Sunday, May 18, 2008

Beach, Bike, and Hookah

Brooke and I had quite an eventful weekend.
On Friday night, we tried a new restaurant, The Marmalade Cafe. We arrived around 8:30 pm and the place was completely dead. There were maybe 6 filled tables in the restaurant with 50 tables. Brooke had the salmon asparagus farfalle and I was given the cheese ravioli (I actually ordered the chicken ravioli). The food was, at best, average. Although we had fun going out, there are too many restaurants in SB for us to ever go back.

On Saturday morning, while I played video games, Brooke went to the pool and swam an amazing 1600 meters nonstop. Later in the afternoon we went to East Beach. Brooke got a couple hours to lay in the sun while I played beach volleyball in the 91 degree heat. In the evening, we went out with another couple to Cafe Zaytoon. The Middle Eastern cuisine was good, but the atmosphere of the dining area was more outstanding. We sat in the outdoor patio surrounded by flowers, fire pits, and a lemon tree. And what meal would be complete without a strawberry margarita-flavored hookah and belly dancing....

On Sunday, we got up early for a bike ride with our friend, Lu, who just got a new road bike. Lu pedaled casually the entire way while Brooke and I struggled to keep up on our mountain bikes. Dreading another embarrassing ride with Lu, we went shopping for new bikes. The guys at FastTrack were great, very nice and very helpful. Brooke got a great deal on an aluminum-framed Trek 1600. Being last year's model, it was $400 off the retail price. She also got a pair of SpeedPlay X5 pedals and Sidi Genius 5 shoes. I can't justify buying a road bike yet. But if Brooke beats me in our next ride, you can expect another post about a trip to the bike shop.
See more about our Sunday morning ride in Brooke's training blog (linked in the right side bar)

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