Happy Hump Day!
I have some very very exciting news for you all!
I’ve been given the opportunity to raffle off 2 FREE tickets for the Fit Foodie Run 5k in San Diego on Saturday October 22nd. This is a crazy good deal considering right now registration for the 5k is $55. More info below!
Before I talk more about what you get at the Fit Foodie Run I just want to remind people that you don’t have to run a 5k. If you’d prefer to just walk it and enjoy the complementary food and drinks after the race you are more than welcome to do so!
The whole point is just to get active, have fun and eat delicious food!
Just when I thought I was going to take a little break from running to let my body heal from my marathon and completing the Triple Crown this past year I get an email that I’ve been selected to be an ambassador for the Fit Foodie Run here in San Diego. Looks like the running isn’t stopping any time soon.
I’ll be honest ever since completing my last half marathon in August I’ve really been enjoying not having to train for anything. I’ve still be running a couple times a week but it’s 3 miles here, 5 miles there…noting too crazy. Really, it’s just enough to keep me sane. I wasn’t planing on doing any other races this year but this race just sounds too delicious to pass up on!
This year the Fit Foodie Run gives you the option of running a 5 k (3.1 miles) or a 10 k (6.2 miles). I’m going to do the 10 k and really use it as motivation to focus more on speed work. For the past 2 years my training has been for half marathons and marathons so all my runs have been slow, long, trail runs with very little speed work. I HATE SPEED WORK! But, I truly think for me to improve as a runner it’s necessary to incorporate it into my training.
Last Friday I introduced the San Diego Spotlight section on my blog where we talked all about Liberty Station. This week I wanted to stay on the Liberty Station theme and highlight a delicious restaurant that recently opened in the area, Fireside by The Patio. Yep, the same people who do The Patio on Lamont and The Patio on Goldfinch.
Fireside features grilled and wood-fired menu options inspired by the flavors of Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Japan and Thailand.
There are some vegetarian options on the menu but honestly, if you don’t eat meat this probably isn’t the restaurant for you. The menu is primarily made up of delicious yakitori, pork ribs, steak, bratwursts, burgers, flatbreads…etc.
Grab your favorite meat eating friends and let’s get into this review.
I’m so excited to introduce a new series I’ll be doing on the blog called the San Diego Spotlight. It’s going to be all things San Diego: restaurant reviews, must see attractions, hiking recommendations, upcoming events…etc! Even if you don’t live in San Diego…tuck some of these ideas away if you ever come visit.
To kick things off, the spotlight is on Liberty Station!
Fun fact…Liberty Station use to be a naval training center! But in recent years this historic part of Point Loma has been transformed into a hot spot for delicious food, craft beer, arts, music, events, history and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego.
There are about 10 million things to do down at Liberty Station and they don’t have to be done all at once but here’s my recommendation for how to spend a day at Liberty Station.
I am grateful… That this restaurant exists in San Diego.
I am grateful… That I finally went to try it (I was skeptical).
I am grateful… That I have a whole new appreciation for vegan restaurants.
Café Gratitude is a 100% organic plant based vegan restaurant in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. I am by no means vegan but I do appreciate high quality, local and sustainable produce used in resturants. This new restaurant caught my attention a few months ago when I overheard two women raving about it after a yoga class…I immediately went home to research and was intrigued.
A very helpful tip, LOOK AT THE MENU BEFORE YOU GO! There are so many unique combinations of ingredients on the menu and every single one of them sounds delicious. Don’t be like me and take 30 minutes to make up my mind of what I wanted.
All of the items on the menu are named using powerful reaffirming words: fabulous, inspired, dazzling, happy, extraordinary…etc. To order you say “I am…fabulous” and your server will repeat it back to you “YOU are fabulous”. DUH! The ordering is a little too much for me but I love the concept of positivity and mental health along with healthy food.
But is there booze? YES!!! And that’s exactly where my experience at Café Gratitude began.