Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Friday: Hip Hop Noel

Hi there! Jenn here. Usually our Happy Friday posts are just something cute and/or silly along the Disney vein, but during this very special time of year I wanted to share a holiday memory.

Did anyone else have the Disney's Twelve Days of Christmas sing-along tape when they were a kid? Man, I LOVED this thing. I remember having this enormous argument with my brother at the end of August over whether or not it was close enough to Christmas to watch it. I was staunchly in the yes category, whereas he insisted on no. Well, I thrust the tape into the VCR and settled in, while he marched off into another room and closed the door so as not to enter the Christmas season too early.

I think we can all agree that it is now close enough to Christmas to sing along to some Disney Christmas songs of, let's face it, decidedly varying quality. There are some gems in there, though - the parade song is only okay but it's awesome seeing the Disney Christmas parade, and I now recognize the Voices of Liberty in the grand finale.

You can watch the entire thing here, but for this Happy Friday, I present to you what as a child was my favorite song, because I had, oh, such impeccable taste. Okay? Okay!


Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In Which Jenn & Moon Are 'Ached Some Questions

Hey, here's something crazy - we've been tagged! We've been tagged twice!


Thanks to Kellie and Kimberley for inexplicably expressing an interest in our inner workings. They've asked questions. We have answers!

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

Moon says:
  1. Bek
  2. Sneaky
  3. Rebs
  4. Rebek (my Dad is not a creative soul) [to clarify, Moon's English name is Rebekah]
Jenn says:
  1. Jennifer (but why are you mad at me?)
  2. Hennifer Lopez
  3. Jenn-Jenn
  4. Seabiscuit
Four jobs I have had: 

Moon says:
  1. Photo editor
  2. College professor
  3. Cello teacher
  4. Easter Bunny (that's right, you heard me)
Jenn says:
  1. Violin teacher
  2. Wench at Medieval Times
  3. Yogurt shop worker
  4. Email marketer for a performing arts center
Four movies I’ve watched more than once: 

Moon says:
  1. The Young Victoria
  2. The American President
  3. In the Mood for Love
  4. A Room With a View
Jenn says:
  1. Mulan
  2. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  3. The Sound of Music
  4. Amelie
Four books I’d recommend: 

Moon says:
  1. The Little Prince
  2. Peanut Butter and Jeremy's Best Book Ever
  3. Brave New World
  4. The Emperor of All Maladies 
Jenn says:
  1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  2. The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
  3. A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
  4. The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney
Four places I have lived: 

Moon says:
  1. Seoul
  2. Baltimore
  3. Chestertown
  4. Hanover
Jenn says:
  1. Silver Spring
  2. Baltimore
  3. Gaithersburg
  4. Bethesda
Four places I have been: 

Moon says:
  1. Jordan
  2. Brussels
  3. Spain
  4. Israel
Jenn says:
  1. Switzerland
  2. Spain
  3. Germany
  4. Austria
Four things I don’t eat: 

Moon says:
  1. Meat
  2. Chocolate
  3. Fast Food
  4. Red Onion
Jenn says:
  1. Grapes
  2. Peas
  3. Blueberries
  4. Cherry tomatoes (Q: What, is Jenn, like, afraid of small round objects or something? A: YES. VERY.)
Four of my favorite foods: 

Moon says:
  1. Gai Lan!!!!
  2. Pho (vegetarian!)
  3. Matar Paneer
  4. Tom Yum soup
Jenn says:
  1. Bread pudding
  2. Frosting (the thick, sugary kind, of course)
  3. Sushi-grade raw tuna
  4. Spanish tortilla
Four TV shows that I watch: 

Moon says:
  1. "The Fall"
  2. "The West Wing"
  3. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
  4. "Arrested Development"
Jenn says:
  1. "Psych"
  2. "Doctor Who"
  3. "Scrubs"
  4. "Star Trek: Voyager"
Four things I am looking forward to this year: 

