May 2012

Eat to Compete: 17 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

17 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

Last week, we sat down with Nicole Fasules, Board Certified Sports Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer at Way of Life Nutrition. Nicole works as consultant for the team, visiting with the players and team medical staff to ensure proper nutrition techniques are carried out. Knowing that she is a great source of information, we wanted to get her advice on what to eat while training for the Brewers Mini, the week of the race and the night before. Nicole also talked to us about using supplements, reinforced the importance of hydration, and addressed the ways common “vices” of sugar, coffee and alcohol effective our bodies.

Since nutritional needs vary based on body type, weight, height, level of activity and time of day, it was difficult for Nicole to give us a precise plan to follow; however, her general tips below are good guidance. If you have specific questions or concerns, you will want to consult your own doctor or nutritionist.

Training for a Race- How to Fuel Your Body Over the Next Four Months:

Afternoon/Early Evening Runners

If you are running in the afternoon, the most important thing to do is to make sure that your glycogen stores are topped off (that’s the carbohydrate in your muscle). You can do this by making sure your carbohydrates are spread out throughout the day. Ideally, Nicole says, you’ll want to be eating every 3 hours or so. Make sure you have a regular lunch, and then if you  you are going to have a snack before you go and run, do it about 1-2 hours before you plan on running. You should be looking at a snack of between 50-60 grams of carbohydrates (e.g. lowfat yogurt, fruit, maybe even a granola bar with that; or, a peanut butter sandwich would work well, too).

Morning Runners

Again, ideally, you will make sure you eat 1-2 hours before your run, but what if you already get up early in the morning and can’t see yourself getting up 1-2 hours earlier to heat? Nicole says you should make sure you have  something an hour or two before you go to bed (such as a bowl of cereal) and then hydration is key.

Depending on the length of your run, water is generally fine, but if your run is longer than 45 minutes, she suggests adding Gatordae.

Hydration

One tip that really stuck out was that, according to Nicole, to be properly hydrated, you want to drink half your weight in ounces of water in addition to 16-24 extra ounces per hour of activity. For example, a 120 lb woman should aim for at least 60 ounces of water on a normal day, plus 16-24 extra ounces if she is going on an hour-long run.

What if you don’t like just plain water? Nicole says tea or milk can work as well, but that sugar-free products like True Lemon or True Lime and  Mio can help add flavor to water.

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Make sure you don’t skip breakfast. Good, balanced breakfasts include carbs and protein, like a bagel with PB, egg and fruit, plus milk or water or oatmeal and fruit, nuts or flax, and milk.

“You always want a little bit of protein with your carbohydrate because it does help the carbohydrate get into the muscle a little bit easier. It also extends the properties of the carbohydrate, meaning it allows the carb to be used at a slower rate instead of rushing in and out of your system. That means that your carb can be more readily available,” Nicole explained.

Longer Runs

When you get further into your training and start to add mileage, Nicole says you need to adjust your caloric intake.

“Typically, per extra mile of activity, you want to take in 100-150 extra calories per mile. It also depends on how fast you guys are. If you are doing some speed work, you might want to go closer to 200 calories per mile then. Your main goal is to keep the power up as much as you can.”

Energy Gels, Chews & Supplements… Oh my!

When we visited Performance Oufitters, we were overwhelmed by all the different bars, chews, goos, gels, etc. that were on the market. How do you know when to use them and what to choose?

Well, Nicole says that usually, you are good for the first hour of running where you won’t need to supplement. After the first hour, your body will require about 45-65g of carbs/hour.

“We usually recommend you are taking in a goo gel or a chew every 20 minutes at that point. Your main goal is to not let your glycogen stores deplete. You have to see what feels right to you guys. As you get higher in your distances, you can plant your goos along the way if you can’t carry everything with you, so you can kind of gauge what you might need.”

As far as which products to choose? That’s a personal preference related to taste and what works best for you. For instance, a goo gel might go down easier while running, while a chew might work better for someone biking.

