Foodie Finds – The Roots Cafe

My previous and always office buddy and I went out for brunch in her neighborhood a couple of weeks ago.  She’s a lover of food like me and always impresses me with the places she finds.  She asked me to meet her at The Roots Cafe and I just expected what I deem ‘normal’ cafe fare – salads, soups, sandwiches, etc.  It was so much more and then some.


The BenniPoached eggs, heirloom tomato (seasonal) and choice of protein on toasted English muffin. Topped with housemade hollandaise and served with house potatoes.

I’m a sucker for any version of Eggs Benedict presented to me on a menu, however, I almost didn’t order this beauty.  There was so much on the menu that appealed to me it was very hard to choose.  I was sold by the fact that I could choose my own protein from things like homemade sausage to vegetarian options.  So, I ordered it and it was SOOOO good.

I think I should go back at least once a week until I’ve tried everything on the menu.  Maybe next time I’ll order ‘The Peeto‘ (marinated grass-fed beef thinly sliced on baguette with horseradish avocado aioli, pepper jack cheese, sweet onions and caramelized jalapeno served with house made au-jus), or perhaps the ‘Roots Mole Taco Salad‘ (choice of grass fed beef or quinoa with house made mole seasoning, baby greens, black eyed peas, jicama, chimichurri slaw. Heirloom tomatoes, red onion, avocado and salsa fresca).  Decisions, decisions.

The Roots Cafe, 3474 S. 2300 E., EAST MILLCREEK, UT

Phone:  801-277-6499, OPEN 7 AM-3 PM Daily


P.S.  There’s a cute little antique shop in the same building that is nice to browse through if you have a minute.





Park & Grub – Liberty Park Meets Johanna’s Restaurant

Thor & I quite often say to ourselves on Friday night, “Let’s go walk Liberty Park in the morning.”  More times than not I take too long to wake up & he ends up taking Sparkee & Jack to the parkway by himself.  Well, not this morning!


The whole crew made it to Liberty Park this morning and going there always reminds me that it would be very nice to live by a park like this or have a home that accesses the Jordan River Parkway system.  I do love our home with it’s great layout and movie room basement, however, I would take some walking trail access and a little more grass in our backyard for when Maximus Rex grows up.

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During our outside time today I proposed we should try and walk all the parks in Salt Lake County in 2016.  Yes, it’s probably way too many parks, but I’ll do some research and go from there.  We kept walking and I started brainstorming out loud all the breakfast places we could visit after our walk; I was getting very hungry.  Eventually we risked visiting ‘The Original Pancake House’ on a Saturday morning.  45 minute to an hour wait – NOPE!  So, we went to Johanna’s Restaurant and got right in and seated.  Is the menu what it used to be?  No.  Was the food delivered fast and tasted decent?  Yes!  Thor & I tried to remember when the last time was that we actually went out for breakfast just because at the spur of the moment…hmmm, I don’t think we could.


This was one of the best Saturday mornings I’ve had in some time and look forward to some more.  Sometimes all you need is your family, some recreation and spontenaity. WOOT!

P.S.  On a more disappointing note, I don’t understand large families that eat at restaurants who leave their table (and floor below) a hot mess and let their kiddos run around like it’s a jungle gym.  I realize I only have a 3-month old and might find myself in a situation like the one I witnessed at breakfast this morning, but I would hope not.  I watched the bus boy go up to the table to clean it up after the family left and the look on his face was one of ‘WTF!’  I just wanted to telepathically say to him, “I feel ya, bro.”

More and more I’m really big on proper etiquette/manners in any situation.  Maybe it’s from being in education for 15 years (mostly teaching junior high) or it’s from living in southern culture for a good chunk of my life, I truly believe in being polite, saying hi to strangers, and living the golden rule.  I do have moments in my head that I say some choice words to some people, but it’s in my head.  Alright, I’ve officially stepped off one of my many soapboxes.  End scene.

An Oldie & A Goodie

An Oldie & A Goodie

Whenever I’m searching for something new for breakfast I always go back to some variety of egg and toast. Tonight I was browsing some of food websites and saw this number & was hooked. EGG IN THE HOLE WITH MUSHROOMS AND MINER’S LETTUCE seems like it needs to be tried in the next week if not for sure at Mama Tina’s house in about a week. 🙂

.:Banana Walnut Oatmeal Bake for One ☺:.



It was chilly and cloudy yesterday. I wanted a little something warm and cozy for my tummy. So I whipped this little baby up. It’s quick to make, good for ya and super delish.

.:You Will Need:.

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats

3/4 Cup Almond Milk

1 Small Banana

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