Monday, December 22, 2014

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In, 11/10

I arguably shouldn't even write this post. I didn't earn it, you see - I didn't take any pictures of the food. This is because the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney's Hollywood Studios is, as anyone who has ever eaten there knows, exceptionally dark, both to simulate the outdoors at night and to better view the giant screen o' ridiculous sci-fi trailers. Still, I probably should've at least attempted flash or something. Oh well.

Question about the one photo I did take: when did cars with CHAIRS become a thing? BORING.

So, no food photos, but I'm forging ahead anyway because this is a restaurant that tends to interest people. Indeed, when I was a little kid (*coughtwelvecough*) I once refused to go in with the rest of my family because I was scared that the aforementioned sci-fi trailers would be frightening. Fact: unless you have a very timid child, this is not a problem. The cars remain charming and the cartoons and trailers are entertaining if you like the absurd (which I do). 

As for the food, I think it often gets an unfairly bad rap. Is it haute cuisine? Not even a little bit. But it's fun in the slightly-overpriced-because-it's-Disney diner/drive-in mode. 

A solid half of our group ordered milkshakes to start, and they were most excellent. I briefly considered the seasonal shake, which was pumpkin, but when the waiter informed me that there were no actual pie chunks contained therein I decided to stick with cookies and cream. Katherine even got one that boasted alcohol - spiked milkshakes are a thing here.

We also had several orders of fried pickles at our table in our car, and while I did not personally partake, they received good reviews. Extra points added for offering both fried pickle chips AND spears. So you don't have to choose!

For our entree, Katherine and I decided to split (Split Buddies 4EVA) the infamous Picnic Burger, which features a hot dog sliced lengthwise and slapped right on top of a hamburger. This was perfectly fine but a bit of a disappointment. Clearly you don't need anymore calories attached to that sucker, but without cheese it was kind of bland. Admittedly we ordered it sans kraut, but still. Oh, and in the usual Disney style it was prepared medium-well, and I'm a straight-up rare kinda girl. I'm glad I tried it but all and all I don't feel any need to repeat the experience.

This lunch occurred on the last day of the Food & Wine Festival, so we skipped dessert in favor of later heading back to Epcot for a last round of deliciousness there. 

I know this review sounds somewhat lackluster, but if you ask me, Sci-Fi Dine-In is worth a periodic visit for the atmosphere alone. That and the milkshakes. Always Be Drinking A Milkshake, I say!


While we're here and talking Disney food I just wanted to mention that I've made a dent in my Disney Foods to Try list! I can now say I've had the falafel sandwich from Mr. Kamal's, the coveted Cheshire cake cup, grapefruit beer from Sommerfest, a resort-wide Mickey ganache tart, the King cupcake from Everything Pop, and the Sci-Fi Dine-In's picnic burger. We just covered that last one, and you can check out my thoughts on the rest by reading my trip report. Hooray for progress!

And that's game! Here ends the November 2014 trip report. Sadness. But I'll be back in January, so: happiness! Thanks to all who followed along. I hope to see you in the parks soon!

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 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)


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!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In Which Moon Recaps The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 5K Run/Walk

There’s nothing like a crisp and chilly morning by the National Harbor waters to get the blood stirring in the morning… Especially when your name is Christian and you’re wearing shorts (more on this later).

November 16: Friends and family gathered to show their support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation by running or walking. I invited some of my closest friends and family to run/walk with me. I’m eternally grateful for those who were able to come and participate. All the love to Christian, Elizabeth, Amanda, Clift, and Dad.

Weather is general has a reputation for being unreliable and spotty. We Marylanders were experiencing a rather warm beginning to winter. Earlier in the week the temperatures were solidly between 50-60. However, evening arrived and decided to bring with it cold air and SNOW.

We missed much of the precipitation, but it was indeed very cold. Christian did not have long running pants (and unfortunately we were banking on it staying unreasonably warm). So, enjoy some of our pre-run pictures of the group together. We all look cold (except for Clift and Dad who wore many layers).

