Baltimore Adventures, part 2

Here are the the more exciting things I did in Baltimore in between sleeping, working, and eating at blah restaurants. The eats worth mentioning are below.

The nearest non-Starbucks espresso was Lamill, located at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was super fancy and I had this cherry pistachio donut.

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cherry pistachio donut at Lamill Coffee

I wanted to get food from this truck, simply because it has THE BEST NAME IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD TRUCK NAMES. Unfortunately, the line was very long and it was bbq stuff and I wasn’t feeling BBQ that day. Oh, and it was parked next to a truck named “GrrChe”. They served grilled cheese. Hah.

Kommie Pig food truck

Kommie Pig food truck

I ate at Dooby’s twice, including this yummy and tiny steak and egg sandwich. I never would have thought to put shaved steak on an egg sandwich but it worked. Actual conversation as I did my expense report with the Money Guy:

Money guy: Oh nice, you bought Dooby’s on the company card?
Me: It’s a restaurant!
Money guy: What do they sell, like Doritos and Cheezy Poofs?

steak and egg sandwich

steak and egg sandwich

The other delicious things I ate Dooby’s – jalapeno cornbread, pork belly rice wraps, and polenta with roasted vegetables. The cocktails are also fabulous. Menu prices are inexpensive but the portions are small so you definitely need to order appetizers.

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Baltimore Adventures

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. Wait no, make that BWI (see what I did there?)

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Last week was the same old grind – just running, including an uneventful 8 miles. Since I was running a new route through neighborhood streets, Brian backtracked and ran 2 miles with me to show me the route. It was sweet of him to run at my 13:00 pace when he normally runs at like 9-something on long runs. It was also nice to have a running partner, which I never have. It makes me wish I could find someone who runs as slowly as I do.

I’ve been in Baltimore for a few days and it’s been kind of crappy. I’m staying in the city center, which is boring and devoid of life. Except for crackheads and mall shoppers. The nearest “neighborhood” is the Inner Harbor which is mostly a pretty shopping mall. Starbuck’s is the best coffee option and I’m going nuts without a good espresso.

I did the touristy thing and ate the crabs that you smash with a hammer.

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I thought I liked crabs but this shit was way too much work. I ordered six crabs (list price: $24, no side dishes) but for some reason I got 12 small ones? I “ate” 10 of them before finally admitting that I was over it, and I felt like I hadn’t even eaten anything! No lie, I got a burger at Five Guys afterwards. I can’t believe I spent over $30 on a random dinner of crabs and fast food. I’ve eaten seafood every day so far, so I will have to do some mercury detoxing when I go home.

Even though it’s mega corporate on the harbor, it sure is beautiful for running. The pedestrian path along the harbor got me around 4 miles round trip.

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Water and blue skies all around. This has been the best part of my stay so far.

When I travel, food is my number one priority but the food nearby is all chains and crappy stuff. I haven’t eaten anything memorable so far, which is a shame. The good restaurants are all in neighborhoods that are a few miles away. Unfortunately I am at work until 5,and the neighborhood has a lot of crazies after dark. I only have about 3 hours before I gotta be back at the hotel and do this grind all over again. Hope this weekend gets better because I can venture out and Brian will be here!

Hello Sunshine

I’ve had a tough time with running since after the marathon. I haven’t been able to hit any of my normal paces for “short” runs. I usually do 12:20 on my 3 mile runs and for some awful reason I’ve only been able to do 13:30, my marathon pace, before getting out of breath and heart rate shooting up to 80%. Is it the sub-30 temps? General deconditioning? Too many layers of clothes making me not aerodynamic? (Kidding)

This weekend in RI & CT was the kickoff to 5k Season. Everyone was starting up with their St Paddy’s Day races and I was sad to miss them. Then I remembered I was going somewhere warm so I dried my tears and said peace out. I ran 6 miles while I was in Charleston. I didn’t being my phone with me and I was worried about getting lost so I just stuck to the road along the water, a straight out and back.

Weather was perfect: 60 degrees and sunny. This is my “OMG I only have to wear a t-shirt & not 4 layers did clothes & gloves” face:
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Starting on the stone paved sidewalks and cobblestones got a little technical.
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Once I got on the dirt path and then along the sea wall it was smooth sailing.
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Living in RI, I am lucky that running along the water is part of my regular route (brag). However, this never gets old:
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Winter needs to hurry up and GTFO.

Bucket Brewery

On Saturday morning, I was on my way to a birthday party for my friend’s 1 year old son and we decided to stop at a new-ish brewery to pick up beer for the party. When we walked into the Bucket Brewery, the super nice employees offered us a free tasting of their 4 beers. Oh, and it was only 10 am. Oops.

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Red cups!

They like to decorate their mini kegs:

Bucket Brewery, Pawtucket, RI

Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket, RI

Bucket Brewery, Pawtucket, RI

Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket, RI

Thank goodness the beers were all relatively low in alcohol volume. Drinking that early took a toll. Even though it was probably 12-16 oz of beer total, I felt kind of crappy the whole rest of the day.

The beers were great though. With all of the breweries we visit, a lot of them tend go wild with big flavors. Not that I know much about how to talk about beer, but I felt that these were flavors were subtle and balanced. I chose the Pawtucket Pail Ale for the party, since it was smooth and light and seemed like it would go well with food. If you randomly find yourself in Providence, stop by the Bucket Brewery!