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RED Episode #75: Anchorage RunFest Training Updates and Splitsville Luxury Lanes

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These are our final training updates before next weekend’s Anchorage RunFest!  Aimee had one last round of trying to find a run-walk-run interval that she feels comfortable with for the Half Marathon on Sunday.  Yes, the goal is to PR, if possible, but you can never tell on a brand new race course what the unknown factors will be, so she is following the advice of Meb Keflezighi in his book, 26 Marathons, to have backup goals.  To PR, to finish, or to do the very best I can to “run to win” my own race, as he writes about in his book.  Meanwhile, Dana is continuing on with his physical therapy and getting ready to walk the Anchorage races.  It takes mental toughness to stay positive and heal following surgery, and he is doing a great job!

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RunDisney’s Virtual Race Series celebrates 80 years of Marvel. This month’s medals include the Black Panther medal for the August 5K and the bonus medal for running all three virtual races this summer, the 80 Years of Marvel.  While we were up at Disney completing the August 5K, we got some great food at Splitsville in Disney Springs.    

This summer at Disney Springs, all of the restaurants are creating special dishes as part of the “Savor the Flavors of Florida” event.  Splitsville created the Tuna Poke Tower, including seared ahi tuna, spicy crab mix, diced Florida avocado and Asian slaw stacked high and served with crispy wonton chips.  These flavors were so fresh and delicious. At Splitsville, their focus is fresh and flavorful food and this dish was a tasty example of that.

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Splitsville also created a beverage celebrating Florida flavors.  It was a strawberry sake spritzer including local strawberries, lemon juice, St. Germain, topped with rose-infused sake and garnished with a whole strawberry and mint.  It was a refreshing burst of strawberry flavor that was perfect in the heat of the Florida summer.


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Stay tuned for more from Splitsville throughout the week.  Mike Crave, their general manager, was so nice to sit down with us and give us a tour of his favorites from the menu.  There were so many amazing flavors that we couldn’t fit them all in one episode, so we will be sharing them as quick bites throughout the week.  Everyone should know about the elevated food, drinks, and fun at Splitsville.  

Want to reach us with a tip, trick, or recommendations?  Our email is info@runeatdrink.net. Or you can call with your “runcation” tips at 941- 677-2733.  

Thank you for listening! We are looking forward to another great year of the podcast because of all your support! Don’t forget to follow us and let us know where to find you next on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also checkout our new store on the website and get some swag, compliments of Pure Creative Apparel.  Thank you, Pure Creative Apparel, for sponsoring this week’s show!  Thanks to PodcastMusic.com for providing the music for this episode, too!

RED Episode # 74: RunDisney August Virtual 5K at Coronado Springs Resort and Toledo at the new Gran Destino Tower

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RunDisney’s Virtual Race Series celebrates 80 years of Marvel. This month’s medals include the Black Panther medal for the August 5K and the bonus medal for running all three virtual races this summer, the 80 Years of Marvel.  Just like we did for June and July, we headed to Disney to run our last Virtual that was “not-so-virtual.”  We headed to Coronado Springs Resort because we know from a listener recommendation that there are several running trails.  Stephanie Swann, a listener and Instagram follower, sent us a blog post from a great website.  We had heard of it on the Be Our Guest Podcast, but she sent the exact article we needed to plan our trip from Touring Plans.  It broke down all the resort and on-property options for running.  Several people in the BOGP lizards recommended the boardwalk and we did do that awesome path in June.  In the article, we found the path around Coronado Springs.  It did not disappoint. Might we recommend running it at night to see the beautiful lights around the bridges we saw as we ran.  It was beautiful scenery, including the new Gran Destino Tower!

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We have been hearing about Gran Destino Tower and the new restaurant up on the 16th floor called Toledo.  It features Spanish Tapas, full entrees, and beverages.  We had some crostini from their pintxos offerings including one with manchego and fig while another had tuna.  Their cazuelas menu items that come in Spanish-style pots including chorizo, herbed goat cheese-filled peppers, and charred octopus with romesco and chimichurri.  There were some nice flavors and I feel they will continue to develop and get even better.

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Toledo, at this point in time, really shines when it comes to their drink menu.  It was my favorite part of the meal there aside from the view of fireworks.  We started with refreshing sangria-type offerings after our 5K in the Espumoso Punch and Manzana Fizz.  We love Cava, Spanish bubbly that is similar to champagne, and it was included in both drinks.  One was red and the other white.  Alla Prima Manhattan was the bourbon-based drink we tried.  It had great flavors of an Old Fashioned that we love.  For those who don’t want to spend a little less on drinks, the beer offerings were great as well.  Estrella Galicia 1906 Reserva Especial Lager out of Spain was a tasty beer that Dana tried and for $8 it was a really tall and refreshing glass of beer.

