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RAD Recap for March 23, 2014

Well I’m sad to say that my birthday week is coming to an end…it’s been quite a fun celebration this year 🙂  My week started with a visit from my Mom that was filled with great food and relaxation!  Throughout the week I took some time for myself and also had quite a few celebrations.  A fun thing about my birthday is that I share the day with my good friend Kat.  Needless to say we shared many drinks and cakes…


To end out a great week, my Dad and Stepmom visited this weekend for more good food and a lot of laughs.  I’m so grateful to have wonderful friends and family in my life to spend this time with and who love to eat as much as I do.  That really is what’s important in life, isn’t it?

This week on RAD, Hannah stopped by with some lessons she learned from the WDW Marathon this year.  She has so many great tips about listening to your body and making tough choices.


Also this week the Disney Fit Challenge went on sale and as you can imagine, I’m seriously excited about it.  I’ve made the decision to sit out of the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler this year and to compete in the scaled division of this event.  Disney + Barbells = Awesome in my book!


Coming up this week is the on sale for the Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, which I’m pretty sure will sell out VERY quickly so be ready!  I’ll have all the details for you Tuesday morning.  Also coming up this week are some great travel tips for race day and a look at the ChEAR Squad at runDisney events!

As for me, I think I need a detox from the mass amounts of butter, cupcakes and wine I have consumed this week.  It’s been a blast, but I need to get myself back in gear.  Well maybe not quite yet…


Have a great week and make sure to check out some exciting news I’ll be sharing over on RAD Living this week.  It’s going to be life changing!

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RAD Recap for February 16, 2014

Are you all in a candy coma from Valentine’s Day?  I’m in a bit of a cupcake coma and I think it’s about time for a detox.  It’s just so hard to resist when you have an amazing cupcake place in town…plus they won Cupcake Wars!


This has been a week of recovery and reflection.  I know I’ve hinted that there has been a lot going on with me and I finally decided to open up about it on RAD Living today….the good and the bad.  Thank you to everyone for your love and support…I’m humbled and forever grateful.

Looking ahead, I am excited about Princess Half Marathon Weekend coming up!  It is the perfect time to get away for some fun and I’m even more excited that B is coming with me.  We both need to escape the cold weather and all of the heartache of the past few weeks…what better place to do that then at Walt Disney World?!

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This week on RAD began with a look at the Dopey Challenge by Sparkly Runner Sarah, who also has some great tips on how to run these races smart!

Expo purchases

Registration opened this week for the 2014 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler in October.  It looks like the races haven’t reached 50% capacity yet, so there is still time to get in!

Finisher Photo

The second Wednesday of the month means it’s time for another fun game of Kill, Refurb, Marry!  This month’s theme was Live Musicals in the Parks.  I’d love to hear what your picks would be!


And finally, I put together all of the info you will need to navigate Princess Half Marathon Weekend, including corral assignments, course maps, transportations times…you name it!  These race weekends can get overwhelming, so I hope having everything in one place helps!  Who will be picking up these beauties next weekend?!?


And please don’t forget…If you see me around next weekend, STOP ME AND SAY HI!  One of my favorite things about race weekends is getting to meet so many new people and put faces to the names I have been chatting with online for so long.  Tweet me, send me a Facebook message, or reach out on Instagram.  I will be all over the World and would love to meet up!

Have a great week and thank you again to everyone for your love and support…I’ll never be able to express how much this has all meant to me and my family 🙂

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Friday Feast: Landscape of Flavors

Walt Disney World’s newest resort, Art of Animation, has received a lot of praise for it’s affordable family suites, detailed theming and giant pools, all of which are amazing.  But today, I want to focus on the food there.  It’s no secret that I prefer table service meals to giant food courts, but the unique offerings at Landscape of Flavors sucked me in!


B and I went for lunch one afternoon and as is typical for a value resort food court, it was crowded and loud!  I thought B was going to turn around and run from the restaurant.  But since he’s such an awesome husband, he stayed so I could take all of these awesome photos for you 🙂

The dining room is vast and has 4 different themed areas based on the 4 areas featured at the resort: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.  The space is quite beautiful, so make sure to take some time to look around…especially check out the light fixtures!

Finding Nemo Dining Area

Finding Nemo Dining Area

There are four main food stations set up for lunch and dinner and the choices are quite overwhelming.  I have to say that it took us a while to finally decide what we were getting…everything looked so good!

