goat cheese skillet was amazing!  So if you do decide to go there you should definitely order this as an appetizer.

On Saturday we headed to downtown Louisville again for lunch, notice a pattern here, we ate out a lot over the weekend. This time we decided to check out the Bristol Bar & Grille.  I have to say I was impressed, the prices were not bad and the food was very good.  If you decide to check it out I suggest ordering the Green Chile Wontons with guacamole and the Crab Cake Sandwich.  Both items were delicious.  This is definitely a restaurant that my husband and I would visit again and there are multiple locations.  After lunch we decided to take a trip to the Louisville Zoo as none of us had ever been before.  I did not realize how large of a zoo it was!  We had a great time seeing the animals and walking around.  I really enjoyed this zoo and seeing all of the animals that they have there.  I was disappointed that the polar bear did not come out while we were there because this was one of the main reasons that I wanted to go.  My husband did end up buying me a polar bear stuffed animal from there, I guess because I did not get to see one. :-)  I think we spent about 3 1/2 hours there so afterwards we were all pretty tired.  If you live in the area or are visiting the area then I definitely recommend a trip to the zoo!

Sunday arrived, Happy Father's Day!  I was sad because my parents would be leaving that afternoon.  Before the left we went downtown again to drive around 3rd Street, there is a walking tour that you can do on your own to look at all of the old Victorian homes, you cannot go in the homes but you can walk on the sidewalks.  Since it was raining we could not walk around outside but we did enjoy the drive!  Definitely something to think about doing, especially if you are not looking to spend any money.

This concludes our adventures for the weekend.  We had a great weekend and I think we ate to much.  I will have to watch that and start incorporating more outings and not just restaurants on here.

Below is information on where you can find the places that we went to over the weekend. 

Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge
446 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Bristol Bar & Grille
614 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213-1559

Walking Tour


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Zaytun - Mediterranean - Louisville, KY

Well, this is not a new place to my husband and I.  We actually go there probably a couple of times a month.

What can I say about this restaurant?  Yum!  I absolutely love this place.  They have some of the best gyros I have ever had and I have had my fair share of gyros.

It is a small and quaint little place.  If you go there I highly recommend ordering the tribal fries and the classic gyro.  When ordering the classic gyro make sure to ask for some red pepper sauce!

If you are interested in going to Zaytun, they are located at 2286 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY.

Go on and go, you know you want a gyro. ;)

La Rosita, New Albany, IN - Mexican Restaurant

The other night my husband and I were deciding where we could go to dinner.  Now remember, we are trying to eat at new places from time to time.  Staying away from the norm like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Don Pablos, ect.  We were not sure what we wanted or where we wanted to go.  I remembered that one time when we were in downtown New Albany, I saw a Mexican restaurant on the corner of Pearl Street.  I thought hey why don't we go try that place.

Well boy am I glad that we decided to try it out.  The food was amazing!  It is some of the best Mexican food that I had ever had.  I recommend trying their mole enchiladas and ordering their chips and salsa.

So if you are ever in New Albany, IN and you are looking for some place to eat, I highly recommend going to La Rosita, you will not be disappointed.

La Rosita is located at 336 Pearl Street, New Albany, IN.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Adventures In Bowling Green, Kentucky

A couple of months ago I spotted a Groupon (I absolutely love Groupon) for the Romance Package at Holiday Inn University in Bowling Green, KY.  I decided to purchase this since my husband had mentioned that he wanted to go to the Corvette Museum some time.  I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to go.

I religiously watched Groupons in the area, hoping that maybe something for the Corvette Museum would come up but I had no such luck.  What I did find before our trip was a Groupon to Hidden River Cave in Horse Cave, KY.  So of course I had to make this purchase!  Although I never did find a Groupon for the Corvette Museum, I did find a coupon online for $2.00 off each adult admission.  Now our trip was planned.

