Sep 21, 201208:00 AMHoneybee Mama
Lazy Saturday and Local Pizza
Have you ever heard Jerry Jeff Walker's Pick Up Truck song? I was not familiar with Jerry Jeff Walker until my husband introduced me to him. Oddly enough, my husband knows more about growing up in the country being from Florida than I do having lived in Oklahoma almost my entire life! I mean, I've always had trash and mail service where I live; his family had to haul their trash to the dump every Saturday and drive into town just to see if they had any mail!
The Pick Up Truck song describes a Saturday morning driving around running errands and enjoying the day by not really having a plan, but taking your time and seeing what comes along.
Last week it seemed that was just the Saturday we needed. It was a little dreary outside, but just dreary enough to be relaxing and cool and wonderful. There were several festivals going on around town, and plenty we could do to kick it up a notch, but we really didn't want to have a plan or agenda. We also didn't want to lie around the house and be lazy either.
My six-year-old kept asking me, "So when are we going to go DO something today?" Everyone was itching to get out of the house. I noticed I had a couple of sling orders I needed to ship out at the post office, and I needed to make deposits at my two different banks (one of these days I'll get around to combining those accounts...one of these days...). Other than those few errands, we didn't really know what we were going to do, but we knew we'd find something. So we all piled into my husband's truck and headed out.
Errands can be more than a headache when you have babies and toddlers, but once they're just a little bit older, errands can be quite entertaining. It's amazing how much fun my kids have stomping in puddles in the parking lot, saying Hi to our favorite teller at the bank and getting popcorn, holding the door open for people at the post office, and especially helping me put packages into the mail chute!
Once errands were done, we cruised around and peeked at some garage sales, then we stopped by the movie store (yes, those still exist and we're one of those families that frequents them) to pick out a few movies to continue our slow Saturday. The kids are always excited to pick out their own kids' movies and Wii games.
By the time we finished all that we were getting hungry for lunch! The great thing about not having any time constraints or plans on a Saturday is that it doesn't bother anyone to have to drive clear across town because you're craving something specific! My husband, Marc and I had been talking about La Roma Pizza recently and how it had been forever since either of us had eaten there. He used to go there often in college, and I went there with Junior High youth group friends about 20 years ago!
As soon as we walked in, I remembered why it's so wonderful. The smells will make you hungry if you weren't already! There aren't a lot of bells and whistles; it's a very modestly decorated, hole-in-the-wall kind of place. The family and staff that run it are very friendly, and the restaurant is clean and comfortable. And you know a place is family friendly when they have piles of games and books to keep you busy while you wait for your order!
La Roma is a family owned restaurant near 61st and Sheridan (just a few doors down from the Savoy) with a very relaxed atmosphere. They have authentic Lebanese food and desserts that are to die for. Their pizza is out of this world. So simply wonderful and good. You have your choice of fresh, natural toppings, and can choose between olive oil or maranara sauce.
My favorite: olive oil with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and feta! Oh. My. Goodness. You have no idea. We ordered a large thinking we'd take home leftovers.
There were no leftovers!
The littles were happy campers with their cheese pizza. I'm telling you, even their plain mozzarella pizza is to die for. Just writing about it is making me hungry...
Since the littles aren't pigs like we are, they had leftovers for dinner that night!
With our bellies full, we headed home to open the windows and enjoy listening to the drizzling rain while we watched our movies. Sometimes you just need Saturday to be relaxing and slow instead of bustling around town with big activities! Just make sure you add in some delicious food from a local business!
See you around town!