Lexington Mural Guide

Several of my best friends live in Lexington, KY, so I usually make a trip down there a few times a year for girls nights or Friendsgiving celebrations. A few weeks ago, Paul McCartney played at Rupp Arena and I met up with my gal pals, along with my mom and dad, and we all went to the concert.

I’ve never really gone looking for murals in Lexington before, so since the weather was nice and I had nothing else going on, I left Indianapolis a few hours early and decided to hunt some down! Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot in the town that the University of Kentucky calls home, but I found some cute ones nonetheless!

This cool train mural is on the side of a bar – I especially enjoy the message. It makes me want to spontaneously buy a plane ticket somewhere and just go!

375 Thompson Road

I stumbled upon this pretty mermaid while looking for the “I Love You Kentucky” mural – they are in the same neighborhood, which had a bunch of really cute shops I would have liked to go in, but I didn’t have a lot of extra time for shopping. There are also some pretty plain color walls in this neighborhood too.

 

Near Shop Local Kentucky, 212 Woodland Avenue

This next mural, on the side of Hive Salon, is ridiculously cute! My family had bees growing up and I would help my dad with the beehives, so I really loved the aesthetic of  the mural on the side of their building.

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Hive Salon, 156 Deweese Street

Right across the street from Hive, is the mural of Louie Armstrong, the late jazz musician.

Also in the same vicinity, this super cute fox! You will see it from both Louis Armstrong and Hive, so park at one and walk across the road if you want to get a photo of it.

Hair salons seem to be the mural hubs of Lexington, you can find this Kentucky Legends mural on the side of Floyd’s 99 Barbershop. I was kind of confused by George Clooney until I did some research and discovered he was born in Lexington. Also pictured are Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton and Anthony Davis.

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, 124 Malabu Dr.

Honest Abe is AMAZING! He is located on the back of the Kentucky Theater and pays homage to one of my favorite U.S. Presidents who grew up in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

214 E. Main Street

Finally, this super cute Kentucky mural can be found at Shop Local Kentucky. If you find any that I didn’t see, please tag me in your photos or leave a picture in the comments! I would love to see them and check them out next time I’m in town.

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

I do not like salsa from a jar and believe me, I’ve tried several different kinds and pretty much find it inedible. Fresh, restaurant style salsa is where it’s at and it’s taken me several years to perfect my own recipe, which I modeled after my favorite Mexican restaurant Los Bravos.

Making your own is so easy and can easily be adapted to taste.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 Can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes (I like Kroger brand)
1 Can of Whole Tomatoes OR 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes
Garlic to taste
Fresh Cilantro
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt
Onions or hot peppers

Directions:

Combine everything in a food processor or blender (I used my Ninja). I don’t add much salt, so I just recommend a pinch or two to taste. Pulse on a low speed for a minute or two until everything is mixed well.

You can eat immediately! I like to put mine in the fridge for a few hours at least until chilled. Serve with your favorite chips and enjoy.

 

In search of the best donut in Indy

National Donut Day is June 7th, and for the past couple months, I’ve been on a quest to find the best donut in the Indianapolis area. I’m pretty partial to Donut Bank in southern Indiana – I grew up near Evansville and nothing can quite compare to that glazed yeast donut perfection that they’ve got going on.

But Indianapolis has some great options too, and my first stop was Long’s Bakery in Southport. People consistently tell you that Long’s is the best in town; they’ve been a staple in the area for over 50 years and only accept cash, so be prepared for that if you plan to go. Their glazed yeast donut was pretty delicious, but still couldn’t quite compare to the memory of Donut Bank.

So, I kept searching. My next stop took me to Rise ‘n’ Roll in Greenwood. They’re not exactly local – after an Amish couple franchised their bakery, locations began popping up in other Indiana towns, and this new establishment took over an old veterinarian clinic on the south side little over a year ago.

I’m going to say something now that will anger the Indy locals: Rise “n” Roll was better than Long’s. This donut was a fluffy and perfect yeast donut with caramel icing and rainbow sprinkles. Absolutely delicious, and I could have eaten several more.

Sorry guys, sometimes the truth hurts!

My next stop was The Dancing Donut in Broad Ripple. They definitely get bonus points for having an adorable shop and donut truck!

However, the donut itself wasn’t really anything special. I had the brown butter crumble which I thought might taste similar to the topping on a Dutch apple pie, but really didn’t. It was kind of bland, so I’m not sure that I would get that flavor again.

After that, I tried Donut Refinery in Carmel, which has one of the most instagrammable aesthetics in their shop.

