Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Animals and Waffles

We go to the zoo once a year.  I've always felt that was enough.  I never had any desire for yearly passes.  But with all the upgrades they've done I'm starting to re-think that policy.  Because, wow....I can't believe how much fun we had!  Plus, it cost me over $70 smackeroos to actually get us all in for the day and I'm guessing that a season pass would ultimately be a better deal.

So here's some pictures.  We were joined by Brandon's best friend and gymnastics buddy, Andres...along with his brother, Mathis and his mom, Hade.

The new Rocky Shores area that houses the seals, sea lions and bears is absolutely amazing!  It probably helped that the animals were all extremely playful that day.  This polar bear was doing laps...swimming under water right up to the window, popping up and then kicking off in a back stroke of sorts before dropping down under water to do it all over again.  He seemed extremely conscious of all the people and was totally playing to the crowd.  It was awesome!

The zookeeper was out getting things prepared for llama feeding time as we walked past.  She asked if the kids would like to help feed some lettuce to Harley and Larry.  Oh boy, would they!

Andres and his family are from Belgium, moving here to Utah just a little less than two years ago.  And this restaurant right here is the reason why.  Bruges Waffles and Frites.  It is located at 336 W. Broadway (300 So.) on the north side of Pioneer Park by Tony Caputo's.  We stopped here for lunch after our zoo trip.  I was glad because it has been on mine and Bryan's to-do list for a long time now.  And I knew it would be tasty....but oh my!  Seriously folks, you've got to try this place!  It is ah-ma-zing!!  It all started out as a waffle selling cart at the Downtown Farmers Market, eventually moving across the street to a more permanent, year-round spot.  It's tiny.  And they have only 3-4 things on the menu.  But oh, oh, oh!!!  You've never tasted anything like this!  Their Machine Gun Sandwich was even featured on Man vs. Food on the Food Network. Check out this review that was written a few months ago.  The place has received such great reviews on various food internet sites that people come from all over the country to eat here.  I've had serious cravings ever since our visit and I can't wait to take Bryan.  SOON!


Jill said...

I have eaten at Bruges! It is delish!!!

Mindy said...

The polar bear was playful us as well, I loved it. And feeding Larry was something my younger kids did too.

So did you get a waffle at Bruges? We go there all the time, my kids love it!

Shauna said...

I just jumped over to the Bruges website and my mouth is totally watering...I may have to make a trip out there some time when I am in the area. It looks too good to be true.

Melissa@thebblog said...

so, they moved here and own Bruges? or they moved her from Belgium becuase Utah now has such a steller Belgian Waffle place they wanted to live near it?