Showing posts with label Yellowstone National Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yellowstone National Park. Show all posts

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lunch at the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room

Today I decided to visit Yellowstone National Park. As I tend to enter via West Yellowstone, I always find myself contemplating and debating where to go for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner, as I have had the privilege of dining at many places in the area.
And as much as I love quite a few restaurants in West Yellowstone, I find myself really loving and appreciating the Old Faithful Inn dining room located in the Old Faithful Inn. Located on 3200 Old Faithful Inn Road, this is a place I highly recommend. As a vegetarian, I enjoy this restaurant because it offers an extensive selection of vegetarian food. It also features an array of favorites with a vegetarian angle, so you can order anything and they will provide you with great alternatives and substitutes. The ambience is definitely interesting as it consists of a rustic yet historic log cabin.
As most of the time they only accept reservations (mainly for dinner) to eat here, sometimes it is great to frequent this world-renowned geyser inspired eatery during the lunch hours, as they tend to not be so busy.
I decided to enjoy a nice lunch here today, as I was visiting the park. Today, I ordered the roasted red pepper smoked gouda soup with a classic vegetable panini with mozzarella cheese on it. The sandwich was a little dry, but had a rustic flavor I really appreciated. The soup was absolutely delicious. I can see that being a real, tried and true classic to keep on the menu.

To drink I enjoyed Chai tea, as they make a good one here. The tea comes directly from Big Timber, Montana and everything is so fresh and flavorful. I wouldn't say it was as good as masala chai, but they offer organic vanilla almond milk which is what I love with my chai tea when I order it.
For dessert, I decided to order the Summer Berry Stack. This dessert consists of a citrus cake layered with key lime and creamy white chocolate cream cheese. It also consists of an array of berries and is garnished with raspberry syrup. I really like the dessert here; however, it does remind me of something that was or is frozen and then thawed out. Nevertheless, it was still relatively decent.
I have tried almost every restaurant in Yellowstone and so far, this is a favorite. They also offer a lunch buffet, but I haven't tried that. Lunch is from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm everyday. For more information about the Old Faithful Dining Room, just click here now.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

National Dessert Day: Yellowstone Caldera

Today is "National Dessert Day" so for today, I decided to share with you the Yellowstone Caldera dessert. You can enjoy this decadent chocolate truffle torte with a warm molten middle at the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room. The next time you visit Yellowstone National Park, you may want to check out the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room at the Old Faithful Lodge. Order the Yellowstone Caldera for dessert, as it's excellent.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Welcome to Yellowstone National Park 2012

Yellowstone is such a fascinating place. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit, I truly recommend visiting today. You will never see a place like this ever in your lifetime. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I spent the entire day yesterday at Yellowstone

I truly apologize for not keeping you as updated as I should be. Life does get busy, however; in the end, I should always include you in my life. So, as I am off for a few days from work, I decided to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park yesterday. 

I entered the park via West Yellowstone, where they held their "crazy day" event which was manifested with great deals on souvenirs, as well as, food and other fun. I also managed to run into friends and acquaintances when walking through the areas. Despite being relatively scorching hot, I had a great time. 

I didn't see everything (which is truly impossible for just a one-day-trip), but managed to see the things that I wanted to see for quite a while including the Steamboat Geyser, the largest active geyser in the world and at Yellowstone. I am getting a new laptop, so I will post pictures soon. In the mean time, I hope you are doing great and I promise that I will do my best to blog more.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and day. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A look at Gibbon Falls at Yellowstone National Park

Gibbon Falls is an incredible waterfall on the Gibbon river. With an over 80 foot drop, the Gibbon Falls is just another fascinating site and reason to visit at Yellowstone National Park. The Falls Overlook on the Gibbon Falls trail is 400 feet as the Lower Outlook is 1,000 feet. 

 Photos by Sarah Afshar

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Outpost Restaurant in West Yellowstone, MT - Moderately Disappointing

The Montana Outpost Restaurant in West Yellowstone, MT.
As it comes to dining in West Yellowstone, the decisions are almost endless. With an estimate of over 4 million visitors a year, Yellowstone National Park remains to be one of the largest attractions in the country. Before entering the actual park, I was relatively hungry. I did not eat lunch and therefore; was in search of a great eatery. After pondering what I was actually in the mood for, I noticed when driving by an array of restaurants, one sparked up my interest, the Outpost Restaurant. Recently, when visiting Yellowstone National Park, I had the opportunity of not only discovering the Outpost Restaurant, but eating lunch there. 

When you first enter this eatery, you will notice that the tables are slightly modern, with a western influence. One area of the restaurant consisted of mainly booths, as the other area of the restaurant consisted of mainly tables. The ambiance was made up of timeless memorabilia that ranged from old cereal boxes to pre contemporary art deco. I must say that it was rather interesting to look at. I wasn't in the mood for salad, although the salad did look fairly appetizing, as the ingredients on the buffet looked rather fresh.

