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Great Orlando Beer Festival 2010

20 Apr

This past Saturday JC and I relived one of our early “dates” and had an amazing time. In 2009 shortly after we started dating we attended The Great Orlando Beer Festival at Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte. 2010’s edition was a month earlier, but was just as good. How it works is that you pay for entry and they give you a wristband and a small plastic cup.

You then walk to any of the many many small tents and have the smiling people from breweries and distributors fill up your cup. Then repeat. And boy did we repeat!

I don’t remember the whole day, I know it was fun and I know I had a LOT of great beer along with some not so great beer and it was a great time. Early in the day I decided to collect beer coasters and every booth that had them I grabbed one (or two if they were different) and put them in my cargo short pockets

When I got home later that day I was in for a big surprise! I ended up with TWELVE coasters. I really thought I had about five, but look at these beauties:

I also remember that there was a booth serving deep fried bacon tossed in hot sauce! Mmmmmmmmmm Beer & Bacon for the win!

So two years in a row we had a great time, which brings up a not so great drinking festival we went to at Cranes Roost, Wine Stock.

Wine Stock was set up the same way as Beer Fest with one major difference…Wine Styles (at Uptown Altamonte) was selling cases of all the wines that were available for testing. This meant less wines and a lot less product. Well before they ended they were running out of wine and the long lines meant that you spent so much time in line it was hard to get going. A sip of wine before standing in line for 10 minutes for another sip of wine just doesn’t cut it.

The Great Orlando Beer Festival did it right and we loved it! We’ll be checking it out again next year and I hope you do to!

Running…Part Three

26 Mar

So, since the last time I wrote about Running (Part 1 Part 2) I have had a setback. If you follow my Twitter (upper right corner of the page) you would know that already though! After our run near the Convention Center I had a couple days of bad pain in my left knee.

It made it difficult to walk, let alone run. We made an attempt a few days later and after nearly collapsing I took a seat and watched JC run a complete mile around Cranes Roost. By the time we got home it felt like my knee had exploded. JC helped me with a bag of ice and a pillow.

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Running…Part Two

14 Mar

So I told you last week JC and I have started doing some running and we have continued to run about every other day. We’ve run a few times at Cranes Roost Lake at Uptown Altamonte and once at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.

The weather in Orlando has been cold recently. REALLY cold! So most of our runs have been in sub 60 degree (or below) weather but last night we decided to run in spite of the weather. Cold, windy rain.

Because of the weather (and I4 traffic) we decided to run near the Orange County Convention Center (where I work) on Universal Boulevard. The rain was pretty bad at times and since it had been raining for two days there were some big puddles to fight.

We parked at the brand new Publix and ran down to Pointe Orlando and back. It would have been a great path if the sidewalk wasn’t missing in the middle (lame). We started by doing our alternating jogging/walking. This time doing 4 minutes of jogging and 3 minutes of walking, but on the way back we were soaked and ended up doing a lot more walking.

Our shoes were just soaked and got really heavy so we couldn’t really put as much jogging in as we would have liked to. The last time we went out we jogged a total of 21 minutes around Cranes Roost!

I still have some soreness and pain the day after our runs but overall I am feeling MUCH better about this whole running thing. Every time we run I feel like I can go a little further.

I don’t have anything to announce at this point, but we are definitely talking about doing some actual organized runs here later this year!