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Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Celebrate National BBQ Day at Porkland BBQ In Louisville, KY

Hey, y’all! Tomorrow, May 16th, is #NationalBBQDay — if that ain’t a reason to celebrate, I’ve never heard of one!

While there is a plethora of BBQ in the city, I urge you to visit my friends at Porkland BBQ. Located in the Portland Neighborhood in the West End, Porkland is a destination in and of itself. The restaurant is very large and is the perfect place to meet friends, eat with family, and enjoy community.

Housed on 26th and St. Cecilia, Porkland started as a Friday Fish Fry. The crowds proved that they were on to something, for each fish fry proved to be a bigger success than the last! The original fish now resides on the daily menu at Porkland and I’m definitely ordering it on my next visit — from what I’ve heard, it’s Write Your MeeMaw Good!

At Porkland, you’ll find all of your favorites — pulled pork, pulled chicken, round steak, rib tips, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and more. The portions are hearty and the price point is low; I know you’ll be pleased!

Pulled Pork At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Rib Tips At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Other highlights of the menu include the “Churched Up Tater Tots”, which features deep-fried tater tots smothered in nacho cheese, pulled pork or chicken, and sautéed onions; oh, and they have a Louisville classic – rolled oysters!

Rolled oysters are one of my absolute favorite foods – and to be honest, they are hard to find! Porkland’s take on the dish garnered two thumbs up from me!

Rolled Oysters At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

So, you want delicious food — that in and of itself should be enough to make you want to visit my friends at Porkland BBQ. That said, there’s more — it’s a restaurant with a mission!

All proceeds go back into the Portland Community, as the restaurant is a part of local nonprofit Love City Inc. I got to sit down and have lunch with one of the owners during my visit and the passion and hard work that goes into Portland was palpable. It was inspiring!

They claim to be a restaurant for the community by the community – and y’all, I can assure you that they stand up to their words.

Visit Porkland BBQ:

2519 St Cecilia St, Louisville, KY 40212

…and be sure to tell them that I sent ya!

Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a commissioned post; as always, all expressed opinions are my own.

Elizabethtown, KY

How To Spend A Day In Elizabethtown, KY

Hey, y’all!

If you’ve been on the blog lately, you are well-aware of the fact that I recently fell in love with the city of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; in fact, my latest post regarding the town was a Culinary Exploration!

Elizabethtown, KY

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Conveniently tucked off of I65 just outside of Louisville, Elizabethtown is a true Kentucky gem. From a downtown brimmin’ and bustlin’ with business, to fantastic food, to boutiques that will keep even the most avid shoppers appeased, to state of the art public parks and facilities — Elizabethtown is chock-full of possibilities!

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The Perfect Day In Elizabethtown:

Start your day by grabbing a drink at Vibe Coffee; afterwards, head over and visit my friends at the Swanky Shoppe. Located downtown, this is the boutique for any southern belle (and a few gifts for the gents in your life, as well!).

From iconic Draper James, to Vineyard Vines, to Julie Brown, to Sail to Sable, to a variety of purses, accessories, and jewelry — you won’t leave the Swanky Shoppe empty-handed.

I left with a needlepoint key fob from Smathers & Branson + a pair of croakies from Fripp & Folly. Needless to say, the ladies at the Swanky Shoppe took good care of this southern boy!

Visit the Swanky Shoppe:

112 Plum Alley, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

The Historic State Theater Complex is an institution in Downtown Elizabethtown. From movies, to concerts, to local events, there are a plethora of ways to catch a show in the historic theater. Having originally opened its doors in 1942, the history perpetuates into the lives of modern day Elizabethtown residents.

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

Elizabethtown, KY

Visit the Historic State Theater Complex:

209 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

My favorite store that I visited, hands down, was Denizen. Granted, I might be a little biased — my home is filled to the brim with house plants.

Upon walking in, you’ll notice the shop’s hip, urban feel; however, it’s located in cozy Elizabethtown, giving shoppers the best of both worlds.

