Food Network celebrity Giada De Laurentiis' recent trip to Thailand has inspired Nat Yuttayong to create some special dishes this weekend at Nat's Thai Restaurant, 111 South Upper Street.
The chef/owner read about De Laurentiis' trip in the May issue of Food Network Magazine. "She discovered that authentic Thai food is nothing like American Thai food," Yuttayong said. "The dinners are spicier, the sweets are sweeter. She was inspired by the bold flavors of the country's signature ingredients: kaffir lime, ginger and Thai chilies."
He is serving De Laurentiis' recipes for shrimp and vegetable yellow curry; turkey larb, or lettuce wraps; and spicy mint beef. Call (859) 433-0197. Also, Nat's patio is now open.
■ Yogli Mogli, a frozen yogurt store, is open at 457 Keene Centre Drive in Nicholasville, near Copper River Grill. It offers 16 flavors that are fat-free, low-fat or no-sugar-added. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go to Yoglimogli.com.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations
Cinco de Mayo is Sunday. Here's how some area restaurants are celebrating:
■ Durango's, 2121 Richmond Road, will serve special fajitas and margaritas Sunday. Beef or chicken fajitas for two are $15.95. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (859) 268-0723.
■ The Grey Goose will party Mexico style at all locations Sunday. The menus include Mexican pizza with a chipotle marinara base topped by mozzarella and steak. Locations are 133 East Main Street in Midway, (859) 846-9933; 170 Jefferson Street in Lexington, (859) 233-1500; and 509 Main Street in Paris, (859) 987-4700.
■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a buffet featuring authentic Mexican entrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $7.99 a pound. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
■ Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Cinco de Mayo mini tour featuring eight Mexican beers. The special ends Sunday. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to Oldchicago.com.
■ Gluten-free menus, including sandwiches, are now available at all of chef Ouita Michel's restaurants.
"We've always accommodated dietary restrictions, including gluten-free requests, at Holly Hill Inn, our fine dining restaurant," Michel said. "So to help our guests at Windy Corner Market, Wallace Station and our Midway School Bakery who ask about gluten-free options, we evaluated our menus and created special menus that list gluten-free entrees, side dishes and desserts."
The breads are made at Midway School Bakery, which began the gluten-free menu project. Head pastry chef and manager Carrie Warmbier has created a gluten-free soft bread that's particularly good in grilled sandwiches. The bakery is at 510 South Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4336 or go to Midwayschoolbakery.com
Michel's restaurants are Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, (859) 846-4732, Hollyhillinn.com; Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, (859) 846-5161, Wallacestation.com; and Windy Corner, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington, (859) 294-9338, Windycornermarket.com.
■ Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is featuring the flavors of spring on its May menu. Included are strawberry soup, cream scones, a luncheon hot Brown, cucumber dill and shrimp tea sandwiches, dark chocolate mousse, French wafers and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has a new menu for spring. Featured are spaghetti pizzaiola, penne alla Siciliana and baccala (salted cod) napoletana. Call (859) -309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ The weekend menu and entertainment at Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has a Cuban theme. The menu includes baked salmon with hearts of palm. Peruvian singer Carlos Flores will perform. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a German riesling wine tasting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 243-0017.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, meat, eggs, soaps, and vegetable plants. It's open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.