Bourbon Beauty: ABKC Nationals in Louisville!





Who’s ready to see ALL the puppies?!!
American Bully Kennel Club Nationals 2018, are this weekend
Nov. 10 - 10 a.m.
Kentucky International Convention Center
Tickets are $20 
The American Bully Kennel Club, or A.B.K.C. for short, is the official registry worldwide for the American Bully breed. The events and shows hosted by the A.B.K.C. are to help fanciers learn to show their dogs and positively promote breeds. These events are helping to educate the public and promote the positive nature of the American Bully breed. www.abkc-nationals.com




Bourbon Beauty: Grand re-opening of Barre Code Louisville





Count down is on! Can't wait!

Join The Barre Code Louisville for their Grand Re-Opening to celebrate their studio ownership! There will be free classes, complimentary snacks, amazing retail specials, local vendors and EXCLUSIVE membership deals. Sign up for one of their core classes on Minbody, and stay for the fun! Don't have time to take a class, plan to stop by anytime from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. So much fun! *9:00 AM Brawl - Cardio Kickboxing *10:15 AM TBC - Total Body Conditioning Boot Camp 11:30 AM Barre Code - Strengthening *The Kids Room will be open for the 9 AM Brawl and 10:15 AM Total Body Conditioning.



Bourbon Beauty: Louisville Event! 3rd Annual Eastern High Band Holiday Boutique!







3rd Annual Eastern High Band Holiday Boutique AND Cowboy Christmas! 80 vendors, food, music, Cowboy entertainment, professional face painter, caricature artist, Balloon Man of Kentucky.. and MORE!!


For more information, check out their Facebook Page :-)





Bourbon Beauty: Bento Asian Kitchen & Sushi Review





It's no surprise how much I love Asian food. Sushi, Boba, Lumpia, Pancit... I could go on and on with foods I adore! Whenever a new sushi place opens up, I get really excited, but once I compare it to my most favorite place in town, it just never really compares!

According to Wikipedia:

Bento (弁当, bentō) is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box.



You know my sushi expectations heighten, when there is a sign that literally supports my sushi habit.

   

 Here is the menu they have stacked as you wait in line. I loved the bento idea, but I was on a mission to try sushi and their Poke bowls.

Per Wikipedia:
Poke /poʊˈkeɪ is diced raw fish served as either an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine.
It's interesting, I had always considered Poke to be a Hawaiian dish. I never correlated it with Japanese food. I wasn't aware of the Japanese influence in Hawaii, but apparently (according to a quick google search), Japanese people are the 2nd largest Ethnic group in Hawaii. You learn something new everyday! I'm still unsure how poke came to be, but its peaked my interest. (Back to the food...)


I forgot all of the ingredients I chose, but from what I can see on my picture it was everything but the kitchen sink haha. I chose 3 different types of proteins (Salmon, Spicy Salmon, & Hamachi (Yellow Tail). I also chose sticky rice, seaweed salad, avocado, green onion, daikon, cucumber, and pretty much every seasoning they allowed on it.


It was DELICIOUS! Now, I have to admit this was my first time trying Poke at a restaurant, so I don't have much to compare it to. Although I've never had poke, I challenge you to find someone that loves sushi more than I do LOL. I *know* my sushi, and for sushi grade fish, it was great!

  

While the Poke bowl was great, the nigiri was *okay*. It tasted good, but when I compare it to Oishii Sushi, meh. The tempura roll was edible, but I wasn't crazy about the mayo, and the shrimp tempura tasted more like breaded shrimp than legitimate tempura. It was okay. I'd eat the sushi again if my favorite places were closed, but I wouldn't make a special trip for the sushi.



This was why I made my trip to Bento, BOBA. The closest boba place to me is Nam Nam Cafe, but driving down busy Shelbyville Rd, isn't always ideal. Both places must use a mix, because it doesn't taste anything like the boba I get in Chicago. That being said, its okay! It fixes my craving, but I prefer the chewier boba pearls from Nam Nam if I'm being completely honest. I purchased Taro flavored (Purple Yams), but next time I may try the Litchi flavor! 

All in all, the Poke was great, everything else was okay! I'd eat there again, but I'll probably get some noodles or teriyaki instead of the sushi rolls. I would make a trip just for Poke.

What's your favorite place for sushi?


Bento Asian Kitchen & Sushi
12951 Shelbyville Rd
Ste 114
Louisville, KY 40243

Bourbon Beauty: Louisville Salt Cave





I'm always looking for new holistic practices to try out. I was feeling a bit under the weather, and I read that salt caves were a great way to boost immunity. I wasn't sure what to expect, when I read about (Halo Therapy) Salt Caves I pictured an underground cave with salt crystals everywhere.


I'll be honest, when I realized it was located in a strip mall, I was a little confused. This was not at all what I expected when I read "cave". I entered the location not sure what I was going to find! (Clearly I didn't do enough research before going lol.)

    

Inside, I was greeted by the owner (Very very sweet lady, thoroughly explained to me the process, and what products they offered.) and I browsed around a bit before my session (because shopping...). 

The process to sign up is very simple. You can log onto their website and easily secure your spot/ appointment (and you can see how many other people will be in the cave as well). They also host other wellness classes (one with children I'll blog about later), as well as shorter appointments meant to made during lunch breaks.

 I chose to do a walk in. You have to be there at least 10 minutes before the slot starts. They give you clean socks to wear inside if you don't have any, (shoes are *not* allowed). You place your shoes and belongings in open cubbies (if you'd rather not do that, I suggest to leave belongings, purse, etc. in your car). 

The cave itself is very cool, so its suggested you dress warm (I used capris leggings and a t-shirt), I brought my own small blanket and was very comfortable. They do have blankets on top of the chairs for you to use, but since I'm a crazy person germa-phobe I chose to use my own.


This is what the cave looks like, you open the door and its basically a room with a ton of salt on the floor (feels like you're stepping onto sand), and salt forms along the walls. They have six zero gravity chairs you sit on, and recline if you choose to.



Once your session starts, they close the door, and the ambiance is very calming. They have pretty strung lights hung on the ceiling, and the Himalayan forms are *glowing* throughout the cave. You hear a machine softly crunching salt as its blown into the air. As you take deep breaths, you can literally taste the salt in your mouth and on your lips. I swear I could feel the particles every time I breathed in. I took advantage of the time I had, and took very deep breaths





Once the session was done, I heard a chime, and the door opened. She nicely said to take my time coming out.



I purchased a bag of Himalayan rocks, the owner said some people soaked them in a bit of water over night, and add spoonfuls of the salt water into normal drinking water. I also purchased the rock ball which you can roll under your feet for healing purposes. (As always, this is a post just recording my own personal experiences. I'm not a Dr., so do your own research before trying these out lol.). I'll test them out and blog how they worked out for me.

Final Thoughts:

I loved the experience! I found it to be very calming, and soothing. The next day, I could still taste salt in my mouth, and my pain was pretty much gone with just one session. 

Salt Caves are supposed to be great for healing respiratory issues, skin issues (such as eczema/psoriasis), easing aches and pains, the list really goes on and on. 

I would definitely go again, and intend to visit soon. I enjoyed it so much so, that I invited my sister in law and niece to join my kids and I for another session. I even have plans with another mom to bring her little girl to join us too! Lots of future plans :-)

Thank you so much to the Louisville Salt Cave for taking the time to answer my questions. Great hospitality! :-) 

If you were interested in trying out a Salt Cave, I hope this helped with a little insight!

Have you been to a Salt Cave?


Louisville Salt Cave
9800 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40223
​502-996-7000

Here's their website for more info!


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