Denizen is owned and operated by two sisters, Olivia and Catherine, who are passionate about filling homes and communities with beauty.

You’ll leave this shop inspired to fill your home with life — and it should go without saying that I left with a bag or two!

Visit Denizen:

331 E Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Another favorite boutique of mine was Rainent + Boon. The space is light, airy, and very easy to navigate. I would define this as the true boutique experience — a great selection, yet limited quantities on the racks. It’s the perfect place to find an outfit that no one else will have, which fits well with their trendy, eclectic aesthetic. Don’t miss this gorgeous boutique — they carry both straight and plus sizes!

Visit Raiment + Boon:

109 E Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY

The athletic type? Don’t skip over the facilities at the Elizabethtown Sports Park. I would argue that this is the nicest sports park facility that I have seen in Kentucky.

In the park, you’ll find 12 soccer/lacrosse/field hockey natural turf fields, 3 quads for baseball/softball/fast pitch, 2 champtionship fields with synthetic turf, 3 expansive pavilions, meeting rooms, stadium lawn seating, and so much more!

Elizabethtown, KY

All communities would greatly benefit from having a facility of this caliber — Elizabethtown is certainly better because of it.

Visit Elizabethtown Sports Park:

1401 West Park Rd., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Are you looking for a photo opportunity to commemorate your trip? There are so many in Downtown Elizabethtown. Around each corner, you’ll find a new place to strike a pose – and when you do, don’t forget to tag the photo with #TourEtown!

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

Love history? Look no further than the Brown-Pusey House, which was built in 1825 by John Y. Hill. This stately property was – for many years – the Hill House, a boarding house operated by “Aunt Beck” Hill. Among the guests at the Hill House were General George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Elizabeth.

Elizabethtown, KY

The Brown-Pusey House now serves the community in many ways, just as it was envisioned by its grantors. The Georgian mansion houses the Pusey Room Museum, a genealogical library, and meeting rooms for private and public functions. There is also a beautifully maintained garden in the back that is not to be overlooked!

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

Visit The Brown-Pusey House:

128 N. Main St., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Also in town is beautiful Freeman Lake Park, which is a lakeside park with many activities! The perfect place to walk, it’s also a delight for outdoor sports lovers — you can rent kayaks, rowboats, and peddle boats for $5/hour. I’ve even seen an Alan Jackson concert on the property!

It’s a serene asset for the city — and one that I immensely enjoy visiting!

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Elizabethtown, KY

Visit Freeman Lake Park:

Blue Heron Way, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

Can’t make it to Washington DC, yet have the desire to pay your respects at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial? There is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Elizabethtown!

On par with the experience of visiting the original, it is very serene and emotional; that said, it is very important to pay respects to those that fought – and lost their lives – for our freedoms.

Elizabethtown, KY

Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall:

1900 Ring Rd. East, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

I’m sure you’ll work up an appetite while spending a packed day in Elizabethtown. Fill up at one of the restaurants listed in my Culinary Exploration blog post, or if you want to take a step back into time, visit my friends at Reuben’s Deli.

From the checkerboard floors, to the vintage memorabilia, this is not your average deli. You’ll find regional favorites like Ski, delicious sandwiches, and speciality items, such as their crunchy, seasoned pork rinds.

The pasta salad is also delicious!

Elizabethtown, KY

Visit Reuben’s Deli:

311 Cardinal Dr., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Are you in your car en route to visit Elizabethtown, KY? If you aren’t, what’s holdin’ you back, my friend?

Elizabethtown, KY

There’s so much to do, see, and eat in town — you’ll leave with precious memories, a full stomach, and the desire to come back as soon as possible… I promise you that!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; all expressed opinions, however, are my own.

 

 

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

The Perfect On The Go Meal With Happy Egg

This post is sponsored by Happy Egg Co; all opinions are my own.

Hey, y’all!

