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H-Town and a Killer Kentucky Hot Brown

by on May.04, 2015, under Food & Cocktails, Quirky Places

Crashed for a night at this grown-up hotel in Houston (because the teepee motel I really wanted to stay at was just too far away)…

And gave our diets the finger with this cheesy Derby Day Hot Brown, with bourbon-maple-glazed bacon and sriracha on an herby biscuit. Sooo worth it.

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Frilly Hats + Kentucky Hot Brown + Mint Julep

by on May.04, 2012, under Food & Cocktails

Derby Day is such an enchanting holiday; one of my faves.

(Alright, it’s not a national holiday, but it should be!)

The Kentucky Derby – held every year in the grand, small city of Louisville – is a day of fantasy. Flowing, over-the-top hats, romantic dresses, shiny cocktails, and fast horses – lots of horses – flaunting their speed around a pretty little racetrack. It’s Southern decadence at its finest.

Sadly, Louisville is a 16-hour drive from Austin. If it was just a few hours closer, you can bet your julep I’d be galloping to the real deal, Churchill Downs, to imbibe an authentic Derby race.

Instead, I’ll be floatin’ on over to a Houston racetrack to watch live races, nibble on Derby pies and, hopefully, win a hat contest.

So tonight, to prime for the event, I’m mixing up mint juleps and broiling a Kentucky Hot Brown, which is a magnificent, saucy stack of egg-battered bread, turkey, tomato, cheese, and gravy topped with bacon. (I use Bobby Flay’s recipe. Full disclosure: I cooked up chicken instead of turkey, because turkey and I aren’t chummy these days. I find him boring.)

My test-run of the legendary Kentucky Hot Brown

My first brush with this indulgent dish was at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville, or Loo-a-vul, as the drawly locals call it. It was a gargantuan sandwich. It’s devastating to admit that I couldn’t even finish it.

Here’s the best part about the Brown, aside from ladles of gravy, obviously: That thick slice of tomato!

Mmmm, the hot, juicy tomato folded into gooey cheese and crunchy bacon… sublimeness.

Oh, and don’t forget to wet your palate all weekend long with a cool, bourbon-y mint julep.

Here’s hoping that the horses run injury-free tomorrow, and that your weekend is fantastic and leisurely…

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