The Bearded Pig

After it rained all week, spending the afternoon outside was just what we needed!

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We decided to check out one of Jacksonville’s newest restaurants – The Bearded Pig BBQ Located in th San Marco area.

The restaurant has a cool atmosphere. Large bar on the inside with seats on the outside as well. Also, a covered beer garden that’s pretty much the same size as the inside. It’s a quick serve restaurant so you order at the counter, pick up your drinks, and put a number on the table. This adds to the overall relaxed atmosphere. You can head back to the bar for another beer at any time.

The menu is pretty standard for a BBQ joint – brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, etc.  I ordered the pulled pork sandwich

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and Matt got The San Marco, a ridiculously large plate of brisket, pulled pork, 1/4 rack of ribs, 1/4 chicken, macaroni & cheese, and cole slaw. I was more than happy to help him finish it!

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The ribs were huge!

When ordering, they asked if he wanted white or dark meat on the chicken and fatty or lean brisket. I appreciated  the options.  All items were juicy and delicious. The rub on the ribs was really flavorful as well. Mac n cheese gets an A+, not grainy or gummy and actually tasted like cheese! (I’m pretty picky about my mac!). I personally prefer a mayo based cole slaw but if you’re more into a vinegar based slaw, this one’s for you. The acidity pairs well with the fatty meats.

On each table are 4 sauces: mustard based, standard sweet barbecue, vinegar based, and xxx, a super spicy version of the vinegar based. I can’t say for sure, but it looked like they were all made in house.

Oh, I have to give a shoutout to the pickles! Briny and salty, yes! I loathe sweet/bread & butter pickles so they were a very pleasant surprise!

We’ll definitely be coming back, and you should too! Let me know if you’ve been there and your thoughts.

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Ample Hills Creamery at Disney’s Boardwalk

We didn’t have time to join the chaos that was the opening of Disney Springs over the weekend but we did get to snack on some creamy deliciousness from Ample Hills Creamery that just opened at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.  Just a short walk from the World Showcase in EPCOT.

I absolutely love the cute little cartoons everywhere!

How to Order
How to Order

 

We tried 3 flavors and ended up with 2.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake – with real pieces of cake! Delish

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Malty Salty Pretzel Punch – my personal favorite! The malt flavor was not overwhelming which can happen sometimes with malted shakes but I thought it was perfect. The crunchy pretzel added a nice texture.

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And who could go wrong with chocolate chip cookies + brown butter cookie dough!

The prices start at $5 and change but look how big the small is!

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We take a lot of walks from EPCOT to the Belle Vue Lounge at Boardwalk or Il Mulino and Shula’s at the Swan & Dolphin and I’m pretty sure we’ll be stopping here on the way each time!

Have you been there yet? What’s your favorite flavor?

California Grill Brunch (in pictures)

Charcuterie, Sushi, Deviled Eggs, Pickles
Charcuterie, Sushi, Deviled Eggs, Pickles
Assortment de Patisserie Croissant, Pecan Sticky Bun, Country Cheddar Biscuit, Huckleberry Muffin
Assortment de Patisserie
Croissant, Pecan Sticky Bun, Country Cheddar Biscuit, Huckleberry Muffin

Wedge Salad IMG_5782 IMG_5783

Grilled Hanger Steak Two Eggs-Any Style, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash, Charred Red Onion
Grilled Hanger Steak
Two Eggs-Any Style, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash, Charred Red Onion
Eggs Benedict Two Soft-poached Eggs, Toasted English Muffin, Honey Ham, Classic Hollandaise. Additionally available with Butter-poached Main Lobster or Smoked Salmon
Eggs Benedict
Two Soft-poached Eggs, Toasted English Muffin, Honey Ham, Classic Hollandaise. Additionally available with Butter-poached Main Lobster or Smoked Salmon

 

Desserts

What it’s like to NOT run during WDW Marathon Weekend

If you’re asking me what it’s like to watch what seems to be practically everyone I know run at Disney and not run it too? Well, it sucks! Seriously…what was I thinking when I didn’t sign up for the WDW Half Marathon weekend this year??? Then, to top it all off, New Balance releases sneakers that can only be purchased AT the expo or none other than my favorite Disney Princess, Ariel. What was a girl to do? As my Team RunDisney friends know, you’ve gotta make lemonade outta lemons of course!

 

We only live about 2 hours away from The Mouse so early Saturday morning I set out on my quest to obtain these sneakers.  The official RunDisney word was that the expo opened at 10. We made it to the parking lot at 9:30 so I figured, what the heck, I can stare at my phone standing around Wide World or Sports just as well as I can in the car!  To my delight, the doors to the expo swung open about 9:40!  I’ve never seen an expo so empty! It was eerily quiet.

I rushed…in an orderly fashion….down the stairs and straight to the New Balance zone.  10 minutes later, the shoes were mine! And since Matt was napping in the car I used some extra time to peruse the raw threads booth and got myself a nice matching Little Mermaid tank top.

On the way out I snagged a few pictures of the Princess and Star Wars Darkside medals 🙂  Is it time for Glass Slipper Challenge yet?!?!?!?!

 

 

 

All that success was pretty tiring.  We had a little time to ride a couple rides at Magic Kingdom and then had a little snack at the new JOCK LINDSEY’S HANGAR BAR

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We tried to have a drink here once before but the place was packed!  The building looks huge but unfortunately doesn’t have enough seating in my opinion.  Saturday we scored seats at the bar easily and had a great view of all the tchotchkes on the walls. image

After reading the extensive drink menu I settled on the Cool-Headed Monkey.  It was very refreshing and not too sweet.  I’d highly recommend this one.  I could easily drink 3 or 10 of these in a sitting.image

 

Matt was driving us back so he had the Poisonless Dart which was sort of a virgin mojito, also good for what it was.

What was less than tasty were the:

Air Pirate’s Pretzels: A flight of Everything Pretzels with House-made Mustard and Beer-Cheese Fondue: $10.50

The pretzels were lackluster even for having all the “everything” seeds, etc. on them. They tasted stale as well.  Even the beer-cheese fondue couldn’t save them – and I’d eat that on a flip-flop!  The house-made mustard was a little sweet for my taste. They do get a few points for this adorable little airplane though!image

Overall, the drinks, servers, and ambiance were fantastic but the pretzels were not.  We’ll definitely be back to try some more drinks and snacks next time.

Thanks for sticking with me through this LLLOOOONNNGGG post!

 

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