Horse racing around the track. Fresh sparkling spring water. A wedding in Saratoga Spa State Park. That pretty much sums up my Labor Day Weekend. It was very non-traditional (no beach to be seen and no burgers to be had), but it fit because it didn’t feel very much like summer where we were. Let’s back up a bit and I’ll share a few highlights from our long weekend, shall we?
After work on Friday (I worked from home + Andrew was off), Andrew and I debated ordering a pizza or venturing out for dinner. Ultimately we decided to stay in and scrounged together leftovers to clean out the fridge before we set out for Saratoga Springs, NY the next morning for a wedding + mini vacation. We ended up with grilled chicken paninis with marinara sauce, red onion + parmesan cheese and a random mix of frozen shredded hashbrowns, peppers + onions seasoned with Penzeys Northwoods Fire seasoning (my absolute favorite). Not too shabby for such a random meal!
Saturday morning started off bright + early with his and hers breakfast sandwiches from a local bagel shop. I had the Power Blast – egg whites, pepper jack, tomato, and turkey on a whole wheat everything bagel. We also grabbed a maple pecan latte from Dunkin Donuts to go before hitting the road. I usually much prefer Starbucks or small local coffee shops, but this new flavor was so good! Like fall in a cup.
Three hours later, we arrived at the house we rented with friends. Subs were the name of the game for a quick lunch. We picked them up to go from a local hotspot Italian deli, Roma Foods. I wish I snapped a picture (bad blogger), but everything tasted so fresh and authentic + some of the cold cuts were even made in house. They even had torrone, an Italian pistachio + honey nougat candy. From there, we hit the famous race track.
I’m not a big gambler, but when in Rome, right? We bet $20 and ended up winning $25 on our very first bet! Then we decided to throw it back in and lost. Oh well. Saturday night, our group headed to dinner at The Brook Tavern in downtown Saratoga Springs. It was happy hour, so I ordered a $5 glass of chardonnay (woop!) + some small plates. This is the roasted brussels sprouts with pears, honey + rhubarb. I need to recreate this combo at home!
We actually had tickets to the Zack Brown Band concert later at night, but we ultimately only stayed for 20 minutes because the lawn area was extremely overcrowded and filled with smokers and partiers, and we couldn’t see the stage at all from where we were sitting. A little disappointing, but we were all happy to head back to our rental and relax. That’s when you know you’re getting old.
It ended up pouring all night Saturday and all day on Sunday, so we scrapped our plans to explore the town and lazed around. The two girls in the house assembled a make-your-own breakfast burrito bar for everyone: tortillas, scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. SO good! Around noon, we received a visit from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend who were staying about 40 minutes away in Albany for a different wedding. We didn’t know they would be so close ahead of time, so it was a nice surprise!
After that, wedding prep commenced and we headed over to the Saratoga Hall of Springs around 4:30 for a beautiful ceremony followed by quite a bit of dancing and swaying and dancing some more.
Oh, and eating. I enjoyed a little bit of everything throughout the night, including calamari, pulled pork, cheese + crackers, filet mignon, and vanilla gelato from a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone bowl. So yum. Such a fun night – congratulations to Brendan + Noelle!
And that about wraps up the weekend, as Monday was spent driving back home, grocery shopping, and lazing around in an attempt to recover from all of the weekend fun we had. I hope you enjoyed a few wonderful days off too! I’ll see you back on the blog later this week. 🙂