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Get outdoors and check out a glowing garden while breathing in the crisp winter air, or stay indoors and craft your own wreath while enjoying a holiday cocktail. Whatever your holiday vibe is, here are some ideas to fill your month with a cheerful mix of fun events. Enjoy!
Robert and Eva Wessels own Central Park Bed & Breakfast, a historic Victorian mansion and one of eight stops on this year's Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour. Though the three-story house at 1353 S. Fourth St., has received updates for modern-day accommodations, it has been around since 1884 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After college, Allie Teta was living at home with her parents - but she knew it wouldn't be long before she became a homeowner herself. "My parents always kind of instilled in me (to) save (my) money," she told the Courier Journal.
With walkable, wide-open spaces plus nearby shops and restaurants, Koa Ridge is the true embodiment of "surban." "It's basically a suburban area with an The first of its kind in Hawaii, Castle & Cooke's Koa Ridge is a master-planned community in Central Oahu.
As I step into Señora Arepa in NuLu, I'm greeted with lively Venezuelan music pumping through the speakers; the room's bold blue walls are splashed with Spanish words and lined with bright yellow seating. The restaurant has all the trappings of a Saturday night party - but it's 11:30 a.m.
Texan April Sanders comes from a line of maternal creatives; both her mother and grandmother are artists. "I grew up spending time with my grandmother and going to watercolor classes with her and all of her other grandma friends," she says with a laugh. "I really just enjoyed learning from her."
If you're driving to Buck's Restaurant and Bar at night, don't blink or you might miss it.
Alejandro's Mexican food is serving up authentic dishes in Kalihi Valley.
The old Monkey Wrench bar at 1025 Barret Ave. is now home to V-Grits, Addington's vegan southern-style comfort food eatery, and False Idol, an independent brewpub.
Jo Cornell's home décor is the epitome of horse country. From paintings and tissue holders to pillows and napkin rings, equines are represented in every room. It's fitting, considering her profession and upbringing. "It's horsey everywhere," she said with a laugh.
When Chris Mack got the gig as Louisville's head basketball coach, it meant one very important thing for his family: Finding a new home.
Marita and Bob Willis are both born-and-bred Kentuckians. "Bob and I grew up on the same porch in Park Hill," Marita explained. "We were friends (ever) since our mothers were friends." The two women - both single moms - became quick chums, and their children followed suit.
Most people wouldn't consider owning a catering business akin to leading a circus, but Deborah Lowery does.
Field Notes explores Honolulu's vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Vinyl Record Enthusiasts.
Growing up in the United States comes with privileges most American children take for granted.
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life without leaving Honolulu. Photos: Courtesy of Lennie Omalza TRAIL NAME: Makiki Valley Loop Trail DIFFICULTY: Moderate LENGTH: 2.5 miles roundtrip FEE: None WHERE: Hawaiʻi Nature Center, 2131 Maikiki Heights Drive Hiking can be dangerous, and not every trail is a good idea for every person.
A quick trek with a breathtaking view in Kailua. Photos: Lennie Omalza TRAIL NAME: Lanikai Pillbox Trail DIFFICULTY: Moderate LENGTH: 1 mile roundtrip FEE: None WHERE: Kaelepulu Drive, Kailua Hiking can be dangerous, and not every trail is a good idea for every person.
Also known as Kamananui Valley Road, this relaxing trail is great for the whole family. Editor's Note: We love hiking! Fortunately, O'ahu is full of great hikes. In this web series, we bring you our favorite O'ahu trails once a month.
Fashion & Beauty Stories
Get ready for your next close-up with Cherbu's new spring line.
A great beauty routine will keep you looking fabulous during all seasons, but everyone knows a bit of a transition is needed once summer rays start shining. Keep scrolling for the latest tips and tricks from industry experts, as well as new products that will ensure your summer beauty strategy has you looking your best while you soak up the sun.
A mystical clothing line inspired by folklore of the planets.
Since its opening in 2001, the Queen's Women's Health Center has offered a variety of services, including physical therapy geared specifically to women's health-related diagnoses.
When Gabe and Kara Izumi were gifted Gabe's family home for their wedding, naturally, they were thrilled.
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Content Creation & Project Management
Blackletter Group created Luau and Learn, a fun and engaging family home activity. Luau and Learn launched online and included a downloadable activity book that taught kids about Hawaii’s diverse food and rich culture all the while reinforcing the authentic L&L Hawaiian Barbecue brand.
We love malihini, (newcomers, if you happen to be one). We welcome you with open arms and flower lei. Don't be surprised if people you've just met start calling you aunty or uncle-we treat everyone like family here. Hawai'i's warm hospitality has earned us the nickname the Aloha State.
NEi Established in 1985, NEi is an employment and vocational rehabilitation non-profit that counsels, trains and matches clients with employers in Hawaii. The Challenge As a non-profit organization dependent on private and public funding, NEi struggled for years to remain relevant in the eyes of its stakeholders.