And, when it comes to vitamins, if your diet is lacking then you probably need a multivitamin. But if you’re eating enough calories and you’re getting a good balance, you’re covered. The only additional supplement Nicole recommends to everyone is an Omega-3 fatty acid.

Closing in on the Race: Eat to Compete for the Main Event

The Week Leading Up to the Race (September 17!)

“Usually, the whole concept of carb-loading isn’t exactly the way we thought it was at one point,” Nicole said. “Really, your carb-loading starts the week before your race and that’s because usually before your race, you’re tapering your mileage. When you’re tapering your mileage, you’re using less carbohydrates and they can stay topped off. Usually you don’t want to change your eating so much before, because of the taper.”

Night Before the Race (September 21)

“The night before, you don’t want to take in mass amounts of carbs because your body actually  can only store so much,” Nicole warned. “The purpose of the night before is to make sure you are very well hydrated depending  on the time of the race. The more hydrated you are, too, the more saturated your muscles can become so the more efficient they will operate. Do you want to focus on carbs for your dinner? Yes, but you don’t necessarily have to go above and beyond what you would normally would.

You do want to make sure you have some nice solid sources for that meal, such as pasta or rice, good complex carbs. Balance that with a protein, a vegetable, milk, a roll, and maybe even dessert (such as froyo or sorbet) and you will hit your carb needs for that meal and it’s very well-balanced.

We had to ask. What about some of our “vices” like coffee, sugar and alcohol?

Coffee

Are you someone who can’t survice without a cup of joe? “Studies have shown that it doesn’t dehydrate us like we once thought,” Nicole said, much to Cait’s delight, “But it doesn’t hydrate us either. It is fine if you want to keep it in, but you need to drink more liquid as well.”

Sugar

“Real sugary foods aren’t necessarily a problem if you’re wise with how you use them,” Nicole said. Simple sugars are great post-run because when you take them in, they get into your muscles that much faster, which means the healing happens that much faster too. The reloading of your glycogen stores happens that much quicker as well. It’s the easiest for your body to use that sugar. Having simple sugars when you’re just lying around is not what you want and having simple sugars before an event is not what you want either because you can crash pretty easily if your stores are already topped off.”

Simple sugars are found in natural foods like fruits, vegetables, yogurts and milk. Obviously, healthier than processed foods with more refined (or added) sugars.

Alcohol

Alcohol on the other hand is a different story. Alcohol can stay in your system up to 72 hours after consumption. Throughout the whole training schedule, it is good idea to cut back on alcohol consumption, especially days before your longest runs. And, the week before the big race,  at the very least, make sure you cut out alcohol at least four days before, so your muscles aren’t hurting.

“Alcohol can inhibit the reuptake of carbohydrates,” Nicole said. “Alcohol is very greedy, which means it wants to be used for energy first and foremost, so until it is completely out of your system, nothing else can be utilized very well.”

Overall, you want to be sure you decrease muscle damage, because when you run, you are tearing up muscle tissue.

Here’s a scary visual: “When you think about ingesting alcohol, think about putting rubbing alcohol on a wound….it just kills. The same thing happens  with your muscles inside. It creates a lot of inflammation and it can’t heal. Be wise,” Nicole warned.

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JOHN

I talked in an earlier blog about how my high school cross country coach, Mr. Jim Kearney, had a lot to do with teaching training techniques that are still in my head today.  nyone who ran for Mr. Kearney remembers his many “Kearney-isms.” One that I always remember was (for lack of a better term), “Eat like (garbage), you run like (garbage).”

Now, that is not to say today I’m always eating healthy, but those simple words do stick in your head. I do enjoy my fair share of sweets, snacks, probably too much red meat and, well, the occasional “garbage.” But, I try to be aware what I’m eating and when I’m eating it to keep up as healthy of a standard of living as possible.

That is pretty difficult to do when you work at a baseball stadium where there is an endless supply of food all around you (Hey, but I have to taste it all to write about it for the blog!). Add that to working weird hours and I feel like I’m a pretty special case.  I listened to closely to what Nicole had to say during her address to the team at Spring Training and again the other day. I picked up on the importance of being able to balance everything and eat at the right times. The food you eat affects your performance, but it also affects how you carry out your job, your overall mood and well being.