The weather is warmin’ up here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky — can I get a “Hallelujah!”? As temperatures begin to rise, my outdoor activity schedule simultaneously increases. For those of you that do not know, I am a life-long golfer. I can’t remember a time, after I learned to walk, that I haven’t had a golf club in hand. Golf has always been a constant in my life — no matter what is going on, I can leave it all on the course. That, to me, means everything.

When golf season comes around, I become hyperaware of my level of physical activity, fitness, and the need for a healthy lifestyle. We are, in effect, what we put in our body. For this reason, I often rely on superfoods that energize me, keep me going throughout the day and my activity, and satiate my appetite. That has always, in my life, meant one thing: eggs.

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg (Happy Egg)

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg (Happy Egg)

Eggs are, by and large, one of the most nutritious foods on the market — and Happy Egg leads the pack. They are high in protein, while also containing Vitamins B2, D, B6, B12, along with Zinc, Iron, and Copper. On top of that, Happy Eggs are organic and farmed in an authentic way; this makes them both healthier and more delicious. With one bite, you’ll know what I’m talking about, y’all.

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg (Happy Egg)

As someone that comes from a family with a farming background, I try to be very conscientious in how I source my food. When you purchase a Happy Egg, you are receiving a product from a small, family-owned and operated farm in Missouri or Arkansas. Their promise is that their eggs are the Free-est of Free Range™ — each farm has over eight acres of outdoor access for hens to forage freely each and every day. How fantastic is that?

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg (Happy Egg)

However, I haven’t touched on my favorite part about Happy Eggs — preparing them is quick and easy! They are the perfect snack for me, whether it be for breakfast or when I am heading out of the house to play 18 (or 36, let’s be honest) holes at the country club. When I buy a carton of Happy Eggs (look for the bright yellow carton, it’s hard to miss!), I often boil them because hard-boiled eggs can be utilized in a multitude of ways: on salads, with deviled eggs, and among other options, eaten by themselves.

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg (Happy Egg)

My favorite way to eat them on the go is on top of avocado toast. It’s easy to grab and to devour — which, I especially appreciate when in the car!

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

Avocado English Muffins + Hard-Boiled Happy Eggs

To get the perfect hard-boiled eggs:

  1. Place eggs in a pot, fully covered by cold water.
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil and remove from heat.
  3. Allow eggs to cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Drain water and peel; note: this can be done in advance!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Happy Eggs – hard-boiled, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 Sourdough English Muffin
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Hot Sauce, to taste
  • Your choice of seasoning

Directions:

  1. Toast the English Muffin and allow to cool for ease in handling.
  2. Liberally smear the avocado on either side, fully covering the muffin.
  3. Place sliced Happy Eggs on top of the avocado smear.
  4. Drizzle with hot sauce and your favorite seasoning. I love to use Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, though salt and pepper will also serve you well.

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

There’s no better way to fuel a round of golf than with this recipe. It’s all in the Happy Eggs: they keep me energized, stimulated, and active. Which, in my world, hopefully means more pars and birdies — and less bogeys.

Avocado English Muffin with Hard-Boiled Eggs (Happy Egg)

If you are in the Louisville area, you find them at Meijer (look for the iconic yellow packaging!); otherwise, use the store locator to find the closest Happy Eggs retailer to you! Happy Eggs can be purchased in two varieties: the Free-est of the Free Range™ and the Organic Free-est of the Free Range™. Be sure to follow @happyeggcousa on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

 

The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

Have A Drink In Downtown Shelbyville At The Barrel Room

Hey, y’all!

It should come as no surprise that I love Shelbyville, KY; evidence can be found here, here, here, here, and here!

There’s plenty to do in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World — and apart from the horse farms, many of my favorite things are located on Main Street. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a robust, active, small town downtown has a charm that cannot be beat. That is, to understate, one of my favorite things about Shelby County, Kentucky.

If you’re downtown, you’ll be greeted by a plethora of photo opportunities, Kentucky history, restaurants, shops, and so much more. After a full day on the town, I’m proud to let y’all know about the perfect place to relax afterwards: the Barrel Room!

