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Louisville? Underrated?? Oh, we have GOT to be changing that!

Picked up a magazine from the mail box last night and immediately it fell open to a tidbit about Louisville being ranked as a top underrated city.   Just under that, it then incorrectly said “overrated.”  My smile turned to a defensive grimace.  In the next sentence, however, it reverted to “underrated.”  It was clear this was just a hasty proofreading or editing error, but, you know how it is when your emotions become invested.  I couldn’t waste any time checking it out, and neither should you.

ShermansTravel ranked Louisville as their fifth most underrated city in their list of “some less-talked-about places with great art scenes, friendly locals, delectable cuisine, and/or rich history.”  Specifically noted for Louisville were its “cosmopolitan riverfront district,” “diverse art scene,” and “growing foodie market with its own Restaurant Row.”  (Hey, I told you it was Louie-ville Foodie-ville, or aren’t you reading all of my posts? )

Here’s to ShermansTravel for sharing the love of Louisville!

Barbara Asher

Barbara Anne Asher

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Louie-ville Foodie-ville

OK, I know that native Louisvillians don’t pronounce the name of our fair city as “Louie-ville”, but a big event this weekend warrants the title’s rhyme!  World-class taste?  Oh, yeah, Louisville‘s got it–just ask Emeril Lagasse

How many of you are going to see Emeril at the Fork, Cork and Style Festival this weekend at Churchill Downs.  There will be demos by many other chefs, too, but the Grand Wine Tastings might be worth the admission all on their own.

Hey, anyone get half price tickets with the Groupon earlier this week?  When you hear of a good deal on a great event, let us in on it, ok?

Barbara Asher 

Barbara Anne Asher

New Semonin blog feature: Events!

I love Louisville!  I can’t say that I always have–I tried pretty hard to find a job elsewhere after college, but luckily for me, interviews in big cities were difficult to get.  I wanted to live in an exciting, world-class city, like the one I was born in, Chicago, or the one I loved to visit, New York.  Then, one day, I realized that I already lived in such a city!

So, just what makes a city exciting and world-class?  In my mind, it was the colorful array of humanity that I imagined to be bursting forth at every busy street corner.  My earliest childhood friends had families who spoke different languages and kitchens that smelled so wonderfully different.  Just playing at a friend’s house was an exciting adventure for the senses!

And, the city also had to be “big.”  I’ve always felt at home in crowds–they are just so full of promise… the new friend you might meet, the adventure waiting to be had.  Maybe it was all of those new schools I had to go to that taught me crowd appreciation, I’m not sure.  But crowds were definitely part of my “exciting, world-class city” vision.  Oh, my sweet memories of hot summer nights at a Chicago Jazz Festival with my best friend, Lisa! and hot summer days in the same city for the Taste festival.

Well, guess what?  The older I get, and the more big cities Lisa moves to and through, the more I realize that I prefer my weekends in Louisville.  World class festivals?  We have ’em!  Colorful array of humanity?  We have ’em!  Big crowds? Oh yeah, we’ve got them, too!  Wonderfully different smells wafting from ethnic kitchens?  Oh, my, have we got those!

Let’s celebrate the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of Louisville and its Kentuckiana area.  Watch this spot for area events, and bring the stories of your favorites, too.  Hey, it’s Friday, have you made your list of festivals and events to visit yet?

Barbara Asher

Barbara Anne Asher

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