Okay, this post is a selfish post.  (I believe I am allowed to have one of these once and awhile, right?)  I attempted to obtain Syracuse Men’s Basketball tickets for the Syracuse vs. Duke (2/1/14) game on the day they went on sale.  That did not work out so well.  The tickets were sold out within just minutes or so.  I was completely out of luck and bummed.

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I periodically check craigslist and stubhub for tickets but the prices are astronomical.  (I’m not dumb, I understand why the prices are so high for this glorious game).  I just wish I could find two or four tickets for a decent price in a decent section.  Yes, I also understand I am not the only person searching for these golden-ticket-end-of-a-rainbow-pot-of-gold type of tickets but a girl can try right?

So, in closing — if anyone has any or knows of any of these tickets please let me know!  I would greatly appreciate it.  I so hope I get to go to the game!

logoI’m sure by now you have heard of Brew Central.  What Brew Central is trying to do is bring together all the local fans, breweries, stories, etc. about craft beer in the area.  This initiative is great not only for those that love craft beer but those who might be interested and just need more information.

To check out more information about this movement view this informative PDF:

See What’s On Tap in Central New York!

Let us know what you think about Brew Central!

So finally, I was able to go to Gordon Biersch located in Destiny USA which is in the “new part” or at least that is what I keep calling it.  There were so many goodies to choose from I did not know where to begin.  I went there in the middle of the day too so it was not too busy.

Since this was my first time there and I love to try craft beers, my friend and I decided to try them all! (in a Flight-Of-Six).  This was a fantastic idea and the beers were explained very well by our waitress.  There were small descriptions below about the beers and their origins. Of course we tried them all and found our favorites.  All had distinct tastes and smells (especially the Hefeweizen with the banana smell and the Schwarzbier with the chocolate and coffee tastes.)

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The Flight of Six

I will admit starting off your experience at Gordon Biersch with a Flight-of-Six is a good idea.  We eventually moved onto appetizers.  There are sooooo many to choose from but we decided to go with the blue crab and artichoke dip.  This was delicious and I could not stop eating it.

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Blue Crab and Artichoke Dip

I did have to take a breather when our main course arrived.  (It was the middle of the day so we were eating pretty light).  We decided to go with the chipotle shrimp flatbread.  This was fabulous!!  You could taste all of the individual ingredients so well including the shrimp, grilled pineapple, roasted anaheim peppers, feta cheese, and caramelized onions.  You would get a pop of the grilled pineapple in every bite which I found to be amazing.

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Chipotle Shrimp Flatbread

I went back into the mall after and eating and on my way out it was getting to be around dinner time and Gordon Biersch was crazy busy!  The place was packed and it was a Thursday evening!

Great job Gordon Biersch!  Can’t wait until my next visit!!

Here is another race that will be for those in Boston a week after the 117th Boston Marathon. It will be happening on April 22nd, 2013 at Onondaga Lake Park.  Additional information can be found here on a Facebook page created for the event.

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This is a quick post about a 5K that will be fundraising for Boston.  I saw this posting on Twitter and wanted to inform as many people as possible that it was going on!  Please sign-up if you can make it out!  Follow SURemembrance on Twitter for more information.

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Okay Syracuse.  We are headed to the final four, however it is still snowing outside and yes – it is April!  I was rummaging through old photos and found some treasures. These are photos I took of Franklin Square in Syracuse and this is an area blossoms into a beautiful treasure that everyone should take a moment to check out.

I have posted some photos on this post but you can check out the rest in my gallery.

Think Spring Syracuse!

Franklin Square Syracuse

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Think Spring Syracuse

lpmheaderlogo2If I haven’t said it yet – I am now: I will be participating in the Lake Placid Half Marathon on June 9th, 2013.  This will be my first ever half marathon, ever.  So as expected I am a little nervous.  I have done many 5K races and an Olympic triathlon but never in my life have I run 13.1 miles.  I would love if anyone who has run a half marathon could give me some tips, advice or anything that could help me improve.

I would love if someone who has run this half marathon before could tell me if there are a lot hills or unexpected elevations I would be surprised to encounter.  What is the pace like there?  Is it a good place to have your first half marathon?

As you can tell I have many questions.  I have been doing okay on my training.  I haven’t stopped running but I am not running as much as my training schedule would like me to be running.  (The weather isn’t helping me out at all either!) Being in grad school and training for a half marathon is a lot to tackle.  But nonetheless I am still doing it (I did register after all).  I think I will be okay but I would to love to hear any tips and/or advice from anyone that has done this half marathon or any other half marathon.