I really found the above tips useful. I know it can seem a bit overwhelming, and by no means am I going to stop eating the foods I like. I will, however, think more about what I eat and when I eat it, not just for a better performance in the Brewers Mini, but also for better overall personal well-being.

CAIT

I may work out often and hard enough, but I know that my diet could use it’s own boot camp… I am that person who doesn’t like eating breakfast in the morning. I love coffee, have a major sweet tooth,  a penchant for bloody marys, and such a sporadic, hectic schedule that I tend to skip meals and/or end up eating out too much.

I confessed most of this to Nicole and, although she was very polite about it, I am guessing I am probably her worst nightmare. I found a lot of her advice to be very useful and it really helped keep things in perspective. She didn’t tell us we had to give up coffee, sweets or even alcohol, we just have to be smarter about it. And, I’ve always read about how your body uses food as fuel and energy, but having the Brewers Mini to train for and hearing her talk about the science behind how your body uses the food that you put into it, really helped me understand that not only what, but also when, I eat can make a big difference. I know I’m not going to change overnight, but I’m going to start with some small changes like drinking half my weight in water and making sure I am eating more regularly throughout the day, especially at times more conducive to my runs.

TRENNI

A personal trainer recently spilled the beans to a friend of mine, working out is important, but what we eat really determines how fit we are!

I remember when I was training for my first marathon. I thought I would shed pounds and look like the women on the cover of Runners World. Instead, I gained weight. And not the “muscle weighs more than fat” kind of weight. I fell into the very large trap of thinking that because I was working out more than I ever had before, I could eat whatever I wanted. Unfortunately, that is just not true.

Food is fuel and you don’t want to put the wrong “gas” in your “car”, but you also don’t want to be running around on empty.

I am certainly not qualified to advise anyone on proper nutritional or caloric needs, but I do know that eating well not only improves your performance, but makes you feel a heck of a lot better!

I recently completed a 10-day cleanse which included a fiber drink, herbal cleansing and probiotic pills and a diet void of sugar, refined, white starches (white breads, pastas, tortilla’s, etc…) caffeine, alcohol and dairy. It was not easy, but I can assure you that after ten days I felt better than I had in years. I no longer crave sugar (I suffer from a crazy sweet tooth!) or junk food like I did before. When I began the cleanse, I was dreaming of double cheeseburgers, fries and custard. By the time I had finished, I honestly no longer wanted those types of food.

Now, that doesn’t mean I won’t treat myself or have something if I want it, but I definitely broke the addictive habit of having a cookie or some ice cream almost every day. It wasn’t that I really wanted or needed that particular food, it had just become routine.

I challenge our readers to adopt a new habit or break an old one this week! See if you can skip the cupcake, the post-work glass of wine or promise to eat a healthy breakfast every day. My goal for this week is to continue to eat meals high in healthy proteins and loads of fruits and vegetables. I’m also hoping to keep kicking the sugar habit!

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Stay tuned for our next Brewers Mini post! To join us, register for the race at brewersmini.com! Can’t race, but still want to support the MACC Fund? Make a donation to our team here!

-John and Cait (& Trenni!)

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Coach to Rodgers: “Call Me…Maybe?”

Right before Opening Day, we debuted our 2012 TV spots and since then, we’ve released a few more.

If you’ve been following along, you know that among them, there is a series of spots featuring Packers MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as he tries to score a spot on our roster during Spring Training.

So far, Aaron’s been showing off his pitching skills. However, his unusual delivery,  distracting jewelry and, most recently, incessant phone calls while on the mound, have hurt his chances.

Yes, while Aaron was on the field, he received quite a few calls from a relatively famous team much further north, who was trying to keep tabs on their MVP…while he was hanging out with ours.

MVPs: Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun pose together on set.

The two remaining Rodgers spots will be released every few weeks–so look for a continuation of this story here on John and Cait…Plus 9! In the meantime, you can view the rest of the 2012 TV spots here.