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) At The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

The Barrel Room is the newest addition to the downtown scene; the brainchild and second location of the Old Louisville Brewery, it has brought an even deeper sense of community to Shelbyville.

With very few options like the Barrel Room in Shelby County, the Barrel Room is setting the stage for even more growth and expansion for the county – and as a frequent visitor, that excites me very much! Owner Wade Mattingly understood that there weren’t many pub options in the Central Kentucky oasis, which serves as a meeting point between Lexington and Louisville. Thus, he decided to fill the void!

I believe in our Commonwealth, its people, and of course, our food scene. It takes movers and shakers – along with ambitious counties like Shelby County – to keep the ball rolling for us. That’s why I was especially elated to be invited to the Barrel Room to check out all that they have to offer.

With around 17-18 beers on tap, there is a choice for all palates. Want a Horchata Milk Porter? A Cranberry Citrus Cider? Oh, what about a Belgravia Blonde Ale? Surely you’d want a Derby Double Dry Hopped IPA… and don’t get me started on that delicious Dunkel!

Another one of my favorite parts is that you can grab a delicious to-go meal in Downtown Shelbyville (we had Mexican food!) and enjoy it inside the Barrel Room with your drinks; another option is to order for delivery with Bell House Restaurant while there! How convenient is that?

The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

All of these – and so much more – can currently be found on tap at the Barrel Room. With a rotating menu, you can see what is currently being poured here.

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) At The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

Not a beer drinker? Well, it is Kentucky after all! Be sure to enjoy their bourbon selection, which is sure to delight all who desire that Kentucky Hug from their libation!

Not planning your next visit to Shelby County, KY? Y’all, what are you waiting for! Adventure awaits — and I know that you’ll be delighted by all there is to see, do, eat, and drink in this community.

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

How To Make The Iconic Mint Julep This Derby Season With Four Roses Bourbon

Hey, y’all!

I hope you are well — and that you getting some rest for the upcoming week! It’s going to be one for the books. There’s nothing quite like the Run for the Roses and I am, especially this time of year, immensely proud to be a Kentuckian.

The Derby, to me, signifies tradition.

If you’ve been to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, chances are you’ve indulged in one (or two!) Mint Juleps. The iconic bourbon cocktail is a celebrated piece of southern culture — and one that I take very seriously.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, though its history is much more expansive. It was first mentioned in print in 1803; It’s also said that KY Senator Henry Clay made the drink popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar around 1850.

The notoriety doesn’t end there, either — many presidents have fancied the Mint Julep and many writers have made them popular in their works, such as novelists Margaret Mitchell and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Clovers paid tribute to the drink in “One Mint Julep” and Ray Charles took the song to the top of the charts about a decade later. I also love to listen to “Julep” by the Punch Brothers.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

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To quote the iconic song by the Clovers:

“A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all…”

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It isn’t Derby season (or spring/summer) without a Mint Julep, y’all. You can have one at the track, or you can make it at home. If you opt to have it at home, please enjoy this recipe — it is SO easy and absolutely irresistible! Your next party will be a hit if you serve these, I promise you.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Kentucky Mint Julep With Four Roses Bourbon

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. Four Roses Bourbon

4-5 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Crushed Ice

Directions:

  1. Pour simple syrup into a Derby glass.
  2. Add mint leaves and muddle to extract the flavor.
  3. Fill cup with crushed ice (almost to the top).
  4. Add Four Roses Bourbon.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Now, won’t you sit down on the porch, stay awhile, and share a julep with me? You bring the conversation, I’ll bring the cocktails!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

On The Rocks Cocktails - JCP Eats, JC Phelps

My Secret To Hosting A Derby Party

Hey, y’all!

It’s no secret that I love Derby, Derby Parties, and, well, any excuse to throw a shindig. I love cooking for my people, opening up my house to those that I love most, and making memories together.

But, I have a confession.

