Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Long Weekend Highlights

I spent my valentine's/president's day weekend in texas, soaking up the sun, drinking lots of beer and wine and magaritas, and running 13.1 miles on awful awful hills and deciding "hey eff it" i'm gonna walk these hills and run when i want, and drink champagne when i want, and beer when i want, even it makes me almost puke. (all in good time. race recap forthcoming. this is the food/drink awesome recap).

so yes, weekend in tejas. left early friday morning when temps in Michigan were still below 0. landed in Houston. went to common bond for lunch. died over the deliciousness. i got a turkey pesto sandwich, the caramel apple vernes, and a walnut chocolate chip cookie. whoa baby.

went for a run around houston to shake out legs and to get to see a new place. A and I ran around the museum district and then headed back to shower and have a drink outside on a porch before heading to dinner.

We had dinner at el tiempo with happy hour margaritas and delicious fajitas.

Saturday we waited in line for common bond croissants (OMG), and then it was off to austin. We stopped at buc-ee's a central texas landmark, and ate delicious jalepeno cheddar bread.

Packet pickup was a breeze, full of free things. Lovelovelove the race shirt. it's so fun.

Post-pickup, the sun was shining which obviously meant we had to drink outside. So we went to craft pride, drank texas craft beers (including one with blood orange. cant say no to that), and also ate via 313 pizza -- det style pizza in austin! and it actually was quite similar to det pizza. loved it.

We headed to dinner at haymaker, and I demolished some poutine fries and a blood orange paloma, and all was right.

Some harry potter, then bed.

Race start was 7:00AM. which luckily felt like 8AM. full race recap coming. although the above sums it up pretty well. ran for too long, up too many hills but done was done and that felt good.

Lunch was torchy's taco food truck, then mimosas at yellow jacket , which is totally not a place I would pick to hang out at, but was totally interesting.

then we waited in a huge line for COMPLETELY WORTH IT donuts from gordough. the puddin' (unpictured) was the clear winner.

this is the berry crazy. so good.
After a lengthy drive back to houston, it was snack grabbing at trader joes (ALSO, omg they had peppermint joe-joes so i went nuts and bought 2 boxes because TOTAL FAVORITE and michigan TJ's was out before xmas).

Monday was a few brunch fails before ending up at Lowbrow. My sandwich had high prospects but wasn't the greatest execution, but the bloody mary was tops.

will be recreating with better execution though!
Grabbed a coffee at agora and then we spent the afternoon at Karbach brewing where there were beautiful barrels and cans and cornhole, and delicious beers and pint glasses to take home on the plane.

such pretty colors

also over the course of the weekend I read Station Eleven which was just incredible. Please read it.

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