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Meet Mary: Our Newest UK Intern!

Article written by Mary Vezina:


Hi y’all! I am KY Tastebuds’ newest intern, Mary Vezina, and I am excited to introduce myself to all you fellow foodies and fashionistas. Although I was born in Michigan, I consider myself a Kentuckian and have called Lexington home for the past 17 years. The time spent here has given my family and me plenty of opportunities to explore everything this amazing place has to offer, and when we’re missing the Michigan lakes, a trip to Lake Cumberland makes us feel right at home. Spending the day floating on the lake is the perfect way to relax, unwind and create some memories with friends and family.


I am currently a student at the University of Kentucky studying Integrated Strategic Communication. I chose to stay close to home for school because I truly love this state – especially Lexington. One of the things that surprised me about Kentucky is that we experience all four seasons. And while I enjoy them all, fall is my favorite. I mean c’mon, you can’t beat a weekend spent cheering on the Cats to a victory at Kroger Field, taking in the rolling hills and changing leaves while visiting distilleries on The Bourbon Trail and the thrill of a one minute and five second race around the track at Keeneland. That is a real “trifecta”!


When I am not spending time at school, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I also like to get involved with all things creative. From photography to lettering, painting, fashion, hair, and make-up – I really do love it all! And, if you’re anything like me, you probably consider eating a hobby as well – it’s seriously one of my favorites! When I can splurge, Jeff Ruby’s is my favorite spot in town. Their steaks will melt in your mouth, and don’t even get me started on the seafood! More regularly, you can find me at a couple of my top spots, like Drake’s, Azur and Corto Lima. Each place offers a fun and lively atmosphere with impeccable food.

I once heard Kentucky referred to as “the front porch of the South,” and this really resonated with me. Visitors to Kentucky can expect to be greeted by warm and generous people, a wide variety of things to do, a surprising array of wonderful food, and scenery that will make you wish you lived here.