Happy Birthday, Tenders & Trails! 1 Year!!

Tenders & Trails is officially a year old today, and man… that’s a milestone. I started this blog a year ago with the intention of documenting the process of getting ready for a snowboarding sabbatical trip, but the wise words of well-known blogger kept echoing in my head:

“You don’t get to choose what your blog will be about.”

My favorite outdoors picture of all time. I think we all have one, right?

I was so puzzled by that statement but always kept it somewhere in the back of my head. I figured it would make sense eventually, and finally it did. There’s something cathartic about writing, interacting with your readers, meeting other writers, and developing a whole new network of acquaintances and friends. It makes you grow. The person who starts to write a blog, a book, or whatever personal account they so choose, will never be the same person at the end. It’s just not possible.

A huge thanks to family, friends, and folks I’ve met along the way. I have my family to thank for nurturing me into being such an outdoor loving individual, friends who encourage and challenge me, and an amazing boyfriend who puts up with my ever changing drives in life (seriously, he deserves an award). I don’t know where I’d be without all of you. Thank you all for putting up with me.

So, with that whole not getting to choose what your blog is about deal, I realized over the past year my calling/purpose/platform is to get people outside. Whatever it takes. I’m making it a personal mission to find a way to get people off their couches, away from their computers, and outside. I intend to have a massive impact because I dream big. Huge in fact.

How am I going to do that? Well, I have some ideas and pretty soon I’ll be begging all of you to help me out. The first of them will be announced sometime soon just before an awesome summit I’m attending. In just about two weeks I’ll be headed to Boston to hang out with roughly 250 other outdoor loving folks between the ages of 16 and 28 at Outdoor Nation Boston Summit. Our mission? Get people to GTFO (get the FUN outside).

Keep an eye out for more details about this whole thing, but I’m beyond excited to be one of the outdoorsy minds attending this conference. Also pretty psyched that it’s mandatory that everyone camp on the Boston Harbor Islands the night we’re there!

So what about those food reviews?

Someone recently mentioned that I’ve totally neglected the “Tenders” portion of the blog since sabbatical ended, so I’d like to give that part some love again. I’ve been saving this review for the perfect time, and I think that would be right now (and I’ll take any excuse at all to eat these tenders).

I now present the chicken tenders that just might have inspired me to even bother reviewing chicken tenders in the first place: Puritan Backroom in Manchester, New Hampshire. For a whopping $9.15 you’ll be treated to more chicken and fries than you can count (because you’ll be too busy eating) and a very suitable and well-sized dipping cup of sweet and sour sauce (skip your normal sauce – trust me). I’d recommend bringing a friend to split the dinner plate with because I have yet to actually see anyone finish the entire meal on his or her own. Heck, Rob and I can split it AND have left overs.

The chicken is always tender with a light crunchy batter with a sweet taste to accompany it. I’ve heard rumors that they put grapefruit juice in the batter, but I have no idea if that’s true. Either way, give the regular variety a try and then move on to the Puritan’s other varieties (all awesome as well). The fries, while not the best I’ve ever had, have never gone to waste. They’re of the thick cut, always well cooked and well seasoned. As odd as it might sound, make sure you try a few fries with the sweet and sour sauce. It’s just plain tasty.

The Puritan Backroom chicken tender plate makes for a delicious, slightly sticky, and filling meal. If I have to give it a rating out of 5, I’m going to have to go with 10. It’s just that good. Final Score: 10 out of 5 Tenders

I think it’s time to escape the indoors and go enjoy the beautiful weather, so again…

Thank you!!!

4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Tenders & Trails! 1 Year!!

  1. As usual, you take an idea and run with it. And it has been very entertaining to read. But I also know this is not your first successful website 🙂

  2. This is a little late, but happy blog birthday! Keep on trucking. Looking forward to seeing me included in your trip reports.

    See, I told you I would comment 🙂

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!