Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eating at Alaturco

 We were out running errands late Tuesday afternoon and the Handsome Husband suggested we stop somewhere for dinner. We agreed to try a new-ish restaurant at the north end of Ballston Spa.

Alaturco Mediterranean Grill opened for business last August. On this evening, the restaurant was fairly quiet, as might be expected during this week of public schools' spring break, when so many families have sensibly vamoosed to somewhere warmer and sunnier. Plus, it was a Tuesday, and a cold, gray one, at that.
 Inside, the restaurant decor is cheerful and evocative of Turkey. It is a casual space, with about thirteen tables and a lively take-out business. Everything looked very clean and well-tended. Our waitress, who was actually from Turkey, was friendly and helpful.
The HH ordered doner (gyro) kebab, above, with a dark Efes, a Turkish beer. I chose lamb shish kebab, shown in the first photo, and a Goose Island IPA. We both liked our meals and agreed that we would happily go there again. We shared an order of baklava for dessert and thought it was delicious.

During dinner, we struck up a brief conversation with two ladies sitting near us, for whom this visit was also their first.
"But it won't be our last!" one of them laughed. They had ordered Iskender and Hunkar Begendi and each had enjoyed their dinner choices.

Alaturco is located at 2007 Doubleday Avenue (Route 50) in Ballston Spa., next to a Dunkin Donuts. It offers a reasonable assortment of bottled beer and wines, along with Turkish coffee and teas. Alaturco serves brunch on weekends until 2:00 PM. Take-out and free area delivery are also available. They have a website and a Facebook page.

With summer coming up, SPAC patrons take note: an Alaturco take-out dinner would make an awesome summer lawn picnic and it is only about four miles south of Spa State Park. Check them out when you are in the area.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Boots

I am loving my new bargain chore boots: twenty bucks in the men's shoe department at Walmart. Just what I needed to start tackling our backyard cleanup this afternoon.

If you live in snow country and have dogs, spring brings certain challenges. My new boots came in handy as the Handsome Husband and I started Round One of our annual toxic waste cleanup. If you face a similar undertaking, I recommend these boots.
Hasn't this been the grayest, brownest, coldest spring you can remember? Here it is April 7 and there are only a few hardy shoots greening up in our garden. 

I think the wild rabbits must be starving. They've been scarfing spilled birdseed in our backyard and I have never seen them do that before. Well, there just isn't anything green for them to eat yet.
Although most of our snow is gone, here and there, one can still find small patches that hang on stubbornly. One such patch is obstructing the door of our tool shed. However, the Handsome Husband managed to wrestle the lawnmower out anyway and popped it into the back of the car. We will take it for a spring tune up and sharpening later today. I think the HH is a bit optimistic. At this rate, I can't imagine there will be any lawn mowing needed until June.

Despite the gloomy weather, the HH and I did take a pleasant walk yesterday at the Saratoga Battlefield.. Even there, the tour road is still closed because of remaining ice and snow. But my goodness, it felt great to get outdoors and move. Come on already, spring!