Utah in November
A couple weeks ago while staying in Park City, Don and I took off for a different kind of dining adventure. Before any food was involved we enjoyed a scenic drive through Provo Canyon. Eventually we found a large boulder with the word Sundance, at the entrance to the resort owned by Robert Redford since 1969.
This little sitting area next to The Foundry Grill was very quiet. Outside the window a machine was blasting snow on the slopes and reminding me that the resort wouldn't be quiet for long. Skiing and the Sundance Film Festival will keep this place busy in the months ahead.
Casual Lunch in The Foundry Grill
My dining adventures are usually about curious cafes and hole in the wall joints. This was hardly a dive, but it's the most casual of the 2 resort restaurants. The photos above barely hint at the cozy atmosphere with planked floors and Old Hickory furniture. There were a number of fireplaces and a great display of curious old tools. The fresh flowers on the table were sitting in vases that were hand-blown from recycled glass. The photo of me shows my citrus hummus and veggie wrap. The salad and lemon vinaigrette was the perfect match. You can see I'm sighing (with closed eyes) at the delicious-ness.
Of course I had to wander a bit and take in the atmosphere. I stopped and chatted with the hostess who looked like the model on about every Sundance catalogue I've ever seen. She was very young and extremely nice and probably a bit bored because it was slow. I told her she looked like she was right out of the Sundance catalogue and she laughed and said she wasn't, but admittedly very innocently that she'd been told she looked like a model.
Art and Antiques
I then wandered down the hall past the gift shop and deli and enjoy the walls. I really wanted to sit in the rocker and study the beautiful quilt for a while...and the horse painting. That sweet white horse seems to be staring at the partially open barn door, trying to decide whether he has enough energy to face the day. And the sleds! I was tempted to take one out on the slope!
Another server who seemed delighted that I was curious, took me into one of the back rooms. None of the other diners seemed at all curious about the place. They had either visited before or they were far too cool to oooh and ahh over art work and fireplaces.
And then she told me to open a heavy door that lead into this very small room with only 4 tables and a fireplace. "This is the room where Mr. Redford eats when he comes." She smiled, then pointed to the table by the window. "That's the table where he always sits."
A Celebrity Sighting?
My dining adventure would have been complete had Bob Redford casually strolled in to have a burger. It didn't happen, but that's okay. I had my Redford sighting in January of 2011 when in Park City during the Sundance Festival. I was so giddy to see him walking by just a few feet away, that I fumbled my camera dial off of auto-focus. Here is my photo that I for some reason did not delete!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.