Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mango troubles and pretending to be a foodie


This  morning I ran 6 pain free miles.  It is always funny to me how quickly I forget how amazing pain free miles can be!  My strategy of rolling my legs before and after the run is continuing to keep my shin splints calm so I decided to ratchet up the speed slightly and run a bit of progression. I started at my long run pace of 7:30 and ran about 10 seconds faster each mile until I was down to 6:40.  Overall I ran 6 miles in 43 minutes.  Not bad for a quick run after only 5 hours of sleep the night before.  I’ll take those kinds of runs all day long!

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At my job, we have a tradition that we go out for a nice dinner at the end of each project.  Well, I somewhat hinted in my last post that the end of my current project is near (sort of, long story).  That usually means work sponsored fancy food. I’m not a foodie by any stretch, but I can appreciate nice things.  To that end, last night was so fancy I think that I might have accidentally bought a monocle.

We ate at Kai, the only AAA 5 star restaurant in Arizona.  So, that’s a big deal I guess.  We had a 12 course tasting menu with lots of golf ball sized plates and enough wine parings to make my eyeballs float.  The only downside?  It took FOUR hours.  I was eating for FOUR hours.  But, it was fun and as a friend / colleague pointed out, probably a once in a lifetime experience.  I have pictures of 11 of the 12 courses, and I normally wouldn't post them, but here are a few of the highlights:

Hand painted watercolor and mesquite wood menus

Blue cheese, cherry, candied walnut w/ honey & honeycomb, dates, and some sort of hard cheese

Yeah, lots going on here. Suffice it to say that it was GOOD. There were nuts of some sort on the bottom, the foam on the side is lemon grass, uhhh, there were beets.... uhhhh.... it was pretty good

Pan seared foie gras w/ raisins and crushed pistachio




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This weekend in an effort to eat healthier, I bought a mango.  Well, two mangos. In my messed up world, that is what “being healthy” means.  Not running marathons.... Oh no, it is buying some random fruit in WalMart.  While it is the most popular fruit in the world (did you feel that knowledge bomb hit you in the face?) the only time I would eat a mango would be in salsa or daiquiri form.  So anyway, being the foodie that I obviously am, I have NEVER ate a raw mango.  In fact, at one point during the day today, I googled “how to eat a mango”.  

Damn you mango. I see you there mocking me like a green and red potato


Look, I grew up in the Midwest. I know what a mango is like I know what pair of Jimmy Choos I look best in (just kidding! I totally know – slingback platforms).  So, the fact that I didn’t know exactly how to eat one shouldn’t be a complete surprise.  That said, turns out....eating a mango is kind of a pain in the ass.  There is a huge seed, stringy stuff, they’re juicy – essentially the internet told me that I needed a bib and a drop cloth or I should not be eating this thing at work. Fortunately, I got a few tips from some experts at work that I am going to try....eventually.  So, what was a foodie like me to do?  I ate a fudge dipped granola bar.  Being healthy never tasted so good.



18 comments:

mudpluslotus said...

I live in a fairly tropical area with a strong asian influence, so I've grown up with mangoes. I go nuts when the first mangoes of the season are finally here. They are a little bit messy but so worthwhile! And not hard at all, just slice past the seed on both sides, score the flesh and devour.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Mangoes are one my fav! Here's how we do it: peel the skin with a peeler/small blade and then slice thru the flesh around the seed; you should get about 2 on each side of the wide side of the seed, 2 smaller ones on the other (think of the seed as a square box where you slide as close as possible to it). You can then cut them into huge strips. Ok, does this make sense? Maybe not...send the fruit to me and I'll do it for you. Or look out on YouTube.

Urrhh....I'm finally getting what you mean on the shin splints coming out from a stress fracture. Nursing bit of a bother on the left leg.

AllisonFay said...

I like how you took the mango to work not having any idea how you were going to eat it.

Also, I'm a ballet flat kind of girl, so I don't know if Jimmy Choo even actually makes slingback platforms but they sound like stripper shoes.

Running Librarian said...

I never eat at a restaurant unless it has a wooden menu (that's how I roll)

Gracie said...

I kind of like mangos, but they're so much work. They're delicious in a crab salad.

Team Serrins Springfield said...

Mangos: I despise them. My kids love them and I try to convince them that only my partner can cut one up for them. Most of the time I just whine at them that I don't want to do it. Urgghh. The big seed and they are so slimy and they smell terrible.

fancy nancy said...

I had never had a mango until some of my Dominican students convinced me to! So yummy! Ummm I'm noticing a mint issue going on on your desk...like an overload of gum!

ltlindian said...

If I were in AZ I'd run right over and cut that freakin thing up for you! I can cut mangos like nobody's business. My kids love them (and so do I!). It's pretty easy once you figure out which way the pit is going.

HalfCrazed Runner said...

Your readers' comments are so funny - I do exactly what Sue does when I eat a mango. My favorite Mangoes are Atoulfo - their pit is flat, so they're a little easier to eat - you'll still need about 2-3 paper towels to help sop up the explosion of juice.

Sarah said...

You crack me up. :)

The Green Girl said...

Don't feel bad. I eat mangoes all the time but I still prefer the convenience of having someone else do all the manual labor. Heh.

Army On the Run said...

The food looks amazing from that restaurant! I'm not a foodie either, but I do appreciate good food and that looks good!

And mangoes really are almost too much work. It costs a little more, but it's worth it to buy them presliced (not dried, though).

Steph @ Steph Runs On said...

Mango, while delicious, is a pain in the ass. Get one of these otherwise useless kitchen tools, it will change your life. http://www.target.com/p/oxo-mango-splitter-white/-/A-10488926#?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink

Ivayla Wadsworth said...

Love it! I was laughing at the title too! I am huge fan of yours Adam! You say it like it is!

Pat said...

You go to Kai, I go to Rawhide. Same neighborhood, worlds apart. Bet they don't have magicians coming to your table at Kai?

Al's CL Reviews said...

After your description, I will never eat a mango not in a drink. I cannot stand to have fruit juice touch my body, so basically I can't eat fruit.

hernameisrioandsheruns.com said...

That menu pretty much sums the tone, huh? I love food, especially good food, so we will definitely save up to splurge at Kai!

Love mangos. Can't cut them very well, but they do look great in a fruit bowl. :)

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