This week, we recap our time running the Southernmost Half Marathon in Key West. We report on the packet pickup, the race course, on-course support, and bling of course! This is Dana’s first official half marathon back doing run-walk-run intervals. For Aimee, it was a time to stay with Dana and try the short interval he was doing as well as a great training run to prepare us for Florida heat should we encounter it at Disney in November. Aimee was so proud of Dana! But we also learned by doing a race in the middle of training season what we needed to work on for the remainder of our training time for the Wine and Dine 2-Course Challenge.
Last time we were in Key West, for the Hemingway Sunset 5k, we featured some spots off Duval. This time, we had to carb-load at one of our favorite places on Duval in Key West, Nine One Five Restaurant and Bar. We have been there many times over the years, even before we started this show. We started with a cheese plate. We had a Brie from France, Smokey offering from Oregon, and a Parmesan-like cheese from France. The plate included port-soaked cherries, Marcona almonds, Florida Keys honeycomb and crostini as well as rosemary biscuits. Then we moved on to pasta. It is simply amazing. We had the Pappardelle with Kobe Beef Bolognese, Parmesan Reggiano, and Creme Fraiche. It was hearty, filing, and the pasta was scratch-made. In the past, we have also had the lobster ravioli and beef carpaccio. All in all, we have not had a bad meal here. It is a more expensive meal than those we have featured in the past, but it is totally worth it. (They also have a homemade tonic for their gin and tonic drink. It is tasty, but we did not partake this time as we had the race the next morning.)
After we achieved our goal, it was time to celebrate! So we had a drinks at Caroline’s The Other Side. We used to come to this same building when The Porch was here, and we discovered The Other Side once before this trip, and listeners reminded us about it and said to come get the Banana Bread Old Fashioned and Hemingway Daquiri. They did not disappoint. So much so, that we stayed for another round and had the Southern Godfather and an “off the menu” creation from our awesome bartender, Michelle, a Peanut Butter and Jelly Old Fashioned with peanut butter on the rim of the glass!
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