That’s what I am. I had a beautiful birthday weekend filled with friends, family, fun and FOOD! Everything was SO thoughtful and SO delicious. I am spoiled rotten.
On to the weekend recap!
Friday night after work, my friend Bean and her two friends jumped in the car and headed to Foxwoods! It was a last-minute idea and a good one at that! We’ve taken casino road trips before, so when the group graciously offered to take me for my birthday, I jumped at the chance. I grabbed my lanyard and I was ready to roll (yes, they make you look like an octogenarian, but I’m a sucker for bonus points)
We checked out the Native American light show in the Rainmaker Casino. I know you’re a little jealous.
We decided to grab a bite to eat at The Scorpion Bar
The newest hangout for authentic and innovative Mexican-inspired cuisine. We are excited to provide you an energetic environment with great rock and roll music, DJs and live bands. From the wrought iron windows to the imported Mexican crosses, let The Scorpion Bar transport you to another time and another place. Live bands at The Scorpion Bar at Foxwoods.
The menu was pretty simple (tacos, burritos, sandwiches); but these little gems made it all worth while.
Bouquet of Hot Sauces!
I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy things, so I stuck to a little Texas Pete and ALOT of this:
Southern Cajun Hot Sauce. (Apologies for the blurry pic)
This was DELICIOUS; very salt and vinegar chips, less burning hot. I can’t seem to find the website or company info. Any one ever heard of it?
EDITED TO ADD: Success! My friend Bean discovered where to purchase this deliciousness! Southern BBQ Sauce
I nibbled on some chips and salsa and then devoured about half of this vegetable burrito with no sour cream, but LOTS of gaucamole.
I mean ALOT
I also sipped on a Skinnygirl Margarita.
Properly fueled for the evening; we hit the gaming tables and slots. It was so much fun! We gambled for a couple of hours before heading home. I love those blinging slot machines 🙂
The ride home was spent by *maybe* having a masssive Akon sing-along in the car. I’m just saying maybe.
The impromptu trip to Foxwoods was a perfect way to kick off my birthday weekend!
Saturday morning came all too early; as I was heading out for The Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler Road Race to benefit the Angel Fund.
The Angel Fund is an independent nonprofit charity benefiting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMASS Medical. 100% of the funds raised by the Angel Fund go directly to ALS research.
My friends and I have been doing this road race for YEARS – and its always a blast. It typically falls either on or around my birthday and we make the most of the day, fo’ sho. It also doesn’t hurt that the folks at Harpoon run an excellent event!
Triumphant finishers with our first beers of the day! It was 11am. Thanks Harpoon.
Our merry band of runners.
It was humid and overcast out there, so I didn’t feel like I ran my best race; but seeing as this was my first road race in six months, I was ok with my results!
- 5 miles – 51:38
The sun came out after the race finished, so the group and I took full advantage of our complimentary beer tokens and enjoyed the morning! Harpoon also had plenty of food: pasta, salad and brats; but I wasn’t up for real food quite yet.
Clif bar (along with several other sponsors) were there sampling mini bars; and were SO generous. I literally came home with 15 mini Mojo Dipped Clif Bars, which is a major score in my world. Yes, I am a nerd.
Once I stumbled arrived home, my hunger kicked in! Ravenous, I raced to Appleton Bakery, a local sandwich shop, to get this beauty:
Veggie sandwich on toasted multigrain bread with smoked gouda cheese and sundried tomato spread. Ridiculous.
I ate half the sandwich and about 6 dill pickles; racing in the heat makes me crave salt!
After feasting, I took a shower and had a nap in preparation for the next birthday weekend adventure…..