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|January 8, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW Marathon Weekend|
What would a Disney race weekend be with out a heat advisory??? With temps having been around freezing in Orlando this week, this is a little hard to believe, but alas it is true. runDisney has issued the following statement:
Jon Hughes, Race Director, and Dr. James Scelfo, Medical Director, would like to welcome you to the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. As the runDisney team makes final preparations, we want to remind you of important weather related preparations and information.
Due to warmer weather than anticipated, we encourage all participants to closely monitor their pace and not overextend. This may not be the event to attempt your personal best. We encourage you to be well-hydrated prior to the races and maintain fluid status with alternating water and electrolyte based hydration options throughout your race and entire race weekend. Slow down and ask for assistance at any signs of heat illness. Heed these warnings seriously.
Please review the race program for more details, but as a reminder all medical stations will have the appropriate flag color displayed according to existing heat conditions:
- GREEN FLAG – Good conditions. Enjoy the event but stay alert.
- YELLOW FLAG – Less than ideal conditions. Participants with high risk of heat stroke should withdraw.
- RED FLAG – Potentially dangerous conditions. Heat injury is possible. All participants urged to slow their pace and hydrate adequately.
- BLACK FLAG – Extreme and dangerous conditions. All participants advised not to compete. Course may be shortened and no times recorded.
All of us at runDisney hope you have a safe, magical run. See you at Epcot®!
Looking at Weather.com, temps will be increasing through Saturday and then dropping back down again for Sunday. Good news for all you marathoners.
While the temps don’t seem all that high, you have to factor in the 85% and higher humidity and it can be down right oppressive. Just remember to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE and take it easy during the day. Don’t go crazy with park touring!
Good luck out there!!!
|July 12, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Dining, Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Friday Feast|
To say that I’m getting excited for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is an understatement. It is by far my favorite time of year. I mean really, combining Disney with food is my idea of paradise!
A few weeks ago, Disney Every Day reported on some new food items that will be added to the menu this year and there are a few that I haven’t stopped thinking about. Then earlier today, The Disney Food Blog announced four more new items…yay! There are also a few old favorites that I’ve been dying to sink my teeth into again, so let’s take a look…
Well my number one favorite item at the festival has to be the Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from the South Korea booth. This dish is so flavorful and is incredibly filling for a small plate. It’s actually also pretty healthy among all of the items available at the festival. I’m a little nervous that it won’t be making a return this year because a Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce and Kimchi has been announced as a new item there. I will be devastated if this is the case…
Last year I discovered the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies at the Australia booth and fell in love. Now I’m not a big lamb fan, but this was out of this world. The combination of the mint and the salty potato chips was incredible. I think I probably had at least 6 of these over the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend…they were the perfect post-race snack!!
The Florida Local Booth was new last year, but it had two wonderful dishes that I also had multiples of. First was the Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro, which was both refreshing and spicy. I also really enjoyed the White Corn Arepa with Mangalitsa Pork Rilette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad. This wasn’t a hit with a lot of people, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I’m just a sucker for anything that has pork in it.
Since they like to change up the menu at the festival, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to get all of my favorite dishes again this year 🙁 But thankfully, some of the new items that have been announced look amazing. First thing I’m dying to try is the Seared Trout with Frisee, Bacon and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette from the Canada booth. Whoa…what is not to love about that?!?
Austraila looks like it’s going to have another winner on its hands with the addition of Garlic Shrimp served with what looks to be broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes. Well all of that is sure to go very well with the Grilled Lamb Chop and maybe a nice glass of Pinot Noir.
The newly announced Lemongrass Curry Chicken from the Singapore booth sounds very promising, as long as it’s not overpoweringly spicy. Also, the new for 2013 Scotland booth has a cocktail that I must try. The Loch Lomond Cocktail which is Scotch, Drambuie and Dry Vermouth sounds delicious!
Well now you know what I’m most looking forward too…can you blame me? Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival starts in only 77 days, but who’s counting?? 🙂
What is your favorite item at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival? What new items are you looking forward to trying?
|July 20, 2012||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Dining, Friday Feast|
I recently visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort for the first time and I can’t say enough good things about the resort. The beach side setting is stunningly gorgeous and there are so many activities to keep all ages entertained during their stay. And let’s not forget about the restaurants…oh boy is there some tasty food!
One afternoon, our group decided to head over the The Green Cabin Room for some drinks and appetizers. A storm was rolling in, so we figured this would be a great place to kill some time after spending the morning on the beach. The bar is located on the second floor of the main building at the resort and is named and themed after a ship wreck off the coast of Vero Beach. The whole room is very welcoming with dark woods and cozy areas to sit, and there are tons of artifacts displayed along the walls.
On the ceiling above the bar, there is an amazing mural that is supposed to look like an old, weathered treasure map of Florida. Don’t forget to look up when you’re checking out all of the details!
While the inside is really nice, the covered deck outside is the real gem of The Green Cabin Room. Here you have a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and it is the perfect place to relax and watch a mid-day storm.
We ordered drinks while we perused the menu and I decided to go with a margarita, which is my go-to vacation beverage. The menu here is mainly made up of various appetizers, but there is a burger and some flatbreads if you are looking for something a little more substantial.
We decided to get a bunch of appetizers for the table and all share so we could sample different things. First we have the Chicken Wings in a Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and the Barbecue Flatbread with Red Onion, Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro. I was skeptical about the wings since I am a classic buffalo wing gal, but they were delicious. They were very crispy and the sauce was a nice combination of sweet and spicy. The flatbread was another winner. All of the flavors went really well together. My friend Amanda had a bad experience with the Four-Cheese Flatbread here before, so we were all a little skeptical going in and thankfully were pleasantly surprised. (Read Amanda’s review here)
Next up we have the Southwestern Eggroll and the Caribbean Conch Fritters, both served with a Cilantro Cream Sauce. I’m not a huge fan of southwestern eggrolls, but this was pretty good. The outside was crispy and the black beans and veggies inside were seasoned really well. The conch fritters on the other hand were out of this world. I had never had a conch fritter before (which is apparently blasphemy to my Floridian friends) and I had no idea what to expect. Let’s just say they are little fried balls of corn and seafood deliciousness. The cilantro cream was a great dipping sauce and offset the little bit of heat that was in the fritters. These were so good in fact, that we ordered a second plate. I sure have been missing out!
And last, but certainly not least, I ordered the Crab Cakes with Crunchy Slaw and Chipotle Aioli. This was my favorite out of all the dishes. These were all crab with very little filler. They were super crispy on the outside and light and moist on the inside. The slaw was refreshing and the aioli had a nice smoky flavor with a slightly spicy kick to it.
This was a great lunch/mid-day snack. Not only was the food good, but the beautiful setting made it even more enjoyable. Oh and the company…that really was the BEST part!
I can’t wait to return to Vero Beach and check out The Green Cabin Room again. Hopefully next time I can catch some of the live music they have there Wednesdays – Saturdays!
Have you ever visited The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort? What did you think?