Rolex, Part I

As Keeneland ends, the Rolex Three Day event begins out at the Kentucky Horse Park. While I didn’t get to spend my entire weekend  at Rolex, I did get to venture around the grounds for the last day of the event and oh what a beautiful day it was!

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Oh you absolutely will pose under the Rolex clock for a photo…even if we have to drag you there!

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See…that’s better…This pose was much better than the “sorority pose” they were starting to go with.

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With the sun shining, the temperature rising, and flowers blooming…it was pure perfection here at the Horse Park.

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But first things first…FOOD!

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A sea of fair food vendors as far as the eye can see. How great is this old fashion soda pop truck? And you got your soda in tin mugs.

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It was a tough debate…Fish n’ Chips…Corn Dogs…Funnel Cakes…Pizza….oh the choices of delicious, deep fried goodness.

The winner: Fish and Chips with plenty for sharing!

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Once our bellies were full and the smell of the deep fryers were no longer tempting us, we made our way around the grounds. The Rolex stadium was full of fans with their Ooohs and Ahhhhs that could be heard around the park.

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Although we didn’t get tickets for the stadium, we could get up-close and personal as we watched the jumpers practicing.

Just don’t get in the way of the horses crossing the road.

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I’m not sure that there is an animal more magnificent than the horse. Their leaps are effortless. I seriously could watch them for hours.

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But just around the corner,  was something super enticing. The Land Rover obstacle course.

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This was right up my alley! I mean, I have to make my husband proud and show off my mean, off-roading driving skills.

As we signed our “waivers,” we laughed hysterically as the attendants asked, “You guys are all over 21, right?” {insert a hysterical bahahaha here}

Rolex22I assumed we’d all be fighting over who would drive…or just taking separate vehicles…but my two companions both quickly said “You’re it!”

In we climbed and off we went.

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It was by far, one of the funnest things I’ve done. I’m super impressed by the Range Rover I drove…you can let off the brake as you head a straight-down, scare-the-crap-out-of you muddy hill and it will take control and guide you down safely. I even asked the driving instructor, “Are you sure?!” as I gently let off the brake.

Honey, can I have one??

I was in full fledged tourist mode…meaning I took too many photos to share in one post. So stay tuned for a secret garden, an improve photo session, and more fair food.

 

 

 

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No.7 + LeDeauville

Monday night, the Mister and I celebrated seven years of marriage. Wow!  It seems like it was just yesterday that we had our first kiss on the teeter totter in Woodland Park (classy, I know!). Our only stipulation for a celebratory dinner was to eat somewhere we’ve never eaten. For this occassion it was a toss up between Coles and LeDeauville. Both have been on our “eat somewhere a little more fancy” list and we had yet to visit either.

Both restaurants have stellar reviews on yelp (we love yelp!) but LeDeauville has such an amazing atmosphere with the open french doors and side walk patio seating. We practically live on North Limestone (usually at The Jax or Limestone Blue) and figured LaDeauville needed to be knocked off our NoLi list.

Off to LeDeauville we went!

See what I mean about the open doors, patio seating…ahhh I’m in head over heels in love with the vibe here!

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Well, hello there handsome!

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The mister always starts off his evening with an Old Fashioned…preferably with Woodford.

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For me, a good ol’ glass of wine!

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To start off dinner, a big ol’ cheesy topped bowl of french onion soup.

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PS…Don’t leave your phone or camera unattended around this guy…or you’ll get some surprise photos like this! And then you get to post them for revenge (hehe…evil wife laugh!)

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Now…back to food…yum!

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For her: The shrimp with a creamy sauce (pasta special)…and it was so delicious!

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For Him: Seafood Risotto which he described as “amazing!”

 

 

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We opted to not have dessert, even though the crepes from the table behind us looked amazing. We did, however sit leisurely on the patio just enjoying one anther’s company…something we don’t get to do often with how busy life can get.

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How romantic is LeDeauville after dark? Can we please stay, have more wine, and feed each other dessert?

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Instead of doing just that…we headed off down 2nd street to our car. All while talking about how we wished we lived downtown. If we did live downtown, we’d head home and grab out dogs for a late night stroll through the city.

I literally couldn’t have been a more perfect night! Happy anniversary Husband!

Keeneland II

With the amazing weather (minus the snowy week days) we’ve had this April…how can you not spend every weekend at Keeneland soaking in the sunshine with friends?

In Chive fashion….Give me moar!

Saturday I spent my first time every tailgating and watching the races from the Louisville Lot.  Say what?!?! How have I never tailgated over here? If you aren’t going to go into Keeneland (which I actually avoid on Saturdays), then this is the way to watch the races!DSC_0750(photo c/o Ian Crawford)

How great is this spot? Right next to the fence for an up close and personal view of the ponies as they race by.

I think a Keeneland tailgating 101 might be in order.

1. Get there early! I know, the races don’t start to after 1 PM…but you’ll never find a good spot if you don’t get in early.

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2. Invite your friends. Have them invite their friends. The more the merrier. They all need to get there early too! PS…parking is $5 and they only take cash. There is a free lot if you enter gate 1 up on the hill.

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3. Bring chairs. And a change of shoes! Trust me…you’ll be tired of standing for 8 hours in heels Ladies!

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4. Bring your cornhole set (remember the last Keeneland post where we discussed it being just like football tailgating…)

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Some people get more excited than others for cornhole!

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5. Just add alcohol (and Koozies).

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6. Celebrate events. In this case, passing the bar exam! Whoo hoo!!  Somebody get this guy a bourbon.

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6. Create memories and capture them with photos. Say cheese!

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7. Dress your best. If Chubbie’s are your best…then ROCK the hell out of them!

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8. Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s and Keeneland Breezes are the drink’s of choice.

And beer…beer is always a choice.

I highly suggest having potluck style food too. You will be in the sun, drinking, and you need substance. Don’t forget to designate someone to bring a folding table!

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9. Enjoy the view. Whether inside or out of the walls of Keeneland, the landscape and horses are absolutely stunning.

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10. If you like to bet, then bet! If you have no clue how to bet, then just have fun with it. Blow $2 on the horse with your favorite color, silliest name, or my go-to…bet on the grey horse! You can bet outside the gates on your smart phone! DSC_0784(Photo c/o Ian Crawford)

11. Download the Keeneland app…if you go in, buy a program!

The program is $3 and totally worth it if you do go inside the gates. It’s a great guide to how to learn about racing and hopefully teach you to become a better “bet-er.” Plus they make for fun photos as you hold them open, pretending to know what you are doing…making memories…remember that’s what it’s really about.

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How incredible to be this close to the race!

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13. Take sunscreen! Everyone was majorly sunburned after a day at the races. With weather like this (70+ and breezy) you will be fried like a lobster and not realize it until it’s too late.

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14. Just add a bow tie. Guys-if you’ve ever wanted to wear one…this is your opportunity.

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15. Clear your calendar for the entire day. If you go to tailgate, you will be there from 10 AM until the last race, after 5 PM. Make a whole day of it and move the party onto a local restaurant downtown after the races end.

You won’t regret staying all day spending quality time with good friends, family, or whoever you brought along with you!

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Here’s hoping the fall is as good to us as the spring has been!