Joe Benny’s and Prepping for RAGBRAI
Andrea on Vacation hasn’t been on vacation in a few weeks- at least to anywhere other than Dewey Beach. That is where I am heading again this weekend before my next adventure on Monday.
Last week I had the dreaded jury duty and actually got picked for a case. Luckily, it was non-violent and not too long. Baltimore has an amazing courthouse.
Next week I’ll be wearing my crazy pants (or in this case, crazy bike shorts) and riding in RAGBRAI– the weeklong bike ride across Iowa. I am a born and bred Iowan, where riding RAGBRAI is something everyone does at least once. Last year I rode with a friend and her family for a few of the days. This year, I am riding most of it. As an Iowan, I do not adhere to the rules of RAGBRAI and actually register but we just join in and have fun.
Side note: You really should register when you ride RAGBRAI because you get roadside bike service and so much more. However, you have to sign up really early and sometimes win a lottery entrance.
I purchased a new bike last week and have put in about 60 miles on it already. (Yes, I know starting training a week before is not the best training plan.) My bike is black so I bought awesome pink water bottle holders to make it pretty.
Riding for hours a day has made me a carb-loading fool. Last week BC and I went to a new restaurant in Federal Hill owned by his friend, called Ali Baba. There was so much delicious food- baba ganough for an appetizer and chicken shawarma plus salad with special pita bread and hummus for my main course. I plan on eating here at least once a week. My meal left me with leftovers for 2 more lunches ☺
My second carb loading experience was in Little Italy at a new focacceria called Joe Benny’s. The food was amazing- my meal was the Daddio: burrata cheese, salami, and olive focaccia; BC ordered a meatball sandwich. And it was reasonably priced!
This week I have a few more long bike rides to do so I’m sure there will be some more carb-y dishes showing up on the blog soon ☺
What is your next trip? Visiting family, friends, exploring somewhere new?