Monday, October 3, 2011

Anatomy of a Saturday

I love being able to look back at the weekend and feel a sense of satisfaction at what was accomplished. I'm especially loving the weather as it continues to cool down. As much as I love adventures, those adventures become much more enjoyable without needing the air conditioning cranked down. It also means more time at the park and more dining al fresco. Bliss.

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Flatbread

Kicking things off with my new favorite pizza. I have a Macaroni Grill right across the street, but I hadn't been in a while because their menu didn't wow me. Thanks to a coupon a few weeks ago, I went back and was pleasantly surprised by their complete menu overhaul. This is by far my favorite though. Mushroom flatbread with goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, and caramelized onions. Another bonus? Leftovers.

Tivoli Village

With the gorgeous weather (and the purchase of a few new magazines) I decided to take a drive over to Tivoli Village to walk around for a while. I love it there, you don't even feel like you're in Vegas any more. The architecture is beautiful and I love the little details like the bistro lights strung up over the streets. It was the perfect day for wandering.

Cafe Leone

I don't think it's possible for me to visit Tivoli Village without a stop at Leoné Café. Their tables are perfectly places to listen to the bells ring every fifteen minutes and their coffee is the perfect way to unwind for a while with a book or magazine. I am particularly partial to the Leoné Latte Especial. Honey and cinnamon deliciousness, I really ought to figure out how to recreate it at home.


Speaking of magazines, have you seen Mingle yet? The first issue just came out a few days ago and it is perfection. It is a party planning publication from Stampington and it seriously blew my already high expectations out of the water. I can't wait to try out some of the ideas. Even beyond the tips though, the photography just stunned me. It's breathtaking. Flipping through the pages reminded me of why I love photography in the first place, and why I need to start practicing more intentionally.

Hot Pink Hibiscus

On the way back to the car I spotted this beauty. One of the last blossoms left. As much as autumn and winter are definitely my favorite seasons, there are some things I will miss about the warmer months.

Steak 'n Shake

Onto the evening, I had won a pair of tickets to the Polo America Open so mom and I headed down to the South Point to check it out. Somehow I was unaware that we had a Steak 'n Shake locally until a few weeks ago so that definitely was part of the plan. Dismayed as I was by the long line, it was worth the wait (and the hype).

Burgers and Shakes

Since it was our first time we decided to go with the classic cheeseburger and fries. And also a milkshake. Cookie dough, how could I resist?

Polo America Open

The set up for the evening was different than expected, but watching polo was a lot of fun. I've seen some polo before, mostly in movies, but never so up close and personal. It's so intense to watch! Unfortunately with the enclosed arena we didn't make it too far in before our allergies did us in, but we did catch one full match.

What were you up to this weekend?