Louisville Magazine

FEB 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 95 NIBBLES WHAT'S IN A NAME? Bland Matthews lives in Jeffersontown and owns BerserkerBrew coffee, which is sold online. On Feb. 28, he'll be at the Brown & Williamson Club at Cardinal Stadium for Desserts First, which features dozens of chefs creating sweets and drinks with Girl Scout cookies as ingredients. Matthews plans to make a Thin Mint-enhanced coffee, served in an edible Tagalong shot glass. A local restaurant people would be surprised to know you've never tried? "Le Relais." The best place to eat after midnight in Louisville? "My freaking kitchen! I am the king of sandwiches and have never met a spicy pickle I didn't love. I lift heavy at the gym and eat all the time. It's a curse. Seriously, though: White Castle." What did you eat for breakfast today? "Four farmers' market eggs and Purnell's sausage." What did you eat for dinner last night? "Little Skeezers pizza. LOL, you know what I mean." What's in your freezer right now? "Twenty pounds of elk meat, two pot roasts and three gallons of premium coffee ice cream. You will pass out with pleasure when you try my Louisville-made coffee ice creams. They hit the market Derby Week." What ingredient do you use more than any other? "Tomatoes. I put tomatoes on my tomatoes." Where are you a regular? "Ginza Asian Bistro on Shelbyville Road. They call me 'Five Roll.' The Red Bull roll has spicy crab and cucumber inside, and perfectly seared filet mignon on top." What's on your weekly grocery list? "Broccoli, hamburger meat, bread and peanut butter." Favorite cereal? "Oatmeal. Haven't had boxed cereal in 30 years." Go open your refrigerator. What's the first thing you see? "Grapefruit juice." A kitchen tool you couldn't live without? "A great skillet." Favorite snack? "Fudge brownies." If you were a fruit, what would you be? "Tomato. Juicy, goes with anything. And I love summer." If you were a vegetable, what would you be? "Beet. Hard on the outside, full of sugar, good for the soul." Hops So Hip Hunka Burnin' Love For a little over a day last year, the beef between '90s East Coast hip-hop and West Coast hip-hop seemed squashed. It was like one of those age- old stories of two lovers from warring families having a baby, bringing both sides peace. Except this time the baby was a beer can. And it wouldn't last. Mile Wide Beer Co. (636 Barret Ave.) only sold its Big/Pac IPA, a mixture of West Coast and Northeast recipes, for about 36 hours, according to Matt Landon, one of the brewery's owners. The label featured a face that was half Tupac, half Biggie Smalls. Bling floated through a green-yellow background: a cash-sign pendant, Biggie's crown, one of Tupac's bandanas. Keep in mind, Tupac and Biggie were high-profile rivals; both died in separate drive-by shootings in the '90s. Landon says some found the image offensive, though he doesn't provide too many details. Mile Wide decided to change the labels. It wasn't a legal issue, Landon says. It was a matter of respect. None of the Big/Pac beers went to distribution, and Landon estimates the brewery only sold four or five cases from the taproom before the label change. Now you can drink Mile Wide's Bi-Coast- al IPA, which is the same beer with a new look, and think about the reconciled, hoppy hip-hop heaven it once was. — DJ Like many of you, I found myself sitting by an open fire over the holidays, think- ing the one thing I'm sure all of us think in such Hallmark moments: Damn, I sure do wish this fire smelled like fried chicken! I say "like many of you" because when KFC made that brave dream a reality in mid-December, by releasing a fire log that smells like a family-sized bucket of fried chicken, y'all went at them like pyromani- ac hyenas. In an email, a KFC spokesper- son wrote that the company "sold out of almost 1,500 11 Herbs and Spices Firelogs in the first few hours of being available." And there was a one-per-cus- tomer limit! An item description on KFC's website (sarcastically?) warned custom- ers that the logs might attract bears. Oh, and don't try to eat one. I missed the initial sale but wasn't about to be left out in the not-at-all-mouthwa- tering cold, so I rushed to the secondary market. Holy hell, do y'all like KFC. The logs originally sold for $18.99. As of this writing, folks were posting the fire logs on eBay with "Buy It Now" prices as high as $174.88. I saw somebody bid $95 hours before an auction ended. I'll cut my losses. But I'll be keeping my eye out for more Yum! Brands promo- tions. Maybe I can soak my Easter brunch in the enticing smell of something resem- bling meat sizzling in a Taco Bell kitchen. — Dylon Jones WHY LOUISVILLE?

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