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Running into December

by Alaina on December 5, 2010 · 4 comments

What a fun, eventful weekend for David and I. Now that he has the evening shift during the week, he has Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday afternoons off. Yesterday I worked the 10a – 6:30p shift at the hotel. It was a busy day in the lobby with auditions going on and two weddings that night, but our desk was slightly less busy.

After work, David met me at the hotel and we headed to dinner on Newbury St. I had an Open Table gift card so we decided to go to Cafeteria on Newbury Street. I really like their simple American menu and the fact that their beef is grass fed. Their atmosphere is “tray chic.” (get it? Tray? Cafeteria? :-P) The booths and chairs are made of recycled cork and even their checks come out on cork boards.

To start, I had a bottle of Wachusett Blueberry beer. I was debating a salad, but decided against it since I had a BAS (Big A$$ Salad) at lunch.

For my meal I had the Whole Wheat Linguini with chicken. I had been to the restaurant last summer and I loved this meal, so this time I didn’t stray far from what I was used to. Next time I go, I’ll make it a point to be more adventurous.

It was equally as delicious as it was last time, although I would have liked it better if it wasn’t swimming in butter sauce (?). There was about half an inch of it left in the bowl after the pasta was gone. For dessert we split the pie of the day: Apple crumble.

It was warm and delicious with a side of vanilla bean ice cream.

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This morning David and I got up early and headed down to meet my parents at their house because we were joining them in the running of the Downtown Jingle 5k in Providence! This was the inaugural year of this race. There seem to have been a lot of first’s this year for Providence. Very exciting! Before we left, of course, we had our whole wheat toast with peanut butter and raisins and a cup of coffee.

My mom was certainly in the festive mood:

She and Dad were ready to go!

There was a large crowd (just over 2,000 people) but it was a lot of fun! Thankfully, although it was cold, there was no breeze, so the run was bearable. David and I got into the 9 mile pace crowd and we kept that up the whole way! The runners were also given jingle bells so that was all you heard running around downtown Providence. I loved it.

Time: 27:48
Pace: 8:59
Open Female: 220/781
Overall: 751/2099

David and I after the race

I always have that runners “glow”.

Dinner tonight we indulged in homemade cheeseburgers.

Mine was topped with ketchup, shredded mozzarella, spinach, onion, pickles and one slice of maple bacon. I enjoyed a glass of chardonnay. Because what goes better with a burger?

David and I also got our 2010 ornament from my parents! It’s Snoopy and Woodstock.

Hope everyone enjoyed their first weekend of December!! What are your plans for the holiday??

Oh, and all our shopping is done!! Thank you Amazon.com!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Grace December 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Alaina – this looks so fun! the Jingle Run!? :) what a great idea to have everyone running with jingle bells…


2 MelissaNibbles December 6, 2010 at 10:30 am

Great job in the 5k!
I haven’t been to Cafeteria yet and have been dying to try it. The pasta looks yummy.


3 Brittney December 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Nice 5K time! You’re about my pace :)
I laughed when I saw your beer! Wachusett isn’t too far from where I grew up and I remember those Wa-Wachusett ski commercials growing up!


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