What Did We Eat in ADK?

>> Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When we travel one of our absolute favorite things to do is eat -- naturally. This past weekend's trip to Lake Placid (for the Lake Placid Marathon/Half Marathon) was no exception. And eat we did. The town boasts an number of first-rate eateries, breweries, and other chow joints that satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

We arrived around noon on Saturday, our stomachs fiercely growling for some much needed grub. As we made our way through town, this sandwich shop (Simply Gourmet, the Deli and Creperie) called our names. A flag outside proudly proclaimed the place had over 46 sandwiches. But there was so, so much more. Just FYI: 46 is a significant number in these parts -- it stands for the 46 peaks that reach the heavens at over 3,800 feet above sea level.

I can't even remember what Stephen ate -- I know it was a vegetable soup and some sort of veggie sandwich. I was too concerned with my "Sawteeth" sandwich -- peanut butter, granola, banana, and apple butter for only $6.00. I made the photo extra large so you can see all the bits of granola. It was pure food ecstasy.

For dinner, we made reservations at an Italian place. But as we made our way through town, we found a sports bar-ish lounge we liked better: Dancing Bears Lounge. It's part of the High Peaks Resort and is located across from a little park near the water. Stephen had swordfish and I had pizza. Well, half of this pizza. Stephen ate the other half (yeah, he was hungry). Of course, we also enjoyed some Saranac Pale Ale. When in Rome . . .

We also stopped by Ben & Jerry's for dessert. OK. I stopped there and had a kid's cone. First time I've had "real" ice cream in a while. My only critique is that the kid's cone was like $4.00 for one small scoop of ice cream (I upgraded to a waffle cone). Whatever. It's the best full-dairy ice cream in the world. And if we had more time, I would had taken Stephen to the factory in nearby VT.

In the morning, we had breakfast provided by the National Sports Academy. Oatmeal with fresh fruit -- though they were generous enough to offer up some French toast and other items. We never eat a ton on race mornings. Nerves. Stomach issues. A lot of you know the drill. But basic oatmeal is both satisfying and relatively neutral with stomach impact.

Then . . . the race. I ate some orange slices and slugged some water and Gatorade. There were so many water stops, I had trouble running past volunteers with taking a couple swigs. By the time the race was over, I was FULL! Anyway, where did we head when we had showered (yeah, that's water, not grease in my hair!) and finished up post-race stretching? That's right, back to the 46 sandwiches place! We both got breakfast sandwiches with egg, avocado, tomato, onion. Mine was one seeded rye and Stephen's was on whole wheat. We also split a delicious crepe with Nutella.

We returned to the room for a quick nap (for at least a few days in a row, we were getting up around 4:30 -- so, we were pretty exhausted and not feeling like walking at that point). Then, the long-awaited brewery tour began. Our first stop: Lake Placid Brewery, which is conveniently located next to the National Sports Academy. So close, in fact, that our room's view was of the loading dock, where we could see pale ale malt waiting to be turned into beer.

We shared a flight all house beers (though Lake Placid's distributed beers are brewed in Utica, NY, everything served at the Brewery is made on site). The UBU Ale is a general favorite, but we both very much enjoyed them all -- especially the 46er Pale Ale.

Plus, we felt very welcome when we saw an homage to our alma mater -- Ithaca College -- on the wall. GO BOMBERS!

Then we made our way to the Great Adirondack Brewing Company. Unlike Lake Placid, Great Adirondack doesn't distribute its beers -- so, it's a treat to try them out. Their brewery is also located at their restaurant, and they boast an impressive 7 house brews on tap. There's also a root beer, but I'm not a huge soda fan.

We really liked their flight caddy. Super ADK. My favorite was the porter.

We then headed back to Dancing Bears to have a huge plate of vegetarian nachos -- loaded up with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. But we were still hungry after that. And it was Stephen's choice . . . and he chose sushi at this place only a block or so away from our room.

He had a fruits-of-the-sea-loaded roll. I had one avocado roll, one inari roll (I LOVE inari!).

Wow. That's a lot of great food. If you've made it all the way to the bottom of this post, you must love eating as much as we do! So, tell us: When you're on vacation -- do you eat out a ton? Do you try different things? Do you try to stay with what's familiar? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com. And if you missed our recap of the Lake Placid Half Marathon, go check it out now!

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