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September 9, 2013

A Canuck in Kantuck: The sting of Week Four

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Keep in mind, I was aware that part of the reason for the trip was to eat, but I decided I would just simply be well behaved during the day and then get to indulge in the evening. And so on Saturday, when we drove up, that’s exactly what happened - kind of. We had a sensible brunch, leisurely made our way to Louisville and arrived there at 5 on the dot, just in time for happy hour. Now, by then, I was pretty hungry. A couple of eggs and veggies can only sustain someone for so long. So we headed to Proof on Main for a cocktail, whereupon my husband William suggested we order an appetizer to sustain us until dinner, which was reserved for 8:15.

So what else were we supposed to do other than order the charcuterie plate? I mean, the pâtés and sausages were all made in-house using, hello, Kentucky-raised meat. My husband ordered it and a huge selection arrived on a wooden cutting board. You know you’ve ordered a lot of food when the chef decides, no, a plate simply isn’t sufficient to display the vast array of delicacies he’s offering; he needs a slab of wood.

Anyway, we dove in. I tried to keep myself in check, except I kept telling myself that this was essentially my lunch and not only did I deserve this, this was preventing me from over-eating later. Every expert always says if you eat breakfast, you actually end up eating less during the day, so surely the same logic must apply to lowly, old lunch, right? So I ate, and it was delicious.

Then it was time for dinner and it, unfortunately, was also delicious. The appetizers were delicious, the main courses were delicious and the dessert, yes dessert, also delicious. This trend continued through to the next day when we decided to extend our stay in Louisville until Monday. This day was also framed by some incredible meals, which I told myself I deserved because how, after all, could one day of indulgence make a big difference in the grand scheme things?

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