Just to throw it out there: I went back to my car after a half hour of standing around to search for my ONE MITTEN I thought might be hiding somewhere in the glove box (no pun intended, although a glove box full of gloves would have been appropriate. Hmph).

Unfortunately, the walkers and runners did not have the same course. Amanda reports back that my dad is quite the fast walker. He is also possesses terrible estimate skills. When I found him at the end we had this conversation:

Me: There you are! I was wondering when you would all get back.

Dad: It was nothing. We went three miles, I'm surprised it took you so long.

Me: What do you mean? I’ve been waiting here for a half hour for you guys?

Dad: We went three miles in about… eh, probably 22 minutes.

Me: …If you walk at 3 MPH each mile will be 20 minutes.

Dad: We were going pretty fast.

Turns out the walkers did a shorter course, although Clift and Amanda attest to Dad’s pants indeed being on fire.

As for the runners! Liz, Christian, and I ran. Christian and I stayed together for the most part. The track took us up a hill and over a bridge and a half. The course was a bit lack-luster, but this is only because we ran halfway then turned around and ran back the same way.

The cold kept me moving, though. Note to future self: NO WINTER RUNS UGH.

Christian and I made good time and Liz kept a solid pace throughout! Yay, team! Can’t wait to do the next one. Jenn will have to join and kick our butts.

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 3, 2014

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater's Warm Leftover Salad

The cheater's recipe I am about to impart to you may sound gross. In fact, it could BE gross, depending on the decisions you make. But if you proceed correctly, it will be a PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH.

A little background: my roommate hosted a Friendsgiving celebration on Saturday, and due to a recipe that lied through its text about the number of servings, she wound up with enough stuffing for the turkey AND two full casserole dishes. And since it was hosted at our apartment, the end result was that we now have two full casserole dishes full of stuffing.

I am not normally a particular fan of stuffing, preferring as I do my bread puddings sweet, but this stuff is seriously good, comprised of cornbread, sweet Italian sausage, and apples. So that's fruit, gluten-free carbs, and protein - yay! Yet I am none so silly as to believe that this makes it healthy in large amounts.

Still, it is tasty, and we have a lot of it, and if we don't let it go to waste then we can save a lot of money on groceries. Therefore I have put together a Consumption Plan.

You know those weird "bowl" meals they have at fast food restaurants (I wanna say KFC) that basically take a bunch of unhealthy stuff, toss it all in there, and call it a day? Well, it's like that, only actually pretty good for you. I give you:

The Cheater's Warm Leftover Salad

I know. Sounds weird. Stick with me here.

You will need:

  • Leafy greens (I like spinach)
  • One large sweet potato
  • A small portion of the savory leftover(s) of your choice
  • Salt if you want

Now do this:

  1. Stab your sweet potato with a knife a couple times, wrap it in a paper towel, and nuke it in the microwave until cooked through, approximately ten minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stick your leftover(s) at the bottom of a large bowl. Heap your greens on top.
  3. Split your cooked sweet potato and scoop the innards onto the spinach. Mash it up.
  4. Stick your bowl o' stuff in the microwave again and zap until the greens are wilted, approximately two minutes.
  5. Sprinkle a little salt on top if needed, mixed up, and dig in!

No picture because, let's face it, this isn't a particularly photogenic dish. But it's warm and tasty and you get to eat your delicious leftovers - but not TOO much. Plus the greens and sweet potato are crazy nutritious. It works great with stuffing, and I can see mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, or creamed vegetables coming out nicely. Do whatever will make your taste buds happy. Perfect as a packed lunch!

What do you think? Am I insane? What leftovers would you assault in this manner?

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 2, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/02

JENN: Did you sneak in any training this week?

MOON: I did! Had some time off with Christian and we ran together a few times.

JENN: Awesome!

MOON: What about you? How's the foot?