Moon says:
  1. Traveling through Europe with Christian
  2. Internship at WAM
  3. Moving back to the city
  4. Seeing Christian every day
Jenn says:
  1. The Dopey Challenge
  2. Moving to downtown Bethesda
  3. Going on vacation with my boyfriend, wherever we decide to go
  4. Beach trips - lots! - and maybe even learning to surf without falling over all the time
Four things I’m always saying:

Moon says:
  1. "Ugh!"
  2. -expletive- (when I get nervous, my mouth has a mind of its own)
  3. "Kitty!!"
  4. "Yes, please!"
Jenn says:
  1. "Indeed"
  2. "I do what I can"
  3. "Awww, Minxie!" (Cat #1)
  4. "RUFFIAN!" (Cat #2)
This survey has been going around awhile and a lot of people have gotten tagged, so we don't want any repeats. What we DO want is for ANYONE who hasn't been tagged already to consider themselves tagged. Off you go - and send us a link if you do!

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Dinner at 'Ohana, 11/09

Stretching out the trip report with restaurant reviews! You can see all the entries in this report here. Okay, onward! 

'Ohana means family, and family means nobody doesn't get a Lapu Lapu.


Our second ADR of the trip was for an early dinner at 'Ohana. Katherine, Estelle, DeJanea, Erica, and I had a great table by the window overlooking, well, the construction currently muddying up the Polynesian - but ALSO of the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella's castle, so that was nice. We got to see the sun set over the castle followed shortly by the lights turning on.


The very first order of business upon the arrival of our server was to order Lapu Lapus all around. Katherine has been singing their praises for several billion years, and it was great to finally try my own! The rum mixture inside packed a decent punch, but mostly I was just tickled to be drinking out of a whole pineapple. Not just a whole pineapple, but a pineapple WITH a little paper umbrella. That's the dream, no? Yeah, they're expensive, but I think that alone is worth it. I just wouldn't order several in a given trip.

While we were sipping, the first course arrived: coconut-pineapple bread with butter (macadamia nut butter? I don't remember). I dunno - this is a cult favorite, but I've never been anything but mildly impressed with the bread. It's good and all, but not out of the common way. If you don't like bread with butter already, you're unlikely to get all excited about this variation.


The second course yielded sesame wings, pot stickers, and lettuce wraps. The sesame wings were a big hit at the table, and I found them to be pretty good, but I wasn't willing to sacrifice more than one or two's worth of stomach space. Same deal on the pot stickers. I was not at ALL into the lettuce wraps, and didn't even finish the one I took. Why would you put noodles in lettuce? It just doesn't make sense, people. I did see that the couple at the table next to us got a salad instead. Special request? Dietary issue?



Speaking of noodles, next up were the noodles sans lettuce, as Katherine demonstrates here. Eaten as plain old noodles, they were as tasty as lo mein generally is. They were accompanied by stir fried vegetables that were nicely spiced and went a long way toward helping me pretend I was enjoying a healthy, well-balanced meal.


Then of course came the meat skewers, which for some reason I didn't photograph. Bad blogger! Very bad blogger! Our selections were pork, steak, and shrimp (was there chicken? I can't remember). Personally I thought the pork were best, but they were all perfectly good. The problem with 'Ohana, though, is by the time the supposed stars of the meal - these aforementioned meats, I mean - come around, my only concern is saving enough space to go to town on the DESSERT DESSERT DESSERT WHICH IS (drum roll please)

BREEEEEEAD PUDDIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG


Tragically, tragically, I didn't save quite ENOUGH space, because in the ideal world I would eat the entire thing by myself. But I made a decent hole. The bread pudding with the bananas foster sauce and the vanilla ice cream... seriously, can I just buy this through Kona? I hear I can buy it through Kona. I really need to test that out. Or - and I know I always say this - if I'm ever at 'Ohana again I really WILL ask for dessert first. I mean it. I will.

Even with a Tables in Wonderland card, 'Ohana ain't cheap. And it's not SO good (minus that bread pudding) that I'd say it's worth an every-trip visit. But once in a while, with a big group of people all willing to go in on some Lapu Lapus and some silliness, it's a fun occasional splurge. I can't wait to broom some coconuts at your wedding, KRaut!

We're not quite finished with the trip report food wrap up - there's still one more to go. Strap in!

