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saratoga, day 4 – brunswick & jumpin jacks

The Brunswick Bed and Breakfast was the perfect place to stay in Saratoga.

Our host, Kirk, was extremely gracious and cooked us a wonderful breakfast each morning, including blueberry waffles on our last day there!  YUM!

Our room was great!  Very spacious with a comfy bed and a jacuzzi!

We spent a lot of time relaxing on the wonderful porch…it sure is tough to be back to reality now!

We headed out for a quick 40 minute run/walk yesterday morning to take in the scenery before we hit the road.  It is so nice to explore a new city by running, I love it!

Before leaving Saratoga, we stopped in town to pick up some sandwiches for lunch.  We decided to try out The Bread Basket Bakery.

It was cute inside…the pastries looked amazing!

But, I went with an amazing sandwich instead – Spit and Spat Special.

And, I bought some freshly baked bread for the week!

We packed up our sandwiches in the car and ate them while enjoying the sunshine once lunch time rolled around.

This sandwich was just as amazing as it sounds!

Then, we hit up our favorite Ice Cream spot while at Union – Jumpin’ Jack’s!!

And, they had our favorite flavor soft serve – Pistachio!!

Happy last day of vacation!

We had a few errands to run on our way home, so we made a quick stop at Upper Crust Pizzeria for dinner – Greek Salad and Pizza!

Back to the grind!

saratoga, day 3 – putman, local & maestro’s

Yesterday it stayed overcast and rained off and on all day long.  But, we were king of excited since we were so tired from our Friday and Saturday adventures, so we explored and ate some good food!

A breakfast buffet was served by our wonder host at the B&B.

Fruit, yogurt, homemade muffins, blueberry cake and egg sandwiches with cheese and sausage.

I filled my plate with some yogurt, fruit, granola, a muffin and blueberry cake.

After our trek up to Lake George for the morning, we headed back into downtown Saratoga for some lunch.  The first day that we arrived here we spotted Putnam Market and had been eying it ever since.  They sell specialty grocery items, but also serve sandwiches, soups and salads.

I decided on 1/2 sandwich and soup which sounded delicious on this rainy day!

The Tallulah Sandwich raw milk gruyere, avocado, sprouts and herb mayo on a whole wheat wrap (minus the mayo!).  With some veggie chips on the side.

And, the Tomato Parmesan Soup.

Both the soup and sandwich were awesome!  If you are ever in the Saratoga area, definitely hit up this market!

After some afternoon downtime, we decided to head out for some dinner.

First, we stopped at The Local Pub & Teahouse again!  We loved it so much the first time, that we knew we had to go back.  We sat at the bar, sipped some beers, munched on some nachos and just enjoyed each others company on our last night of our mini vacation!

Then, we headed over to our dinner spot – Maestro’s, An America Bistro.

This restaurant received very good reviews, so we decided to give it a try.  They also offer a $25 prefix every night of the week!  For $25, you can choose 1 appetizer or salad, 1 entree and 1 dessert.  They limit the selection to a few of each off of their main menu, but the selection is awesome!

I started with the Spring Field Greens Saladarugula, pecans, dried cherries and goat cheese dressed in balsamic.

For my entree, I decided on the Risottofuji apples, caramelized onions, yellow oyster mushrooms and ribiola cheese.

Brant ordered the entree special of Blackened Red Fish with gruyere polenta cake and greens.

Both of our entrees were unbelievable!  And, we both have 1/2 to enjoy as leftovers today.  We were stuffed…but, still had room for dessert.

We ordered 2 desserts to share since they came with our meal.

The Monkey Bread.  This was basically a cinnamon roll – wow!

And, the Fresh Fruit Cupwith blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream.  Served with a butter cookie which we didn’t touch.  This hit the spot after a full meal.

Then they came out with their platter of house-made dark chocolate with the check.  We politely each took a piece, but only had a small bite each because we were so stuffed!

The chocolate was an awesome addition to the meal!  I love restaurants that leave chocolate or mints with the bill.  It makes you leave on a great note.

We were stuffed!  And, thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

greek food

After giving Benny a bath so that he was clean for his parents return…

It was time for lunch!

I made up another Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla because it was so delicious yesterday.  A spread of PB, a sliced up banana and a shake of cinnamon all grilled to perfection.

I felt like I needed something green on my plate, but all I had was frozen veggies.  So, I sauteed up some frozen brussels sprouts with salt, pepper and maple syrup.

I decided that even though I ate these, I will never buy frozen brussels sprouts again.  They defrost and get super mushy!!  Totally not worth it.  They did satisfy my ‘green’ craving though.

I also cut up some watermelon!

Mmmmm…I love spring and summer fruits!  I also love eating colorful meals.  Color means more variety which leads to more nutrients for your body!

Dinner was GREEK!  I love how simple Greek/Mediterranean food is.  We dined at Steve’s, an upscale Greek diner on Newbury St.  They have a huge variety of all of the typical Greek food, along with other things to please everyone, including burgers and fries.  We went to Greece for our honeymoon and ever since then it has been my absolute favorite.

House Red and Mythos Red.  I find that they house red at most greek places is surprisingly good!

I was craving veggies for dinner, which is why we went with Greek!  We started with the spanikopita and the village salad (which is what you will be served in Greece if you order a greek salad).  Big chunks of tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, red onion, kalamata olives and feta sprinkled with oregano and olive oil!  Best salad ever.  Seriously.  I ate a small piece of spinach pie and about 1/2 the salad.

For my entree, I ordered the Sampler Plate.  My favorite meal ever!  So fresh and so simple.  Hummus, Tabbouleh, Greek salad (American style), 2 veggie dolmadas (grape leaves) and a falafel.  Served with warm pita.  I could barely finish half of this!  Luckily, I took the leftovers home.

After dinner, we strolled down Newbury and popped into Tealuxe for a Royal Coconut Iced Tea (coconut pouchong green tea).

Delicious!