Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Marlow's Tavern

I headed to Marlow's Tavern over in Lee Vista recently to try their Ribs and Whiskey menu.  And it was delicious!!

The Lee Vista location is new.  It's only been open a few months.  And it feels like a place where all the locals can get together to eat, drink, and be merry.

But on to the food and drinks!  The Ribs & Whiskey menu ends on October 17th so you have one more week to enjoy it!


I started off with the R&W S'Weet Tea which was Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Fresh Lemon, Agave Nectar, Topped with a Shot of Shock Top Beer and a Kick of Orange.


I have to admit.  If I can taste the alcohol, I don't really like it.  But this was delicious!  But warning--it packs a punch!

We started off with Blistered Polbano & Jalapeno "Popper-Style" (Roasted Corn, Cheddar, Mozzarella & Provolone and Fresh Herbs with BBQ Ranch for Dippin'.)



I'm also a weakling when it comes to spice.  But there were so many cheeses that I had to try it.  And the spice wasn't overpowering.  In fact, I might have grabbed more after I was done!

For a main entree we had the Slow-Cooked Smithfield James River St. Louis-Style Ribs, Granny Smith Apple Cabbage Slaw, Pimento Cheese "Stuffed" Tater Tots & House-Made Sweet Corn and Jalapeno Muffins.


The ribs were just as good as I thought they'd be!  Delicious!  But the surprise was the slaw.  I'm not a slaw girl, but this one was so perfectly flavored that I ate it all!


We had 3 different sauces to try with our ribs: East Carolina BBQ, Jack Daniels Glaze, and Chiptole BBQ.  My fav was definitely the Jack Daniels Glaze.

We also got to try the Beef & Buns which was 24 Hour Smoked Beef Brisket Sliced Thin Slathered in Jack Daniel Honey Glaze, Granny Smith Apple Cabbage Slaw and Crispy Tobacco Onion on Buttery Onion Roll.


Yum!


For my second drink, I had one off the Girl's Night Out Menu (which I'll get to later).  But it was called the Loco Coco.  Loved it!


And if we weren't full enough, we had to have dessert!


Bourbon Bread Pudding!!  I'm not a bread pudding fan so when we were told that people get angry when this goes away, I just kind of shrugged it off.  Oh but I shouldn't have. The Creme- Brulee-Soaked Cuban Bread with a Splash of Honey Jack, for Sippin' was maybe the biggest surprise of the night for me. The blogger that I was sharing this with had maybe a few bites before she declared she was done.  I couldn't just let it go to waste!  So I did my duty and finished it off!

There are so many great options and things going on at Marlow's Tavern.  General Manager Joel Diaz wants to to be a place that locals look forward to coming to.  They have Girl's Night Out every Wednesday which has 3 appetizers and 3 drinks that aren't on the menu for $5 each.  And every Friday and Saturday night they have live music.


Everyone needs to go try this limited time menu ASAP!  It's gone in a week!  Come #MeetMeAtMarlows !

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Global Energy Race--Free Entry!



This Sunday, September 25th,  Orlando will host the Global Energy Race, which benefits in part the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 

37 cities around the world, in 22 countries, will be participating in this race.  Bimbo Bakeries USA, is the US host with 4 cities in America.  Runners will be working to "stomp out hunger" as they run.  For each kilometer run by each participant, Bimbo Bakeries USA will donate two slices of bread to a Feeding America food bank, or a loaf of bread per 10k.

The race, which has a 10k race and a 3k race,  will also be a Guiness World Records attempt for the most number of cities participating in the same race on the same day.  First place male and female runners of the 10k will receive an all expenses paid trip to ANY 2017 Global Energy Race participating city (side note, when I registered, it said that to win the trip, you must be wearing the race shirt at the race. So if you're speedy, make sure you consider that.)  Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners in each city.  10k runners will receive medals and 3k runners will receive pins.  Starting this year, both the t-shirts and medals will be part of a series, with this year being from Beijing.

Interested in running for free??  Yes, I just signed up and there was no cost!!  Go here to register and use code BIMBOBLOGGIVEAWAY.  I'll see you on Sunday--lets "stomp out hunger"!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekly Recap- May 23-29, 2016

Monday-- 3 miles in 30:14 Group Run: Mile 1: 10:35, Mile 2: 9:55, Mile 3: 9:44, Average Pace: 10:05

I started my trial month at Hit Fit.  It's a gym that has 10 different stations.  I can't really tell if I like it yet or not.

