Friendly Market of Florence KY

A chore-free Saturday leads to adventures.  This week, I visited some stores I have had on my list to peruse for a long time.  Friendly Market of 10050 Norbotten Dr, Florence, Ky was a little hard to find but worth the effort.

One building holds several small businesses. They all specialize in Kentucky made items such as teas, olive oils, fresh meats, cheese, jellies, honey, handmade candles, fresh seafood, and of course ice cream. I sampled several cheeses but I fell in love with the kulfi flavored ice cream at The Colonel’s Creamery. I was not familiar with this Indian dessert until my visit to Friendly’s but now it is a favorite treat. The smell of the seafood was a little overwhelming inside so step up to the service door without entering the building if you are just stopping for the ice cream.


The Gruff-a restaurant review

Any book elf would fall in love with this restaurant.  Just start with the name! The Gruff refers to the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They worked hard to cross a bridge to find greener (and locally grown) grass on the other side.  

Book elves will be beguiled by the restaurant name and its atmosphere. Then, they will want to layer on the flavors of its menu: brick oven pizza, crispy waffle fries with homemade ketchup, sandwiches, salads, and house made soups.

It has been a long time since I have fallen so completely in love with a pizza.  This Italian Meat  version was the perfect combination of meat with fresh basil, red sauce and cheeses.

Located next to the Kentucky side of the Roebling Bridge in Covington, The Gruff is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner before you stroll along the Ohio River. Don’t forget to grab some dessert at the deli before you leave. We bulging book elves must keep up our image!