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/16

JENN: Did you run at all last week?

MOON: Only a little bit. Last week was very much like the week before...Did you start back up?

JENN: Nope. Just did more boring elliptical. But by God THIS WEEK I am RUNNING. I know I've said that before but this time I MEAN IT. I'll go slow and not too far and if things start to hurt I'll walk. But I've simply GOT to try again!

MOON: I'm going today. After work. Running. Going!

JENN: Yay! I'm a little worried about all the races I'm running in January, but I think I can still do it. I just have to be careful.

MOON: Yes. I am running today. Stoicism will win the day.

JENN: Oh, that reminds me! We actually made a lottery for once! We're running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!

MOON: How about: Go Team Tigers!

Please apprehend GO TEAM TIGERS.
JENN: Yes! I assume you and Christian will go whooshing off without me but we'll have a triumphant party at the finish line. :) Oh, and packet pickup will be at the National Building Museum so I'm going to drag my architect boyfriend to the expo. It'll be fun!

MOON: We should arrange to meet together!

JENN: Definitely!

Also definite: that it's roundup time.

- Elbowglitter warns against the formal cleanse.
- Darlin' Rae perfectly encapsulates the doldrums - and eventual resolve - that come with injury.
- Will Run for Ears describes the involved spectator's experience.
- My Disney Addiction sums up a first-timer's go at Busch Gardens Tampa.
- Inside the Magic explains how the Doctor nearly came to Disney.
- The Disney Tourist Blog offers an awesome description of Trader Sam's at Christmas.
- The Disney Food Blog has a recipe for one of my favorite Food & Wine items, sweet corn cheesecake from Mexico.

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Friday, December 12, 2014

In Which Jenn Went to Puerto Rico

Okay, so, like I said before, I spent the long weekend in Puerto Rico. In an effort to make this somewhat more related to the mission statement of the blog, I will say: I did not run in PR but I saw several OTHER people out for a run, which means that if I ever move to Puerto Rico I don't have to give up my hobby.

Also, I ate food! We like to talk about food around here. I wasn't a huge fan of all the fried stuff - did you know that they fry a lot of stuff? - but we were within walking distance of this place called Kasalta and their food was awesome. They had Spanish tortilla, which is basically a glorious potato omelet, and chorizo stuff and media noche sandwiches and about a thousand dessert items including amazing chocolate-covered marzipan balls. I love marzipan (MARZIPAN MARZIPAAAAN*)! They are very proud about the fact that Obama was there once; there's a big sign about it and everything.

Also, cafe con leche is awesome. Also, starfruit!


Also, did you hear the Puerto Rico is lobbying hard for a World Showcase pavilion? That's why they had that massive Food & Wine Festival presence. That's related!

Things I can no longer pretend are relevant to the blog but whatever: the beaches are all lovely. We were mostly staying in San Juan but spent a night in Luquillo and the water there was clear and warm and wonderful. San Juan had a slight touch of anarchy about it but Luquillo didn't have that feel to me - I liked it a lot.


We also went to Old San Juan, which has a beautiful old world, European feel to it. With, y'know, touches of modernity.


The Christmas decorations were up in full force, which was a little weird because it was so warm out (like Christmas in WDW, anyone?). The Three Kings are VERY big there, although the governor took a more lights-intensive approach to his decorations.



But my FAVORITE part was when we walked down a little residential street and saw cats sitting on stoops. A big black cat came over to me, so I crouched down and he circled me, rubbing up against me and then rolling on his back. Then a smaller black cat wandered up, and THEN a stripey cat came over, and basically I was the Queen of Cats for like two minutes until my boyfriend pointed out that our friends were leaving us behind and no, he was not going to leave me alone in an alley with a bunch of cats.


Also, Latin Parking! (What does this mean?)


Also, iguanas!


Also, our flight back was on Penguin One!


Also, Puerto Rico was fabulous and I would totally go back. WEPA.

* You'we not a bwoom?

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Breakfast at Kona Cafe, 11/08

Stretching out the trip report with restaurant reviews! You can see all the entries in this report here. Okay, onward! 

