Long time, no chat. If you’ve been following along with my Instagram posts + stories, you know that I just purchased my first home in Louisville, Kentucky. So much of my January has been focused on furnishing my home, decorating it with love, and preparing for my move (which was this weekend). I feel immensely grateful that my job has flexibility and that y’all allowed me this grace period to get everything together. Your words of love, encouragement, and the well wishes have meant so much to me!
With that said, many new things are coming to y’all with the acquisition of my home. More recipes, more photos, a dedicated filming space, and so much more! Stay tuned — there’s so much to come!
Now, back to the regularly scheduled culinary programming!
Those that have been with me on the blog from the get-go are aware of the fact that I love Corto Lima, which is located in Downtown Lexington, KY. The name is derived from the location of the restaurant in Spanish; it is on the corner of Short (Corto) and North Limestone (Lima).
What I love most about Corto Lima is that I get to enjoy a lot of inspired dishes from my travels right here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Their inspiration is well-curated and executed with utmost precision; many meals have been shared within their restaurant walls and many more are to come.
This month, Corto Lima invited ten bloggers to a Winter White Brunch to sample a plethora of brunch favorites. I’ve had both lunch and dinner with them before; however, this was my first time sampling the brunch offerings. I left with mixed feelings — the food was impeccable, yet I was sad that I don’t have this as a regular brunch option in Louisville. It was fantastic, y’all.
Before we get into the courses, there are many parties to thank: Corto Lima for the event space and the delicious food, Sarah of Space, Place, and Grace for the fabulous photography, Marie of Back Road Bluegrass for her assistance in orchestration, The Big Event Photos for the iconic photo booth experience, and Miss Make It All for the custom KY decals. Y’all sure do know how to make a boy feel special!
Now — the food!
We started with guacamole, queso, and the salsa trio — need I say more?
Next was the Mango Con Chili, a sentimental dish for me. It’s a classic treat in México and took me back to living in downtown Mérida with my host mamá, Ligia. I enjoyed many bowls of this with her in the morning, cherishing new family, and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Special, special memories — and I thank Corto Lima for transporting me back to that time.
Next? One of my favorites — the Huitlacoche Egg Quesadilla. An edible corn fungus, this is one of my favorite delicacies! It’s a must-try on your next visit.
I’ve never met a burrito that I didn’t spiritually bond with; this one was no exception. The portion that you are seeing is one-third of the typical serving size (yes, you read that correctly). Thus, come hungry, y’all!
Arepas were the feature of the next course, which happened to be one of my favorites. Most commonly made from ground maize dough, arepas are a staple in both Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine (with other prominent features in el mundo hispanohablante). Having just traveled to Colombia, this teleported me right back to the streets of Cartagena!
Okay, y’all. It’s time to get serious. This is the Roasted Banana Dulce de Leche French Toast. Dulce de leche stems from heating sweetened milk, inducing a Maillard reaction. The result? Culinary gold for a sweets aficionado! The addition of the banana French toast made this a two thumbs up dish for me.
Why have one dessert when you can have two? Welcome to the stage — hibiscus ice cream + a delectable churro. It’s as good as it looks, which is all I need to say.
Scratch that. Why have just one or two desserts? Pffft! Three desserts it is! Tres Leches is one of my favorite menu offerings from Corto Lima. El Pastel de Tres Leches is a Latin American classic, featuring sponge cake soaked in three variations of milk. If a recipe involves heavy cream, evaporated milk, and condensed milk — I’m here for it… with bells on, as I grew up saying.
Again, a special thank you to Corto Lima for the food, Sarah of Space, Place, and Grace for the stunning photos, Marie of Back Road Bluegrass for her orchestration, The Big Event Photos for the photo booth experience, and Miss Make It All for the custom KY decals.
Be sure to check out each of these Kentuckians; better yet, start planning your next visit to Corto Lima in Lexington, KY (101 W. Short St)!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: I was not compensated for this post; all opinions are my own.