It stresses me out — immensely.

While it always goes over smoothly in the end, it is usually due to a few conscious efforts. Something – at least one thing – should be store-bought/restaurant made. It makes everything easier. However, when it comes to Derby and when you are a Kentuckian, parties are much more complex (and come with higher expectations). To be an ideal Derby Party host/hostess, you must master the food, the drinks, and the social aspects. It can be hard to balance – I know from experience.

That’s where my secret weapon comes in: On The Rocks Cocktails.

On The Rocks Cocktails - JCP Eats, JC Phelps

On The Rocks Cocktails are award-winning, mixologist-created, ready to serve libations — they are high-quality and downright delicious, y’all. All you need to do is open the lid and pour over ice; it doesn’t get much easier than that!

On The Rocks Cocktails - JCP Eats, JC Phelps

There’s truly an OTR Cocktail for everyone.

A gin lover like I am? Try the Aviation, which is crafted with Larios London Dry Gin, along with dry cherry, lemon, and violet notes.

For Old Fashioned aficionados, they have one made with Knob Creek, bitters, cane sugar, orange, cherry, and lemon zest.

Transport yourself to the beach with the Mai Tai, which has Cruzan rum, orange, pineapple, orgeat, and coconut flavors.

I won’t list them all (trust me, you’ll want to try them for yourself!), but don’t miss out on the Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita, the Cosmopolitan, or their classic margarita while you’re at it…

On The Rocks Cocktails - JCP Eats, JC Phelps

Each time that I have served On The Rocks Cocktails to my guests has been an overwhelming success. There’s a drink for all palates — and then there’s one (or two!) for the host, if you know what I mean. That, my friends, is my secret weapon this Kentucky Derby season.

The best part? You can find them at your local Kroger in the Louisville area; to check availability near you, click here.

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

Beef Heart from Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, TN

A Farm-to-Table Lunch at Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Hey, y’all!

Welcome to the first post in my Travel Northeast Tennessee Series! I was recently invited by the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association to check out all that the region has to offer. The towns that I visited were beautiful — and, luckily for me, just a short road trip from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure, fabulous food, small town charm, or amazing history — Northeast Tennessee is the perfect destination for you!

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On my first day in the region, I was invited to a farm-to-table luncheon at Boone Street Market. It was fabulous, y’all! The best part? I got to try a new-to-me food: beef heart.

Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve yet to encounter a food that I won’t try!

Boone Street Market is a brick-and-mortar location where farmers and food artisans have the ability to sell to consumers year-round. A nonprofit, they aim to maximize the return to the producer; as someone who comes from a farming family, that is a mission that I am proud to support.

My favorite part about the market is that they only carry food produced within 100 miles of Jonesborough, Tennessee, and Central Appalachia. With both a retail space and a commercial kitchen, Boone Street Market is both a cultural and gastronomic oasis for the region. It was a privilege to be invited inside and to dine with them.

That’s the beauty of food, y’all – it brings us together.

The meal started with an apple + fennel salad, which was topped with a sorghum vinaigrette. This was absolutely delicious! The apples were from Buffalo Trail Orchard and the sorghum was from Muddy Pond.

Apple + Fennel Salad at Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, TN

Next was the most memorable dish — beef heart!

The brochettes of beef heart were served with buttermilk grits and a mango chile sauce. The beef was from Hawks Nest Farm, the cheddar was from Ashe County Cheese Company, and the grits were from Crooked Creek.

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Dessert was a favorite of mine — biscuits and chocolate gravy (a delicacy that I grew up on!). This dish featured milk from Duchess Dairy and flour from Saint Johns Mill.

Biscuits and Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy at Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, TN

I also couldn’t resist the handcrafted peach soda by Waynesville Soda Jerks from the refrigerator — it was so delicious!

Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, TN

If you’re in the area, don’t miss this gem — and if you aren’t going to be soon, plan your next trip to Northeast Tennessee! What’s stopping you? Adventure awaits!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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