In our household October means EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, at least for the adults, it’s one of our most looked forward to trips all year and has been for 9 years now. Even though we had just been down 3 weeks prior for #EpicOctober and Wine and Dine Half Marathon, I never even made it to EPCOT to try even one dish or glass of wine. Read more

Since spring all of my runs have been in the morning, the earlier I can drag myself out of bed the better in order to avoid boiling in South Georgia heat and humidity. When I stepped out of my office, 30′ from my house, and walked in, it felt really nice out, especially in the shade plus we had a breeze,¬†possibly¬†due to hurricane Irene passing by

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Friday January 14, Kriss and I attended the Dinner:Possible fundraiser for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Beaufort at the Westin Hilton Head. Robert Irvine had told us about it when we ate at his restaurant eat! back at Christmas. The purpose was to meet his goal of raising enough money to pay off the family’s mortgage, a requirement in order to tear down the original house. I’d never thought about it until past EMHEs but I’m sure the lender wouldn’t be too happy about someone tearing down the house the lien was against. Read more

Typically we go to Disney for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in mid October or later so we had planned to go the weekend of the 22nd-24th. There was a little logic behind this particular weekend because we had been on both Halloween and Columbus day weekends and both seemed to have heavier than usual crowds, so we booked the weekend in between way back in December. We’ve always had mediocre luck in the weekend we chose because someone cool had either JUST been there and left before we got there, or were coming in the day we left, so we always seemed to miss the cool celebrity chefs of bands playing the Eat to the Beat concert series. We usually book far out like this so well before Disney has booked anyone to come but we’ve tried to wait until later to see who was coming but then we had a harder time getting the resort we wanted for that weekend. So we finally decided “this is what we’re doing and when we’re doing it and we’ll have fun regardless.” This was also planned well in advance of even knowing about #epicoctober2010 since that trip was booked just 3 weeks or so out so we had assumed this would be our only Food and Wine trip. Read more

On Friday, November 9th we came home around 8:00PM from eating some hot wings at Hooters and Kriss flipped on Tivo to watch an episode of Dinner:Impossible that we had recorded earlier in the week, the Pixar episode. The show hadn’t started yet as I sat down to watch the opening when I turned to Kriss and reminded her that Chef Robert Irvine was going to be in Disney at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival on Saturday for a cooking demo and to sign books. She immediately scooted up to the edge of the couch and looked at me with a look like she was fixing to jump up in the air. After a brief discussion which was mainly deciding how serious each of us were about it, we were up throwing clothes in a suitcase and snatching Kellie up and within minutes we were backing out the driveway and headed south down I-95 with no hotel room awaiting us. We got to the Disney area around 12:30AM and found a Holiday Inn Express and checked in and quickly went to bed. Read more