LEO’s Choice: Our staff’s picks for the best of 2017


LEO’s Choice: Our staff’s picks for the best of 2017
  1. LEO’s Choice: Our staff’s picks for the best of 2017
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    You’ve seen LEO Weekly’s Readers’ Choices here, but below are our staff’s choices: Best Alley Near Bonnycastle Terrace between Bonnycastle and Alta avenues If you’re like me, you never really grew up. That manifests itself in a lot of different ways, least of which is always wanting to explore and get off the beaten path. … Continued The post LEO’s Choice: Our staff’s picks for the best of 2017 appeared first on LEO W…
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You’ve seen LEO Weekly’s Readers’ Choices here, but below are our staff’s choices:

Best Alley

Near Bonnycastle Terrace between Bonnycastle and Alta avenues If you’re like me, you never really grew up. That manifests itself in a lot of different ways, least of which is always wanting to explore and get off the beaten path. Maybe you’ll find a cave with lost treasure; hell you never know. Fortunately, I live in The Highlands where there are no shortage of alleys, marked or otherwise, often loaded with weird treasures and sweet nooks and crannies to explore. One such alley, located just across from Bonnycastle Terrace at the end of Bonnycastle, features cobblestone hikes, and all sorts of twists and turns. There are mysterious cottage houses that make you wonder who lives there and what it is that they do for fun? Shaded, it’s a great place to lose an afternoons saunter with the kiddos, quietly toddling along and pointing out the weird knickknacks, animals and colorful graffiti that we stroll past. Taking a walk there this last weekend after a household bout of some kind of heinous plague, soaking in the mildness of these leisurely hours with the kids asking questions or napping quietly, only enhances the tranquility in a sea of noise and clutter. —Syd Bishop

Best grilled cheese and tomato bisque

The Main Eatery 643 W. Main St., 589-3354 Cheese. Goat, beer, pimento — I’ve tried them all. But you had me at Stilton and farmhouse Cheddar.  With my cheese fetish, it’s no surprise I’ve fallen for the panini grilled cheese sandwich at The Main Eatery. It’s gooey perfection, made with Wisconsin cheese on mild sourdough bread that’s softly toasted, which allows the cheese to ooze out ever so slowly. The Main Eatery owners David Henning and Floyd Huebner opened the lunch spot in 2000. “Our whole shtick is fresh, fresh, fresh,” said Henning. “Every blue plate [special] is a family tradition we’ve made our own. The way we cook takes a lot of time; it isn’t magic, just patience.” And speaking of the blue plate specials, Friday’s is the grilled cheese with a choice of chips or soup. The soup of the day is tomato bisque (Henning’s grandmother’s recipe), described as “fresh tomatoes, simmered forever with dairy cream, our secret seasonings and finished with diced tomatoes.” Be sure to dip your sandwich in the bisque for another sublime gastronomical moment. Our office flocks to The Main Eatery on Fridays. Just sayin’. —Jo Anne Triplett

Best place for a public cry

Corner Restaurant & Bar at Aloft Louisville Downtown aloftlouisvilledowntown.com We joked about 2016 being a dumpster fire because a bunch of celebrities died. Folks, that was just the trial run. 2017 is viscerally horrifying. Storms wiping entire nations off the map. Calling our dipshit senators asking them not to kill us every few weeks. Our governor fighting the opioid epidemic by painting rocks. The fate of the entire world hinging on the wisdom of, uh, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. Shit is very dicey out there in 2017, and emotionally overwhelming. Sometimes you just gotta cry. Now, crying at home is great. I like a good bawl in the shower, sometimes with my clothes on. But I also enjoy a change of scenery. Despair still appreciates variety, and there are few places sadder than a hotel bar (maybe the DMV, though I’ve gotten better service there than at a number of bars, if we’re being honest). As far as a public weeping, there are some strategic advantages to paying a visit to the Corner Bar downtown on the first floor of Aloft. First, it’s very clean. God bless the Mag Bar, but sometimes wallowing in actual scuzz and filth while lamenting the spiritual scuzz and filth of 2017 can feel a little too demoralizing. I may have hit a rock bottom, and I may have seen the abyss stare back at me, but I can still enjoy strong aesthetic and architecturally clean lines. Secondly, totally inoffensive food. You don’t want to waste a truly great meal with splashes of saline, but the desolation of a Rally’s parking lot is simply crushing. Corner cuts the difference. Third, it’s a hotel bar, so it’s unlikely you’ll know anyone. Hurrah! But also, and the final point, if someone does ask about your public breakdown, you can either come clean and possibly share a tender moment with a stranger, or you can lie and say you were really moved by the Don Henley concert, or whatever was across the street at the Yum Center. Given the unfortunate news about our Cardy Birds this week, I might catch a few of you all down at the Corner. You can borrow my hanky.  —Michael C. Powell

