The best Easter brunch you will find outside of Dallas is located in the Galleria Davis mall. My family has had the pleasure of eating Second Floor’s buffet for the last three years.
The vast array contains everything from made-to-order omelets, to prime rib, to sushi, to Petit Fours. It would be impossible to not find at least one thing you liked here. Every year we go back for plate after plate of this culinary goodness.
The town of Grapevine is one of my favorite spots in the Dallas metro area. One afternoon John and I chose to wind down with some board games and a few brews.
I chose my typical pale ale while John chose the Sir William’s brown ale. The bartender told us how their beer was only sold in the taproom, so it is extremely exclusive. They hoped to start distributing soon. While enjoying the cold beverages, we ended up in a fairly intense game of Battleship. We didn't truly care who won, but we were truly enjoying a great time.
Adriano’s Bistro sits near the Dillion Reservoir just outside of Keystone, Colorado. Taylor and I stumbled upon this place while walking home from our friend's rental house. We were so glad that we found this gem tucked away in the mountain, but we did not expect the delicious four course meal that we were in for.
The meal started off with an appetizer, salad, soup, and freshly baked bread. For the main course, Taylor savored her breaded eggplant topped with marinara and mozzarella, and I devoured my beef medallions stuffed with pork and cheese. We couldn't resist a warm brownie and coffee for dessert to keep us out of the cold Colorado outdoors.
Double Dogs is a sports bar whose wings and atmosphere rival most established chains. Our Airbnb host Debbie at Hickory Springs suggested it for watching an Ole Miss football game. Taylor and I sat on their patio and enjoyed delicious wings, interesting conversations with our waitresses, and a tall glass of local victory suds. If you’re in Bowling Green and have a team to cheer for, don’t skip out on Double Dawgs to watch your game.
Taylor and I stood in line for two hours to experience Crepes a la Cart. This now-permanent food truck stands in the middle of downtown Breckenridge, Colorado. The thin and savory crepes were well worth the cold, Breckenridge wait.
With one bite, Taylor’s "Strawberry Romanoff" crepe with dark chocolate and my "Fresh Twist" strawberry banana crepe drove away any potential regrets of waiting. We went back several times for those crepes and recommended them to all of our friends over the course of the week.
We might have missed this wonderful gem if it weren’t for Google Maps. Canyon Crepes, with their delicious and hearty dishes, is tucked away in the alley of a local shopping center in Page, AZ. These hidden crepes were top notch.
John ordered the “Mighty Colorado Crepe” full of eggs, olives, beans, bacon, cheese, salsa, and--most importantly--potatoes. I created my own fruit crepe with strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries with a dark chocolate sauce. I also added a side of potatoes for good measure. We ate until our bellies were bursting. It was a good thing, because we would need the energy to walk through the 105 degree heat in Antelope Canyon.
After sleeping in a few extra hours at Zion River Resort, Meme’s Cafe was our choice for a solid breakfast. Although we weren’t the happiest campers that morning, we perked right up after some freshly squeezed orange juice and a couple of delicious crepes.
John ordered the “MeMe’s Veggie Delight Crepe” and added eggs and turkey, and I ordered the “Denver Omelette”. We scarfed down our food with a huge side of fruit. It was a great breakfast that we would need in order to make the treacherous hike up to Angel’s Landing.
We strolled into Zion River Resort just before the check-in desk and convenience store closed. The friendly receptionist welcomed us to the park and told us that the amenities included a hot tub, full kitchen, electrical outlets at each campsite, showers, and a laundromat. This place sounded like a haven compared to the previous nights' locations.
We quickly set up our tent and got our gear ready for the next morning. Before going to bed, I found that a majority of the restrooms include a shower. This caused a pretty long line to use the restroom, but once the wait was over, we slept wonderfully on our THL Outdoors sleeping pads in the gravel lot. We were sleeping so well that we overslept by three hours! Oops!
Taylor and I have never been hot air ballooning before, so we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Pilot Lou Bartell and his crew at Canyonlands Ballooning seem like some of the finest in the business. Lou was very knowledgable of the fauna and geology of the land and was able to answer every question we asked.
After a balloon ride full of geographic pointers, fun facts, and laughs, we ended with a bumpier than expected but safe landing. We celebrated riding the wind with a glass of champagne and a history on the origins of ballooning.
The final toast was very special and is said with every flight:
"The winds have welcomed you with softness. The sun has blessed you with warm hands. You have flown so high and so far. May the Gods join you in your laughter and send you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth."
Even though Taylor and I didn’t meet our hosts, and we weren't there for an extended period of time, we absolutely enjoyed our night at Two Cranes Inn outside of Zion National Park. Like most things, we booked this fairly last minute and were lucky they let us stay there for one night; they typically have a two-night minimum. The amenities provided included: eco-friendly shower products, a cloud of a bed, fridge space, washer and dryer access, and delightful bedside reading material. Look no further than the Two Cranes Inn for a comfortable night’s sleep in Springdale, Utah.
Taylor and I were saved by our meals before entering Bryce Canyon National Park for an overnight venture. Cowboy's is nestled in the historic Ruby's Inn with the town's all-inclusive general store.
I had the eight ounce flat iron steak while Taylor nursed an uneasy stomach with a chicken caesar wrap. Both were better than expected for a spur-of-the-moment meals, but the steak was definitely the most delicious item.
Historic Ruby’s Inn is full of history, supplies, merchandise, and meals. Taylor and I managed to buy tee shirts, a steak meal, a knife, and fruit in one visit. Chances are that Ruby’s Inn will have whatever you may be in need of. It's a great one stop shop in Bryce Canyon.
Taylor and I also grabbed lunch from Cowboy's Buffet & Steak Room before hiking the Under the Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Pasta Jay’s in Moab, Utah was a perfect place to relax and enjoy an Italian styled meal after trekking through Arches National Park and swimming in Zion National Park. We forewent the patio area to enjoy a bit of air conditioning. Inside, we found an ambient atmosphere with wonderful staff and even better food.
There aren’t many beer choices at Jay’s, but the overall quality compensates for that shortcoming. Taylor thoroughly enjoyed her house-made Ravioli and I couldn’t get enough of "Jay’s Roman Orgy" pizza.