I know what you're thinking, fine dining in a Utah desert town? But yes, it's possible and the lovely and amazing Desert Bistro in Moab is a true testament to that. While there is a glut of dining options in the locale nearest to the spectacular Arches National Park, I'm not sure how many can count as "classy" dining which is not too surprising since when you head out West, especially to the more sparsely populated West, you're expecting tried and true favorites-meat, potatoes, etc. And yet, the Desert Bistro is a culinary
It wasn't until 2010 that I had my first "interaction" with the French macaron. The hotel I stayed at on my last trip to Paris (Hotel du Cadran) actually had a macaron shop in the lobby. Sadly, I was not nearly as obsessed with them as I am now so I didn't really take advantage of this terrific set up. On our last day at the hotel, D
This past week I was invited to attend a sneak preview of the upcoming brunch season at Pittsburgh's National Aviary (in case you're not familiar, the Aviary is the United States' premier bird zoo; to see photos from my previous visit there you can click here). It's a charming spot located on the city's North Side and is honestly one of the neatest places you'll ever visit-in many of the rooms the birds are literally flying right over you, so fast and so close you can feel your hair move slightly from their rapid movements.
“A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature like Delicate Arch has the curious ability to remind us—like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness—that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship. The shock of the real. For a little while we are again able to see, as the child sees, a world of marvels."
Coming from the East, a drive out West is like no other. The vast open highways, the arid landscape, the monolithic mountains and rock formations that look like they could be home to the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. We arrived in the charming tourist town of Moab mid-afternoon on a Saturday and while I had always planned to spend the next full day trotting around Arches National Park, I wanted to do something right away. And that's where Utah's Scenic Byway 128 came in.