The weekend was a flurry of activity for us! We had friends up from Long Island so we got to show them all the wonderful aspects of life in Saratoga County. Friday was girls night, and after enjoying several of the bands at Hats off to Saratoga, (most especially MaryLeigh Roohan who ROCKS!) we hit a couple spots and settled in at Paddock Lounge for a few drinks and some dancing.
We loaded up at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning which was wonderful as always. You all gave me several suggestions on what to do with my yellow zucchini, which ended up being drizzled in olive oil and balsamic and grilled. Super yummy!
Saratoga Shakespeare in the Park
Saturday night we packed the kids and a picnic dinner and enjoyed an evening in Congress Park with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company for their performance of Twelfth Night. This is the last week to enjoy this free show – details here. This is such a unique and fun experience. Even though the kids (2, 4 & 5) were a little young to understand the plot, they still loved being there. Picked up takeout at Esperanto’s which worked perfectly for our crew of picky eaters!
Speaking of food, my recent trip to Boca Bistro warrants a mention in this Mama Musing.
Saratoga Restaurant: Boca Bistro
Having been to Spain and with lots of fond memories of the food and drink there, I was especially eager to try out Boca Bistro, DZ Restaurants’ latest venture. First let me mention that it’s really not my style to be snapping photos during a meal with family or friends. This was no exception. I went to Boca Bistro with my sister and a friend, both I don’t get to see nearly enough. I was not about to spend our time together taking vanity shots of myself or my food. I digress.
Boca Bistro is a fairly new Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Saratoga on Broadway a couple doors down from Circus Cafe. Reclaimed wood tables, original brick walls, interesting light fixtures all around and a copper ceiling give Boca Bistro an old-world charm and character. Two thumbs up for the ambiance.
Adhering to the tapas theme, Boca offers a wide variety of “small plates” ranging in price from about $5 – $20. Based on some recommendations, we tried the cheese plate, the eggplant fries, the stuffed dates and we each had a salad. We opted not to get any large plates (entrees) and were very well satiated with our food and a few drinks. Each item offered a unique combination of flavors and tastes.
While the prices overall are fair, a few drinks and tapas add up pretty quickly. Seems like Boca Bistro focuses on quality over quantity, which I can appreciate. I’ll go back to Boca, probably after track season. Best Bet: Go early (before 6pm) and check in on either Facebook or Foursquare. Often they will run happy hour specials if you show your check in.
A Few Reminders!
- Get glowing skin (for less!) with summer skin care tips from Jenn at Organiworks + a special SaratogaMama discount
- This Friday, July 27, SaratogaMama will be hosting Family Friday at Saratoga Race Course! Stop by and visit me and Kristen from Element Caffeinated Water.
- Speaking of the track , our Saratoga Race Course Family Guide has all the info you need to plan a trip!