For a while now (oh, about six months) I’ve been saying that I want to get back into running. It’s not that I’ve not been active – I’ve been clocking up some good hours at my Crossfit gym - but I wanted to get back into running as well and I’ve just not quite gotten myself over the line. A few days ago, Yak told me that she is going to register for a half marathon over in London for October of this year, and this was exactly the motivation I needed. Competition! She can’t run a half marathon and me not run one! So, I decided I would get back into running and I would train for a half marathon.
With this thought in mind, I jumped onto the Googles late on Thursday night and began researching half marathons in Adelaide. This in turn lead me to discover the SA Road Runners Club (SARRC), which in turn informed me that a 10 week beginners/returning to running course was starting in 36 hours time! BAM! I’m all over that shiz! So the very next day I sweet talked my way into the already closed-for-registrations course, and this morning I attended my first training session with the very affable and very fit Bearded-John. Along with a good sized group of other beginner/returning to running peeps, we spoke about shoes and stretching, and fit in a slow and steady 5km run along the tramline. Nice.
So, that’s my starting line in the sand. Training for the McLaren Vale Half Marathon: commenced!
There have been too many late nights, Fringe shows (26 in four weeks), friends moving overseas, trips to other states, friends visiting from overseas, friends visiting from other states, home inspections, rental applications, brunch dates, birthdays, crossfit sessions, uni assignments, work deadlines, guitar practice sessions, episodes of Gossip Girl, weddings, dances, hairstyle planning sessions, drunken solo-interpretive-dance video sessions, date planning conversations and other such necessary-to-life distractions for me to even contemplate trying to get any sort of regular fizz thing going on.
I’m studying social media and communications and I have no time to participate in social media and have seemingly lost all ability to communicate unless you are my lecturer and I have an essay due up to you within the next 48 hours.
1. Dr Who tights. Say no more.
2. Pork floss. Yep. Like fairy floss, but with pork.
3. Lindy bombing a movement festival.
Time is being a little bit tricksy lately (and by lately, I mean pretty much throughout this entire year), so I decided I’m going to cheat it a little and tell you about our next two brunch venues at once. Say what?! Look at me being all naughty… And right before Christmas too! Crazy.
The Great Summer Brunch Off of 2012/2013 (week 2) saw The Cat come out strong with his opening bid in the competition – The Pantry in Hawthorn. A 50′s style cafe on a luscious tree-lined suburban street with beautiful works of art on the walls and a hipster maitre d all combine to make me wonder how on earth I didn’t know about this place previously! Breakfast quesadilla’s on the specials board, delicious cinnamon spiced French toast on the standard menu, tasty coffee in my mouth, and the prettiest ever lisianthus on the counter all combine to make me wonder how quickly I can get back there! To The Cat I say, well played Sir, well played.
… When someone with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and a Certificate III in Pastry opens a cafe in North Adelaide, attention must be paid, and brunch off competitors must take heed. UR Cafe on Melbourne Street is a dear little place with exposed brick walls, a grandfather clock drawn in chalk, and colourful, modern furniture combined with rustic wooden tables. Fizz and Cat alike dove head-first into plates full of delicious baked salmon, poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, and spinach, served with a wedge of orange that made for much fun and orange smiles after the meal. It’s the small things… But speaking of orange, did I mention UR’s tangelo coffee? A finely brewed latte with a slice of orange peel in the cup to add an especially pleasing bitter edge to the drink. Not being a fan of citrus, The Cat opted for a latte that came served with white chocolate bits in the bottom. He declares that it was quite amazing – especially at the end!
Fizz – 1 + extra points for unusual coffee. The Cat – 1 + extra points for amazing art work on the walls
So we were out at a friend’s 30th last month when we got onto the subject of great places to have brunch here in Adelaide. I flicked my hair knowingly and relayed how I had recently discovered a couple of amazing new locals. He peered at me over the top of his black-rimmed spectacles and spouted that he knew of at least a half a dozen amazing places that would hold their own in a brunch off challenge, if there were ever to be such a thing. Not more than three point eight seconds after his figurative glove smacked my rosy-red cheek did we have detailed plans to meet on the very first Sunday of December to commence “The Great Summer Brunch Off of 2012/2013“.
The challenge was kicked off in magnificent style with brunch venue #1, my favourite local – Plant 13. With “mastermind/creator” Cole Thomas, who was the first person to ever levitate food at the dinner table, and head chef Chad Fedele, who has previously worked at amazing Adelaide venues such as Mesa Lunga and La Guillotine, it was nigh on impossible for my first brunch offering to be anything other than divine. The long macchiatos were smooth and velvety, his apple pie smoothie was a pleasure to his taste buds, and my “orange frothie” was both orange, and frothie! (Not to mention, delicious and refreshing). Drinks in jars with striped straws aside, my Plant 13 sampler plate was a slider-fan’s drool-worthy dream, and his order of soft eggs with ham, hollandaise, and house made crumpets disappeared in record time with much oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over the delicacy of the eggs and the generosity of the hollandaise gods in the kitchen.
The Great Summer Brunch Off of 2012/2013 has commenced!
Fizz – 1, The Cat – 0.