On a cloudy day at the beginning of April, Austin and I went downtown to take a walk across the Big Four Bridge. We would stop every now and then to take photos and create time lapses. The length of the bridge is a mile, so little breaks are necessary every now and then, especially when the view is such a good one. It's really strange because I have this fear with bridges, too. I worry that they will collapse, and I think that's just because I have seen too many disaster movies where that happens over water. I mean, I actually have a life jacket in my car and a device to break glass or cut my seat belt in case something like that happens to me (although I would have to survive the fall first)... this is getting dark now, so... moving on... Anyways, walking the bridge has always been a fun experience. I face my fears just to do it because it's so fun to literally walk over water to another state (even if it is Indiana). Jeffersonville, or the spot where the bridge ends once you cross from the Louisville side, has a lot of cool shops housed in historic architecture. On this day in particular, Austin and I were headed to one of those shops known as Schimpff's Confectionery.
We basically crossed the bridge for candy (even though we were telling ourselves it was for the scenery), and we arrived at Schimpff's after a short walk through Jeffersonville. It was Austin's idea to go to the museum first, and I am so glad we made that decision. Inside, customers get to witness candy being made by the Schimpff family. Warren (above) and Jill Schimpff, husband and wife (and owners), were present on the day we went. Warren was making their famous Red Hots, and Jill was giving a presentation on the history of the family and the candy business. Here's a brief beginning to their story (and the rest can be found on their website): "G.A. Schimpff's Confectionery began in its present location on April 11, 1891. Started by Gus Schimpff Sr. and Jr., the business has survived wars, floods, depressions, and recessions through four generations. The Schimpff family has been making candy in Jeffersonville since 1871 and in Louisville since the 1850's." We learned so much, and we got to watch the whole process of making Red Hots. You could instantly smell the cinnamon as soon as Warren started on it. We were standing right in front of the whole thing! It was truly like being a kid in a candy store. We got samples from Jill afterwards, too. We walked through the museum, picked up some Red Hots and Modjeskas (caramel-covered marshmallows that have as much history behind them as Schimpff's), and then we walked back across the bridge with our goodies.
The Flea Off Market takes place during the first weekend of every month, and Austin and I decided to visit on a Saturday back in April. We checked out all of the vendors, I signed a declaration to say that I stand with Planned Parenthood, we got food from the Celtic Pig, and then we sat under some shade to eat. Austin got the kraut balls, the special on that day, or a combination of sauerkraut mixed with bacon and cream cheese that was breaded and fried. I had the halupki, a mixture of ground beef and rice that was stuffed in cabbage leaves and simmered in a zesty tomato sauce. I also got a side of the German potato salad. For a food truck, I just want to say that Celtic Pig did not disappoint. I have seen them parked at the market almost every time, so it was nice to finally try their delicious food that has been said to have a "Kentucky twist on Celtic favorites."
On that same day, Austin and I went down to the waterfront by the Big Four Bridge. We didn't walk across that time, but we did visit Wheel Fun Rentals to get a ride around Waterfront Park. We got a deuce coupe for an hour and wheeled around twisty sidewalks along the Ohio River. It was quite a workout, but it was so much fun all at the same time. I kept thinking we were going to run off the sidewalk or hit someone, but Austin had the ride under control. Don't tell him this, but I did get a little lazy here and there (meaning that I just stopped peddling at times)... I don't think he noticed though. It was such a beautiful day though, and while the experience was fun, we were pretty sweaty afterwards. We will definitely have to go on a much cooler day if we try this again. Also, you can drive across the Big Four Bridge, and I really want to, but going up the ramp to get on the bridge would be absolute hell.
On a Saturday back in May, Austin and I had seafood at Seafood Lady. Now, I have to rewind and tell a story about this fabulous establishment before I start talking about this day. I found the Seafood Lady on Instagram a long time ago when she was selling her food from a truck. She always posted images of long lines, happy customers, and seafood that could definitely be considered food porn (you can check her Instagram to see what I mean). I basically kept checking her Instagram every now and then to see where her truck was parked (or to stare at the food, of course). She eventually got a store of her own at 105 West Oak Street, and business has been great ever since. In all that time, I never got to go, but then Austin said we could go check it out one weekend, and I was all about that opportunity. We went, and we both got half pound combos. His came with two snow crab legs, five jumbo shrimp, and he got a Cajun potato and Cajun corn for his sides. Mine came with ten jumbo Cajun grilled shrimp, and I got the seafood mac and coleslaw. The seafood was full of buttery garlic and Cajun spice flavors. The coleslaw and corn were the spiciest things, which was a total surprise (but it was so good). Oh, and the seafood mac was everything I hoped it would be. I am going for the Chee-Sea Fries next time (you can see a photo of those here)!
Austin and I went to a small festival in La Grange earlier this month called Arts on the Green. It reminded me of the Flea Off Market because there were booths scattered around an outdoor area. This area holds so much history: "The Central La Grange Historic District encompasses much of the historic portion of the City of La Grange and provides an excellent picture of what the community was like at the height of its development in the early years of the twentieth century... La Grange's historic character is derived from its role as a county seat and as a railroad community. The present appearance of the central district is still very much dominated by the courthouse square and the railroad which, with its track slicing down the center of Main Street and its long trains passing regularly through town, provide a strong visual presence." We have watched several trains go by during the two visits that we've had there together so far. It literally runs through the center of Main Street, so make sure to look both ways if you ever visit. Now, back to the festival... This was the eighteenth annual Arts on the Green, packed with many vendors, artists, and food trucks. We made our way through, and then we got coffee at La Grange Coffee Roasters and looked at antiques at Copper Awning. I really love historic districts, and the festival was similar to the Flea Off Market, so I guarantee that we will be back next year!
These are my moments.
These are my moments.