Again, it was a fun TV shoot and we’re very proud of the finished product. Kudos to 2-Story Creative and Metaphystico for their great work! We hope you like the spots as much as we enjoyed working on them!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

MLB.com Goes Live With New Twitter Pages

Not every baseball fan uses Twitter on a regular basis, but I am pretty sure most baseball fans would find the vast amount of information that Twitter provides regarding America’s Pastime very beneficial.  Enter MLB.com and its new page, “The 140 Club.”  This page will allow all types of fans the ability to easily track social media activity as it relates to Major League Baseball.

The 140 Club” curates tweets from across the twitterverse to allow fans an organized way to view all tweets regarding Major League Baseball.  Fans can easily view conversations involving the following topics on Twitter:

- What players and insiders are saying about baseball

- What baseball players are saying about pop culture topics of the day

- What celebrities/athletes from other sports/famous tweeps are saying about the top baseball stories of the day

- What fans are saying about the top baseball stories of the day

The goal of the page is to highlight all of the baseball conversations taking place on twitter and offer an easy destination for baseball fans to view the discussion, whether they have Twitter accounts or not.  At our social media in sports night earlier this month, I heard from a a few fans who were not entirely social media savvy but still wanted to participate in what certain parts of social media have to offer.  “The 140 Club” seems like a great place for all types of fans to follow along with the action.

Of course, fans who are active on twitter have options to interact with the individual tweets (i.e. RT, Reply, etc…) and the toggles on the left hand side of the page allow fans to look-up player & team accounts to view and follow. Members of the MLB.com Social Media Editorial Team manage this page and monitor Twitter for new topics to add daily.  The page is well organized and very easy to use and navigate.  A “must bookmark” and a place to check on a regular basis.  I think it will be especially fun to follow this page in game as a central location to find what people are saying as games take place.

Another component of MLB.com’s new Twitter page is a hub for tweets regarding All-Star voting and the Midsummer Classic.  The Brewers page has a place where you can check tweets related to the Brewers candidates for the All-Star Game.  I’m told this page will evolve as results are released and as the game itself (July 10 in Kansas City) approaches.

Brewers fans are reminded that all fans voting 21 or more times on Brewers.com for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP.  There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address.  More information and rules may be found at brewers.com.  Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Be sure to bookmark both these pages to follow the Brewers and the rest of Major League Baseball on social media with ease.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

18 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon….10 Weeks until the 5K Sausages Run/Walk!

Last week, John, Trenni and I visited the official training partner of the Brewers Mini, Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, to get geared up so we can officially begin training. Not only does Performance Running provide high quality  shoes, apparel, and accessories (with a discount for John and Cait readers!) , but they will also be providing the pace team for the race and they have developed an official training program for it. [For more information on the program, or to register, click here.]

In addition to that, one thing that we’re making sure we incorporate into our training is the ever-popular Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk. If you’re training properly for the Brewers Mini (which is now less than 4 months away!), you should have no trouble running this race, which takes place 10 weeks from now, just 8 weeks before the half-marathon.

The 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 28, starting at 8 a.m. (for runners like you!) and 8:15 a.m. (for walkers). Applications are now available online at brewers.com/5krunwalk.

I’ve run in this 5k in the past and it’s always a blast. Even if you are not so ambitious as to be preparing for the Brewers Mini, it’s one of the most unique races in the area and, with the walk option, is also a great event for families.

One very unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Famous Racing Sausages, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. And, Brewers first base coach Ed Sedar will serve celebrity starter for this year’s event.

The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park, making it excellent practice for the Brewers Mini –when else are you going to get a chance to test that terrain? 


All participants must be pre-registered and the event is is filling quickly, so it is recommended that those interested register ASAP for this event.

So far, there are 26 States and the Armed Forces – Europe represented in the participants.

For the $30 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2012 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.

Participants can create/join teams when they register. Teams of 15 people or more will get their team names on the back of their t-shirts.

All proceeds of the event will help Brewers Community Foundation extend financial support to non-profits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs and this year, the fundraising component returns as participants and fans are encouraged to help raise additional funds to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. Participants can learn about incentive levels, prizes and read the official rules for fundraising at brewers.com/5kfundraising.

Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com or by visiting brewers.com/5krunwalk.

Stay tuned for our next training post as we prepare for these two fun events!

To join us at one or both of these great races:

            [Follow @BrewersCF and use hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk for updates!]

          [Follow @BrewersEvents and use hashtag #BrewersMini for updates!]

Can’t race, but still want to help some great causes?

  • Support the Fisher House by making a donation to our team here .
  • Support the MACC Fun by making a donation to our team  here.

Happy Running!

- Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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About Fisher House: Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations travel to the Milwaukee VA medical center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. Veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to break ground in 2013.

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Sponsors of this year’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk are: Brewers.com, Chevrolet, Klement’s, Olympus Group, Pepsi, Prime Time Timing, Rexnord, SportService, Time Warner Cable, Navy Club USA – WI Squadron, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association WI Chapter 45-1, Wisconsin Athletic Club and 2-Story Creative.

Gallardo and Lucroy Trade Places With Southwest Employees For The Day

If you were at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport today and saw some things that were out of the ordinary in Concourse D, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.

Yes, that was Yovani Gallardo guiding a Southwest Boeing 737 into gate D52.  Yes, that was Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages unloading luggage.  And, yes, that was Jonathan Lucroy riding the tug, pushing Southwest flight 584 off to Phoenix.

Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Milwaukee Brewers, invited Gallardo, Lucroy, Bernie and the Famous Racing Sausages to help out at the airport for an hour today.  I accompanied Yovani and Jonathan to the airport today for their visit and it was an enjoyable day for everyone.

Yovani, Jonathan, the Brewers mascots and the Southwest crew on the tarmac.

Yovani, Jonathan, the Brewers mascots and the Southwest crew on the tarmac.

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The entire operation is like clockwork.  The ground crew can’t afford to be late or inefficient with their jobs as getting passengers to their destination quickly and safely is priority number one.

The plane landed in Milwaukee for a brief “stopover” before continuing on to Phoenix (where the Brewers will play this weekend).  When the plane landed Yovani helped the ground crew guide the plane into the gate.  He also later helped with luggage.  At the same time, Jonathan was up at the gate greeting passengers who weren’t continuing on to Phoenix.

When it was time for the next group of passengers to get on the plane, Jonathan was right there making announcements and Yovani was scanning tickets.  After the plane was loaded up, the Brewers battery returned to the tarmac to push the plane from the gate and send it off to Phoenix.  Landed, unloaded, reloaded and back in the air all in about one hour.

“It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes operations here,” Lucroy said of the job shadow.  “I was really amazed at how fast everything went today.”

I’ve always loved airplanes and flying, so this was a treat for me too.  It was great to see what it takes to get a plane to the gate on time and back up in the air. Even with the distraction of Yovani, Jonathan and the mascots, the crew knew where to be and when to be there to carry out their jobs.

Special thanks goes out to the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, the crew from Southwest Airlines and our friends at Gen. Mitchell International Airport for helping with today’s event.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation and Corey Hart Team Up to Support MPL’s Summer Reading Program

As the daughter of not one, but two retired librarians, you can imagine how I was surrounded by books growing up. My parents read to me nearly every night and I also learned to read at a very early age. I loved books like Where the Wild Things Are, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and Charlotte’s Web and devoured all sorts of series like Frog and Toad,  Curious GeorgeAngelina Ballerina, the Berenstain Bears, The Babysitter’s Club, Little House on the Prairie, American Girls,  and so many more.

I have no doubt that my early introduction to reading helped me to succeed in academics and fostered my continued love affair of books to this day (I’m in two book clubs and I visit the library almost every week).

Here I am with my best friends in one of my book clubs.We were reading Jill Smolinski’s The Next Thing on My List and the author had called in to our meeting. We took a group photo so she could see who she was talking to! [L-R: Erin, Nikki, Me, Jana (with her baby boy, Bennett), Stephanie, Kathryn and Kristen.]

