Yes, that would be Reykjavik in ICELAND. Woo!
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Yes, that would be Reykjavik in ICELAND. Woo!
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Downhill@Dawn Half Marathon
June 1, 2013 6:01am start
NOTE: for only the race details, head over to: http://thirteenhalfmarathonsin2013.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/7-race-report-downhill-at-dawn-half-marathon
This is a smaller local race, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. The Ridgecrest facility seemed very nice, with plenty of parking. Packet pickup was quick and unremarkable, with friendly volunteers providing the gear.
I’ve read that some people find the Admiral to be overpriced, and I admit, it wasn’t inexpensive, but the food quality was really good in my opinion. For cocktails I tried their “dark and stormy”, I believe they make the ginger beer (or maybe source it locally, can’t recall) and it was a really great ginger flavor. Also I enjoyed their Pom & Prosecco drink, with pomegranate juice and a tasty mint garnish. Appetizers were an grilled octopus with sweet onion and pineapple relish over mixed greens and a ravioli dish- slightly al dente with a little crisp on edges, mushrooms, peas, creamy sauce. Both were delicious.
My entree was seared sea scallops with coconut curry sauce and couscous. The flavors were very delicate and tender, highly enjoyable. I also tried the pork tenderloin, served with mushrooms, a smoky sauce, and micro greens and it too was very tasty. Finally, I couldn’t resist tasting the lavender and lemongrass brûlée with sea salt. Unfortunately, this was a little bit of a let-down for me as I couldn’t taste lemongrass and the carmelized sugar on top overwhelmed the lavender flavor entirely.
Although I highly enjoyed my dinner, I woke at 11:45pm to stomach pains. My abdomen had an acid burning feeling that persisted and for the rest of the night I couldn’t sleep more than 20 minutes at a time. By wake-up time of 4am, it was almost a relief to stop trying to rest. The stomach upset prevented me from eating all of my breakfast, and once I was up, my sinuses began to drain, causing sneezing fits.
The race began on time and was indeed mostly downhill. It took about 4 miles before my stomach settled down. I enjoyed some of the mountain views, and the mostly quiet course. I was very happy that they had bananas available at mile 8, because my stomach didn’t think that a gel was a very good idea. For anyone thinking this course is all downhill, be warned that it is definitely not. There were a few hills near the end, and right before the finish line, we turned into a parking lot and had to run a short distance up a hill before the final short stretch over the timing mat. The announcer at the finish was very enthusiastic and did a great job of encouraging spectators to help cheer the runners in. I watched one lady coming up to the finish and suddenly burst into a faster happy run, and thought to myself “wow, she’s pretty excited to be done” – but then I saw a man waiting with a sign that read “Marry Me” and all was clear.
Despite all the less-than-stellar physical stuff, I did have a decent race – this wasn’t one of my best, but it really wasn’t too bad. I would consider returning another year because running through the trees as the sky lightens really was very pretty and pleasant.
Happily, we were able to get a late checkout from the hotel, so we had plenty of time to shower and rest a bit before heading to the Tupelo Honey Cafe for some lunch. It was pretty crowded and we had to wait a while, but finally I was able to order a grilled cheese sandwich. This was not just any grilled cheese mind you, this one had havarti, pimento cheese, ham, maple peppered bacon, and fried green tomato inside. Also, I sampled a jalapeno glazed pork ribeye dish that was very tasty. As I was celebrating that I’m over halfway done with my thirteen half marathons for the year, I had a glass of Prosecco and that was a very generous pour! I’ve been happy with the food each time I’ve been to the restaurant and recommend it.
Next in the series:
The Scream! Half Marathon
Another short & sweet race report, to read up about #5 in my series of 13 half marathons for 2013, go over to http://thirteenhalfmarathonsin2013.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/5-race-report-charlotte-racefest-half-marathon and find out all about it!
Old School Diner
Harris Neck Rd.
Townsend, GA 31331
NOTE: use GPS coordinates to reach destination accurately 31.62525, -81.29587
Also, CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday, check for current hours.
My research sugggested that this restaurant was a real local treasure – and not something you would just stumble on right off the interstate. Indeed on approaching the parking lot, some of the unique aspects were immediately visible. The location is about 7 miles detour after exiting I-95, and it’s easy to miss the purple sign directing you to turn onto a gravel road. I’m not sure why, but the parking area is covered in carpet scraps and there is definitely an alert little dog that barks at all visitors.
I was traveling with a small dog, so asked if sitting outside would be okay. Initially, I brought the little dog into “the gazebo” area – a screened porch, but then was told that the dog needed to stay outside. However, there was no problem backing my vehicle close to the gazebo and leaving the door open so I could keep an eye on the dog through the windows. I asked our friendly server for recommendations, and was immediately answered enthusiastically with “The wheelchair!”. This is a huge platter, with whatever the chef feels like putting on it for the day, plus sides for each individual. What the heck, it’s the house specialty, so I agreed.
I knew it would be a lot of food, and a lot of fried food and my expectations were fully met. There were ribs, fried oysters, hushpuppies, fried catfish (I think, it was a white fish), fried shrimp (both butterflied and not), crab cakes that might have been flash fried, and for sides we chose french fries and a sweet potato. This platter was accompanied with some tartar sauce and barbecue sauce, which I believe were both made in-house. I really liked the barbecue sauce, just the right combination of sweet and hot for my taste. Of the fried fare, I enjoyed the oysters and shrimp the most and both were great dipped in either sauce.
As the food was served, Chef Jerome came out to greet us with a big welcome and hugs, making sure we had everything we needed. Their strategy of “welcome home” really did make you feel special.
The wheelchair platter for two was $45 – was it worth it? Well, it definitely was a lot of food and nothing was bad. I wasn’t blown away exactly, but I’m not sure there is much fried food that could do that. I know that if I lived in the area, this could only be a once-in-a-while stop but that’s my own penchant for healthier fare. The friendly service and welcoming atmosphere did make me feel like the experience was something special – definitely worth doing.
Skippers Fish Camp
85 Screven Street
I was traveling with a small dog, so my restaurant options were more limited than usual, but I’ve read good things about Skippers Fish Camp online, so I gave it a try. The restaurant is in a beautiful lakeside location, however small biting bugs were out in force, so patio dining would have been quite uncomfortable. Fortunately, the restaurant was willing to allow use of a partially screened porch area on the “oyster bar” side so that I could keep the little dog with me.
For starters, I found the cream-based crab stew to be very very bland, definitely in need of more seasoning, but on the plus side, chock full of crab. The pancetta-wrapped scallops were also a bit disappointing, but in this case the pancetta was so salty it completely overwhelmed the taste of the scallops. When I pulled the pancetta off, and ate just the scallop, it was cooked well – nice and tender, and sweetly delicious. The accompanying hushpuppy was nothing special, just average. I doctored the soup with some black pepper and pieces of pancetta, but it was still pretty bland.
The area is known for the sweet Georgia shrimp, so for the main, I tried the peel-and-eat shrimp in a spicy garlic sauce. These were indeed tasty (messy for sure), but oddly much harder to peel than I expected. I don’t claim to be an expert shrimp-peeler, but I haven’t had such difficulty in the past- these shells were really stuck!
For road food, it was enjoyable enough and the people were very pleasant so overall, I approve – though I am unlikely to make a point of returning.