Our first ADR of the trip was a gud'un - Kona Cafe with a whole bunch of awesome bloggers and blogger associates! Our group included me, Katherine, Erica, DeJanea, Nicole, Kellie and her sister, and Kimberley and her husband.

Kellie was so very adamant that we begin our breakfast with Lilikoi juice that the entire table wound up ordering a round - Kellie's sister even ordered a glass for the specific purpose of taking one sip and passing it on to Kellie. This is basically POG juice, or jungle juice, or whatever you want to call it around property. Pineapple-orange-guava is the mixture, and I'm not gonna lie, it's delicious.

Katherine and I also ordered a press pot of Kona coffee, billed as for two. This is technically accurate, as the pot yielded enough coffee for each of us to have one cup and maybe another quarter, but if you intend to drink more than one cup I'd recommend just getting your own. It's great coffee and worth the minor expense.


This was not my first time at Kona; at my first experience, Elizabeth and I split one order on the famed Tonga toast and one order of pineapple macadamia nut pancakes. While the former was indeed tasty, it paled in comparison to those glorious pancakes. And since Katherine harbored the same opinion, we decided to split a serving.

They were everything I remembered - light, fluffy, easily broken apart, with generous amounts of macadamia nut. I don't recall much pineapple being incorporated, only topped, but it hardly mattered. Nicole requested that the waiter bring out some macadamia nut butter to go with it, and it was a glorious combination. Syrup was scarcely even needed. (Not that that stopped me, mind you.)


Cursory note for the accompanying bacon: acceptable. Unremarkable.

Kellie's sister was kind enough to allow me to try a bite of her seasonal pumpkin pancakes, and holy guacamole were they FREAKIN' DELICIOUS. Not only did they feature fantastic pumpkin spice flavor, you could actually detect some gourd in there. And they were unbelievably dense and moist. Not sure how great I would feel after eating an entire serving, but I'm forever indebted to Kellie's sister for allowing me that heavenly bite.

Incidentally, if you have a small-to-medium-size appetite, splitting an order of pancakes plus some juice and coffee yields a perfect amount of food. Never too stuffed and you soon have room for a mid-morning Disney snack! And who doesn't want that? Not to mention the tiny price after splitting it plus a Tables in Wonderland discount (so excited to find that in my wallet after all; I thought I'd forgotten it).

What I'm getting at here is that Kona for breakfast is awesome. Thank you.

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/10

JENN: Once again, apologies for the late week in review - I just got back from Puerto Rico (more on this later).

So, how's the running thing?

MOON: Well, last week wasn't so good. I hurt my back and then had a bit of a downer week. I spent a lot of time with the cat.

Are you back to running yet?

JENN: Not quite. My foot is really, truly ALMOST HEALED - I can put my full weight on it and then rise on my toes and everything! But it still feels a little sore occasionally so I'm waiting until the end of the week to try running.

In the meantime I've spent the last two weeks on the elliptical. The elliptical used to be my go-to machine, and now, for the life of me, I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY. It feels totally boring and ineffectual.

Cause: too much elliptical machine.

MOON: I can make the elliptical work for me, but I feel like my entire body gets a better work out if I run.

JENN: I'm just not as tired afterward. Also, did I mention that it's BORING? SO boring. I can't zone the way I can when I run. Oh well. I'll be back to it soon!

MOON: Haha, I usually read on the elliptical, it's the only way I can stay on it for longer than 10 minutes.

JENN: I kinda need music or else I slow down too much. My boyfriend just introduced me to J. Roddy Walston and the Business so I've been listening to that to keep things moving at a reasonable clip. Can't wait to run to it!

MOON: Yay! 

JENN: Let's see, what else? Oh, yeah - roundup!

- Will Run for Ears uses a poor run as a learning experience. Been there, my friend. Been there.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW explains how to pack for a multi-race experience.
- Fairytales and Fitness performs a wonky runny shoe investigation.
- This Happy Place recaps the pros and cons of our November WDW trip.
- Mouse on the Mind has a super-cute Disney holiday wish list.
- Rolling with the Magic rounds up your Epcot holiday options.

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!