Dinner and a Movie

Good morning!

Last night I got to see Cowboys & Aliens which was awesome but before that had a dinner experience that was not great.

Yesterday, I had entry four in the Hotter than Hades Virtual Half-Marathon. I slept so late on Saturday, that my run was done at noon,  it actually was hotter than Hades.

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(Can you see how sweaty my arm is? Was really gross.)

Looks like I have 2.83 miles to go to finish this virtual race.

We headed over to Pointe Orlando and decided to give The Oceanaire Seafood Room another shot. Being New Englanders, J and I love seafood, so when this restaurant opened a few years back, we were excited to try it. The experience was not pleasant, from very slow service, to a table that blew cold air directly on us and our food. I do like to give any restaurant, especially one that has such good reviews on Yelp, a second chance because it could have just been an off night.

Big mistake. We arrive around 7:30 and the place is pretty dead, especially when you compare it to the packed Capital Grille next-door. We are seated right away which is great because we are both starving and want to make it to the earliest movie showing possible. Drinks are ordered right away and come out at a reasonable about of time. The Oceanaire uses two waiter teams, so there was a bit of confusion about whether we had ordered drinks already but it happens and it was not an issue. Waiting to order, we sat for about 30 minutes. During this time, we did not see either waiter. When we finally order, it takes about 10 minutes for the salad to come out. It was a really delicious anchovy salad with truffle oil dressing.

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It took another 30 minutes after the salad for our entrees to come out. These entrees should not have taken this long.

J had Alaskan King Crab Legs. This was supposed to be a pound but compare that to the pound he ordered last week.

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I had grilled Salmon with corn and lobster salsa. I would guess my dish sat under a heating lamp because it was just warm and not really hot. 

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Side of matchstick fries which were very good.

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I asked for the check as soon as a waiter came by to check on our food. Even still, we did not get out of this restaurant until 9.

If this had been a Chili’s or Friday’s, this service would not have bothered me but this restaurant is on the pricey end. The food was just ok and the service really left much to be desired.

On a more positive note, Cowboy’s & Aliens was awesome.

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You will like it. It was exciting and fun. There are aliens and Daniel Craig is hot.

What do you do when you have a bad restaurant experience? Have you seen a movie recently that you really liked?

Black & Brew

This week has been insane! Back to work from vacation on Tuesday. Tuesday night I had a meeting after work until 9:30 and today another meeting right after work. This one was at the really cool Black & Brew in Lakeland.

There are few things I love more than coffee and these days it is so difficult to find independent coffee places. Black & Brew did not disappoint.

For dinner I had the Veggie Medley Panini. (I may have eaten half before I could get myself to take the picture. Was really hungry)

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Gorgonzola cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, red onions, and basil pesto sauce on ciabatta. It was really good!

I also had a latte which was excellent. Definitely recommend Black & Brew if you are in Lakeland.

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Hotter than Hades Virtual Half Marathon

I need some running inspiration lately. My goal race (first half) is not until the end of November and the only other race on my calendar is a 15K (four days before my 30th birthday) in September.

With the Hotter than Hades Virtual Half, time does not matter and you do not have to run all 13.1 at once. What you can win, besides the feeling awesome for going the distance, are some great prizes.

 

My first entry into this race is my run from Monday. Here is the proof in case you were worried I was cheating.

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Only 8.68 miles to go.

Do you need some motivation? Is it so hot where you are that your friends and family think you are nuts for running outside?

This post is part of the Fitness Friday Blog Hop.

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New Here

Not sure if you noticed but my blog is different. Hopefully you found it ok.

After the Central Florida Blogger Conference, one of the points I took away was that going to your own domain and switching to WordPress was the way to go. I had been thinking about doing it for awhile but that was the final push. The site is still going to get a bit of a facelift and I will be adding to it as (if) I figure out what I doing.

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(Yes, I’m on Google Plus. No, I do not know how to use it or exactly what the point is.)

J had a class tonight so I usually do a quick dinner. I picked this up at the grocery store on Monday.

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After I read the back and saw this.

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That is a lot of good stuff in something that is ready to eat and only a few bucks for the bag. I am not a huge fan of coleslaw, so I wanted to try something a little bit different.

Mediterranean Broccoli Slaw

  • One tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • A few handfuls of broccoli slaw
  • One tablespoon of diced and rinsed capers
  • 1/4 of a cup of sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt to taste

Stir all the ingredients together.