Best place for a public cry

Best thing that gives you hope for the future

Girls Rock Louisville girlsrocklouisville.org Every day, the doomsday clock ticks a little closer to oblivion, certainly made worse by the gaggle of brittle-ego boobs running the show in The Big House, but that doesn’t mean the world is all dark and heinous. Yeah, you’ve got that Dorito-skinned idiot starting Twitter beefs with nuclear powers and his VP who looks like he’s about to outlaw the “X-Men” at any moment, but you’ve also got such things as Girls Rock Louisville, which is a bright spot in the darkness. A community effort for girls, women, trans-folk and the non-gender conforming, GRL is a training camp to make 55 percent or more of the Earth’s population that aren’t just cis-dudes awesome stewards of the future. As a musician with a few decades under my belt, I’ve encountered plenty of ladies and non-gender conforming folk who were into the scene, but for whatever reason were not active participants. For me, as I raise my own daughter, GRL represents an opportunity to reverse that trend and give her the tools necessary to kick out the fucking jams, if that’s the path she chooses to rock. Not only do the teachers, mostly scene luminaries including Carrie Neumayer, Salena Filichia and Tari O’Bannon (to name but a few), know their way around an amp, but they make you feel welcome. And damn, they put on a good show — this year with the amazing Shannon Wright kicking things off to show not only the girls in the crowd how to rock, but everyone else, too. —Syd Bishop

Best place to buy halal meat

The International Halal Supermarket 5057 Poplar Level Road: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., every day The influx of immigrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa has led to a large Muslim population in the city of Louisville. Islam comes with some strict dietary restrictions that are set out in the Koran. Food prepared by Islamic law is called halal, Arabic for permissible. Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter, and all blood is drained from the carcass. They are killed through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe. A Muslim will recite a dedication during the process. Living near Beechmont, with its large foreign-born population, I frequent a lot of Middle-Eastern and African restaurants that use halal meat. There are also a number of halal stores in the neighborhood. But when I asked a Muslim friend for the best place to get goat meat, he sent me to the International Halal Supermarket. Owner Aysar Hanbali offers fresh goat, chicken, lamb and beef. He gets deliveries from slaughterhouses in Indiana and Detroit twice a week. The store also carries frozen, halal dinners. In addition, Hanbali’s store also stocks drinks and food items from all over the world. When I visited the store, which has been around since 2009, Hanbali even threw in a Lebanese soft drink for me to try. —Michael L. Jones

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Best place to get happy

Big Four Bridge When I am looking for motivation or inspiration, often I need some James Brown. “Take it to the bridge! Huh!” So I do that… I take it to the Big Four Bridge, unarguably the happiest, free-for-now place in Louisville. Where else in the city can you get out high above the Ohio River, take in the sweeping vistas of Louisville and Southern Indiana and mingle with people outside of your usual, workaday, coffee shop, cubicle, Kroger, club routine? Once you get to the middle of the bridge, with the sun glinting off your Ray-Bans, the cooling wind and John Sousa marching music — how can you not smile? Watch coal-filled barges, flotsam and jetsam shark through the chocolaty water… eavesdrop on families chatting and taking photos… As the Big Four Sign of Rules notes, “Kids — Fun!” and “Dates — Romance!” are “allowed.” (Doges are banned, but this writer won’t miss the puddles and poo.) Sure, bad things have happened on the bridge, but think of walking it as you might flying — the odds are way in your favor you will arrive safely. And speaking of destinations, Jeffersonville has become one. It has stepped into the batting box with great, new restaurants and things to do for when you get there. Think about walking to dinner and back on a summer evening. We hope Louisville works on that part of the equation. The spiral approach from the Louisville side provides great anticipation and fanfare: As you promenade around to the top, you catch glimpses of the iron skeleton, and finally you summit and enter the tunnel in the sky. The bridge is open 24 hours, so experience changes with time. Ultimately, a walk on the Big Four offers a different perspective on where we live, with whom we live and how we live. Go now — before those idjits begin charging for parking. —Keith Stone

