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RED Quick Bite #81: Cuban Coffee Queen in Key West

We had a great breakfast at Cuban Coffee Queen on our first morning in Key West for the 30th Anniversary Hemingway Key West Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race. This place is just off the water and steps away from The Waterfront Brewery that we covered in Episode 72 last week.    It looks like a tiny little shack from the outside, but the line is so long there all the time.  Why?  An incredibly friendly staff and amazing food and coffee!

The Cuban Breakfast Burrito was so flavorful!  It was so big, we split it.  It had three eggs, American cheese, rice, beans, and mojo pork on a grilled tortilla.  You can choose your own meat, and they have ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo, turkey or pork roll to choose from as well.  But the mojo pork is where it’s at for this breakfast burrito!  That mojo pork had citrus spices and the meat was tender and delicious in this burrito.  This huge breakfast offering is only $8.50.

We washed it down with Cuban coffee.  Cuban espresso with steamed milk was such a great way to start the day.  This beverage is also offered with caramel or vanilla flavoring, too.  It warms the soul and charged us up for the day!

Come wait in the fast-moving line for incredible Cuban breakfast!

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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!

RUN

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.

 

EAT

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! 

DRINK

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.  

 

SPONSOR

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.

RED Episode #50: Donna Marathon Weekend Social Shakeout Run, Southern Swells, and Mini Bar Donuts

This week’s episode starts a series featuring one of our favorite race weekends, the 2019 Donna Marathon Weekend!

RUN

The 2019 Donna Marathon Weekend started with a Social Shakeout Run on Friday.  It was a 5k to get us going for the fun weekend of running ahead. I love that this weekend gets kicked off by an easy run where you can meet some great people you’ll be running on the same course with during the races like Donna Deegan, the Chief Eternal Optimist and founder herself, Olympian and America’s Coach, Jeff Galloway, Dr. Edith Perez of the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Andi Sharp of the Bouncy HuntERs, an organization that raises money for The Donna Foundation. The course for this fun run is also a preview of a latter part of the half marathon as well. It means so much when we encounter them on the course during the 5k and the half later in the weekend, having heard their stories of strength, survival, and supporting others.

EAT

The Mini Bar... when you hear that you might think of a hotel mini bar, but in this case, it is made from scratch donuts and creative coffee. It is right next door to Southern Swells Brewing and the perfect breakfast food to refuel after a run. The place has a fun takeout counter that is designed to look like a Volkswagen van. And did I mention the mini doughnuts that take you back to childhood? Tasty flavors based on favorite childhood cereals and desserts make up their menu and cereal lattes to comfort you like staying in and watching Saturday morning cartoons on a chilly day. (It was a little cold on race morning!)

DRINK

We had to celebrate the start of our great weekend of running to support a great cause with a tasty beverage, of course! So we headed to Southern Swells Brewing. We had a chance to chat with owner Corey Adams about a flight of their original beers. They are focused on citrusy New England IPAs, stouts, and sours. Normally, we don’t select these types of beers from a menu, but Corey really set us up with selections that gave us the inspiration to give those types of beer a first glance the next time we look at a beer menu. He gave us a nice education about the different kinds of hops that can used to create IPAs and thus create different flavors than you would typically expect. Thank you, Corey!

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