Broadway Diner (Baltimore)

Broadway Diner (Baltimore, MD)

Recently I was driving through Baltimore.  It was around lunchtime, I was hungry, so I wanted to stop.  While I’ve been to the Papermoon a few times, I wanted to try something new.  A quick search found the Broadway Diner which also appeared on the Food Network 

Broadway Diner (Baltimore) Atmosphere: A

The exterior of the Broadway Diner is everything you hope for in a diner.  It’s metallic, shiny, and retro.  It looks like you stepped into a time machine.  

The inside is just as glitzy and matches the stereotypical diner: shiny, multiple booths and tables, plus a full-length bar and a massive dessert case near the front.  

It’s everything you want and needs in a stereotypical diner. 

Broadway Diner (Baltimore) Coffee: B

The coffee at the Broadway Diner was good, but there was nothing or unique about it.  I could have used a few more refills.  

Broadway Diner Baltimore coffee

Broadway Diner (Baltimore) Service: B

The waitress at the Broadway Diner was friendly, but we definitely could have used more beverage refills.  I understand why restaurants use small water glasses, but I needed many more refills.  While the Broadway Diner wasn’t busy, our waitress didn’t come over as much as we needed.

Broadway Diner (Baltimore) Food: A

Like the stereotypical shiny exterior, the Broadway Diner menu had everything a stereotypical diner typically has.  Pancakes, sandwiches and wraps and of course pages of dinner options too.

Since we were in Baltimore, the home of (good) crabs, I decided to order the Crab Cake sandwich.  Growing up on the Chesapeake, I am a bit sensitive to “good” crab cakes, and I can say this was one of the biggest and best crab cakes I’ve ever had.  It was broiled.  It was actually difficult to figure out how to eat with the bun. 

Broadway Diner Baltimore

The French fries tasted as if they were cooked with some jalapeño pepper or the oil was reused.  I’m not entirely sure.  I’m fine with jalapeños, but if I wasn’t, I could see it causing problems.  

Cost: $$

For my coffee and sandwich, the cost was $18.  It’s more pricey than the average diner, but the food at the Broadway Diner was worth it.  

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Broadway Diner (Baltimore):

I liked the Broadway Diner, and I would go back.  The crab cake sandwich was one of the best I’ve ever had.  I will say it was odd that the french fries tasted like jalapenos but other than that the food was great. 

Summary:

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: B

Service: B

Food: A

Cost: $$

Overall: B

You can see more of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:

Do you like crab cakes?

What is a food local to you? 

Oakland Diner

Oakland Diner (Oakland, NJ)

Before hiking, my husband and I wanted to go to a diner.  Good thing we stopped, because we were out there a lot longer than anticipated.  Anyway, the Oakland Diner was close, so it looked like a good stop.

oakland diner

Oakland Diner Atmosphere: A
The Oakland diner has one of the best diner atmospheres I’ve been too.  I’m not sure if it was once a fast food restaurant with the giant glass windows that are reminiscent of a Wendy’s.  The entire Oakland Diner is decorated with movie themes, drawings, and honestly anything you can imagine.  It’s an eclectic but fun style.

Oakland Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the Oakland Diner was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more refills.  There was nothing that stood out, good or bad.

oakland diner

Food: A
Like most diners, the Oakland Diner menu serves almost everything.  They have plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They even have an entire page of salads and healthy choices.

We arrived around 11, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted.  Ultimately I ordered off the specials menu and went with Mexican steak and eggs. It came with steak, eggs (I chose scrambled), Guacamole, refried beans, and wraps.  I like medium-rare steak, and it was cooked perfectly.  It was one of the best diner steaks I’ve had.  Plus, half the plate was dedicated to guacamole and who can argue with that?

oakland diner

In all, I was pleased with my meal.

Service: B
The Oakland diner was busy when we arrived.  Our waiter was all over the place, and I could have used more drink refills and had to ask another waiter.  The food did come out quickly, which is always a plus.

Cost: $
For the special and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Oakland Diner:
I had a great experience at the Oakland Diner.  I would come back when we go hiking again in the area.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

See all 164 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite way to eat steak?
What is your favorite breakfast?

Blogging Review

The year has come and gone.  Last week, I recapped my running in 2017 and now it’s time to recap blogging since this is a Running Blog. I have begun to think a lot about blogging in 2018.  Where is it going?  Is it dying?  Will fueledbyLOLZ die?

Eventually yes, all good things must come to an end.  I have a longer post about the direction the blog will “go”.  Mentally I have written the post, but I haven’t strung 500 words together.  In summary, I probably won’t kill FueledbyLOLZ, but I will post less in 2018.

Instead of focusing on 2018 (which I will do at some point), it’s always fun to look back at the year and hanging out with friends and fellow bloggers and internet users.

danielle amelia and i
Danielle, Amelia, and I

Most Popular Posts from 2017:

My Running Story: My about me, running page.

My Running Burnout: What led to about 4 months off of running/racing.

Should You Race in Racing Flats?

Care Free Training

Interestingly enough, a lot of my shoe posts are the “top” posts.  Yet, they seem to have the least comments.  

Top Searches:

Thomas Edison Me New Jersey Isn't Boring
Hanging out with Cyd of NJ Isn’t Boring at the Edison Museum

Top Referrers:

Twitter

Facebook

Runners World Festival
Blogging brought many new friendships!
Photo Credit Marty D.

Thoughts about Blogging:

I do like blogging and I enjoy it as an outlet.  For me, blogging will never pay “the bills”.  I am lucky that I do occasionally get sponsored posts which equate to extra spending money.  Those come and go and are completely unpredictable.

