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Three Aces {Date Night}

After publishing yesterday’s post I realized that while getting back into my normal routine has been tough this week, I really wasn’t doing anything to prevent myself from feeling lethargic and tired in the evenings. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain about something that they can change, so I decided to do something to combat my fatigue (besides drinking a gallon of coffee).

One of the reasons I feel so tired after work is the fact that it’s pitch black out when I leave the building. As I run in the morning (dark) and usually don’t have much time to step out for lunch, the only daylight I’m really experiencing is on my commute to work. Then when I get home and it’s dark out, all I want to do is eat dinner, put on my sweats, and curl up on the couch for the night. Sounds pretty anti-social right? Well, this winter I’m challenging myself not to hibernate. Obviously everyone needs a little downtime, but I’m really going to push myself to go out more during the week, see friends, and have date nights with Ian.

Which brings us to last night, after a week of “blah” evenings, Ian and I decided a date night was in order! We decided to go to Three Aces, a fun gastropub in Little Italy. We’ve been there a few times (including once for brunch) and have always had good drinks, good food, and a great time :).

Three Aces is on the “trendy” side so when I got home I changed out of my work clothes into my favorite only hipster clothes.

I almost wore my glasses but decided against it at the last minute :P.

The dinner menu is not exactly food allergy friendly but I was able to make-do with a few substitutions. In addition to a glass of wine for me and a beer for Ian, we split the apple and fennel salad (without cheese) to start.

It was awesome and the smoked almonds were so good! I didn’t even know that people smoked almonds but I liked them :).

For my actual dinner, I ordered the beer steamed mussels. The broth was fabulous and there was even some butternut squash at the bottom of the bowl. So good!

Ian had a risotto that came with ham and black eyed peas. He really liked his meal but couldn’t keep his hands away from the mussels either. I’ve always thought that Hopleaf had the best mussels in Chicago but Three Aces sure gave Hopleaf a run for it’s money!

It was so nice to get out of the apartment on a Thursday night and have a nice meal. I’d highly recommend Three Aces to anyone who likes craft beer (their beer list is super impressive) and farm-to-table food.

This morning I woke up feeling much better. My legs weren’t as stiff (must have been that long foam rolling session yesterday) and I felt ready to run. My workout was on the shorter side (5 miles w/ 6 x 100 m strides) but I felt much stronger and looser than I have all week.

Now I’m off to tackle my last workday of the week. Have a good one!




Three Aces {Brunch}

Three Aces is a great bar in the Little Italy section of Chicago. Ian and I used to go there all the time because they always had great beer on draft, their food is good, and we love the ambiance. Well earlier this week I was randomly reading the Red Eye (which I rarely do anymore) and saw that Three Aces had started offering a delicious brunch. I knew we had to try it.

Well today was the day. After some coffee and a cereal snack (Three Aces unfortunately does not open until 11:30 and if I am up before 9 I surely can’t wait that long to eat!), we headed over.

I rarely ever indulge with a morning cocktail but so many of their breakfast drinks sounded good and after a hard work I figured I earned it ;)

I honestly forget the name of the cocktail that I picked but it was their brunch version of a dark and stormy. In addition to the normal ingredients it also had pineapple juice and banana liquor. It was really tasty!

We had heard that everything was fairly small and sharable so we started with an order of cinnamon roll monkey bread with stout glaze.

It was fabulous. So good and not too sweet (although the small portion really helped with that!) and the glaze actually tasted like stout! Yum!

For my main I made a mistake and ordered the Fried Scrapple.

In my naivety I thought that Three Aces was just calling the breakfast “fried scrapple”, I had no idea that fried scrapple was actually fried pork scraps! Normally I would have explained the situation and asked the waitress for something in its place but I was starting to feel sicker and I wasn’t all that hungry (my appetites been off) so I just moved them off my plate and enjoyed the smoked egg and toast with fig jam.

Ian ordered the egg sandwich and loved it. It was served on a house made english muffin and he said it was really doughy. Yum!

Overall (besides the scrapple mix up) I really liked their brunch and we’ll most likely go back!

After brunch, we headed over to Fleet Feet so I could pick up some new running shoes. Ever since my injury, I’ve wondered if my heel fracture had anything to do with the Brooks Ravenna 2′s that I had purchased about three weeks prior to when I started feeling pain (I wrote more about the shoes when I purchased them here). While my new shoes were my second pair of Ravennas and I had done great with the first pair, when I went to my sports podiatrist following my injury she noted how unsupportive and broken down they seemed. After three weeks? Hmmm… Well today I learned that Brooks changed the heel area of the Ravenna in the second model so that it was less supportive. Wonderful right?

Anyway, I knew right after my heel fracture that I would need to get a shoe fitting when I started to run again and that I was most likely going to need to switch from the Ravennas and possibly even from Brooks so I went into the store today with an open mind and ready to try anything.

And guess what? After trying on Nikes, Asics, and Adidas, I was put back in the Adrenaline (model 12). Apparently, my ankles were slightly misaligned in the Ravennas causing me to overpronate and that was most likely due to the low arch and lack of extra heel support. The Adrenaline 12′s felt great (and supportive!) and even though I did not like their previous model, they worked well for me and I never suffered any injuries. After everything I’ve gone through the past 7 weeks, I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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I was hoping to get a run or swim in this afternoon but when we got home I was feeling miserable and when I took my temperature I had a slight fever. No bueno. So instead of lacing up my new shoes and heading out, I popped some Tylenol, changed into sweats, and hit the couch to watch some Felicity. It was totally worth it, about an hour and a half later my chills are gone, my appetites back, and my headache is gone. Whew!

Resting is on the agenda for tonight, do you have any exciting weekend plans?