After I sat down, I was greeted and then approached with a menu. Even though there was already water with ice on the table, I decided to order a soda. I couldn't decide what I wanted, so after the waitress delivered my soda, she gave me more time to think about what I wanted to order. I am a lacto ovo vegetarian, so going into any restaurant, you must be willing to take a risk because options may be potentially slim. As I browsed through the menu, I noticed that the options were, in fact slim. Although, the salad bar looked like a decent salad bar, I was not in the mood for salad.

Most meat oriented eateries tend to have at least one entr©e that is meatless or caters to a vegetarian lifestyle. There was nothing at the Outpost Restaurant that I could eat, but the salad bar. Then, when I actually walked up to the salad bar, I noticed a variety of made up salads such as chicken salad, that were pre-made with meat already in them. When I walked back to my seat, I glanced at the menu again. There was nothing. I knew I had to order something so I went with the club sandwich. I asked the waitress to substitute the meat for extra cheese and to add veggies to the sandwich. She did not hesitate to let me know that she only had only certain vegetables available. "No, we don't have that" she would reply after almost every question I had. The salad bar had an array of vegetables on it, which did not make any sense to me why a vast majority of the vegetables I inquired about were not available.

She offered me two choices of bread and asked what kind I wanted. As I pondered my options between white or wheat, I decided to go with the wheat bread. I mentioned that I would like some mayonnaise on my sandwich. She brought out the sandwich and it looked incredibly enticing, but simple, as if it could have been made at home. I had asked previously if she could add some black olives on the club sandwich, but despite not putting them on it, she did manage to bring out a small rim saucer bowl of them. The veggie club sandwich was over $11 and although it was good at the time, it was not worth $11. I've had better club sandwiches in dives that were dollars cheaper. I don't like writing poor reviews, however; I must state that I was a little dissatisfied.

The Outpost Restaurant is open everyday from 6:30 am until 10:30 am. Would I recommend the Outpost Restaurant to a friend? Yes, but only if they engage in a meat-free eating lifestyle. If one of my friend's happens to be a vegetarian, I would not recommend the Outpost Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Would I eat at Outpost Restaurant again? Perhaps, but only if they add more of a vegetarian selection on the menu. As of today, the Outpost Restaurant was moderately disappointing.

Outpost Restaurant
115 Yellowstone Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-7303

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Visiting Yellowstone National Park for the First Time, July 16th 2011

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the world today. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park for the first time.

After about driving 2 hours from my main residence in Dillon, MT to West Yellowstone, MT, I was about to enter the park. I never saw it, but have been so fascinated by what it represents and how important it is to world, as we know it. The significance of this attraction is so intriguing. The mountains are so picturesque, I felt like I was entering an animated fairy tale or a scene to a fantasy fiction flick.

Some of the best recreational activities at Yellowstone include: sightseeing and photography, hiking, camping, boating, and fishing. Although I have yet to see a wolf, I have seen both a black and grizzly bear, bison, an array of elk, and a moose. The animals are endless. There is an assortment of birds and plants, including rarities that can only be found in the park. The ecosystem at Yellowstone is quite possibly the oldest, yet largest ecosystem in the world.

There are a variety of lakes, as well as, waterfalls which contribute to the amazing ambiance and scenery. The trees are relatively beautiful, however; seeing the resulted damage of the forest fires which occurred unpredictable from the 1980's and 1990's, as well as, 2000's was relatively depressing.

The attractions vary. Some of my favorites include: the Kepler Cascades, the Steamboat Geyser, the Midway Geyser Basin, and much more. I have yet to see everything, but intend to do so. The smell of sulfur varies around the park and is not always prevalent.

The Yellowstone Caldera is the largest super volcano in North America. What I found so incredibly fascinating was the fact that the rock in the actual park itself is linked to the Yellowstone Caldera super volcano. The ranger informed me that the rock is estimated to be over 2 million years old with the last eruption occurring over 70,000 years ago.

I absolutely love Yellowstone National Park. In fact, I love it so much that I bought an entire year membership and have visited this underrated park four times within the month of July alone. I recommend visiting Yellowstone National Park, as I definitely intend to visit again very soon. I am definitely looking forward to visiting in the Spring, Fall, and Winter season.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A look at the Kepler Cascades at Yellowstone National Park

When visiting Yellowstone this weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Kepler Cascades. I was so intrigued by them, as they are so incredibly fascinating. I actually walked a little down from the cliff to get the second shot. Probably not the smartest thing I have done, but the picture was worth and I am still alive. If you ever visit Yellowstone National Park, I truly recommend checking out the Kepler Cascades.

Photos by Sarah Afshar

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park

A glimpse of Old Faithful during an eruption at Yellowstone National Park on Saturday, July 16th 2011. I also had the opportunity to capture a very popular basin area of the park, the Midway Geyser Basin.

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