The Perks of the Job

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One of the perks to being a freelance writer and photographer is that I get to do some pretty cool stuff. Today was one such day as I loaded my camera bag in the car and headed to Danville, Kentucky. I hate to admit it, as a native Kentuckian, but I had never been to Danville - at least not as an adult. 

I'm working on an article about Danville being the first city in Kentucky to vote to go from moist (strict stipulations on alcohol sales) to wet (much less restrictions) and what impact this has had on the economy, local business and tourism. I met with Adam and Mandy at the Danville Visitor Bureau, and they showed me that the vote has made an enormous impact on their city...especially when it comes to the food.

Our first stop was at Mermaids, which is a cool restaurant nestled in an old house on the edge of downtown. You would never expect to find the menu inside from the street, but Chef Nick, Nicholas Wisecarver is creating a fine-dining experience daily. He brought out a sample of the evening special for us to try - grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus and scallops over smoked cheddar polenta topped with a quail egg and butternut squash chips. Yum!

As if that wasn't sinfully delicious enough, our next stop was at The Twisted Sifter where Pam Birt and her team bake up some of the most impressive cupcake combinations I've seen. The Dublin's Delight is a Guinness Stout cake with a chocolate ganache filling and a Bailey's Irish Cream buttercream frosting. It's one the menu every Friday, but get there early because she usually sells out.

While I was at 303-W, another great restaurant, working on a photo of some amazing-looking cocktails, Mandy ran across the street to bring me some Karamel Klubs from Karamel Kreations. Oh my! These things are pretzels dipped in caramel, rolled in rice krispies and covered with chocolate. They are delicious, and I don't even like caramel.

My tour of downtown Danville ended at the The Beer Engine where they brew their own beer. I have to admit, I'm not a huge beer drinker. However, I do love a good beer cheese and they should package this stuff and sell it in bulk. It is so good.

So in the name of research, I ate like it was my job...It was in a way. But I felt really guilty, because it was my husband's birthday. Here I was having all of this fun, and he was at home with our kids, so I took my cupcakes home to share with him for his birthday. After Bianca and I sang Happy Birthday with a candle on a cupcake, guess who ate them all? That's right, me, myself and I finished them all. (Chuck's not a big cupcake guy, and I couldn't let them go to waste.)