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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 24, 2013

Big news was announced this week from runDisney about the all new Dopey Challenge taking place of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in 2014.  This challenge consists of 4 races and 48.6 miles over 4 days.  The running elite are lining up to take on this challenge, but I know it’s not it my future.  Is it in yours?

A Dopey way to celebrate my birthday ;)

A Dopey way to celebrate my birthday 😉

It’s been a busy week for me, but I managed to take a little time to get personal on RAD. A refreshing way to celebrate my 33 birthday 🙂  I don’t know about you, but my birthday is always a strange time for me.  I usually do a lot of reflecting (obviously from my birthday post) and try not to make a huge deal out of it.  I’m not great at being the center of attention so I always find all the birthday wishes a little uncomfortable, even though I secretly love it.  Oh and the gifts…that’s always fun too.  Full birthday recap coming tomorrow.

Anyway, here’s all that’s been going on if you missed it:

Kind of a slow week for me, but there was a lot going on around the blogosphere.  Check out some of the RAD Reads I found:

Running & Fitness Posts
Living the Magical Life has some really fun Disney running mantras!

Carrots n Cake shares how she has fallen in and out of love with running…I struggle with this ALL this time!

i Get Skinny set a new goal this week with running, meal prep and clean eating…yeah!!  Now she’s lost 6 pounds in 3 days…go girl!

Fit2Flex shares her journey to a sub-2 half marathon…oh how I hope to get here some day!

Disney Posts
Inside the Magic reports on the MyMagic+ upgrade for annual passholders at WDW and the new MagicBand preview.  Personally, I found all of the historical items on display way more interesting!

Imagineering Disney has some amazing photos of the Liberty Square construction at WDW.

WDW for Grownups compare the recreation options at the various WDW resorts.  I really need to check out those tiny boats one day!

This Happy Place Blog tackles my constant dilema of visiting old favorite or new restaurants when on a WDW vacation!  What to do?!?!

Disney Every Day takes a tour of the new Rapunzel bathroom/rest area in WDW’s Fantasyland…those are some fancy bathrooms!

Weekly Review
Another not so stellar week, but I blame my cold earlier in the week and my birthday.  Yes, I’m finding excuses and I hate that.  Blech.  Here’s my week and a always you can see my full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Still Sick
Monday: CrossFit: Dead Lifts, Strict Press, Push Ups & Jump Rope
Tuesday: Rest (unplanned, but crazy sore from heavy DLs)
Wednesday: Birthday Rest
Thursday: CrossFit: Split Jerks, Rowing, Rope Slams
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Monday’s WOD was crazy hard and I definitely used too much weight for the dead lifts.  I actually felt like I was going to puke about halfway through the WOD but I pushed through.  My lower back was incredibly sore the following day so I decided to take a few days off so as not to push it.  I LOVE dead lifts, but I really have to watch myself because I have a tendency to over do it.  The head coach did manage to get this pic of me…I make ridiculous faces!

Starting a 178# Dead Lift

Starting a 178# Dead Lift
Seriously…what’s with that face?!

I don’t know what’s going on, but I really need to snap out of this funk.  I’m forcing myself to get out there and put in at least 4 miles today…this needs to happen.  Then Chocolate Chili and Smoky Corn Chowder are on the menu as part of my meal prep for the week.  Also 3 days of CrossFit need to happen for the week…NO EXCUSES!

What are your goals for the week?

Friday Feast: Guinness Beef Stew

GBSIn the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day last Sunday, I decided to make my most favorite Guinness Beef Stew.  Yes you heard that right…Guinness + Beef + 2 hours = CRAZY GOOD!

I first found this recipe about 8 years ago while searching the Food Network website for a yummy dish to impress B when we were first dating.  Awwww so cute!  It was an instant hit and I’ve been making it a few times a year ever since.  I’ve made a few minor changes to the original recipe, but for the most part it’s the same.  I just like to use 1 pot instead of a skillet and a pot…the less clean up the better!

Ingredients

2 pounds stewing beef (get grass-fed beef!)
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons tomato paste, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
1 1/4 cups Guinness (drink the rest of the bottle!)
2 cups largely diced carrots
Sprig of fresh thyme or a palmful of dried thyme
Chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions

Trim the meat of any fat or gristle, and cut into 2-inch cubes.  (Get the butcher to do this for you to save some time!) In a small bowl, toss beef with 1 tablespoon of the oil, flour, salt, pepper and cayenne.

Stew Beef Seasoned with Flour & Spices

Stew Beef Seasoned with Flour & Spices

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a dutch oven over high heat. Brown the meat on all sides.  Do this in 2 batches to get a good sear.

Searing Beef

Searing Beef

Reduce the heat, add the onions, crushed garlic and tomato paste to the skillet, cover, and cook gently for 5 minutes.

