Loretta took her awesome sister to Louisville, KY yesterday and asked if I wanted to tag along. I was in desperate need of a road trip and Loretta's entertaining husband, David, was up for watching their two kids plus my three until Rob got off work. It was fun to have hours of uninterrupted chatting and so relaxing to sit down for dinner without worrying about little ones. After a quick peek at the Swan Dive (while it was a place where I might have eaten, if I was alone with Rob...minors are not allowed...it just wasn't the type of place we were in the mood for at all), we decided to eat at Ramsi's Cafe on the World instead. Loretta had eaten at Ramsi's before and highly recommend the food and the ambiance. I will always go with Loretta's restaurant choices from now on. The food was excellent, the staff was extremely nice and helpful, and the restaurant itself was very large and nice with ample outdoor and inside seating.
I may have followed dinner up with one more Raspberry Rum Martinis, but who is counting? Thank goodness Loretta was driving.
We went for a stroll down Bardstown Rd., an area I highly recommend you visit when in Louisville. We encountered quite a few cyclists and a surprising number of pedestrians and diners for a Tuesday night along the mile or so stretch. We were seeking out Ray's Monkey House for a caffeine fix before hitting the road again, but sadly the Monkey House seems to be no more. We were able to find iced soy lattes at a cool fair trade coffee shop on the way back the car, so all was not lost. The walk did us both good after the car ride and the filling meal. All in all it was quite a pleasant visit to Kentucky (not something I often think to say as someone from Illinois). Great conversation, yummy vegan food, and a quite adult night. Don't feel bad for the kids left behind, they had an absolute blast with "Mr. David"; lollipops, movies, and an expedition to "bug city", "magic rocks", "healing tree", "throwing rock bridge", "the wishing bee hive", etc. Rob and David fed the kids dinner and had them asleep when we arrived home. We might have to find another excuse for a road trip soon.