Thursday, September 18, 2014

Squirtgun To Your Head: Favorite WDW Food?

JENN:  ALL RIIIIIIGHT. Squirtgun To Your Head! What is your favorite Walt Disney World food?

MOON:  fooooooood

JENN: You may, if you wish, divide into Dessert and Not-Dessert categories.

MOON: The most memorable food I can think of at the moment is the pineapple ice cream shake (I think it was a shake?).

JENN: Haha, you mean the Dole Whip float? Pineapple soft serve with pineapple juice?

MOON: That's the winner! It's pretty fantastic.


JENN: I would've guessed your answer would be trifle from afternoon tea. Dole Whip is, however, a most excellent choice. Classic!

After a great deal of soul searching and painfully and reluctantly rejecting the Writer's Stop's carrot cake cookie and any number of magnificent cupcakes, I have to go with 'Ohana's pineapple bread pudding. Because BREAD PUDDING.

MOON: Ha, I was going to suggest reminiscing about the Great Cupcake Search.

JENN: Not one of my finer hours. In my defense, though, Disneyland is WAY lacking in cupcakes.

MOON: Agreed. I'm not sure I've ever seen you so determined and subsequently bummed out.

JENN: I take my frosting very seriously, as you know. Luckily, Earl of Sandwich has those brownie frosting sandwich things, but eating it in cupcakeless defeat arguably removes some of the beauty from the moment.


MOON: What's your favorite non-dessert?

JENN: I must choose one that may or may not be defunct: sweet potato rolls from Tokyo Dining. Last time I was there they were not available, but I have hope. Sweet potato + sushi = OBVIOUSLY YES.

MOON: When I'm feeling tired and need some comfort food, my mind always thinks, "Oh right, Epcot has sweet potato maki...!"

JENN: If nothing else, they are an inspiration.

Squirtgun To YOUR Head! What's your favorite WDW food?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Which Moon & Elizabeth Run With Nuns

Guys! Guess what! Two fantastic things happened this past weekend:

1. Moon ran a race.
2. Elizabeth raced, too!


 And one excellent thing is happening right now:

Moon is writing a solo blog post (!!). This, I know, does not happen very often. I’m rather excited to be bringing news other than “Hey, I ran this past week and it wasn’t bad.”

For the past few months I’ve been pondering doing more small races that benefit community causes. I’ve also been scheming to coerce Elizabeth into running. I found the perfect race: Little Sisters of the Poor Nun Run 5k and 1 Mile Run/Walk (and yes, there were indeed some sisters running!).


These humble ladies dedicate their lives to helping those in need and this was their inaugural race. About 800 people were signed up as of the evening before the race took place and I know that there were quite a few who signed up the morning of the race.

The race commenced on the morning of Saturday, September 13. The drive to the race seemed ill-fated with the onset of rain, but for as rainy as the rest of the day proved to be, I’m glad that we made it through without a downpour.



There were a good number of first-time racers and a lot of families and friends running together. It was a great environment for a fun and easy run! The route took us up quite a few hills for such a short distance, but it felt good to have the challenge. I’m hoping next year they expand the route a bit more (10k perhaps?!).

 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, September 16, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/16

JENN: So how was your training last week?

MOON: It was good! Since returning from Europe I've been slowly building back to my baseline. How was your training?

JENN: Not bad. I had a minor panic attack about the Marine Corps Marathon being less than two months away so I went and ran a 15 miler. Next week: 17.

MOON: Psh, you got it!

JENN:  I certainly hope so! I feel... pretty... okay about it. I intend to eat a giant cupcake after.


MOON: I hope it is piled high with frosting. ;)

JENN: Psh, who you talkin' to? Maybe I'll just MAKE frosting and eat it directly out of the bowl. After a marathon, what is dignity?

MOON: I'll personally make you any type of frosting you want when you finish.

JENN: ! What are my options?

MOON: Seriously, I could make you durian flavor if you wanted. Anything for you!

JENN: I don't think durian will be necessary... I will have to think on this! What would be your ultimate post-marathon food reward?

MOON: Hmmmmm. Probably something spicy. Probably a soup. Spicy soups are my favorite. We'll go with spicy soup if it's a winter run. OH! Red bean ice cream. That works.

