Monday was one of those days where I had a very “balanced blogger” type of day!
Note: big delicious dinners always go down easier after you burn a bunch of calories earlier that day ;)
Now I know this isn’t often possible, and I wouldn’t say I had a “great” time running that 10k…but it sure worked up my appetite!
Last year I ran the Tufts 10k for the first time, and at that time it was longest I had ever run before! My friend and I trained, and come race day I felt awesome! I took it easy, but felt great the whole time and it was at that moment I realized I could handle a half marathon if I wanted to! Which I did about 7 months later!
This year…not so much. I didn’t really train, no one came to watch me or run with me (thank goodness I had Elizabeth in the beginning!), and well…it was hot as balls!!
We would have a heat wave on Columbus Day wouldn’t we. So I took it easy, ran slow, stopped for water at every chance…to drink and to pour over myself. H.O.T. I was feeling OK until halfway through, then the heat was getting to me,I just didn’t feel so hot (pun intended), but luckily I did NOT eat a sticky bun prior to this race, so all I needed were some walking breaks…and walk I did!
I walked more in this race than any other…hell this felt harder than my half-marathon! But I did finish! :) Grabbed my WARM water and PowerAde (ew), pretzels, Luna bar, and dole fruit cup and headed to a shady spot on the lawn to cool down and stretch before heading home.
My time was 1:15:26, which is actually better than I was expecting considering all the walking I did…but the last thing I was looking for was a good time. I even forgot to stop my Garmin when I crossed the finish line haha!
All this sweating however worked in my favor when I arrived for a beautiful blogger dinner that evening at the new Kendal Square restaurant: Catalyst.
It’s amazing what a shower and some make-up can do!
It was a beautiful summery evening, and I immediately noticed their great outdoor space! I bet they get a great after-work crowd…but it was a holiday this night so it was on the quiet side…which was actually nice for a change.
The restaurant has a gorgeous large space! It appears as though they fitted out part of an office building!
There were many different stunning glass light fixtures throughout the restaurant.
And a fabulous bar area and lounge with an awesome fire place
Then the wait staff started bringing seemingly endless plates of almost every appetizer on the menu. A few of each for the 7 of us to share!
Chicken Liver Mousse, Pickled Onions, Country Bread, Herb Salad
Not a big fan of liver, but I gave it a try with the grilled bread and mustard! Pretty good! I probably wouldn’t order it but glad I tried it.
Seared Spice Crusted Hiramasa, Orange-Yuzu Syrup, Cucumber Radish Salad
This was a rare/raw very mild/fatty fish, and I thought it was really good with the syrup and the orange slices! I was surprised how much I liked this! Very light and refreshing.
Next course was soup!
Jerusalem "Sunchoke" Artichoke Soup, Lobster, Curry Oil, Creme Fraiche
We had it with no lobster (I believe someone had an allergy), and I actually had no idea there was curry oil on it until now! I didn’t taste curry at all (Thank god! I hate curry) but thought the soup was comforting and delicious. Creamy, but not heavy, and a strong artichoke flavor…so you really need to like artichokes for this. I bed the lobster would pair very well with it!
Pasta course was next and by FAR my favorites of the night!! I want to go back right now just for some of these delicious bites!
Wondering what those are?? I was for a second too, but then I remembered!!! My dad used to always dig out the oyster from the bottom of the chicken or turkey if we roasted one at home! He always said it was the most tender bite of meat in the whole bird :) I can’t believe I almost forgot…I haven’t heard their name in so long. This dish brought back great memories :)
By the way…DELIICOUS! The bacon and truffle butter made for a decadent taste.
This next pasta might tie with the chicken oyster pasta as my favorite dish of the night…
Georgia Candy Roaster Squash Tortellini, Braised Escarole, Parmesan
Seriously, nothing beats a good homemade pasta! These little purses of dough were filled with such a pure and naturally sweet tasting squash puree! They just melt in your mouth. The braised escarole had quite the butter bath, but in a totally yummy way :) And who doesn’t love cute little carrot balls!
I’m really REALLY glad I’ve gotten over my mushroom “issues” because man they are flavorful! I’m still not keen on biting into a big chunk, but the flavor they impart is incomparable.
We were all starting to get filled up fast at this point, and a couple people passed on these (more mushroom issues haha), so long story short I got to take home the extra…score!!
It was now that we realized there could be a number of main courses coming our way and we were already borderline full…so to save room for dessert we asked the chef to pair down the rest of the entrées.
We tried 2:
Chilled pork tenderloin with warm spices, honey, an apple and cilantro salad, and an apple puree.
Don’t let “chilled” turn you away, it was more room temp. Plus all the flavors and textures were amazing! The apple and cilantro were so great together. I really loved this dish.
I could hardly even muster a bite of the fish, but of course I did :)
If you go here, GET THIS!! OMG!! I don't think it would be something I would order just from reading the description but it’s incredible!!! Reminds me of my family’s butterscotch pie! I must try to make this one at home!!
This was a coconut cake, with creamsicle ice cream in the middle, and chocolate shell!
Full Disclosure: the meal was complimentary, however all opinions expressed are my own.