Salads & Sandwiches


Compared to other WDW sandwich offerings, these looked to be a step above the rest.  I think this mainly had to do with the bread.  The ciabatta for the caprese looked delicious!  The salad bar is huge and gives a TON of ingredients to choose from.

Create-Your-Own-Salad Bar

Create-Your-Own Salad Bar

And don’t forget the homemade kettle chips.  Oh man do I love me some kettle chips!

Mmmmmm...Kettle Chips!

Mmmmmm…Kettle Chips!

Pizza & Pasta


Being from the Northeast, I tend to skip over all WDW pizza, but the Create-Your-Own Pasta bar looked intriguing.  Here you choose your pasta, add other ingredients like shrimp, chicken sausage, or veggies, and then you have it mixed all together with either pesto, tomato or Alfredo sauce (or all three!).

The Disney Food Blog has been raving about the Cheesy Pesto Bread at this station lately.  This is more of that yummy ciabatta bread simply topped with pesto and mozzarella.  You really can’t go wrong with that!  And it’s a great value at $4.99 or for 1 snack credit if you’re on the dining plan.  I’m going to have to try this next time.

Cheesy Pesto Bread Photo Source: Disney Food Blog

Cheesy Pesto Bread
Photo Source: Disney Food Blog



I love that you can customize your burgers here!  Avocado on a burger…where else can you get that on WDW property?!  There are also come interesting options here including the Surf and Surf Burger, which is a crab cake topped with popcorn shrimp.  That’s a whole bunch of fried deliciousness.  Or you can try the pastrami cheeseburger, but make sure to schedule an angioplasty for the following week 😉

Oh so many burgers...

Oh so many burgers…

B ordered just a basic cheeseburger topped with tomato.  He said the burger was nice and charred, but I’m more impressed with that bun.  Seriously, I think I have a bread obsession…

Burger & Fries

Burger & Fries

And if the fries weren’t enough, B also got an order of kettle chips…I mean really, how could you pass those up?!



Tandoori & Mongolian Grill

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Now this is the station I was looking forward to!!  I was just having a serious problem deciding what to get.  I originally ordered the chicken thighs, but then switched to the fish.  I don’t recall what the actual fish was, but it was a light, white fish with a butter sauce.  This comes with a choice of rice, I went with the multigrain, naan bread and a choice of one side.  I chose lentils for my side and also got an extra dish of spinach paneer (indian cheese), which is one of my favorite dishes.  Some other options are cauliflower, steamed veggies or acorn squash.

Mongolian Fish and Sides

Mongolian Fish and Sides

Spinach Paneer

Spinach Paneer

As with everything here, this was made fresh to order so I had to wait around 10 minutes for everything to be complete.  So worth the wait!  This was seriously one of the best meals that I have had on property, signature dining included!  Now I just wish the dining room wasn’t so loud so I could’ve savored it.

Desserts & Beverages

There are TONS of grab-and-go desserts here.  Cupcakes, pastries, mini-cheesecakses…you name it!


Pastries and Cookies

Wall O Cupcakes!!

Wall O Cupcakes!!

Assorted Cheesecake Bites

Assorted Cheesecake Bites

There is also a gelato bar here…that’s right, a gelato bar!!  This seriously kicks this counter service us a notch.

Gelato Bar!

Gelato Bar!

On top of the usual fountain beverage station, there are also many unique beers and wines you can choose from.  A great option if you’re looking to relax by the pool.

Beer & Wine Selection

Beer & Wine Selection

Smoothie Bar

And now my favorite thing about Landscape of Flavors…the smoothie bar.  I love smoothies!  I have one everyday for breakfast, so you can just imagine how excited I was when I discovered this.  This was the perfect fuel when I ran the Wine & Dine Half Marathon last year.  You can be sure I will be back for another one this year!

Smoothie Bar!

Smoothie Bar!

Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothie Ingredients

Mango, Blueberry, Banana Deliciousness!

Mango, Blueberry, Banana Deliciousness!

And lastly, I don’t want to forget the staff.  They were all very helpful in answering questions about the dishes (particularly at the Tandoori station) and I just love the colorful costumes 🙂


I know I will definitely be back for more Mongolian fish and spinach paneer, but it will be hard to convince B to go with me.  The place is VERY chaotic, so just be prepared for that.

Have you been to Landscape of Flavors?  What’s your favorite dish?