• Carb Load

    April 2, 2011

    I’m pretty sure carb-loading before a race involves beer, right? Yep, I think it does.

    After wandering around the city for hours and hours, I met Theodora for a couple of beers at The Ginger Man, a laid-back beer bar featuring 66 taps and over 120 bottled beers.

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    The Ginger Man was totally my type of bar, and hanging out there was just how I wanted to spend my Saturday afternoon: good friend + good beer. Theodora and I spent a solid three hours chatting away and sipping beer.

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    My beer of choice was a Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale, which was “a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.” I love barleywines, so this beer ruled.

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    After an impromptu Saturday afternoon happy hour, I said goodbye to Theodora and then met Caitlin and her mom for dinner at Bar Basque.

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    For my entrée, I ordered the Oxtail in Crispy Bread Ravioli, which was served in a red wine reduction with an herb salad on top. It was tasty, but not at all what I expected. When I read ‘ravioli’ on the menu, I thought pasta raviolis, which this dish was not. Oh, well. I still ate it.

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    Along with my entrée, I also shared a bunch of side dishes with the table: roasted veggies and grilled potatoes.

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    For dessert, we each enjoyed a mini salted caramel ice cream cone. It was the perfect ending to the meal.

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    I just laid out all of my stuff for tomorrow’s half marathon. I feel so unprepared— and nervous!

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    Wish me luck!!!

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    Cait's Plate April 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Ha – my boyfriend LOVES that bar.

    GOOD LUCK! You’re going to do awesome :)


    Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com April 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Hope it went well Tina:)


    Doc April 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I hope your half went well today! I’m so jealous of your ability to eat and drink anything you want before a race. I can’t have alcohol and my diet is limited to very plain foods and minimal dairy. Otherwise I get super sick!


    Taryn April 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Hello, I’m a long time reader and this is my first time leaving a comment. Just wanted to say that carb loading indefinitely involves beer! At least that’s what I told myself when I polished off a delicious raspberry stout last night! Thanks for the great inspiration through your blog, keep up the good work!


    Nicole April 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I just made it to Ginger Man 2 weeks ago, after living in the city for 7 years! It’s amazing, such a great selection of beers :)


    Serena April 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Good luck on your race, Tina! I know you’ll PR :)


    Natalia - a side of simple April 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about the race :) I’m sure the beer/carb loading paid off!


    Monica April 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Good luck! You will do amazing as always! :)


    Roz April 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I’m sure you did really well Tina!!! Hope you enjoyed it.


    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Good luck with your marathon girl! You will do great!


    Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Salted caramel cone. Yummm.


    Tina April 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I love the Gingerman! We go in Austin all the time. We got engaged in NYC and went to drink and hang out at the Gingerman NYC that night :)


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