Faith and I went to the Studios for some adult fun.  We rode roller coasters and had yummy food & drinks!



Tuesday--Hit Fit gym & softball

We won our tourney game so we celebrated at Mulligan's.



Wednesday--Hit Fit & 3 miles in 32:12 Group Run. Mile 1: 10:38, Mile 2: 10:13, Mile 3: 11:21, Average Pace: 10:44

I went to a Central Florida Lady Bloggers Event at Marlow's Tavern.  We tried some great items!


Thursday--Hit Fit

Faith, Cori, Heather, and I had Girl's Night at Melting Pot.  Yum!


Then I met Kory and his co-workers at Splitsville.

Friday--Hit Fit

Our house is finally being started!



Kory and I met up with Meredith, her fiance, and her mom at Epcot.  It was great to see her!

Saturday-- 7 miles in 1:17:22  Ran 3.5 miles then did 3:1s. Mile 1: 10:40, Mile 2: 10:29, Mile 3: 10:18, Mile 4: 11:19, Mile 5: 11:45, Mile 6: 11:43, Mile 7: 11:08, Average Pace: 11:03

Kory and I went to Disney Springs to see the movie Money Monster and walk around some.  We had drinks and appetizers at Boathouse and then dinner at T-Rex so I could cross it off my list!

Sunday--rest

I worked in Gangster at night.

Total miles this week: 13
Total miles in 2016: 289.14
Total miles: 3009.02

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weekly Recap- May 16-22, 2016

Monday--softball tournament

We won our first game but lost our second game.  Luckily it's a double elimination tournament!

Tuesday--rest

I met up with my dad for dinner at Boston Lobster Feast.  So much yummy seafood!

Wednesday--3  miles in 32:17  Group Run: Mile 1: 10:23, Mile 2: 10:22, Mile 3: 11:30, Average Pace: 10:45

After school, Chelsea and I headed to Disney Springs to see the newly opened part.  It's sooo pretty!  And we tried out The Daily Poutine.  I just tried the classic version first.  It was delicious!


Kory and I booked a Disney Cruise for our 5 year anniversary!  So excited!

Thursday--rest

We signed all the loan papers for our house!

Friday-- 3 miles in 30:39 Group Run: Mile 1: 10:44, Mile 2: 10:28, Mile 3: 9:26, Average Pace: 10:13

Kyle and Kim came down and we went to Teak for dinner and trivia.  I had the Waffle Burger.  Yum!



Saturday--rest

Kory, Kim, Kyle & I went to Universal.  The boys had bought these matching shirts last time so Kim & I got some to match.


Then I met up with Becky (Disney in Your Day) for dinner at Diamond Horseshoe and then we hung out with some princesses.


Sunday--rest

I worked in Tour Guide and then met up with Kelly, Ron, Chelsea, Bob & some other friends for one last trip to the Flower and Garden Festival.


I finished up the book by getting:
~Joffrey's Tea Company American Adventure: Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset (Layered frozen Strawberry and Lemonade topped with Grey Goose Vodka)
~The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews: Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (I left off the pecans) & Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
~La Isla Fresca: Jerk-Spice Grouper with Mango Salsa, Chayote, and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime- Cilantro Vinaigrette & Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum
~Joffrey's Tea Company Future World East: LemonRita (A frozen Lemon-Lime delight blended with 1800 Silver Tequila or Grey Goose Vodka).  I chose the vodka and it was so refreshing!

Total miles this week: 6
Total miles in 2016: 276.14
Total miles: 2996.02

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekly Recap- May 9-15, 2016

Monday--rest

Faith, Ava Joy and I went blueberry picking!  It was so much fun and I think I ate as many blueberries as I picked!


Tuesday--rest

Wednesday--3 miles in 32:06  Group run. Mile 1: 10:45, Mile 2: 10:09, Mile 3: 11:11, Average Pace: 10:42

After school, Faith and I got pedicures at MC Spa.  I love this place!  They give you a great shoulder massage at the beginning! Then I went to Pam's birthday at Teak.  A friend and I each split the Glazed Donut Burger and the Cronie Burger!!


