We have been relatively good recently at not dining out so much. It is the one indulgence all three members of the family share a passion for. But lately we've curtailed it fairly well. We certainly made up for it this weekend.
It actually started last week with the opening of Barcelona, a wonderful Tapas/Wine bar literally steps from our new pad. We'd already been there a few times before this weekend rolled around. We were going to go out for sushi Friday after Cindy got home. I knew that she would be late and that I would start getting hungry and grouchy, so as a preventive measure, Skye and I went for just a little tapas prior to sushi. It worked out well. We had two lovely family outings in one evening, although somehow the "small bites" didn't do much to reduce our sushi feasting.
Saturday Night Fever
I blame it on the mundane nature of household tasks and errands. By the day's end, after puttering around the house, and filing and organizing and blah, blah, blah, I needed some fun. Which was perfect because we already had plans to go out with friends. When I was getting ready around 6 and already getting hungry Cindy informed me we weren't meeting them until 9. That used to be normal, but I've become quite the early bird, so I knew this wasn't going to work. What to do?
Back to Barcelona. By the time we met up with our friends, we were practically ready to call it a night. But we rose to the occasion and were able to be social for several more hours.
Daylight Savings? Not So Much
Earlier in the week I signed up for the ﬁrst Inman Park Beer Chase 5K and Beer Fest 2011. I also bought Cindy a ticket for the Festival and beer-sampling after the 5k.
The Beer Chase 5K or 3 mile stumble
I haven't been running at all lately. I honestly can't remember the last time I went for a jog. Still a 5k is not so hard for me, it's just a little over 3 miles. But running with little sleep and fairly hungover and with the Vibram 5 fingers, well, let's just say I was very glad it was as short as it was and that I didn't care about my finish time.
It was fun in spite of that, although I was surprised how quiet and serious everyone seemed. I couldn't figure out whether the people around me were there more for the run or the beer. Usually that's a pretty easy one to call but not on this Sunday.
Cindy and Skye did accompany me to the race start. It was probably only 200 yards from our condo. They didn't bother taking any pictures though and were on their way home probably before I was out of sight. I wouldn't fault them for that give how long I probably took to get out of sight.
The Inaugural Inman Park Beer Chase 5K and Beer Fest 2011
I realized later that I was standing on a hill when I took this picture so it came out a little uneven. I know what you're thinking, it being a beer festival and all, but that wasn't the case this time around.
Most of the Sponsors are local businesses, most of which we've gone to at one point or another. Doing a pretty good shop lately of supporting local economies and being a localvore.
I'm not absolute with either endeavor but I figure if everyone changed a little bit, then no one would have to go to the extremes of say "No Impact Man" or the Amish or well, you get the idea.
They were all micro-breweries, many of them local. Other than when I'm purchasing a case or more, when I'm entertaining I almost never buy mass produced beer. And of course, if I can actually talk to the person brewing the beer, it makes it taste all the better. The same kind of thing that happens for me at the farmer's market. All in all this living local thing is very satisfying to me.