I had to run some errands in town, by the way... only ONE Bank of America ATM?!?! And we decided to stop in for greek food at Greek Souvlaki in Downtown SLC. Located at 404 East 300 South, this small but remarkable restaurant can leave you stuffed! I ordered a standard Gyro with white sauce and feta cheese, and had plenty left over for a snack later that evening. My girlfriend, Christy had the same only with onions. Another cool thing about the restaurant was the outdoor seating area.
It isn't a whole lot, but the uneven pavement, the tree and the little nook area equal unique in my book. The restaurant caters to any event too! They've got other locations, check out their website to see which one is nearest you! We will certainly be back as they served me the best gyro I've had in a long time! What's your favorite menu item at Greek Souvlaki? We want to know so we can try it out ourselves!
Was able to cruise down to the City Creek Mall Thursday after a short day of work. The pleasant day was paired with a great atmosphere, and this outdoor mall is warm and welcoming. I followed City Creek, which winds through a rock-lined riverbed and offers a relaxing environment with benches for resting. This is a beautiful mall that apparently has a retractable roof? Makes sense for the winter time!
At times, it's hard to believe that this 3 block shopping mall is nestled neatly in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, but it is. There seems to be a good amount of apartments too. I wish I had more time there, I'm not much of a shopper but will make it a point to come back with an update!
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After I finished up eating I walked around checking out the neighborhood. I've spent a lot of time out in Austin, and this had the same sort of feel to me.
I like this wall art, especially the dog.
Heres a cool gym business I saw:
I was able to read up about how "Sugar House" got it's name, and the significance of beets, and why they have statues of them.
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Oh man! What a cool part of town. So far, my favorite. My first stop was Flat Bread Neapolitan Pizzeria. Wasn't too sure about the exclusivity to the city this restaurant is, but I had never seen one and was hungry. Sitting right on the corner of E. 2100 S and McClelland St. in Salt Lake City. This was some really good Neapolitan pizza, man. American style pizza is fairly different than some other pizza cultures around the world, and this pizza resembles, and reminds me a lot of pizza that I have eaten on my travels throughout (mostly) Europe. Flat Bread uses a wood-fired oven and vine-ripened ingredients to make the best pizza that I've had in town so far. The Diavola pizza that I ordered came out steaming hot and fairly quickly, and teamed nicely with the Uinta Brewing Co. Double Imperial Black IPA that Cassie the waitress had brought to me earlier.
The seating arrangement is really cool, and so is the decor. A mix of urban and industrial with an entire glass wall that opened up like a garage door to allow the outdoor in and vice-versa.
A friend recommended we go to Prime Steakhouse while in Park City so we did. The atmosphere and staff we're amazing. The gentleman that was playing the piano and his guitar had an outstanding voice, and was an expert at both piano and guitar. He covered Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin and I think he tossed in a Pink Floyd song as well. "Creep" from Radiohead is another of my favorites that he did.
The Steakhouse and Piano bar offers a less formal dining experience without skimping on the quality of food. If I were to get this same steak in another restaurant, I'd have to be in a suit jacket. But don't let that fool you, all the patrons were well behaved and we didn't see anyone that presented the threat of shutting down everyone else's good time.
So we wanted to find out what all the talk about Park City was all about; apparently whatever the talk IS about goes away with the snow. Now I understand that to fully enjoy this small and quiet town one should probably enjoy snow sports. I don't, but for a few good reasons that I could get into, but won't. I also understand that it really probably isn't the same place when it's off-season. With that said, we stopped into a brew pub that we both enjoyed. The staff and atmosphere was really nice and thats where I had my first Polygamy Porter. The beer was great, and my girlfriend had some sort of coffee-beer that she liked, but after a short bit we decided it was time to check out the rest of Main St.
One thing about Park City that we both enjoyed is that it reminds us both of Bisbee, AZ... except with a lot more money, and a lot less meth. The houses and buildings along Main St. are an awesome blend of the olden days of mining and the newer days of life not sucking because you're a miner. We totally dug the vibe here, and promise to come back up here during peak-season.
Found a Banksy, pretty cool. And I had to get a picture of these weird stairs too.
All in all, it was a fun day-trip to a cool little town although I wouldn't recommend waiting too eagerly on the free shuttle-bus to take you back up to the top of the hill. Don't worry though, there's plenty to stop and see on the way! Main St. is scattered with art galleries, bars, and other shops to keep you busy and interested. We'll be hitting up Park City in the future, so let us know where we need to see!
So, there's a sphinx with Jospeh Smith's head in Salt Lake City. No joke. And as I understand it, this location is little known, and difficult to find. So with Siri's help, I found it. Gilgal gardens was designed and created by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr in the mid-twentieth century, and is an itty-bitty detachment from the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City.
It's a pretty cool place, and I'm a fan of all things unique so I definitely dug this place. I'm not exactly sure how big a city lot is in downtown, but these beautiful gardens surely take up every bit of one. There are 12 original sculptures here with over 70 other stones engraved with scripture, poems, and literary texts. The gardens are the legacy of Mr. Child's desire to give physical form to his deep-felt beliefs. "If you want to be brought down to earth in your thinking and studying, try to make your thoughts express themselves with your hands" Child wrote. Each of the 70 engraved stones represent an idea that rang of truth to Child in his lifelong spiritual quest.
Despite the noise of the construction of a parking garage nearby, the gardens offer peace and solitude and the chance to sit, relax and ponder whatever needs ponderin'. I highly recommend taking the time to stop by and check it out. Please be respectful, as this is an important and historic site.
Behind the great big hospital, there's a great big park! So today was the nicest day of the year so far; the weather was perfect and I was able to get out a little and found myself at Murray City Park. A couple of things I've noticed about this beautiful state is that there is a lot of history, and there are plenty of markers to prove it. Luckily for me, I dig that kinda stuff. First I walked toward the a pool, that has a slide or two and looks really fun. I continued to walk and I found this creek. I followed it downstream, and found a cool little thing across the road. Once I crossed the road I made my way through the weeping willows and white gazebo and across a footbridge that spanned the winding creek (crick?). I crossed it and ended up on a large patch of grass that would be perfect for some frisbee throwing. Back to the historic markers: One that I saw was of a family that had emigrated here from Italy and brought their farming skills to the Wasatch Front. What can I say? I'm a sucker for occupying the same space.
Maybe all the parks along the Wasatch range are this nice and clean, but it's certainly not what Im accustomed to. It was clean, tidy, open areas, free, I didn't see any used needles or condoms anywhere either. I only saw one person sleeping, but it appeared their nap was of the "Sunday Afternoon" variety as opposed to a normal sleeping place. A big pavilion sits near the southern side of the park and provides shade for the kiddos that are playing soccer and on the nearby jungle gym. I was able to see 3 families of ducks swimming along the bank of a small pond that separates what seems like the main part of the park and the amphitheater. I noticed a free little library near a 9/11 remembrance rock. I thought both were cool. Over near the west boundary of the park (State St.) there are two artillery pieces that correspond with a Vietnam War memorial nearby. Whenever I get the chance to take a minute and reflect on life, while reading the names of the brave that have left this earth and have ascended to the gates of Valhalla.