JENN: Ohhh, good call. Let's put it to the readers, too - what's your ultimate post-marathon munch?

And on that note: roundup.

- Pink Elephant on Parade gets up early to run. Blehhhhhh.
- The Run Streak wants to know where the boy-targeted races are.
- Turfing it back to the girls: Half Crazy Mama has sports bra suggestions.
- We Run Disney knows just how to crush marathon training.
- Black Dog Runs Disney considers the coolest Disney careers.
- Eating & Drinking Around the World holds the coming Food & Wine Festival against previous years. (SO excited for my first F&W! Clearly.)
- The Disney Hipsters point out that Elsa CAN'T go to Taco Bell; she's on an all-carb diet.

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, September 12, 2014

In Which Jenn Makes Salads That Don't Suck

Can we talk about salads? I myself have enjoyed any number of entree salads in my time... in restaurants. At home? Not so much. Sure, all your basic ingredients are there - lettuce, tomato, cheese, dressing - but historically I've found it well nigh impossible to create something satisfying. Healthy, sure, no problem, but if I'm not ALSO satisfied, what good does that do? I'm sure some people eat purely for nutrition with no thought for enjoyment, but as far as I'm concerned that's no way to live.


But there's nothing like a salad for maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet, so a few months ago I set off on a mission to formulate a GOOD salad at home. Something easy that doesn't require tracking down elusive ingredients. Something that would take me a ton of time in the morning. AND I HAVE FOUND THE KEY.

My friends, it is the humble sweet potato.

In addition to being one of the most nutrient-dense foods available to man, these things are FREAKING DELICIOUS to begin with. I'm telling you: a nuke a sweet potato and mash it into a salad, and your lunch is now warm, tasty, filling, and FULL OF JOY.


See? A basic salad of spinach and mozzarella with a vinegar-and-oil dressing. Plus sweet potato? Glory. If you're feeling extra indulgent and ready to protein it up, slap a chicken breast in there.


See? Doesn't that look vibrant and awesome for all that it's a homemade salad?

On the off chance you're one of those weirdos who doesn't like sweet potatoes (I say this with love because my boyfriend numbers among you; no, but seriously, what's wrong with you?), I have found one or two other iterations that, if not as filling as the sweet potato salad variation, at least make things more interesting. I've used guacamole, barbecue sauce, and marinara as salad dressings; all of these worked pretty well. Oh, and I can't overemphasize the importance of remembering to add spices. A dash of salt and/or a garlic-based blend can work wonders for your taste buds.


This is the plant-based wisdom that I impart to you. Go. Try it. Tell me what you think.

What do you put in your salad that doesn't suck?

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, September 10, 2014

Kill/Refurb/Marry: WDW Transportation

I am ever so excited to be taking part is this month's Kill/Refurb/Marry! I have been a longtime follower of this cross-blog series, but never before had much to say about the covered topics. Well, today all that changes. You could say I'm a first time caller, long time listener - or in other words, strap in, kids, because I have OPINIONS about:

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION

Kill: Any bus "chain" or multi-resort "loop"

Y'know what sucks? When you get on the All-Star Music bus, feeling positively cheerful about life and your journey to Epcot... and then you stop at All-Star Movies and hang out for what feels like FOREVER while eighteen strollers you didn't see coming slooooowly load, thus killing ten minutes of valuable queuing-at-the-turnstiles time. That's like fifteen extra people in front of you (none of whom know how to use the readers properly).

But you know what sucks WORSE? When you're paying to stay at the Boardwalk and it takes eleven thousand years to take the bus to or from ANYWHERE because FIRST you have to stop at the Swan and Dolphin and THEN you have to stop at the Yacht Club and THEN you have to stop at the Beach Club and THEN you stop at the Boardwalk except by that point you probably missed it because you fell asleep. Unless you were standing the whole time. Sorry, man. That sucks.

Basically what I'm saying here is, man up and give every resort its own bus, Disney. We are not a carpool. KILL THE BUS CHAINS.

You are smart, you are pretty, and gosh darn it, you deserve your own bus!

