You Know You Are a Louisville Lady When...

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  • The mention of Hot Browns, Benedictine spread and burgoo makes your mouth water.  
  • But, depending on your tastes, you also know where to get the best Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian or Cuban food in town.  
  • You are as comfortable in a baby-pink feathered and bedazzled fascinator as you are in a cowboy hat—and know of an appropriate occasion for each.
  • You know that when you are running late for work, there are no “shortcuts” through Cherokee Park.  It’s really just a myth perpetuated to trap you in an endless cycle of tree-covered inclines and roundabouts.
  • Your musical tastes vary greatly—from Katy Perry at the Yum! Center, to Brett Dennen at The New Vintage, to Moon Taxi and House Ghost for Waterfront Wednesday.
  • You’ve already asked off of work for the exclusive purpose of attending Forecastle.
  • Derby has become too touristy for you.
  • Oaks, however, is your social event of the year.
  • You know that there are very distinct differences in the types of people and establishments located in Old Louisville and NULU, but appreciate having both in the city.
  • You know that within the context of the last point that NULU isn’t botanical shorthand for nuphar lutea, a type of water lily.
  • Red or blue is your color—not both. (Unless you go to Bellarmine, in which case you can add “scarlet and silver” to the mix.)
  • And on that note, you can spend a good week compiling the perfect game day outfit in that color.   
  • Instead of having a guilty pleasure night of Ben and Jerry’s and Real Housewives of Orange County, you indulge in Derby Pie and Guntucky.
  • You know your craft beer and bourbon as well as any man, as well as the hippest places to imbibe.
  • As well as the hippest places for brunch. Brunch is a big deal here.
  • You either hate hipsters or you are one (or  really want to be one).
  • You look forward to the line-up at the Humana Festival every year—even if some of the experimental plays make little sense.
  • And you’ve seen at least one play or show at The Bard’s Town while chowing down on Shakespearean-themed dishes. MacDeath (By Goodness), anyone?
  • You’ve engaged in NuLu Stilleto skating.
  • You’ve had to experience the difficulty of maintaining a cohesive wardrobe despite erratic weather.
  • You realize that, while Louisville is one city, it really is just a collection of neighborhoods. And you pride yourself on knowing the best places to shop in each.

 

Cover photo courtesy of Urban Farmhouse Market

About Ashlie Danielle Stevens
Freelance writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. Writing curator of eclectic experience.
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