Tuesday, May 15, 2012


North Salt Lake City, UT 84054
Lovely, lovely park! WE HAVE GRASS!!!!!! It's been so long since we've been anywhere with grass. Both Scott & I had to take off our shoes and wiggle our toes in it!
This park has beautiful lawns. The sites are really crammed together, with some sites no parking for vehicle. They have a separate area to park your vehicle. Our site has a "car pad". Very tight fitting our dually in the spot, but it worked.
There is a 10'x10' patch of grass with a picnic table at every site.  New trees, so not much shade, but the trees also don't get in the way of rigs and slide outs.
We happened to be at the end of a street, so our lawn is much larger. We are loving it!!! Decided to stay an extra week and take advantage of our "yard".

Full Hook Ups, swimming pool, shuffle board, basketball.  Great paved bicycle path right outside the park. This path goes on for 40 miles!
Dog friendly, with a walking path around the park and a couple of spots with poopy bags supplied.
The folks are quiet at this campground, but we do hear some traffic noise. But with the beautiful lawn, landscaping and privacy fencing, it's easy to block the noise out.
Great bathrooms/showers, not that we used them.  They are each a private unisex room with toilet, sink and shower, just like "home".
Nice laundry room. Everything is immaculate.
Very cool "family room" at the office, with large leather sofas, a fire place, pool table, large TV and DVD player, and small library.
Free Wifi works great.
I would return here in a heartbeat!
Jordan Dog Park: 1060 S 900 W  Salt Lake City, UT 
This was wishful thinking.  We drove to this lovely park, but no dog park.  This is a beautiful park with lots of people walking their dogs on leash.  Lots of nice paths to walk through different themed gardens.  
We spoke to a "local" and he said a dog park was planned, but never came about.  He said there is a dog park near our RV Park, so we hope to check that out this week.

Herman Frank's Park: 1350 South 800 East  700 E 1300 S Salt Lake City, UT
This was an ok dog park. Fairly large. Ground was covered in wood chips, which our prissy Lyla didn't like walking on.  She preferred the cement sidewalk around the perimeter.
Bags provided, water provided. Some lawn chairs and benches. Some shade.
Nice group of people and dogs.  No separation for small dogs.
We saw a motor home parked on the street in front of us.  We wondered if they were at the dog park. As luck would have it, I befriended an old boxer/bull dog? Got to talking to the owners and ends up THEY were the motor home owners and have been full timing for 2 years. 
Old Spaghetti Factory on Urbanspoon
We went to an Old Spaghetti Factory years ago in Hawaii. It was excellent and finally came out west to try again.
I was somewhat disappointed. The atmosphere is still very interesting, although it was so dark, I couldn't read the menu.
Warm sourdough bread was brought to the table. Sourdough? At an Italian restaurant? If I liked sourdough bread, I think this would be rated very good, but I was expecting an Italian bread.
Hubby had meat lovers meal. Pasta with meat sauce, sausage & meatballs.
Pasta was cooked correctly, not overdone. Meat sauce was tasty. Sausages, nothing special and large meatballs were pretty good.
I had Mizithra Cheese & Browned butter, which was pasta with olive oil, garlic, butter sauteed mushrooms and topped with mizithra cheese.
On the whole this was good. The mushrooms were fresh, not canned and delicious.  The mizithra cheese was excellent. I've never had that before. But the whole meal was VERY DRY.  I suppose I should have asked for some extra olive oil to be drizzled over it.
Strawberry lemonade, was delicious.
I would not go out of my way to return, but if hubby wants Italian, I'd tag along.
Blue Plate Diner on Urbanspoon

Hubby wanted to come here because of triple D show.
From the outside it looks kind of dumpy. Once you get inside you're reminded of an old soda fountain type diner. Cute atmosphere. But upon walking in we were told by a very relaxed young girl sitting ON THE COUNTER, to seat ourselves.  I felt that was a little too casual. Please, don't let us interrupt your conversation.
Once seated our male tattooed, server was very nice and efficient.
Started out with onion rings. Nice sweet tempura batter & sweet onions. Very large serving. Not the best onion rings but not the worst either.
Hubby had hot roast beef open sandwich.  He said it was very good. Served with garlic mashed potatoes.
I had the meatloaf. I thought the meatloaf was very good and hearty.  I liked the slight crispiness around the edges.  Definitely tasted home made with lots of ingredients. I would order again.  Meatloaf was served with horseradish mashed potatoes.
Both orders of mashed potatoes were so so. My pet peeve is instant mashed potatoes.  I don't want watered down mashed potatoes. When I go out, I want to indulge and have creamy, buttery REAL mashed potatoes. These potatoes were weak, with chopped horseradish thrown in as an after thought and not even mixed in. I got a clump of horseradish is one bite.
The mixed steamed vegetables served with both meals was a pleasant surprise.  Carrots, zucchini and broccoli, steamed to perfection. A generous amount also.
Another surprise was the salad.  Cold, fresh, crisp mix of lettuces, cherry tomatoes, cukes, sprouts, marinated artichokes, green peppers. I'd go back just for the salad.
Overall, nice meal, but not sure I'd return for dinner.  We need to try breakfast!

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