Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seattle Magazine Brunch Run

Run run run as fast as you can! That was the theme of this entire run for me, strangely it started way earlier than the race did. My friends and I all carpooled to the race however, none of us thought to look where to park. Why? Because we thought there would be signs directing us to park, and there were... except we parked in a parking lot dedicated to another race that was happening that day and we had no clue. 
We arrived about an hour before the race was to start because we had to pick up our race packets and we wanted to have enough time to get settled in before the start. We piled out of the car and wandered towards the race start (so the signs indicated), about a mile of wandering we found a group of race volunteers and they directed us towards the race start. After about another mile and half we realized that we had be misdirected by a group of volunteers for the wrong race! We found yet another group of volunteers and they were the correct ones this time, thank goodness! They told us we were about 1.5 miles from the race start! So we ran back to our car, which was less than a mile, then drove quickly to the start area. My friends Liz, Tommy and I jumped out of the the car at a stop sign and ran as fast as we could to the packet pick up with less than 10 minutes to the start time while my boyfriend went and parked the car. We grabbed our packets and ran towards the start line as fast as we could. We met Anthony over there and just in time. We lined up, caught our breathe (barely) and the start gun sounded! 
Some wonderful bites!
By the time the run had even started we had already walked/run 3 miles. So I was already feeling pretty exhausted, this was definitely not by best 5k. Did I mention it was also extremely hot?! We were all so glad when this race was over. Liz, however, took first place in her age division! Go Liz!
The after party was AMAZING! We were each given 3 drink tickets and 3 food tickets. They had top notch vendors for both and we managed to get so many free drinks it was crazy. We had so much fun spending time together as friends and as runner. I would do this race again in a heartbeat, despite our error on following the wrong race signs... 
Enjoying our free drinks at the Seattle Magazine Brunch Run.

The Up and Coming Locust Hard Cider

Hard cider, is something that I'm more than enjoy. So much so that I was invited to Locust Cider in Woodinville, Washington first a cider tasting. I didn't really know what to expect since I had never been to private cider tasting before but I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. They spared no expense in catering to the guests by providing gourmet sandwiches and as much cider as we would like to drink, but that wasn't the best part, the cider was something I hadn't yet experienced before which is very exciting.
Locust Cider was founded by two brothers from Texas who just wanted a cider that they can drink. They make most of their ciders from Pacific Northwest apples and fruit. They only use real fruit and no artificial sweeteners. Their slogan is "We think real people deserve real good cider" and I feel like they're definitely on the road to keep their slogan true.
They show cased six different ciders four of which are currently available for purchase at Hagan Groceries and Thriftway grocery stores. These ciders are very different from a traditional American hard ciders, they based their flavor inspiration from French hard ciders.

Locust Summer Berry Hard Cider had a very strong color but a mild flavor. There are soft subtle accents of berries but definitely not an overwhelming flavor. Personally for me this cider was a 1 star out of 5 stars.
Original Dry
Locust Original Hard Cider it's not a typical dry cider. It has very little bitter taste and it's a little bit more sweet and you would think a dry cider should be. I would consider it to be along the lines of the Stella Artois Cider. This has more of a desert feel or even champagne feel. That being said, I gave it 4 stars out of 5.
The founder Jason, presenting his hard work.
Locust Sweet Dark Cherry Hard Cider is a refreshing cider with a gentle cherry flavoring. The cherry flavoring is not overpowering and it doesn't taste like a traditional cherry flavoring. It actually tastes like real fresh cherries have been added to the cider, which was very refreshing to see. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
Freshly bottled Original Dry.
Locust Green Tea Infused Hard Cider, get a green tea flavor from the cider until I let it sit on my tongue for a couple of minutes and then I still had to search for the green tea flavor. I got more of a sharp apple flavour, very similar to a granny smith apple which was still pleasant and I still recommend the cider. I give this cider 2 out of 5 stars simply because I didn't get enough green tea flavor from the cider.
Toasting to the beautiful evening.
I'm very excited to see what Locust cider will be able to accomplish. They have a couple of cider in the works that I I am looking forward to, one of which is made with French apples and has a very strong powerful flavor that come straight from the earth.