Thursday--rest

Friday--3 miles in 32:10 Group run. Mile 1: 10:44, Mile 2: 10:27, Mile 3: 10:37, Average Pace: 10:37

Kory and I drove up to Orange Park to drop Bella off with my parents, then the four of us went to dinner at Metro Diner.  I had to try their famous Fried Chicken & Waffles.



Then Kory and I drove to St. Augustine to check into the Bella Bay Inn since I would be coordinating a wedding the next day and Kory would be helping to set up.

Saturday--rest

I helped coordinate Karen & Jonathan's wedding and Kory and Kyle helped set up.  It was so pretty!


Kim  and I went out dancing after.

Sunday--rest

We picked up Bella and drove back home.

Total miles this week: 6
Total miles in 2016: 270.14
Total miles: 2990.02

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weekly Recap- May 2-8, 2016

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and boy was I spoiled!!  It was so fun!

And Happy Mother's Day today to all the mom's out there (mom's of furbabies too!)

Monday--softball

Starting around the 4th inning, it started lightning really bad.  They called the game but it started POURING while we were in the dugout.  We tried to wait it out but we were still getting drenched so we eventually headed to the car, completely soaked!

Tuesday--dance

This was the last dance class of this session.  I need to decide if I'm going to sign up for the next one or not.

Wednesday--rest

Thursday--rest


Kory and I headed to the Ocoee Taco Company to meet up with Faith, Jordan & Ava Joy to celebrated Cinco de Mayo.  It was a little party!  Yummy food and a bounce house for the little ones!  Then Kory and I tried out Sweet Jessie's Ice Cream.  They had some fun flavors!

Friday--rest

I went to an MRTT meet-up at Servandos for more Mexican food and margaritas!  It's always great to get together outside of running!


Saturday--3 miles in 340:04 Nice Saturday morning run with the munchkin! Mile 1: 10:43, Mile 2: 11:04, Mile 3: 12:16, Average Pace: 11:21


Then Kory and I drove up to Orange Park for a BBQ at Steven & Lindsay's new place to celebrate Mother's Day.  It was Kentucky Derby themed!


Sunday--rest

We had a Mother's Day breakfast and then drove back home.  It was a quick trip!

Total miles this week: 3
Total miles in 2016: 264.14
Total miles: 2984.02

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Weekly Recap- April 25-May 1, 2016

I did 2 shorter runs this week and my ankle is feeling okay so I might try to make my way back slowly!

Monday--softball

We had an MRTT night out at Plant Street Market.  It was fun to eat, play games and just hang out outside of running!

Then I headed to softball, where we came back to win.

Tuesday--dance class

Wednesday--Diana's Dunkin Donuts birthday run..1 mile in 10:01.


Kelly, Kacie, & I had Girl's Night at my fav--Melting Pot!  Yum!

Thursday--rest

Kory and I had dinner at Cooke's of Dublin before going to see the Jungle Book.  Since I love anything deep-fried, I had to tried the Battered Burger & Chips (Hand battered beef burger topped with garlic mayonnaise, tomato chutney and mixed greens) although I had it minus the tomato chutney.  And since I love all things cheese, I had to get the Irish Vintage Cheese & Bacon Dip.


The burger was only okay but the cheese dip was delicious!  And the Jungle Book was really good too!

Friday--rest

I had the school carnival that night.  I love seeing all the kids out!

Saturday--rest

We decided to water park hop between Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.  I feel like I got some exercise in though.  We hit up Blizzard Beach for all of the slides (which have tons of stairs to go up to get to each one) and Typhoon Lagoon for the wave pool (which is exhaustingly fun!)

Kory made a delicious steak dinner with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and lobster ravioli!


Sunday--Romp in the Swamp 5k in 29:30 Way too hot. Mile 1: 8:23, Mile 2: 10:01, Mile 3: 10:03, Mile 3-3.11: 10:14, Average Pace: 9:31

This race was rough!  It didn't start until 8 and was way too hot.  I had to stop way more than normal.  I was first in my age group, but my time was 4 minutes off my normal time.  They need to make the race earlier in the year.


Total miles this week: 4.11
Total miles in 2016: 261.14
Total miles: 2981.02