JENN: Eh. It's better. I do feel it's making progress. I managed a three mile walk at a NON snail's pace on Saturday, but I had to stop there because it was starting to feel a little weird and I didn't want to make things worse.

I'm going to work more walks (and maybe the elliptical? Anyone like the elliptical?) into this week, then on Friday I leave for a long weekend in Puerto Rico; I'm hoping to try running after I get back.

MOON: AHH! That's so exciting! Usually around this time of year I would be dying to take a vacation somewhere warm... but now it doesn't feel justified... since it's 66 degrees out today. >_>

JENN: Well, yes, but on Friday it's supposed to be 37 degrees with the potential for snow.

MOON: Future Me will be justified on Friday, then. I hope you have a great time! Nothing will be better for a bum foot than sunshine and warm water.  :-)

JENN: Yes indeedy! We're looking at snorkeling as a potential activity and I'm excited to maybe see some (tiny, harmless) sharks!

Pictured: A tiny, harmless shark.
(Have you seen Deep Blue Sea? It's AMAZING.)

MOON: !!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmm. I'll have to bug Christian about getting in the shark cage.

JENN: Story of my life.

MOON: We watched some "Blue Planet" this week. I'm not sure I'm doing myself any favors. He found the manta rays and sharks terrifying. Was also critical of open water fish and their hunting strategies.

JENN: I would LOVE to see manta rays! They're amazing!

MOON: I knowwww! So majestic...  :D

JENN: We might also drive into the mountains and check out a rainforest. And of course my boyfriend simply must surf. Also he said something about a "Street of Pork." Not 100% sure what that's all about. But clearly there are many possibilities!

MOON: Hmm, well, Christian and I DID go to a Ham Museum on our last excursion... I suppose it's only fair that you must suffer it as well, ha!

JENN: Nothing more ubiquitous or cross-culturally relevant than dead pigs.

Know what else is ubiquitous and cross-culturally relevant? The blog roundup!

- This Runner's Trials explains exactly how she nabbed that elusive sub-4 marathon.
Live, Run, Grow presents a holiday gift list for runners.
- Half Crazy Mama helps runners self-identify.
- My Glass Sneaker has a blue-ribbon peanut butter pie recipe from that Celebration pie competition.
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust has a Disney cupcake VIDEO.
- The Disney Tourist blog explains why this new Great Movie Ride + TCM thing is AWESOME.
- Disney wedding planning? Magical Day Weddings has a to-do list to get you started.
- The Disney Hipsters offer Disneyland and Epcot Christmas music loops.

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, November 26, 2014

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 11/11/14

So ends the trip report proper. :( But I'm not quite finished! As I have in the past, I' saved our ADRs for a final food review post or two. You can see all the entries in this report here. Okay, onward! 

Last day. BLARG. My morning largely consisted of packing a final few items.

It could've been worse - at least I had a solid chunk of the day left to spend in WDW. Poor DeJanea had to leave early in the morning to catch a flight home. Sad stuff.

Speaking of flights, we had received our Magical Express info the day before and it was ALL wrong - Nicole and I were listed as flying to NYC with the rest of our group, when in fact we were headed to DC and Baltimore, respectively.

Nicole had already had hers fixed as her flight was at a very different time and she needed an earlier ME bus. I was fine with the bus departure time, but I did kind of want to make sure that my bags might possibly end up the same place as I did, so I headed to the airline check-in area to get it sorted out. The woman manning the station didn't seem to care much; she just looked up my flight, tagged my bag with the correct "BWI" sticker, handed me my boarding pass, and told me to get the hell out. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but you get the idea.

From there I sidled around the building and checked my duffle bag at luggage assistance while waiting for everyone else to show up at the bus stop. I actually don't know where Nicole went that last day, but Katherine, Erica, and Estelle showed up in short order and we boarded one of those ridiculous double-length buses (how terrifying must those be to drive?) and soon arrived in the Magic Kingdom.

