Charleston, West Virginia Weekend Trip

Exploring Charleston, West Virginia

by Josh Johnson

Remember that trip I took to Charleston, West Virginia a few weeks back? Well the story I wrote for them is live now on their site! I did my best to explore the local beat and round up the best way to spend a weekend in Charleston. The story covers everything from where to shop and what to eat and about anything else you could think of. In other words, it’s got everything you’ll need and then some. So what are you waiting for? Head to CharlestonWV.com to start reading and find out how to spend a fun-filled weekend in the Mountain State. Because after all, it’s just a short drive from Louisville and several neighboring major cities. 

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Where To Eat in Louisville: Levee at the River House

Louisville Eats: Levee

 Well, we had brief (very brief) fall like weather for a minute, and I was incredibly excited about it. We’re back in the 80’s and 90’s this week and for the foreseeable future. So while I’m a tad bummed that my flannels will have to stay in my closet for a bit longer that is a bright side. That means that patio season is here to stay for a while longer. And if you know me at all, you know that my friends and I are taking full advantage of this.  Our latest favorite haunt? Levee at the River House. They are situated perfectly on the Ohio River with a massive outdoor patio and killer view. Not to mention out of this world weekly specials on both delicious food AND stiff drinks. Like $5 flatbreads and $4 well drinks on Thursdays or $4 individuals sliders and tacos with draft beer specials on Sundays. What’s not to love? The sangria is also to die for (see some snaps below), and it pairs perfectly with their fresh oysters.  And if the food and drink specials weren’t enough to convince you they’re also home to some of the best live music in town…

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3 Tips for Dating Post Breakup

3 Tips for Dating Post Breakup

I’m participating in the #SchickTransformation campaign, sponsored by Schick Hydro® at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Well, I’m officially almost 2 months single. Most of that time has been spent settling into my new home, focusing on healing, and spending time with friends. I’ve been on a few dates over the last few weeks, but my heart isn’t really in it, yet. At first I beat myself up about that, but over time I’m realizing that’s ok. It’s ok to take my time. Taking my time to focus on rebuilding the parts of me my last relationship tore apart. If you find yourself in the same boat, it’s also ok to take your time. Take as much time as you need and/or want. Healing and focusing on self-love is paramount at this junction, and I think a lot of people forget that post-breakup. When you are ready to get back into dating those months/weeks of self-love will be worth it. They’ll allow you to refocus on what’s important to you. Meaning that you’ll be the best possible version of yourself for the next person you date. Which is why I’m teaming up with Schick Hydro to share…

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Honey Thyme Lemonade made with Bulleit Bourbon

Honey Thyme Lemonade

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Diageo. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CollectiveBias #TheWhiskey5 Today’s post may come as a surprise. I wasn’t always the biggest bourbon fan. Yes, it’s true. That makes me a bad Kentuckiana, but on the positive side I am now. So I’ll break down why I wasn’t before because I’m sure a few of you are or have been in the same boat. To be honest I was intimidated by bourbon in the past. The taste, the flavor profile, and the darkness of the actual spirit caused me to pause. But luckily my tastes have evolved over the years. Mostly thanks to the craft cocktail culture that is consistently growing in Louisville. If you can relate then you’re in luck! Diageo recently introduced a new service by the name of Whiskey5.com that takes the guesswork out of my favorite spirit. All you have to do is answer a few questions, and it tells you what bourbon fits you the best. And trust me when I say it is spot on. For me bold, smooth spirits take the bat, and…

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Appalachian Food Summit Dinner at 21c Lexington

Appalachian Food Summit Dinner

I’m always happy when food is involved, but even more so when it’s made by several of my favorite chefs from the region. Like at the Appalachian Food Summit Dinner at 21c in Lexington earlier this month. So much good food. Such a gorgeous space. So little time. Literally can’t say enough good things about my first Fork + Bottle Dinner at 21c, but I can say that it will definitely not be my last.  Lexington is certainly a city that is growing in both size and impact in the region. I’m finding myself making the short drive West of Louisville more and more often as of late. Louisville’s little sister is finally growing up, and the region is lucky to have her. The Appalachian Food Summit Dinner was the perfect reminder of the food I grew up eating in my grandma’s kitchen, and of the culture that went along with it. A culture that is seeing a renaissance of sorts as chefs begin to embrace comfort food in all it’s iterations. I felt incredibly blessed to be at a table of fellow Southerners sharing food much like generations before us would have done.  Those moments are the ones I…

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