Dining Column Archive
A small blue and white building in Clifton – formerly occupied by Boujie Biscuit – has been in the hands of St. Louis native Nick Bean since March 2021. The Frankfort Avenue space is now known as Phantom Café Modern Eatery & Catering Co., a modern southern-fusion restaurant run solely by Bean.
Schimpff’s Confectionery is Kentuckiana’s most historic candy shop, and one of the oldest in the U.S. Founded by Gustav A. Schimpff Sr. in 1891, the shop is now run by Warren Schimpff and his wife Jill.
If you asked me a week ago to explain the difference between northern and southern Indian cuisine, I wouldn't have been able to tell you. But after sitting down with Taj Palace Indian Restaurant owner Balwinder Singh over a cup of masala chai tea - a drink made by boiling black tea in milk and water, and adding a mix of herbs and spices - I have a basic understanding of the distinction.
Nutrition wasn't something I concerned myself with until I reached my late twenties. I'm embarrassed to say that for many years, I lived off a diet consisting primarily of burgers, fries and a lot of chocolate.
Pizza is one of those dishes that are very personal; there’s no one-size-fits- all recipe for what makes a great pizza. While some prefer a Chicago deep dish, others love a crunchy, thin crust. Top- pings are another controversial topic — is it OK to put anchovies on a pizza? What about olives? I believe in variety and choice; all pizza is good pizza, in my opinion — just do me a favor and don’t call it “Hawaiian” because you’ve thrown some pineapple on it.
Brightly colored walls, hot pink uni- corn busts, and a big, bold painting by Louisville artist David Green are just a few parts of the playful setting Corey Milliman has created in his downtown restaurant, CC’s Low Carb Kitchen.
Safier Mediterranean Deli is one of those places that everyone who lives or works in the area knows about. When I lived on South Fourth Street, I'd make the five-minute walk downtown to pick up a platter with hummus, falafel, rice, and spinach pie.
I remember when the Vietnamese restaurant Pho Ba Luu opened in Sep- tember 2016. I’d been living in Louisville for three months, and it was exciting to discover a new eatery that served some of the same dishes I used to enjoy back home in Hawaii. Five years later, I caught up with owner Jessica Mach, who is cur- rently working 60-plus hour weeks to keep her business going.
As someone with an affinity for both bakeries and unique eateries, Smør Nordic Bakeri on Poplar Level Road is right up my alley. It’s the first and only place I’ve found that offers Scandinavian desserts in Louisville; this is unsurprising since owner Liz Huot — who owns Grind Burger Kitchen, Oskar’s Slider Bar and Smør Nordic Bakeri with her husband, Jesse Huot — says Smør is probably the only place in the Bluegrass with similar menu offerings
Cadillac’s Chicken and Fish started out as a food truck. As owners Marsha Buchanan and her stepson Terrance Buchanan explain, the idea came from Marsha’s husband, Howard Buchanan.
Over the past year, I’ve touched base with restaurant owners, operators, and managers throughout the Louisville area. Aside from a select few, most of their stories have been similar: last year was exceptionally rough, they’re experiencing product shortages, and they can’t seem to hire enough staff. The team at Rootie’s Sports Bar & Grille tells a slightly different story. Though they have their own struggles, 2020 was good for business.
I pull up to the more than 100-year-old brick house on Main Street in Middletown. Its pale-yellow roof is offset by bright cyan doors and windows; matching picnic tables with umbrellas are set outside. A pink wooden flamingo stands to the left of the front door, greeting visitors. The little house, however, is not a home — it has been the site of Susan Stivers’ restaurant, Cottage Café, for nearly 30 years.
There’s a wide variety of cuisine in Louisville, but Lou Lou Food + Drink in St. Matthews is the only restaurant I know of that blends three specific types of fare: “It’s Cajun/Italian with a Mediterranean twist,” explained owner Jared Matthews, who also owns Equus & Jack’s Lounge/Black Rabbit as well as Diamond Street Grub & Hops. He is also a partner at Diamond Pub & Billiards.
Caity DiFabio and her husband, Jon Riley, have been the restaurant’s owners and operators since 2012. “My parents actually opened our original location in Madisonville in 1995,” DiFabio told The Courier Journal. “I think it was 2018 when they closed that location. But in the interim, we opened this location in 2010."
When I took over the Courier Jour- nal’s weekly restaurant column last year, my focus was on how restaura- teurs were managing to keep their busi- nesses afloat amid the coronavirus pan- demic. This week, I connected with Kimberly and Zechariah Maxey – the owners of Leaven Bakery, who opened up shop as a result of the pandemic.
Most of my friends and family back home in Hawaii don’t understand Louisville’s appeal — and the questions about what the city does or doesn’t offer are endless. A recent text message from a friend read: “Can you even get Filipino food over there?” I did a quick Google search and came up with enough information for a response: “There’s a Filipino food market that opened, and supposedly there’s a food truck that sells lumpia.”