The Preview for the New Jersey International Film Festival describes Virgin Alexander as a "sex comedy". Well, I haven't seen it yet so I can't comment as to the description's accuracy. Anyway, it's good to see Saratoga Springs' latest movie getting more exposure. It's also going to be previewed at the Black Hills Film Festival in the cultural hotspot of Hill City, South Dakota.
I am looking forward to when it premiers here in the Spa City, perhaps this summer. Stay tuned.
I am copying an email below from Longfellows regarding their Mothers Day offerings:
Join Us For Our Mother's Day Dinner Buffet Serving Hours Are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adults 28.99 Children Ages 3–12 only 12.99 Hors d’oeuvres/Salad Roasted 8 Onion Soup with Sour Dough Croutons /Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho Southern Grilled Shrimp Salad Charred Corn/Goat Cheese and Beet Salad Shaved Proscuitto Buttery Buttered Rolls/ Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Shrimp Filled Artichokes/ Caramelized Shallot and Goat Cheese Dip Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs with Thai Chili Glaze/ Garlic Mussels Pomodoro Bacon Wrapped Scallops Satay with Green Papaya and Champagne Mango Relish Tuscan White Bean Dip with Warm Garlic Parmesan Pita Bread Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad/ Proscuitto Stuffed Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes
Main Buffet Broiled Salmon with Garden Herbs Spiced Figs and a Port Wine Demi Glace Sauce Breaded Chicken Cutlets Milinese with Baby Arugula, Teardrop Tomatoes and Feta Cheese Asian Style Pork Short Ribs with Fiery Cabbage Slaw Sauteed Rainbow Swiss Chard with Orange Balsamic, Raisins and Pine nuts Blackened Mahi Mahi with a Cilantro Rice finished with a Cool Cucumber Salsa Oven Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Garlic
Chef Manned Carving/Sautee Stations Slow Roasted Fresh Turkey with Fried Pecans and a Bourbon Street Glaze Carved Oven Roasted Prime Rib with a Caramelized Garlic Beef Au Jus Sauteed Jumbo Shrimp with Utica Greens, Capicola and Northern Beans
Dessert Delectable Mini Dessert Display/ Red Velvet Cupcake Tree/ Mocha Bread Pudding Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crust/ Creamsicle Cheesecake Assorted Berry Shortcake / Deluxe Chocolate Fountain with All the Fixings Mother's Day is coming up fast... Reserve to at: (518) 587-0108
I was able to stop into Saratoga Olive Oil last week and it is fantastic. They have several tasting areas where you can try their many different olive oils and balsamic vinegars along with many varieties of Rock Hill Bakery bread. I highly recommend checking out this fun and interesting store this weekend - they will have door prizes during their three day grand opening. Saratoga Olive Oil is located at 484 Broadway here in Saratoga Springs, just north of City Hall - look for the big banner out front all weekend. I took a few photos and will post them below.
Beluga lentils, warm grape tomato and arugula salad, citrus butter
Spring Vegetable Risotto...$21
Peas, local mushrooms, spring baby ramps, white truffle oil, grana padano
Grilled Angus Hanger Steak...$25
Yukon gold cheddar horseradish puree, Brussels with slab bacon, salsa verdi
Pomegranate & Pecan Haddock...$24
Wild rice, baby spinach, citrus beurre blanc
Classic Carrot Cake...
Cream cheese icing, sweet carrot chips
NY Style Cheese Cake...
Wild blueberry sauce, sweet and salty almond brittle
Black and White Bread Pudding...
Butterscotch drizzle, fresh whipped cream
Maestro's cookie platter...
Variety of house made cookies, biscotti and hand rolled truffles
Lemon Cheese Pie
Lemon curd, Chantilly cream
Chocolate Orange Tart
Cherry orange compote, pistachio whipped cream
3 Course Prix Fix $35 per person
Also available ala carte
John LaPosta Maestro's "A Fine American Bistro"
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A friend of mine alerted me to this New York Times article in which horse race announcer Tom Durkin explains the deep anguish and panic he endured calling the Triple Crown races over the years, and the multitude of attempted cures, including psychiatric help, prayer, medication, and other steps he tried in an effort to address the problem. It was reported earlier this week that Durkin has decided to step down as the announcer of the Triple Crown Races. I read the Times article, in which Durkin doesn't hold back in describing the enormity of the pressures he felt, and said to myself "Oh my God, this poor man".
Durkin is an important part of the Saratoga Race Course experience and I am happy that will continue calling most NYRA races at all three tracks. Thanks for the great Triple Crown calls over the years Tom - we'll be looking forward to seeing you at Saratoga this year.
I am copying an email below from Sloppy Kisses regarding a dog event on May 14th:
Dog-Friendly Downtown Spring Event
Saturday, May 14th
11am to 5pm
Downtown Saratoga Springs
Sloppy Kisses and Saratoga Arts are busy planning the 2nd Annual Dog-Friendly Downtown Spring Event. Similar to last year, there will be a Scavenger Hunt where you will be asked to visit as many Dog-Friendly Downtown businesses as possible. Participating merchants will be offering discounts to those of you shopping with your dog. The day will end with a doggie Yappy Hour at The IceHouse (70 Putnam St.) where you can win prizes from Downtown Saratoga's best businesses. More details to follow as we get closer to the event. For details on the DFD program and list of participating businesses, click here.
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF FUN - STROLLING, SHOPPING, EATING AND DRINKING -ALL WITH YOUR DOG BY YOUR SIDE