Beef with Onions & Tomato Paste

Beef with Onions & Tomato Paste

Pour Guinness into the pot and scraped all of the yummy browned bits from the bottom.

Mmmmm...Guinness

Mmmmm…Guinness

Add the carrots and thyme. Stir and adjust seasonings.

Ready for a long simmer!

Ready for a long simmer!

Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat, or in a 300 degree F oven until the meat is tender, 2 to 3 hours. Garnish the beef with parsley and serve.

YUM!!

YUM!!

When the stew is finished, adjust the seasoning again.  I find that it always needs salt.  I like to serve my stew with simple boiled potatoes tossed in butter.  You can’t get more simple than that!

Potatoes and the best Kerrygold butter!

Potatoes and the best Kerrygold butter!

You can serve the stew immediately, which is good but it is actually MUCH better the next day after the flavors have had time to marry together.  B actually likes to eat his cold with feta cheese…crazy Mediterraneans 😉

This recipes is so simple and is sure to be a big hit for whoever you make it for.  Or you can just save it all for yourself…I wouldn’t blame you.

DELISH!!

DELISH!!

Friday Feast on Saturday: Raglan Road

Today is a special edition of the Friday Feast on Saturday!  Ok I’m lying…I couldn’t get it together to post this yesterday, so it’s going up today.  Special edition sounds so much more fun!

I’ve been talking about healthy foods at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Friday Feast for the past 2 weeks and recapping the Healthy Living Summit all this week…notice the healthy theme.  Well for all of you that like to indulge in the “not so healthy” options every now and then, you’re in luck because we’re switching gears today and visiting Raglan Road to try some of their heartier dishes.

Located in the (now defunct) Pleasure Island section of Downtown Disney, Raglan Road is one of my favorite restaurant in all of Walt Disney World.  This restaurant holds a special place in my heart because it was the first full service restaurant B and I ate at on his first trip to the World in 2007.  This past May we returned here for a quick lunch on the last of our trip before heading to the airport, and let’s just say we ordered some less than healthy options.

I first want to show you some of the amazing decor.  The entire restaurant was built in Ireland and shipped in pieces to Downtown Disney.  The dark wood and stained glass detailing are absolutely stunning.  It is incredibly warm and inviting making this Irish girl feel right at home.  In the evenings, there is live Irish music and dance performances.  It is very high energy and a lot of fun!  Fair warning it can be loud, so if you’re looking for a nice quiet spot for dinner, this might not be it.  This is why lunch is a good option, you get all the atmosphere in a more peaceful setting.

Gorgeous Stained Glass

A Small Part of the GIANT Bar

Raglan Road Interior

Music Stage

The lunch menu is a nice variety of lighter salads and sandwiches, plus the traditional hearty Irish fare like Shepard’s Pie, Fish & Chips, and Bangers & Mash.

Who’s that handsome guy in the background?? 🙂
Click here to view the full menu

I started with a Half and Half, which is half Harp and half Guinness.  This is one of my favorite beers because you get the bitterness from the Guinness followed by the refreshing Harp.  Delish!  I opted for the soup of the day for my appetizer, which was wild mushroom.  I seriously could have eaten a whole bucket of this.  It was rich, creamy and oh so good.  It was topped with some fried onions and had a puff pastry stick on the side for dipping.

Half and Half

Wild Mushroom Soup
This photo does not do it justice

For our main dishes, B went for the Beefy Briskey sandwich, minus the horseradish cream.  He substituted Irish cheddar instead.  This was a monster of a sandwich and it lived up to it’s beefy name.  The brisket was actually quite moist and the tangy cheddar was a nice addition.  It also came with a giant pail of fries and a tiny little salad.

Beefy Brisket Sandwich

I went for one of my favorite all time dishes, Fish & Chips.  I always enjoy the Fish & Chips over at Rose & Crown in Epcot, but I must say that this blows it out of the water.  The batter was light and crispy…perfect to be soaked in lemon and malt vinegar!  I also really like their chips very crunchy.

Fish & Chips

I was stuffed, but B wanted to try dessert.  He went with the Bailey’s Creme Brûlée Tart…I mean, how can you go wrong with that?!?  I of course had a bite.  The Bailey’s flavor was nice, but overall it was entirely too sweet for me.  However, I’m not much of a dessert person, but I might not be the best judge here.

Bailey’s Creme Brûlée Tart

Raglan Road seems to be a place that we gravitate towards for a nice quiet lunch, usually on the last day of our trip.  The food is always good and the friendly atmosphere makes you feel right at home.  I’d highly recommend it next time you are in the World.

In October, I’m very excited to have booked a culinary demonstration with Raglan Road’s Chef Kevin Dundon during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.  Stay tuned for a full review of that coming up!

Have you been to Raglan Road?