Which was SO. INCREDIBLY. CROWDED. Seriously. It was nuts. So nuts that we needed coffee to face it all; we got in the super-long but reasonably efficient line at the Main Street Bakery where I got a peppermint mocha latte. It was just okay - I think I should stick to pumpkin and chai lattes where I belong.

Oh, and they of course had the ADORABLE Disney Starbucks cups, although they can fake you out if you're only looking at the Starbucks side. I briefly thought I had gotten a normal cup and almost got upset before I realized that I just needed to spin it around. Whew!

We pondered hitting the Tiki Room and so set out in that direction, but got distracted by a 10-minute Pirates of the Caribbean wait and instead rode that. We were in the front row - is that why we got so WET? I mean, I know Pirates is a water ride and all, but I don't recall ever being so thoroughly splashed.

Speaking of splashing, next up: our Splash Mountain FastPass, upon which we ironically did not get half so wet as on Pirates (although we did spend an undue amount of time hanging out next to the post-drop waterfall).

Estelle and I then headed to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to take advantage of those Very Special FastPasses. Reports that it's too short are not incorrect, but what a cute ride! The cars didn't swing as much as I might've hoped but the mine section itself was lovely. I'd say it's a little more intense than Big Thunder but not by much.

And yet somehow we seem unimpressed.

Erica and Katherine had gone to the Tiki Room in our absence, so Estelle and I walked to Liberty Square to see when the next showing of the Hall of Presidents would be. We didn't feel like waiting the fifteen minutes; instead ducked back into the Christmas shop to browse. Estelle purchased an awesome Epcot-inspired ornament and I broke and bought a Mickey Santa hat. I plan to wear it to all my formal holiday gatherings.

Here I briefly made a pit stop at the farmer's market type place across from Liberty Tree Tavern and wound up setting the record for Longest Time Spent Waiting To Just Buy A PowerAde, Jeez. Apparently the cast member was new and had not yet fully grasped how to, y'know, ring stuff up. Keep trying, buddy! You'll get there!

Another FastPass window had opened up, this time for the Haunted Mansion. It was a good ride, but then I think any pass through the Haunted Mansion when your Doom Buggy doesn't stop by the bride or Little Leota is a good ride. Seriously, they creep me out.

By then it was time to start thinking about lunch. Columbia Harbour House was right there and I love me their sandwiches, but there was a line wrapping around the building just to get in. Which is weird, because more often than not I see cast members standing out front with menus trying to drum up business. First Sanaa, now this? People need to stop finding out about my secret spots.

Comparatively speaking, Sleepy Hollow had a very manageable line, so we hopped in. Katherine and I engaged in one last glorious sharing moment and split a ham waffle sandwich. Estelle and Erica got the spicy chicken version featuring a sweet sauce that made them extremely popular with the bees. Erica let me try the remnants of her sandwich, which means I have now tasted every waffle sandwich variety currently offered. Where's my medal for that?

From there it was off to Tomorrowland to ride the PeopleMover, because what true WDW lover doesn't swoon over the PeopleMover? It was not, however, quite how we pictured it - upon our arrival we saw a LINE. A LINE. Not a long line, but still. A LINE. For the PEOPLEMOVER. WHAT. I'm not going to blame this one entirely on FastPass+, though; I think a lot of it was runoff from people who were waiting for Space Mountain to get up and running again.

Yes, folks, Space Mountain was down, which means for the second time in my Disney career I saw that elusive wonder, Space Mountain With The Lights On.

Our final FastPass of the day, the trip, the legend, was for the Jingle Cruise. Now boasting approval from the Vatican.

I thought our skipper was only okay - I think she could've milked the jokes a little more with a less rushed delivery - but the decorations were truly adorable.

Post wassailing, we hit the adjacent gift shop to see if we could find the rumored Jingle Cruise shirt, but it was a no go. (Disney has since released it online but I can't remember if it's available yet/still.) But since going home from WDW empty handed is a crime, we filled our last moments with shopping on Main Street.