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Tangy, olivey, and really quick. I asked J to try some as he was leaving and he kept shoveling it into his mouth.

If you read one (other) blog post today, please read about Emily’s Ironman Lake Placid race report. It is inspirational and really entertaining. As someone who is going to start training for their first half (next week!), reading a race report like this leaves me in awe.

Vacation Part Two

I am officially back and glad to be able to sleep in my own bed.

J and I went to Anna Maria Island and had an amazing time. Who knew that this amazing place was only 1.5 hours from our Central Florida home? (Probably everyone but us.)

If you missed part one, you can read about it here.

Let’s start with the food.

Breakfast at a Crepe restaurant. 

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Yum!

First fancy dinner at the Bridge Street Bistro. Amazing sunset views and the food was pretty good.

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Final really fancy dinner at St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. The restaurant is the Crab and Fin which we chose because a downpour started and it was the closest restaurant. It was a good choice, the food was really good.

They had a crazy raw bar and local caviar.

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Alaskan king crab and trout with an interesting pesto on top. J said the King Crab was the best he ever had.

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The service was really slow but the food was delicious. Very fresh.

More eats from St. Armand’s.

Crazy ice cream place. Hello! It is called ScoopDaddy’s and it was fun which is exactly what an ice cream place should be. Plus the ice cream was really good. I had a scoop of Almond Joy which tasted just like the candy bar.

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Then we found a store that sold macarons called Le Macarons. If you have never had these tasty treats please run out and get some. J and I may have come back the next day to pick-up a box of ten.

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We did other things on our vacation besides eat.

Beach

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The beach was just across the street from our hotel. It was beautiful and so relaxing.

Gateway to the beach.

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Worlds whitest running feet. (Yes, I know I have wide man feet but my sock tan is ridiculous.)

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Mote Marine Laboratory

J and I were married at an aquarium and both really love them. So when a Groupon for discount tickets popped up for the aquarium near our vacation, I jumped on them.

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Not sure what they are doing in this picture but we stared for awhile.

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Sharks!

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Baby sea turtle.

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Big freaking sea turtle.

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Bird sanctuary that happens to be next to the aquarium.

Bird Mitzvah, this made me laugh.

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Owls!

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It was an amazing vacation but I am glad to be back and able to get back into my routine.

My half training starts next week and I need to have my plan finalized. I am so excited to start training for my first half!

Vacation

Today I got in the car and left two little monsters at home. I did squeeze in an early three mile run though.

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I snapped some pictures in the car.

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Crazy multi-colored ice cream place that I need to keep in mind for later.

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We had dinner at the Sign of the Mermaid.

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It is a kitschy local place in an old house.

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They had an interesting imported beer selection. This was a dark German beer that was really good. 

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We had clams and muscles in garlic butter broth to start. They were delicious.

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We both had salads and J had French Onion soup. He said it was the best French Onion soup he has ever had.

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The Lady Wellington for J which is lobster, shrimp, and scallops baked in phyllo dough.

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I had shrimp stuffed with spinach and goat cheese.

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J and I both give the Sign of the Mermaid two big thumbs up.

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After this massive amount of eating, we walked around and explored the area around the hotel.

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In honor of the Fitness Friday link-up, how do you stick with your exercise routine and eat healthy while on vacation?

I plan on running most days while we are here because running by the beach is such a treat. We also packed healthy snacks for the car ride and the beach.

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Food Love

Just came back from the store with a few items for our upcoming trip.

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Nothing has done more to help my digestive issues than having Kefir or a drinkable yogurt like the Siggi’s everyday. I mostly use it in cereal instead of milk but also like to drink it.

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Single servings so you don’t have to pick just one. Makes everything taste better.

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These are for J. It was difficult to wean him off of Pop Tarts and super sugary cereal but we can compromise with these.

Chili Lunch

Todays lunch and last nights Man Meal of Turkey Chili.

- Ground Turkey Breast

- Three peppers (assorted colors)

- Garlic

- Chili Powder

- Ground Cumin

- Red Pepper

- Two cans of (BPA- Free) kidney beans

- One tetra-pack of diced tomatoes (24 ounces)

Served here on bed of greens and topped with a bit of salsa. Easy and a huge crowd pleaser.