Refurb: Friendship Boats

Okay, admittedly I'm on shaky ground here because I'm taken a Friendship boat, like, ONCE, but I just can't seem to get a handle on them. When do they show up? Where exactly do they go? I know there's that one that goes to Downtown Disney, and then one that goes to the Boardwalk resorts... Admittedly it might be my own fault for not trying them out more, but the boats seem so slow and unreliable. There needs to be a clear schedule and separate docks for boats going separate places and maybe you could speed things up a little? Nothing crazy, mind you, but some of us have ADRs to catch. Or stop advertising the boats as transportation at all and make them entirely about the pleasure of being on the water.

I don't want to kill them off completely because there's something inherently charming about boat travel, but I think the system needs an overhaul.

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Marry: My Own Two Feet

Obviously when I first considered WDW transportation my first thought was "MARRY THE MONORAIL!!!" And I DO love the monorail dearly. Even seeing it makes my day, not to mention a good photo better. And riding it? Love! Do you have any idea how often "Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas" comes up in my everyday conversations? I adore my highway in the sky.

But.

You know what's even better? Strolling through the International Gateway over to the Boardwalk resorts. Taking the walkway between the Boardwalk area and the Studios. The path between the Contemporary and the Magic Kingdom. The loop around the Seven Seas Lagoon.

What Disneyland takes for granted is an option offered but rarely in Walt Disney World, but every time you can - it's wonderful to walk. To say: now I shall go! And then start. No waiting for buses or monorails or boats to show up. Moving as slowly or as quickly as you like. Jostling no one, holding tight to nothing. Perhaps simply walking does not scream DISNEY! as loudly as some other options... but it allows a level of control offered by nothing else.

Good job, feet. Keep it up.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/09

JENN: So how was Europe?!

MOON: 
Excellent! I spent half of the time in the air and my ears are still wonky.

JENN: Where did you end up going?

MOON: From Baltimore to New York, New York to Stockholm, from Stockhom to Barcelona, traveled around Spain, from Barcelona to Scotland, from Scotland to England, from England to Oslo, from Oslo to New York, then finally home.

JENN: Oh my. Okay, PICK A FAVORITE.

MOON: Sweden. (Also, WHY it is cheaper for be flown from all these places instead of from Baltimore to England or Spain is a mystery to me.)

JENN: Best food?

MOON: Ohhh this is hard. We got to sample a lot of Spanish cuisine. The Basque region was amazing... But, we also ate at this restaurant in London that was delicious.

JENN: Favorite single food item?

MOON: A vegetarian version of salamagundy.

JENN: I... don't even know what that is.

MOON: It's a dish dating from around 1720 England. It was oats, fennel, mushrooms, and pickled beets. I'll send you a picture.


Wait wait! Savory porridge was the best.

JENN: See any castles?

MOON: Mmhmm! Edinburgh Castle and a lot of cathedrals. We also went some modern art museums. My favorite was the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

JENN: I'm guessing you didn't do any running while there.

MOON: We meant to, but we walked almost everywhere. We also biked in Barcelona. It was almost 4 hours of constant uphill biking.

JENN: Oof. HILLS.

MOON: Then there was was the biggest hill of all. The view was amazing at the top, but there was supposed to be a cable car! So, we thought it best to keep going up until we found it. Of course we find it on the way down...

JENN: Naturally. Any crazy amazing European moments to add?

MOON: Ha, umm.. me trying to speak Spanish on a terrible line and hearing the woman on the other end say to someone on her side rather condescendingly, "They're American..."

JENN: PUNCH HER IN THE FACE AND RUN.

MOON: Yes, through the phone. :P

JENN: Like the magical creature you are!

MOON: Ha! How have your past two weeks been?

JENN: The beach was glorious. Last week was fairly humdrum. Short, though! My runs were so mundane as to be hardly worth mentioning. So let's move right on to the roundup!

- Sparkly Ever After takes afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. (Well-documented as one of our favorite things.)
- Pink Elephant on Parade has the BEST LONG RUN EVER.
- Run Eat Repeat outlines the most vital running gear.
- Half Crazy Mama notes some of the dumb things people say to marathoners.
- Jambo Everyone says goodbye to Off Kilter. NEVER SAY DIE. :( :( :( Ugh, I am so upset about this.
- The Disney Hipsters are FABULOUS.

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, September 5, 2014

Happy Friday: Dory Speaks Whale

Too much orca. Didn't it sound a little orca-ish? 



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!