Day: June 19, 2016

Town & Country has just thrown down the opera-length gauntlet before every Derby hat fan

The magazine says the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair celebrated its 120th year earlier this month, an annual event on Pennsylvania’s Main Line that draws equestrians and fans from across the country. Well and good, until the editors make the fatal mistake of gushing over the “marvelous millinery” during the annual Ladies Day Hat Contest — as if any of that could compare to what we enjoyed less than two months ago here in Louisville.

Which reminds us: There are now only 320 days, 10 hours, and 21 minutes until next year’s first Saturday in May, according to Boulevard’s exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™.

Photo, top: That’s Town & Country’s May issue, featuring top model Carolyn Murphy, wearing a Prada dress with appliqué and earrings by the same designer. Below: A guest at the iconic Churchill Downs track on May 7.
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Chinese company said beating Amazon to be first delivering by drone; and Ford wins at Le Mans

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 1:06 p.m.

AMAZON: A Chinese company has reportedly beaten Amazon in the race to deliver online goods by unmanned drone, carrying loads of up to 33 lbs. with a top speed of 34 miles per hour. E-commerce giant Jingling has been deploying them in rural areas, with smaller populations and less demand for goods that would strain the fledgling service. Amazon is planning to introduce a similar service called Prime Air, but not until 2017 or 2018 (Mirror). At a minimum, Amazon says it must win regulatory approval from the FAA. In the meantime, it’s released an amusing video, top, about Prime Air (Amazon). The FAA on June 3 released an FAQ on the process for getting permission. Six myths about Prime Air.

FORD‘s No. 68 GT won the GTE Pro class at Le Mans today, beating long-time rival Ferrari in Ford’s first victory at the French endurance race since 1980. The No. 69 Ford GT finished third, and the No. 66 GT finished fourth (Detroit News and Motor Trend). The winning car is based on the $400,000 2017 GT supercar the company unveiled in January. Ford has received more than 7,000 applications from fans hoping to buy one, with just 500 planned for production. It’s been more than a decade since Ford last launched such a pricey vehicle. In Louisville, the automaker employs nearly 10,000 at its auto and truck factories.

TACO BELL: No injuries were reported when a pickup crashed into the front doors of a Taco Bell restaurant in Marion, Ind., yesterday afternoon; employees and several patrons reportedly were inside (Marion Star).

Review: Texas Roadhouse in Florida ‘was hitting on all cylinders!’

An occasional look at reviews given to restaurants owned by Papa John’s, Texas Roadhouse, and Yum.

The location: 7973 W. Irio Bronson Memorial Drive in Kissimmee, Fla. The headline: “Just Awesome.” Number of stars: five out of five. The customer: TripAdvisor user Mike P.

Anton Ego
Critic Anton Ego.

The review: We arrived at the 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night and were lucky enough to get seated immediately (six of us)! Our waiter, Max, was prompt, quick and accurate. We never had to ask for a drink refill, he left us alone to enjoy our meal but made sure we were alright several times. Chefs were spot on. Everything was cooked perfectly. Manager must have been doing an excellent job as well, keeping everything running smooth on such a busy night. This place was hitting on all cylinders! My whole family made comments on how everything flowed well and tasted great. This should be a great place to train new employees on how the restaurant should be run. Great job to everyone there. I complimented the manager and I will call corporate to let them know how well everything went.