My husband and I took off of work on Friday and headed down in the afternoon to start our adventure in Bowling Green, KY.  The drive down was scenic and enjoyable.  We finally arrived at the hotel and checked in.  The hotel is fairly large because it has a conference center attached to it.  The lobby was nice, with fountains, ect.  The rooms left a little to be desired, they were clean but it was older and the bed was very hard.  We went swimming in the pool and used the hot tub after dinner, which was very nice.  Definitely no complaints about the swimming area.If we ever make our way down there again we will probably check out another hotel.  I am not complaining though since it was a spectacular price with the Groupon. I should also mention that part of the romance package included chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, it also included the breakfast buffet in their restaurant the next morning. 

After we checked in we decided to go and get some dinner.  Instead of eating at a chain (remember I am trying to do new things) I  found a restaurant that I thought we might try, which had been mentioned in Kentucky Living Magazine (the magazine was another Groupon purchase, I told you I absolutely love Groupon).  The name of the restaurant is 440 Main and it was wonderful!  If you are ever in Bowling Green or driving through, I highly recommend that you stop there for dinner.  In fact my husband wants to try to plan a trip just so he can back and eat there, I had to laugh at this.  We started out with the Cajun Spring Rolls, which are stuffed with andouille sausage, chicken and monterey jack cheese and served with a mango BBQ sauce.  My husband loved these!  Since it was so hot out I was not really wanting anything as fried as this but the mango BBQ sauce was delicious. Instead I enjoyed their ceasar salad, which was very good.  Four our entrees my husband ordered the Kentucky proud black angus rib eye steak with melted garlic butter.  The steak was melt in your mouth, you barely had to use your mouth, I was in heaven when I tasted it.  I ordered the southern style crab cakes, which were also very good!  So I must say, I made an excellent choice for dinner!

The next day we checked out, after sleeping in of course and headed over to the Corvette Museum.  We had hoped to do a factory tour but they are only M-Thr., we realized this after we had already made our reservation, so we knew before we got there that we would not be able to do this.  The Corvette Museum was neat and interesting but not somewhere we will be going back to, unless of course it is to pick up a Corvette we buy, which is not anywhere in the near future, or maybe the future at all.  After our visit there we went over to Art's Corvette, a used dealership to of classic cars, just to walk around.  I had never been charged admission to walk around a dealership, but hey I guess everybody needs to make a buck.  My husband enjoyed it so that is all that matters.

Well that part of the adventure was over so it was time to head over to Horse Cave, to Hidden River Cave.  I had not been on a cave tour for years so I was looking forward to this, what I was not looking forward to was all of the stairs.  There are 230 stairs on your way down and 230 stairs to get back up.  I am not in shape at all so I was pretty nervous about this.  Not nervous about going down but about getting back up.  Well we made it down and it was very cool, literally and figuratively speaking.  The tour guide was funny and he was very informative about the cave and the history of it.  I even made it back up the stairs but those last ten stairs were rough and I thought I might die, okay maybe not for real but it was rough.  If you are in shape, trying to get in shape and think you can do this, then I think it is worth the tour.

This concludes our trip to this area of KY, if you are ever headed that way maybe this blog will help you! 

Why Blog?

My husband and I were married about a year and a half ago and we relocated to Kentuckiana.  I believe that sometimes we all get in ruts, meaning that we do not want to step outside the box and explore new things.  I found that more and more we seemed to be going to the same places to eat, doing the same things or just sitting on the couch watching tv or playing around on the computer.

Now there is nothing wrong with doing the familiar at times, or relaxing and watching tv, ect.  However, there are many things to do locally, if you just take the time to look. So recently we have been exploring more locally.

I guess you can say that this blog will be a review of places that we have been or that I have been recently.  For the most part they will probably be reviews from Kentuckiana, but at times we do venture out of the area, so I will post information about other places we have visited as well.  It will also help encourage me to get out and do different things!

Thanks for reading my blog!