Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a great day today. I started out my thanksgiving this morning with the Turkey Trot in Troy! It was my third time running this race but the first time doing the 10K. I didn't really want to leave my apartment this morning to go running in 20mph winds and 23 degrees...but I've ran in worse so I had no excuse. Christine and I shivering before the race for started. I did a 2.3 mile warm up before the race to stay warm so once I got running it wasn't too bad. My only goal for the 10K was to finish under an hour. I kept a steady 9:20 pace for most of the race but couldn't seem to go any faster. The course is an out and back that goes to north Troy along the river which I thought was nicer than the 5K. We also went over the Green Island bridge which was kind of cool! Reminded me of my usual running route when I was living in Troy. The wind got pretty brutal during the last mile and I just wanted to be done! 10K completed in 58:52. This was also the first race shorter than a half marathon where we got medals! Kind of cool! Now some pictures from today's thanksgiving feast!
Hope everyone had a nice holiday! I actually had to get some groceries yesterday morning and while I was at Trader Joe's, I picked up some Easter Lilies. So pretty. Chris and I also had brunch plans for Easter at New World Bistro, one of our favorite places. (My favorite restaurant!) When we saw they were having an Easter brunch buffet, we were all for it. Usually I spend Easter with my parents, but they are still living it up in Florida, so it was just Chris and I. They had: home made sausage, bacon, eggs, shrimp and grits, veggie hash, mac and cheese, soy chorizo, yogurt and fruit, kale salad, blackened green beans, broccoli rabe, frittatas, and cinnamon buns. And more I'm forgetting! They even had some items you could get cooked to order, like blueberry pancakes or a tofu scramble. We opted to share some pancakes. They were so fluffy and delicious. The blueberries were bursting with flavor. I haven't had pancakes that good in a long time. I loaded up with veggies first, sampled the veggie hash, beans, broccoli and the frittata (delicious), then went back for some more mac and cheese since it was incredible. It was so creamy and had a very smoky flavor, too, which was awesome. For a $25 brunch, you can't beat it. The food is very fresh, local and full of flavor. I truly do love this restaurant! It was the best brunch I've had. I can't forget about the Machu Peachu drink I ordered, which tasted like a fuzzy navel (one of my drinks of choice in college...ahem). Very tasty.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Last night Chris and I celebrated St. Patty's day a little early. We went to our friends' apartment downtown for dinner of corned beef & cabbage! I brought the Irish soda bread and Irish cheddar cheese. It was my first time making the soda bread and it came out FANTASTIC. I didn't take any shortcuts--the recipe was from one of my co-workers...so this baby is NOT healthy! The healthiest thing in it was the raisins. Anyway--that was super fun. We didn't stay out too late--I wanted to get to an early AM spin class this morning. 😉 Chris and I also made plans for brunch this morning at the Prime at Saratoga National. Its restaurant week up in Saratoga so we took advantage of the $20 brunch. Its usually $30, so it was a pretty sweet deal, since it's a pretty awesome selection of food! I opted to get an omelet from the omelet station. They have you add your fixings to a small plate and then they made the omelet for you! I got lots of peppers and mushrooms in mine. I also tried a bit of french toast and home fries, along with fruit! I also tried the clam chowder and some seafood medley, both were delicious. Now, my favorite part had to be the dessert table. They had a chocolate cake, all types of cookies and pastries, and chocolate fondue, with fruit, marshmallows and cream puffs for dipping. The chocolate cake was amazing--thankfully another lady in front of me only took half a slice, so I stole the other half! Chris and I also split one of these, which was filled with lemon filling. Mmm. Definitely an indulgent place! They also had corned beef and cabbage since it was St. Patty's Day, but I think Chris had his fill last night! The brunch at Prime was awesome, and for $20 at such a fancy place, you can't beat it. And the service was friendly and fantastic. Its still restaurant week up there--so take advantage!
Sunday Chris and I drove down to Kingston for the Annual Shamrock Run. This race is so funny. There are 5,000 people are running (and walking) down Broadway in Kingston to get to the end where they give out free beer from Keegan Ales, green bagels and shamrock cookies. This year was so crowded! I realized after running this race multiple times that you can't run it for time--just for fun. My foot was feeling sore from the previous day's long run so I took it easy. We finished in under 22 minutes! We wasted no time and went right to the post-race party for beer and green bagels. My favorite--Keegan Ales' Mother's Milk, a milk stout! We stuck around for a little bit and then walked the two miles back to the car and got to watch the parade go by which is always fun. Do you run any St. Patty's themed races? There is a local one which sells out really fast called the Running of the Green, but I have yet to run that one...maybe next year!
I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day! Hope it was better than Grumpy Cat's... Our V-day dinner was nice and low key. We went out right after work before the big crowds hit. Chris and I went to the Pump Station, one of our favorite local brewery/restaurants. I ordered the 10oz Bock, which was very tasty! I really like that they have the option of the smaller size, too, in case I didn't end up liking it that much. Thankfully I liked it! Chris got the onion rings, which I'd never tried before. They are beer-battered and not overly fried, which I really liked! The crispy coating was delicious. I went with one of the Valentine's Day specials for dinner, the lobster ravioli with jumbo prawns, scallops, spinach and tomatoes. It was delicious! I don't usually order pasta out so this was a real treat...I love lobster ravioli. I was surprised that I had half to take home for leftovers! The pump station was advertising a free gift for couples who came in for V-day dinner, but we didn't get anything--and forgot about it. I didn't think about it until this morning when I realized we didn't get anything. That's a disappointing fail on their end. Why promote something and then not follow through? Speaking of beer and breweries, I've been meaning to mention this for a while, but Chris now has his own beer blog! He and a few of his friends are blogging about local beer events and reviewing craft beers over at The Beer Doctors...you should definitely check them out!