So, when I heard that Corey Hart and Brewers Community Foundation are teaming up with the Milwaukee Public Library to support the “Super Reader” summer reading programfor the second year in a row, I was very excited to talk to Corey about his involvement.

Corey Hart and his wife, Kristina, recognize super readers during a pregame ceremony last season.

“I think it is important for kids to get out there and read,” Corey told me. “The earlier you start reading, the better you are going to do in school. It comes a lot easier to my kids because they started reading early. I never read. I wish I would have. Now I read all the time.”

Travel is a big part of life for a Major League Baseball player and Corey often uses his travel time to read. Religion is also a big part of Corey’s life, so he enjoys reading Christian books.

“Right now I’m reading the Left Behind Series, a  series of 16 books about The Rapture and life after. I’m on book three right now.”

Corey said he has a Nook, but that most times, he’d rather read an actual book.

Corey’s wife, Kristina, is also a big proponent of the reading program.  The couple has four children; boys Matthew and Brye and girls, Alyssa and Ryleigh.

“My wife reads to the kids every night. We have one of those audio books where you can record your voice reading a story so when I am gone, they can play that,” Corey said. Growing up, Corey’s favorite book was Where the Red Fern Grows, but his children have different tastes. Right now, his oldest daughter is into The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books while his younger daughter prefers books about princesses. The boys like things such as Batman.

According to the Milwaukee Public Library, children who do not read over the summer can lose two to three months in reading skills. And, just 15 minutes of reading a day can have a huge impact on their learning. That’s why they’ve continually promoted a summer reading program each year.

To participate in the program, parents can bring their children to one of the 13 Milwaukee Public Libraries to sign up for the “Super Reader” summer reading program from now through August 30. Just for registering, children ages 0-12 will receive this  yard/window sign, along with a folder they can use to track the time they spend reading or being read to.

The library will recognize Super Reader progress with free food coupons, attraction tickets, book bags, and even a free book for their home libraries. The program is free to sign up.  Learn more at www.mpl.org/summerreading.

Speaking of reading, this post comes at a time when I am actually in the middle of reading former Brewers outfielder, Frank Catalanotto‘s new book, Heart and Hustle, and I thought that Brewers fans might enjoy reading a review of the book, as well as my thoughts about some other baseball books, so look for that to come in the not-so-distant future!

Happy reading!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table for the Giants Series

The Chef’s Table for this three game set beginning with the Giants surprised me a bit.  Chef John and his crew got pretty creative for this one, preparing a “Chinatown Banh Mi” sandwich.

The sandwich is centered on a beef sirloin glazed in brown sugar and soy sauce topped with Asian Slaw, radish, cucumbers and sweet chili mayonnaise. As always, the sandwich is served with the famous house made chips and a pickle.

The finished Chinatown Banh Mi Sandwich

The finished Chinatown Banh Mi Sandwich

The menu for the Giants series.

The menu for the Giants series.

I didn’t have a chance to try it yet, but I will for sure check it out tomorrow and keep you updated.  The sandwich can be yours for $9.25 and available outside section 215 on the Loge Level throughout the Giants series.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Road Crew Announces All-Inclusive Summer Trip to St. Louis, August 2 – 5

Looking for a great opportunity for a summer weekend getaway to watch Brewers baseball?  Look no further as the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Enterprises today announced plans for a road trip to St. Louis, August 2 – 5, to catch the Brewers and Cardinals at Busch Stadium. This one-of-a-kind opportunity goes on sale today and is limited in capacity, so you are encouraged to act fast.  Nearly every facet of this first-class experience will be handled by Brewers Enterprises.

As a part of the experience, fans will receive motor coach transportation to and from St. Louis (fans will receive complimentary vehicle parking at Miller Park while in St. Louis). Guests will receive continental breakfast, boxed lunches, snacks and beverages on departure day.

Fans will stay in the heart of downtown St. Louis  for three nights at the Crowne Plaza – Downtown St. Louis, which is located across the street from the Gateway Arch and just a short walk away from Busch Stadium.   The group will enjoy complimentary breakfast and cocktails during the trip at the hotel restaurant/lounge.