They also have a fun ordering process – you grab a pink clipboard, fill out your order form, turn it in and wait for your creation to be done! All of Donut Refinery’s donuts are cake donuts, but you can add all kinds of fun toppings like cereal, bacon, oreos, M&Ms or sprinkles.

I went race weekend and they put adorable checkered flags on my donuts! The cake donut with vanilla glaze and sprinkles tasted a lot like birthday cake, so I was pretty thrilled with that. So cute!

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Many people also suggested that I try Jacks’s Donuts, which I’d kind of had before when I tried TeeJay’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich. They use their donuts when making their sweet creations, but to be fair when ranking, I had to stop in and eat an ice cream-less donut.

It was fine – comparable to Long’s. Maybe not AS good, but better than Dancing Donut. I had two glazed yeast donuts at Jack’s and they seemed quite a bit bigger than Long’s. I would definitely go back and try another kind as well – there was a bacon maple donut that looked pretty tasty!

Next, my quest took me to Rebellion Donuts in the downtown City Market. I’d never actually been inside the market before but it was really cool! So many food vendors and it smelled divine inside. The market itself is a renovated historical landmark and every booth is locally owned, so you’re getting something homegrown and unique.

Rebellion’s first location is in Noblesville and they opened the City Market location earlier this year. Their selection is more upscale and the flavors range from lemon tart to spiced caramel apple in the fall.

I went with the ever popular Nutella and OH MY GOODNESS was it ever good. Coated with sugar and cinnamon and filled with a rich chocolate hazelnut spread. I only had one and totally could have eaten more. This one is definitely a contender for first place!

And finally, the great donut search ended with Titus Bakery in Westfield. It was quite the haul up there from the south side, so I don’t know if I will go back anytime soon, but they seemed to be a pretty popular spot on the north side.

Titus has a TON of different flavors and also serve sandwiches, so you can have lunch or breakfast at their Westfield location. The original location is in Lebanon, and it has a cute donut mural on the side of the building, but I just didn’t have time to go all the way up there.

The donut I went with here was the maple bacon. I wanted to try something different and while it was really good, it was SO sweet that it was hard to finish. It tasted a lot like pancakes and syrup! I’m not sure I’d get this kind of donut again because of how sweet it was.

I’m sure there are many other fine donut establishments in town, and if I’ve missed any you think are worth checking out, please let me know! This was a lot of fun and something I worked on for several months and while I’m pretty donuted out, I do have a verdict to share.

Drum roll please…Rise ‘n’ Roll is the best donut in Indianapolis! That caramel sprinkle donut just couldn’t be topped. Long’s comes in second place, followed by Rebellion, Donut Refinery, Jack’s, Titus, then Dancing Donut.

Cincinnati’s Colorful Wall Murals

I don’t know if you’ve ever visited Cincinnati, Ohio or not, but they’ve got a great mural scene going for them. There were murals everywhere you turned – so many that I couldn’t get pictures of them all because I ran out of time!

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You’ll find snap shots of my favorites in this post, along with where to find them in case you want to go exploring on your own. And then when you’re done, make your way to Over the Rhine for some great food, game bars or axe throwing.

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This fun Cincinati, OH mural is on the corner of Reading Rd. and E. 12th Street. There really isn’t a good place to park, but if you drive around the corner and park on Pendleton Street, you’ll be at the entrance to Boliver Alley, and can walk down it and get to this mural that way.

Once you’ve taken your photo at the Cincinnati mural, make your way back down Boliver Alley for the coolest mural experience all in one place.

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Downtown, near OTR, you will find everything from cats, zombies, food to vintage toys.

Crazy Cat mural is located at 1120 Walnut Street and has a parking lot in front of it, so you can park here, then walk to some of the other murals in the area.
This Zombie mural is right across the parking lot from the cat mural.
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This one reminds me of something out of the 70s! It can be found at 311 East 13th Street.

 

 

Lookin’ Good mural, which has neon lights around it, is right around the corner from the cat mural.
This one shares a parking lot with the Lookin’ Good Mural.

 

This one is on the corner of E. Central Parkway and Eggleston.
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Classic Toy Mural, located at 23 W Court St.
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You’ll have to drive out of downtown for this fun mural. Located in Reading, this serves as a welcome to the Reading Bridal District and can be found at 11 Benson Street, Reading, OH 45215.

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Part of the legend series, this mural pays tribute to Annie Oakley in the neighborhood where she was born and grew up. 3211 Madison Road.

There are many others I didn’t get a chance to photograph, like James Brown, Neil Armstrong, and the flying pig. However, you can download a handy map of the murals in Cincinnati to see what else I missed.

Have fun exploring!