Dana McMahan, The Courier-Journal

Dana McMahan

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Dana:

I just spent a week in Paris. Here's how I took the high-low approach to French dining

If you, like 33 million other people, are headed to Paris this year, check out this high-low restaurant approach our dining columnist put together. → Read More

Before & After: A Dark, Generic Kitchen Gets a Total Redo and the Result Is So Romantic

An Atlanta couple moves into their first home and transforms their dark kitchen into a light and airy space with the help of interior designers. → Read More

'Brings us together': Family meal is a behind-the-scenes Louisville restaurant tradition

Did you ever stop and think about what the folks cooking or serving your restaurant meals have for their own dinner? Meet the family meal. → Read More

Dangerously good: This tiki-inspired bar is bringing a tropical paradise to Louisville

Island vibes are what tiki is all about. Pulling from Hawaiian, Jamaican, and Mexican beach and surfer culture, South Seas is a happy, colorful oasis. → Read More

Why Dawn at the Downs is Derby Week tradition that feels like a love letter to Louisville

If you want to get a "real" sense of the Kentucky Derby, try Dawn at the Downs, a special event that feels like it's there just for Louisvillians. → Read More

Food as a story: How the specific foods at Passover narrate the history of Jewish freedom

It’s hard to imagine foods more closely intertwined with a celebration than the foods of Passover. Here's what they mean and why they're so important. → Read More

Why this bourbon is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. And where to find it

One thing bourbon can teach us is patience. No matter how much we want to try a new bourbon, we have to wait until it’s ready. This one finally is. → Read More

This Couple Decided to Put Their Washer and Dryer in the Kitchen — And It Works Perfectly

The housing market in Los Angeles, California, can defy comprehension. Last year, home prices in the Los Angeles metro area were up 15.2 percent year-over-year, while prices in Southern California overall rose 15.4 percent, according to a report by Norada Real Estate Investments. So, when Stephanie Wong and her partner, Daniel Watson, found a house they loved, they watched it rack up more than… → Read More

Before & After: This 1920s Spanish Bungalow Gets a Kitchen That’s Infused with Warmth and Style

Bright and inviting, this Los Angeles kitchen hits all the right notes. → Read More

'Diverse group of coffee nerds' open Old Louisville Coffee Co-op, a late-night coffee shop

The worker-owned Old Louisville Coffee Co-Op is expected to open in early April and plants to stay open late and offer an inclusive space for everyone → Read More

I’ve Renovated Nearly a Dozen Kitchens and I’ve Added This $12 Organizer Every Time

A serial renovator adds a simple and inexpensive magnetic knife strip to every single kitchen she works on. → Read More

Over-the-top design and top-notch menu make this modern Mexican restaurant a standout

Ole Hospitality Group does it again! Step inside the Guacamole Modern Mexican restaurant in Louisville, featuring top-notch design and delicious food. → Read More

Looking for something new? Try these 7 'secret' menu hacks at Louisville restaurants

From fries dipped in unique sauces to a cheesecake milkshake, here are a handful of "secret" menu hacks at Louisville area restaurants. → Read More

How Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts are shaping the industry a sip at a time

Formed in 2017 by Louisvillian Jamar Mack, the philanthropic organization was intended to be a social club, not something centered around bourbon. → Read More

Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers. Here are 6 things to do with your friends in 2022

From fried chicken and sparkling wine to fondue and a hot tub party, here are the top six things you should do with friends this Valentine's Day. → Read More

Empty shelves again? Here are 5 tips to help anyone deal with grocery store food shortages

From planning ahead to shopping local, here are five tips and tricks to help local consumers deal with the latest round of grocery store shortages. → Read More

Bourbon for beginners: 5 tips to help anyone become a bourbon aficionado

From the best fresh cocktail ingredients to recipes for a Whiskey Fix and NY Sour, here are the five best tips for beginner bourbon drinkers. → Read More

How do you want to bring in the new year? Try these 5 New Year's foods for good luck in 2022

From braised greens to monkey bread, try these five New Year's Eve food traditions to bring you good luck in the New Year. → Read More

Here are 7 must-try Christmas breakfast ideas to make your holiday morning extra special

Is your family a savory or sweet household? It doesn't matter. These seven breakfast ideas are sure to please anyone on Christmas morning. → Read More

The Surprising $145 Gadget I Just Had to Get After a Trip to France

This gadget from Swissmar makes raclette for up to eight people and it has space to warm or cook veggies. It's the ultimate holiday party gadget. → Read More