Best Time to Shop at Clifton Kroger

Sunday mornings I have very little patience with certain drivers on the roadways. You know who I’m talking about: People who drive 10 mph under the speed limit, refuse to use their turn signals (the knob is right by your hand!), sit at green lights too long while they stare into the abyss of nothingness they find in their phone, or refuse to drive anywhere without constantly being in a conversation on said phone, assuring they’re not paying attention to their driving. I’m similarly impatient in a grocery store, because I walk in knowing exactly what I want, usually uber-prepared to grab it, fill up my cart and get out. I shop at Clifton Kroger on lower Brownsboro Road, and if you go there any weekday in late afternoon, it’s packed with people who stop to look at, say, some orange juice and position their cart so that it’s completely blocking the aisle. Or people who block an entire end cap of on-sale Cheerios and force me to reach over their shoulder to grab a box, and then throw me the stink-eye for being so rude. Or people who pick up every last steak in the beef section, trying to figure out which one has the least amount of fat on it. (Just pick one! It’s probably the same damn cow!) So I do my shopping on Sunday mornings, when everyone else is either hung over or at church. Or at The Silver Dollar, being cooler than me. On Sunday morning, Kroger is typically peaceful, devoid of most shoppers, and convenient enough that I can make my mad dash in plenty of time to get home and catch the NFL pre-game show.—Kevin Gibson

Best place to get into a fight

Derby City MMA derbycitymartialarts.com As someone with zero experience in mixed martial arts, I was both excited and nervous to enter a gym where people train to punch, kick and choke out opponents with vicious efficiency. My first class there was boxing, and my head was filled with clichés about what to expect. But what I found was coach Charlie Harp, a man covered in tattoos and sporting a pink-dyed beard (in support of “Pinky,” an amateur fighter there with an upcoming bout). More important, he has a number of Muay Thai and boxing bouts under his belt. Charlie is but one of the many coaches at Derby City MMA who embody this paradox: Everyone is learning how to inflict damage with their bodies, and, at the same time, everyone is incredibly friendly, nonjudgmental and always happy to help you learn. It’s a hard vibe to explain, but it’s one informed by the disciplines taught there and the character of the coaching staff. You can get a glimpse of it on the YouTube channel Chewjitsu, where head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA coach, Nick “Chewy” Albin, makes videos on “how to improve your training and lifestyle on and off the mat.” Or, you could do what I did — try out a free class. To get the ball rolling all you have to do is send the gym a message on Facebook. Since my first boxing class, I have mixed in a few kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, because once you join, you can take as many classes, in as many disciplines, as you want at no extra cost. So whether you want to train for a fight, learn how to defend yourself or just need some variety in your workout routine, all are welcome at Derby City MMA. Just be ready to push yourself. Better a tough day in the gym than a tough day in the ring. —Ethan Smith

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Best ways to protest Sen. Mitch McConnell

Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse, 601 W. Broadway Who makes us most embarrassed to be from Louisville: Rick Pitino or Mitch McConnell? Rick is on his way out, but Mitch just won’t go away, so this is an easy call. Even without carrying Louisville or even his own Highlands neighborhood, Mitch rode the 2014 midterm elections to his lifelong dream, as told in his long bio, The Long Game, of becoming Senate Majority Leader. President Trump doesn’t seem to like Mitch much, having suggested in a recent Tweetstorm that the senator can’t get things done. Nevertheless, we’re worried that Mitch can still do a lot of damage before his term ends in 2020. Is there any way we can protest this mumbling windbag and actually be heard? It would probably help to be one of his major funders, but that won’t work for most of us. So here’s the best practical way: Go down to his Louisville office and tell his staff what you think. You might get involved with IndivisibleKY (facebook.com/indivisibleky), a local link in a national chain that aims to capture back Congress and the White House. Indivisible often holds demonstrations out front of the Gene Snyder Federal Building to carry signs, chant and yell, and also organizes similar protests when Mitch, Trump or Mike Pence appear around the area. That’s fun, but he probably can’t hear us. So, while you’re there, or any other time, go down to the senator’s office — entry is limited to two at a time — and politely express your opinion on a hot topic. You might not change his mind, unless you’re a Koch brother, but your thoughts will be assembled and sent his way. This may not be much, but it beats ranting on his Facebook page. That’s fun too, though. —Robin Garr

Best piece of shit

Kentucky Science Center kysciencecenter.org On a recent jaunt down to The Kentucky Science Center, where kids and adults can learn about and participate in science ranging from physics to biology, the physics of my biology struck, and I needed to use the little scientist’s room. Then, I found a delightful piece of “only in Louisville” awesome. Inset next to the sink in one of the downstairs restrooms, just high enough to hit your line of sight when sitting, you are treated to a location-appropriate specimen from the Center’s Natural History Collection. Labeled “coprolites-fossilized dinosaur droppings,” the display was installed as part of the KidZone remodel in 1998 and remains in the area now known as Science in Play. It features what appears to be a rock nestled in that stringy moss (like you’d find in a fake flower arrangement) with a tiny 2D dinosaur running in the background. It’s poop. It’s Dinosaur Poop. There is no part of me that is not thrilled that this exists, and the process of researching and pitching this idea has allowed me to squeeze out a load of poop puns. But I’ll refrain from dumping them on you. From a scientific perspective “coprolites,” or fossilized feces, are valuable clues to history that may reflect the shape of the internal surface of the intestines (notably the spiral valve of sharks) and the diet of the animal that produced them. “Although it outdates any current Science Center employee, the intention behind its presence is clear and consistent with the Science Center’s values,” said Senior Manager of External Affairs Gil Reyes. “It’s playful and makes a ‘real world’ connection for kids to science/natural history.” It’s also a reminder that anyone who thinks they are too old or too cool for the thrill of science should remember that learning about the world is a shit ton of fun. —Eli Keel

“coprolites-fossilized dinosaur droppings” at the Kentucky Science Center

 

Best spot for tea, witchcraft and plotting the downfall of the patriarchy

Wild Dog Rose wilddogrose.com Now, my faithful readers (Hi Mom!) know I’m ‘bout ‘dat bean, and my drink of choice is coffee, even though certain shops stopped carrying the LEO because they are offended by our content. But when I’m looking for a more enlightened brew, or even just in the mood for something a little lighter,  or I wanna talk feminism or horoscopes, I like to stop by this little tea shop on Bardstown Road. Co-owners Margaret Hamilton and Emily Gibson opened up Wild Dog Rose last summer. The duo offer a huge array of teas, and are incredibly knowledgeable about their wares. Frequently, I find the process of picking my tea almost as enjoyable as drinking my tea. Sniffing each leaf, considering the aroma of un-brewed tisanes, and often thinking about how different flavors might taste with a pastry is always a really lovely part of the experience. Then, after I pick my beverage, while it steeps I roam around the shop and check out their other goods. It’s a great place to pick up tea supplies if you need them, but I thinks it’s even more fun to plot the downfall of global misogyny, and sin…

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    The Livingston County Sheriff's Office is still asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing teenager. Deputies say 16-year-old Ruth Ellen Wailgum is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds, with purple/red hair that is shoulder length, and green eyes. Numerous leads and tips have been followed up on in state and out of state. Several other agencies are assisting in the search for Ruth, according to deputies. Anyone have any information regarding her location is being asked to…
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  8. Farmer Donates Cash Award to 4-H Horse Club

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  18. Poll: 24 Percent Say US Heading in Right Direction

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