Burlington Highlights and Pre-Race Eats

I have to say, after spending a weekend in Burlington, Vermont, it is now one of my favorite places to visit! Despite the never-ending rain and clouds, it was still beautiful with lots of things to see and places to eat.

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Of course, I was there for the marathon and food was my #1 priory of the weekend.

Saturday morning Loretta and I had an early breakfast at the Skinny Pancake, down by the waterfront, also near where the marathon finished and started. It was a really cute crepery with a focus on local ingredients.

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They had everything from savory to sweet crepes so making a decision was really hard! I decided on the Atlantic Monster, made with a local farm egg, smoked salmon, scallions, baby spinach, and spinach artichoke cream cheese spread. It was delicious and filling!

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The Skinny Pancake on Urbanspoon

After breakfast, Loretta and I decided to hit up the expo again. We had gone on Friday to pick up our packets, but wanted to go to a yoga class they were offering for the runners. We wandered around for an hour and then did some much-needed yoga! After that, we were hungry again, so around noon we went back downtown to Penny Cluse Cafe.

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Only the day before a marathon are buckwheat banana pancakes an acceptable lunch after eating crepes for breakfast.

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I could only eat two of these monsters, so I saved the third to have sometime later. They were good, but nothing amazing.

Penny Cluse Cafe on Urbanspoon
We walked around Church Street again, and hit up a tea shop called Dobra Tea. They had every tea imaginable. They also had pillows on the floor to sit on and drink your tea, which was really cool. Had I not just drank two cups of coffee at Penny Cluse I would have got some tea to go.

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Of course, we had to make a stop for cupcakes. There was a shop called My Little Cupcake that had the cutest cupcakes. These were the malted milk cupcakes, the cake was moist and the frosting was plentiful (my favorite type of cupcake is when the frosting to cupcake ratio is pretty much equal). These were delicious.

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We had originally wanted to eat at American Flatbread for dinner on Saturday night, but after discovering they didn’t take reservations and the night before a marathon they were bound to be packed. We went elsewhere–a noodle place called Asiana Noodle Shop.

It was small inside, but cute and not too crowded. Perfect! I got the cold Yuki Noodles in the creamy Thai dressing with steamed veggie goyoza. The meal was very light and flavorful. I was impressed! It was a perfect pre-race meal!

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Asiana Noodle Shop on Urbanspoon

Saturday night we stayed in and watched a movie…we didn’t want to do much the night before the race. Don’t worry–there is more to come on what we did after the race, too! :-D

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