Updated Course Map Released for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon

An updated course map was recently released for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon taking place on November 10, 2012.  Most of the course is the same, except for the finish line.

The race begins at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 10:00 pm.  Runners will get familiar with Osceola Parkway on the way to Animal Kingdom and then back as they head towards Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The last few miles are ran around Crescent Lake and then the course goes into Epcot…yes, I said INTO Epcot.  This is very exciting because last year’s finish was very anti-climactic as it went from Crescent Lake, through the backstage of Future World and into the Epcot parking lot.  Runners didn’t get a chance to run through Epcot and there was a very limited area for spectators at the finish line.  Spectators are a huge part of racing and really help to encourage the racers.  Having the course go through Epcot will now allow for that big finish that had been lacking in this race.

This will be my first time running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon and I’m really excited for the changes that have been made.  It’s great to know that Disney is making improvements to this race every year and listening to the feedback from both the runners and the spectators.  Now, can we get some Guinness at the finish line? 😉

As of July 9th, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon was 86% full.  If you’re interested in running, register now!

What do you think of the changes to the course for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon?

Friday Feast: Rose & Crown, A Great Post Race Meal

Even before I ran the Princess Half Marathon, I knew I wanted to eat at the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room after the race.  I figured a good pint and some fish & chips would really hit the spot after burning over 3,000 calories.  And boy was I right…I had a GREAT meal!

I had made 4:15 reservations figuring we’d all be famished at that point.  I was showered, had a nice nap, and was ready for a beer!  We had a party of 6, but 2 were yet to arrive.  Generally Disney won’t seat you until your whole party has arrived, but after some begging and flashing our new race medals, the wonderful hostesses sat us in the dining room.  We were originally taken to a table outside on the coveted back patio, but it was a bit chilly and windy so we asked to move inside.  If it was closer to Illuminations time, I might have braved the cold.

Rose & Crown has a nice selection of English and Irish beers on tap.  I’m an Irish girl, so I decided to go with a Half & Half, which is Harp on the bottom and Guinness on the top.  I love this drink, but that day, it was by far the most delicious thing I had ever tasted.  Needless to say, I had 2 throughout the course of the meal.

Half & Half

Rose & Crown Drink Menu

Since we were all famished, we ordered some appetizers while we waited for our friends.  We first started with the Trio of United Kingdom Cheeses and Pan-roasted Mussels with Tomato, Herbs and a Bass Ale Reduction for the table.  YAY more beer!  Sadly, the mussels are no longer on the menu, which was changed in March 2012.  You can see the new menu here, but I was able to find a version of the menu we had over on the Disney Food Blog.

Old Rose & Crown Dinner Menu

Cheese Plate

Mussels

The cheeses were a great accompaniment to the beer.  I wish I wrote down what they were, but I know there was a cheddar and a blue on there.  They were paired with a few chutneys and caramelized onions, which I loved.  The mussels were definitely my favorite.  They were nice and large and had a great flavor from being roasted.  My only gripe is that there wasn’t enough of the Bass Ale sauce to dip my bread in!

Halfway through the appetizers, my friend John decided he also wanted a Scotch Egg.  If you’re not familiar with this, a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, which is then deep fried.  Interesting, right?  I HATE hard-boiled eggs, but I do love sausage.  So I tried that with the mustard sauce and it was delicious!  John assured me that the egg was fantastic as well, but I just took his word for it.

Scotch Egg

Halfway through our appetizers, our other 2 friends arrived and we all promptly ordered our entrees.  I had the Fish and Chips of course since that’s what I was there for, and a few others got that as well.  Two members of our group are not big meat eaters and were having trouble finding something on the menu.  The only vegetable entree was a Vegetable Curry, but not everyone likes curry.  The ended up just getting a bowl of the Potato Leek Soup for their entree and some extra bread for the table.

Potato & Leek Soup

Fish & Chips

The review of the soup was just so so.  They said it was very thin and not the thick creamy soup you think of with potato & leek.  Maybe this is why it is now off of the new menu…  My Fish & Chips on the other hand were fantastic!  I poured malt vinegar all over that plate and went to town.  The fish was very crispy on the outside and light on the inside.  The chips were also very good and similar to what I’ve had in England.  I devoured the whole plate and probably could’ve had more.

Overall, I was very happy with my meal at Rose & Crown and it was just what I was looking for after running 13.1 miles that morning.  Some of my friends weren’t too thrilled with the menu selection, but it’s not for everyone.  Make sure to check out the menu before you go, but if you like good pub food, you will love this!  I know I’ll be there after my next Disney race.

Also, make sure to check out The Hat Lady while you’re there.  She performs in the pub side of the restaurant and is a lot of fun.  It’s a one of a kind act that won’t disappoint!

Me & the Hat Lady!