Fans taking the trip need not worry about tickets for the three-game weekend series as they are all included. On Friday, the group will enjoy the game from Party Suites that include all food and beverage. For Saturday’s game, fans will enjoy the game from Field Level seats down the third base line. For the series finale on Sunday afternoon, the group will sit in the Champions Club, which also features all-inclusive food and beverage.

In addition to attending the three games, the group will participate in a private tour of Busch Stadium, with many more special activities planned throughout the weekend. Participants will also receive a gift bag with customized Brewers gear and much more. There will be additional opportunities to win tickets to other St. Louis attractions, pairs of Brewers tickets for games at Miller Park, and Visa Check Cards.

The price for single occupancy is $1,595 and for double occupancy is $2,595. Each additional guest per room is $1300. These prices include all applicable taxes, fees and the above amenities. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 414-902-4424 or click here. The package goes on sale today and space is limited.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: Bloody Marys are a Meal at Miller Park

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate Drank:

Miller Park Bloody Marys

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

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Bloody Mary-$11.00

Have you tried the Bloody Marys at Miller Park? Available on several carts around the ballpark, these tomato-based drinks are especially perfect for days like today–a Sunday afternoon game.

“We experimented with a way to try to make these very unique to the Brewers, like adding in Secret Stadium Sauce, but that just didn’t work out,” said Eric Sampson, Club Level Manager at SportService.

That’s okay though, because SportService still puts their own twist on these drinks by combining Smirnoff Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, we’re told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with fixin’s like olives, cheese, sausage bites, and a pickle.

This season, SportService has experimented with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, but so far, they have found that it is difficult to offer that option on weekends like this one, with big crowds and two day games in a row. The Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level, however, has this option each Sunday with a plethora of fixin’s including: artichoke hearts, garlic, pepperoncinis, mushrooms, cheese, pickles, sausage bites, olives, celery and more.

Cait: Let me start off by getting this out of the way:like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys. They are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale. I make it a point to attend the Tomato Romp on Milwaukee’s East Side each year; I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary burgers, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

The spicy option has just the right amount of kick and, even if you don’t get to build your own Bloody, the fixin’s that come standard are perfect as well. Cheers!

John: Cait is most definitely the “go to” person when it comes to Bloody Marys.  I enjoy a good Bloody Mary here and there, but Cait’s opinion here should be taken a little more seriously than mine.  Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to Bloody Marys.  My preference is just a little bit of spice and I prefer not to have it loaded with “groceries.”  I don’t need everything that can be found in a kitchen tossed in.  A couple of olives, maybe a cheese cube (I’m from Wisconsin after all!), a lemon wedge–whatever–just keep it simple with a few garnishes and I’m good.  

The Blood Mary carts allow you to choose your preferred level of spiciness.  Already off to a good start!  The garnishes were simple and didn’t overpower the drink, just the way I like it.  A very generous portion will last you a couple of innings and this treat is sure to please.  Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.  On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level.

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack-or drink? Want to dispute our review? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table for the Twins Series

The Brewers welcome their interleague rival the Twins to Miller Park for a three game weekend set beginning tonight.  The state of Minnesota is known as the “Land of Lakes”–even though Wisconsin has more lakes than Minnesota, but who’s counting–and for the Chef’s Table this weekend a Cajun Walleye Reuben sandwich will be served.  Walleye is perhaps the most popular freshwater fish in the Northern United States and also happens to be the official state fish of Minnesota.

Seared on a cast iron griddle right in front of you and served made to order, the sandwich is presented on rye bread with swiss cheese.  The house made chips–which are very delicious–are also a part of the plate.

The Cajun Walleye Reuben

The Cajun Walleye Reuben

Chef's Table Menu for the Minnesota series.

Chef’s Table Menu for the Minnesota series.

The sandwich can be yours for $9.25 and is served as always outside section 215.  It will be available throughout the weekend series against the Twins.

UPDATE: This sandwich has been getting rave reviews from everyone and today, I tried it along with my interns, Dan, Dushan and Kelsey.  This sandwich was definitely a home run.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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