Now I have to pack, do laundry, and find a bathing suit that is neither horrible and makes my butt look cute.

Weekly Workouts 7/17/11

A little late this week but it still counts!

Sunday: Long run just under 4.5 miles

Monday: Power Circuit Training with Jackie Warner

Tuesday: 1 Mile warm-up at easy pace followed by 3x Hills and a 1 mile cool down. Nike Training Club for 30 minutes.

Wednesday: 30 Minute Elliptical plus full body strength training.

Thursday: Running 45 minutes easy pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 Mile Long Run

Weekly Goals:

Relax! I’m taking sometime off this week to relax with J before he goes back to school (and I only see him over a book) for the next year.

Keep being consistent. Planning my workouts and sticking to the plan works for me. I have been blowing off some of my strength sessions lately and am noticing it.

Get organized. I really need to clean out my car and get my office in shape.

In other news, I came in to work this morning and Norka’s desk looked like this.

Fancy Desk

My desk looked as crappy as ever but at least it did not get leaked on from our leaky ceiling.

What are your goals for this week?

Harry Potter and Anthony’s

Usually Sunday is for grocery shopping, laundry, and True Blood but not this Sunday. J and I are huge Potterheads (Potterites, Potterers), we were dying to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2.

First, there was some eating.

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. We started with a shared house salad with gorgonzola.

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We ordered the a new menu addition which is cauliflower, breadcrumbs, and cheese. It was different but the roasted cauliflower and saltiness of the cheeses on the charred thin crust, made for good eats.

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We had some time to kill before movie started and walked around Pointe Orlando.

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Wish I could have gotten a better picture of this cutout but people kept walking in front of it.

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Did you know that the theaters will give these to you when they no longer need them? J does and he is always pointing out which ones would look awesome in our garage.

The movie was in 3D on the IMAX which I liked. I am not over 3D when it is done well. If you are a fan of the books, you will not be disappointed in how they wrap everything up. It is an apt end to a movie franchise which took movies about books to an entirely different level. I am sad for the franchise to be over but hope that sometime (in this or the next decade) we do get a new series from J.K. Rowling.

Will you go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2? If you did see it, did you like it?

Long Slow Sunday

I finally got to run today! This week has been crazy with the Central Florida Bloggers Conference, rain, and a meeting on Monday, I have gotten off track. Today I was able to push past the 3.5 mile distance that has been plaguing me from the last time I was sick.

Red faced and stinky but still smiling!

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In other news, J and I think our cats may be plotting something.

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We did get them a new cat tree which was spendy and a pain to put together. Of course, they are barely interested in it.

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Alia checking it out.

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One more thing to make this post the most random of all time. Publix is finally carrying BPA free beans.

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I could only find them in the Kidney variety but still it is progress.

Now we are off to see to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. I am really excited but kind of sad because I really love the books and the movies.

Central Florida Blogger Conference

Today I attended the first Central Florida Blogger Conference held just north of Orlando. I want to thank Bess for all of her hard work in putting together such a wonderful event. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much.

I also was able to eat at my first food truck. Hello, Big Wheel Truck where have you been my whole life?

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The menu was amazing.

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Service with a smile.

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That’s my friend Norka who hung with me the whole day.

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I had the green salad with shrimp. Yum!

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Amazing artichoke hearts for Norka.

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Now I am wishing there was a food truck near my work.

The conference included a few heavy hitter Central Florida bloggers. Meghann from Meals and Miles talked about Monetizing Your Blog with Missy Ward. J from J’s Everyday Fashion talked about knowing your niche and her unique way of using Facebook as a platform itself. Lee from MySentimentExactLee helped out us newer bloggers with Blogging 101.  

One of my favorite parts of the conference, besides the food, was a breakout session held by blog type. The fit bloggers spent time introducing themselves and discussed ways to get together as a group. We have a lot in common, like running, and it was nice to be around likeminded people. I hope to have a chance to do so again in the future.

After the conference was a mixer at The Eden Bar at The Enzian Theater. They had a few contests, I won one, yay for fast fingers on the twitter. Norka and I shared a veggie pizza which was pretty good.

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What a whirlwind day! I have so many ideas swirling around in my head for all of the excellent information. I just cannot wait to implement them here.

Have you ever gone to a blogger conference or met-up with other bloggers?