Plus, I don’t accept sponsored posts from something I wouldn’t personally use or buy which also limits how many I receive.  It’s nice to receive sponsored posts, but will they pay the bills?  No.   It’s also nice to receive free product to review and try, and I’m always cautious when I do that (for instance, I’m clear in shoe reviews if I didn’t pay for shoes…which 95% of the time, I paid for them).

The platforms of which people choose to blog is also changing.  With Instagram growing, many running bloggers have stopped sharing posts or writing lengthy posts and gone to microposts on instagram.  You must do what works for you.  I am not there yet because I do see blogging as an outlet.  While my grammar and spelling leave a lot to be desired, it’s nice to connect with other bloggers and readers in that form, especially my “real life” friends (and dad) that don’t use social media but subscribe only to blog posts.

Blogging is 2017 wasn’t my highest viewership, in fact one of my lowest, but I still enjoyed it.  At the end of the day I blog for “me” but it’s nice to share the experience with others.  If I wanted to keep a personal diary (which I do keep a personal notepad), I wouldn’t press publish on a public website.  Thanks wordpress for being more organized than I am…

blogging stats

Questions for you:

Bloggers: How was your 2017 in terms of actual blogging?

Do you have a favorite post?  Do you keep a personal diary?

What to do When a Workout Goes Badly
What to do When a Workout Goes Badly

Often times workouts or races don’t go as planned and that is okay. Every runner and athlete has those days, and they stink.

Recently I’ve been craving a race.  I haven’t raced since early December, but I haven’t raced well since the Runners World Half Festival in October.  I’m still the same runner and person that ran well there, but I crave to run fast and compete again.  Why haven’t I?  Around here that hasn’t been much or when there has been, dangerous conditions

Runners world half festival me

Thinking out loud, I like workouts, but the satisfying feeling of crossing a finish line and meeting your goals always feels better.

Last week, I had a lackluster workout.  I wouldn’t call it bad because I didn’t hurt myself, but I wouldn’t call it successful either. Like a race, I took it out too fast and couldn’t make intervals.  Maybe I was a little overzealous in the fitness I was in, but I was also exhausted.

One of the hardest moments of the sport is realizing it’s not your day and deciding what to do. 

You have so many options. Should you slow down the pace? Shorten the intervals, or even just cut the workout together?  Last week during my 400s, I thought about all of these things.  Was I just mentally weak and physically able to hit the intervals?

Ultimately, I decided to slow down the pace to 90 seconds per 400 (or 6:00 min pace). My effort level was still high and that is how my body felt for the day.

By slowing the pace, I allowed myself to run at the effort I could give for the day at the exhaustion level I was: both mentally and physically.

When to Stop the Workout Completely:

Some days everything feels off from your body to your mind.

How are you able to determine it’s not a great day to do a workout?

For me two big factors are if I’m sick or completely mentally exhausted.  Over my entire running journey, there have been several workout days I’ve moved around, or several races I’ve DNSed because I felt awful physically or mentally.  The world moved on and it wasn’t a big deal.  Sure it wasn’t pleasant at the time, but it wasn’t the end of the world…at the end of the day, it’s just running.

Some would argue, and I would agree, the mental component of running is the hardest.  It’s hard to realize: today is not your day.  Relaxing, resting, or adjusting your pace can be the best thing you do for yourself.  It can help you move forward with training rather than move backward by further exhausting yourself.

You need to have the courage and mental toughness to realize that a day off and missing one workout isn’t going to ruin your entire training segment.

Finally, Look Back to see what Made the day Not Go as Planned:

  • Were you exhausted from training?
  • Were you exhausted from outside factors of life?
  • The weather?

Every runner has bad runs and it won’t be the first or last time it happens.  If you are mentally able to adjust the pace on the rough days and stop the workout when it’s important, it will lead to better workouts and PRs.

Related Posts:
I Don’t Hate the Treadmill
Why Building a Base is So Important for Running

Questions for you:
Have you had a bad workout?
How do you move forward?

 

 

me running happy
Workouts: 400s and Tempos

Depending on what you celebrated, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Last weeks training went well.  While I haven’t raced in almost a month and I’m continuing that trend.  As of now, New Years looks like it could be another dicey weather day in NJ…will I ever run a race again…that is the question.

Monday: Easy 60 mins
Tuesday: Easy 60 mins
Wednesday: 12X400s
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 75 minutes
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday: 14 miles/7 at 6:59 pace

Easy runs were just that, easy. Even in the rain, or colder weather, I’ve been trying to get outside.

Wednesday: 12X400

I got greedy for these 400s.  I thought I had crushing workouts so I would continue to crush these but I didn’t.  I took the workout out faster than I could hold on too.  Once I dialed it back, I was able to make the intervals which was most important.  Fitness is a slow build, not a fast one.

12x400s at 5:53 pace and I could only complete 6 out of 12
Instead of giving up, I picked myself up and ran the last 6 around 6 min pace. I would have loved to nail my workout, but I didn’t. Not every workout will go smoothly, and it’s always humbling when they don’t. It’s what makes PRs feel so great.

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Sunday: 14 miles with 7 miles at 6:59

I ran 2-mile warmup, 7 miles at 6:59, and 5 miles after.  In the middle fast miles, I definitely felt as though I was pushing the pace.  It didn’t feel comfortable but it didn’t feel terribly difficult either. I was pleased with the workout.

The last month has felt like a slow grind.  I don’t feel as “sharp” as when I’m frequently racing, but I do know I’m fit.

Posts from the Week:
Hiking Ramapo State Forest
2017 Running Recap

 Questions for you:
How were your holidays?
What was your best workout of the week?

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