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We recommend the cocktails and beer offerings here.  The tapas were good and as they have been open for just under a month, and we know they will get even better with time.

Want to reach us with a tip, trick, or recommendations?  Our email is info@runeatdrink.net. Or you can call with your “runcation” tips at 941- 677-2733.  

Thank you for listening! We are looking forward to another great year of the podcast because of all your support! Don’t forget to follow us and let us know where to find you next on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also checkout our new store on the website and get some swag, compliments of Pure Creative Apparel.  Thank you, Pure Creative Apparel, for sponsoring this week’s show!  Thanks to PodcastMusic.com for providing the music for this episode, too!

RED Episode #57: Run the Bluegrass and Local Food and Beverage in Lexington, Kentucky

Welcome to episode 57! We just got back from an amazing trip to Lexington, Kentucky and we have so much to share with you!

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This week the Run Eat Drink Podcast is in Lexington, KY to "Run the Bluegrass!"  Run the Bluegrass includes a Yearling (3.65 mile), a 7-miler, and a half-marathon course, starting at the Keeneland Race Course, taking participants through picturesque countryside past storied horse farms responsible for many of the celebrated thoroughbreds.  The course was stunningly beautiful and hilly and taught us a thing or two about terrain, preparation, and making adjustments on the fly.  This race also has some amazing merchandise, a winner of an expo, and an after-party that's a blast.

 

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This week we have almost all tastes covered.  The food scene in and around Lexington is exploding and we found four spots you have to try if you are in the area.  Smithtown Seafood is cooking up fresh seafood in a traditional southern fashion with their Kentucky Proud Catfish and Grits.  But, they are also experimenting with flavors and textures not normally seen in southern cooking.  Their Singapore Shrimp Wrap is putting an asian noodle dish, paired with formal breaded fried shrimp, and wrapping it in a tortilla!  Crazy, right?  Crazy GOOD!

Have a hankering for Southern BBQ?  Look no further than Red State BBQ!  This little spot on a country road by a motel and a horse farm is making local favorites like beer cheese with pretzels, brisket, and ribs with sides like macaroni and cheese and corn pudding.  They have a variety of house-made sauces to let you experience regional differences in BBQ from Alabama white (Show Horse), to North Carolina vinegar, South Carolina Mustard, Texas hot, and more.  Warm peach bread pudding is for dessert, so save room.

Looking for breakfast?  We have you covered.  Windy Corner Market is a little country store out on a rural road across from...you guessed it...horse farms.  With lines almost out the door, these folks are feeding the masses traditional southern breakfast of eggs, sausage, and gravy, and some things that put a news spin on some old classics, like a breakfast po'boy with bacon, eggs, and fried oysters!

Finally, if you are in the mood for something from south of the border, who knew that Lexington, KY was home to some AMAZING Mexican food?  Well, it is, and Papi's Mexican Restaurant and Baris serving up some old recipes and some new modern classics, like the Cazuela de Rajas Poblanas, a Creamy Sauce of queso fresco, sautéed onion, and poblano peppers served with tortillas for dipping or to make "messy tacos."  Or how about some more non-traditional items like a hibiscus taco! 

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Brewing and distilling are part of Kentucky heritage.  We take you on a tour of some places that are keeping that heritage alive. West Sixth Brewing is serving up a variety of original beers that pair so nicely with the food from Smithtown Seafood which is adjacent to them.  They are also working hard to improve their community through charitable giving and partnerships.  Their Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter is a must-try!

Alltech Lexington Brewing Company is another brewer that is not only part of the city's rich history but a company that is maintaining that tradition.  These folks make the ever-popular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, but we got to sample several others including a Blackberry Porter, The Kentucky Coffee Cream Ale, and the Kentucky Kolsch.  They also own Town Branch distilling which is serving up about 14 different spirits.

finally, Country Boy Brewing is a popular local brewery whose wares can be found all over Lexington's dining establishments.  Delicious beers with catchy names are their stock-in-trade like Cougar Bait, which is a light, crisp, American blonde ale.  Or Shotgun Wedding, which is a brown ale aged on vanilla beans.  

 

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Our friends at Pure Creative Apparel are once again sponsoring this episode.  if you need branded merchandise for a club, school, or your business, Pure Creative Apparel can help.  From the initial design to the final step of selling your branded goods online, the team at Pure Creative Apparel can help.