But what should I purchase to commemorate the trip? That holiday sweater? Nope, they don't have my size. That cute t-shirt? Too similar to something I already have. Hey, what about that pair of soft comfy sweatpants Katherine is buying? SWEATPANT SISTERS UNITE. That and a 10% Annual Pass discount and I was sold. I regret nothing.

We caught up with Erica and Estelle in the Confectionery for some last minute sugar purchases before reluctantly heading for the exit, but not before taking pictures at the Aurora photo area. Not with Aurora, mind you, just her area. Sometimes the decor really makes it, y'know?

Happily we were able to pick up a bus back to Art of Animation with some speed, because we weren't headed directly to the Magical Express. Oh, no - we had to hit the Drop Off bar by the Nemo pool for one more libation before we went. I received a magnificent black cherry lemonade from our bartender, who was was awfully free with his opinions about legalizing marijuana for a Disney employee, but hey, whatever works for ya.

And then it was time. That tragic moment. That microcosm of despair. Time to retrieve our carry-ons and board the Magical Express back to the airport. It was only by some miracle I didn't burst into tears.

As is so often the case, we arrived at the airport with excessive amounts of time to spare, so we grabbed a drink at the airport sports bar. And then the trip was really over - I bid adieu to my New York friends, hightailed it to my gate, housed a subpar chicken sandwich, and boarded the plane for home.

So... that was that. Naturally I am bummed to be, well, anywhere that ISN'T Walt Disney World, but at least I have Dopey in January to sustain me. My boyfriend's coming for that one and he hasn't been in twenty years, so that'll be fun! And don't forget that I have two more trip report-ish posts coming in the form of restaurant reviews. Stick around.

In short, I had a lovely time. Special thanks to all my wonderful suitemates and the fabulous people I met along the way. Here's to more fantastic times at Disney!

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, November 25, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/25

JENN: Did you run this week? Tell me you ran this week. Somebody's got to have run this week.

MOON: I did a lot of running!

JENN: Whew!

MOON: Speed AND distance this week (go me!), ha.

JENN: Yay! I haven't run in two weeks. :( My foot is taking its sweet sweet time to heal.

MOON: ;-;

JENN: And it's SUCH a terrible time for it, because not running makes me feel like I really really really need to watch what I eat... AND IT'S THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING. AND in addition to Thanksgiving proper, I have an Experimental Recipes Thanksgiving with at my boyfriend's brother's place on Wednesday AND my roommate is hosting a Friendsgiving on Saturday. ARG.

MOON: Better to let it heal completely!

JENN: You're right. Better to let it heal than mess it all up further. But I hate the way not exercising feels.

MOON: There's always ballet!

JENN: Sure, but my foot's so messed up I can only do floor barre and I can't do any jumping or turning, which is the most cardio-intensive part.

Basically I'm just whining. All I can really do is try not to go overboard on food and wait for my foot to feel normal. If it isn't showing marked improvement in a week, I may even go to a doctor... but if it gets to that point, I'm kinda scared...

MOON: I didn't exercise yesterday at all and it felt really weird. Not to mention exercise keeps me saneee. But I'm sure once you start running again you'll be even faster. Taking a break might not be such a bad thing.

JENN: We'll see. Oh well. I am thankful. I am thankful that it isn't worse.

MOON: I know it sucks when you're literally surrounded by food and awkward family situations, but you're a lovely lady and your foot will be better soon!

JENN: <3

And on that downer note: roundup!

- Back at Square Zero points out that photography can be deceiving.
- Running at Disney discusses the fine art of tapering.
- Fairytales & Fitness try some holiday flavors of running fuel.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW powers through the rough runs.
- Making your winter Disney packing list with the Disney Tourist Blog.
- Davelandblog features a photo that makes my Turner Classic Movies-loving heart glow.
- Frontierland Station has the lowdown on World Showcase's holiday entertainment.
- Theme Park Insider demonstrates how to take on carnival games - and WIN.

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!