I love a good race or scavenger hunt, ever since I was a child. So when I heard about the Culinary Race I was hooked on the idea. I was a little nervous heading into the day. My boyfriend and I are competitive and to be honest we hadn’t done anything like this in the year and a half we had been together so I wasn’t sure how this would all play out. Bill is a planner and knows the city well. I on the other hand have only been here for 5 years and can’t navigate the south part of the city very well. We met the rest of the teams at the market and came armed with pens, extra paper, highlighters, and our phones. Butterflies in the stomach but also super excited!
Off we went on an adventure that would take us around the city to areas I had never been to, locations I had never seen and I discovered this city is always so much larger then I think it is! Each location had a challenge to be completed or sample to be tasted. Our backseat was starting to fill, full of coupons, food, and gifts from all the places we had been so far. Everything was great!
Then bam, just like on the Amazing Race something didn’t quite go as planned. We got a clue wrong and went to the wrong place. By this point we thought maybe we aren’t going to win today. Like most couples we argued for a few minutes over whose fault it was and drove in silence to the next location. It was that next location that we realized we were having way to much fun to be mad or angry at each other. We ran into other teams having so much fun, it was contagious. We had our groove back! We still made some mistakes and had a few wrong guesses. But at the end of the day we found so many places near our neighborhood that we couldn’t wait to go back and try. A few of them we visited in the weeks following the race and they were so happy we remembered them and came back for a meal or bottle of wine.
We love food and trying new things and the race provided us with just that. But it ended up being so much more. We learned so much about each other and how we operate as a unit. For us this race was a day of team building for our relationship. With full bellies and countless coupons we arrived at the finish line!
To this day we still talk about how much fun we had and how we couldn’t wait for next year!
Tips for the day:
I am not going to give away our strategy (did I mention we are competitive?) but I will give you some tips!
– Bring extra devices besides your phone, like a tablet, just in case your phones dies while you are looking up the clues
– Make sure you have a charger in the car and plenty of data to use the maps app!
-Plan before you leave the first location, and don’t be afraid to take a break in the car and re group if you don’t know what to do next
-Bring extra pens and paper so you can keep track of where you have been where you are going
-Fill your tank full of gas before the race. Nothing more frustrating then stopping the momentum for gas
-Bring water you’ll be snacking and drinking most of the day but we found ourselves running a few times
-Wear a comfy costume (again we ran a lot)
-Remember the day is about discovering new places and making a fool out yourself while you do an espresso shot and jumping on one foot.