Saratoga Springs and Something Sweet:)
Hi everyone! Today I would love to take you on a little trip to Saratoga Springs.
It's one of the places we usually visit each weekend when we do our shopping and necessary 'running around':)
Saratoga Springs is a beautiful historic city in upstate N.Y. known for it's many quaint shops, museums, art district, spas baths, and of course their world famous mineral springs.
I love to visit the natural springs, which flow even in the middle of winter. Many of them are protected by some kind of pavilion.
Trust me, that water is ice cold in December!
Some are even naturally carbonated, like Hathorn Spring:
Cold and very carbonated! And yes, I bring my trusty mason jars to fill while we are there:) I must tell you that the actual taste of the water can be quite...ummmm...earthy. They are mineral springs, and you can taste the minerals:)
Click here for a guide to all 17 springs of Saratoga.
If you are interested, here is a link to find a spring in your area.
But, there are lots of other things to do in Saratoga, like window shop:)
Hidden Gardens is a great little florist and antique store...
Such a pretty horse fountain:
I adore this greenhouse...
I also love to find and admire some of the beautiful Horses of Saratoga that were part of a public art project. The project featured 34 life-sized fiberglass horses that have been embellished by artists from New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. They are now sprinkled all around the city....
One of my favorite horses, pic from last winter:
My Dad would have loved this one, he was a tile setter by trade:)
But, my favorite place in Saratoga Springs is peaceful Congress Park...
Several of the mineral springs are located right in the park.
Deer Park Spring:
The park is also home to a beautifully restored antique carousel from 1910:
The carousel has it's own enclosure, and is open for several winter events, too:)
And, there just happens to be a great little health food store within a block of the park:) Here is a peek inside Four Seasons Natural Foods:
Fresh organic produce
Here is the Happy Cow link for veg friendly eating in Saratoga, but we usually end up at Ruby Tuesday's hehe!
Oh yeah, I promised you something sweet! Can't have a post at the happy raw kitchen without something yummy...
Raw Vegan Cheesecake:)
These luscious little lemon cheesecakes are courtesy of lovely fellow blogger, Averie.
I noticed the recipe yesterday, and whipped them up in a matter of minutes. I added a spoon of coconut oil to make sure they set up in the little bite-sized molds and added the zest of the lemon to accent the lovely lemon flavor. Thanks so much Averie...love you and this awesome recipe!
Hope you all enjoyed this little trip to Saratoga, and a taste of something sweet!