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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!

EAT

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.

DRINK

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.

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RED Episode #65: Ice Cream 5K , Big Ray’s Fish Camp, & 81 Bay Brewing

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We did the Ice Cream 5K at Al Lopez Park plus mileage to get to 10 total for this week’s long run.  It was the same place that our cameraman went to do the Tampa Beer Run last week and the site of our first episode.  But we went back because I could not go last week and because that park is incredible in terms of its course and shade to get some high mileage in that we were assigned this week.  We got 5 in before the race started and then we were off on the 5K to get an unexpected medal and free ice cream!

We saw a lot of families that participated in the 5K and kids races.  There were two ice cream trucks for us to choose from when we got our free cup of ice cream, and the cherry ice cream from Sunny’s Nitro Ice Cream was awesome after our first 8 miles in the park.  Then we finished our last two miles and we were off to refuel!

EAT

The night before the 5k, we went to one of our favorites, the Columbia RestaurantTheir 1905 salad, Cuban sandwich, and Spanish Bean Soup as well as the Crab Croquettes are all incredible items from their menu that we reviewed on our first episode and quick bites.   (Can you tell we are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of our podcast over several weeks, even though it doesn’t officially happen until June 17th).

Our official feature for this episode is Big Ray’s Fish Camp.  It is famous online for the grouper sandwich.  Everyone says it is the best one around.   We want to go back to have that, but we were craving Fish Dip and our cameraman’s sister said that we had to have the shrimp corn dog.  Plus, a favorite of his mom’s was Grouper cheeks, and they have a buffalo version we had to order.  We had local beer in cans and bottles.  Their prices are reasonable for the delicious seafood they offer.  They have some indoor seating, but most of their seating area is a big porch on  the side of the restaurant.  It has to be so nice lit up at night.  We will return!

DRINK

81Bay Brewing is in a huge warehouse-like space that had a great bar, a huge projector with video games setup on the side, as well as a Farmer’s Market going on when we arrived.  They also have an event room and awesome artwork all over the brewery from local artists selling it. Their sinks outside their bathrooms have kegs setup as their sinks for washing your hands!  Their brewery is visible from the bar, and at the bar there are friendly bartenders who helped us setup our flights.  Across from the bar is an entire wall that looks like an under-the-sea scene projected onto it behind the stage where they have live music on some nights.

I had these unique flavors while we were there but they had lots of tasty brews on tap:

  • Here Plums the Sun 5%

  • Market Spiked Punch 5.6%

  • Coffee Porter featuring Lucky Goat Coffee 6%

  • Guzumba Sweet Stout 8.5%

Dana had these:

  • Thomas Hefferson Hefeweizen 6.1%

  • Tangled Up in Brew Lychee and White Peach Blonde Ale 5%

  • Real Slo Irish Red 5.5%

  • Randy Marshmallow Peanut Butter Marshmallow Stout 8.5%

We would come back.  Plus a dollar of every pint purchased goes to help a local organization called W.H.A.Y.S. (We Honor and Appreciate Your Service).  It supports and employs veterans.

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Thank you for listening! We are having a great second 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 Quick Bite #64: The Runners Village at The Donna Marathon Weekend

This quick bite continues our series featuring one of our favorite race weekends, The 2019 Donna Marathon Weekend! It’s a look at The Runners Village after the 5k!

The 2019 Donna Marathon Weekend has a post-race party at the Runners Village and has so much community support from local coffee shops and restaurants.  This party atmosphere gives runners a chance to celebrate together, have some local food and beverages, and applaud the top finishers as well.  We sampled offerings from Mini Bar Donuts and Poe’s Tavern.  We showed you Mini Bar Donuts in our Social Shakeout Run Episode #50 from the Donna Marathon Weekend, and Poe’s Tavern will be featured in an upcoming episode as we recap our half marathon experience there.

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