Friday, September 23, 2011

Ogden's Greek Food Festival comes but once a year - Salt Lake City Ethnic Restaurant |

Once again, the best of Greek food will be held at the Ogden Greek Festival.  This annual event at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church ( offers the most amazing samplings of Greek food and it is a must.  It will be held this Friday & Saturday, September 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The church, located at 674 42nd Street in Ogden, offers many of the most coveted Greek dishes along with a special bakery with treats galore.  My personal favorite is loukamades (lou-kah-mah-days), which as teenagers we dubbed the ultimate in doughnuts.  Unlike many Greek pastries, these are not available in restaurants, so I always stock up at the food festival.  Loukamades are perfect for a sweet breakfast on Sunday or just a snack to brighten your day.  Other desserts include the most famous one, baklava, which consists of crispy layers of phyllo dough with honey and nuts between.  Another good dessert to try is Galaktoboureko (gah-lahk-toe-bou-ray-ko), which is a custard-like delight.  Don't forget to take some home for later.

But there's more than the bakery and desserts, so start with your main course.  Typical Greek foods are represented, including moussaka (rigatoni covered with cheese, tomato sauce, and eggplant slices), spanakopita (spinach and onions in layers of phyllo dough), and stuffed grape leaves (usually filled with some sort of meat and/or vegetables).  Take-home containers are available to stock up on foods for later on, which is what I always end up doing because my eyes are bigger than my stomach.

Make sure to come prepared to stand in line for at least an hour (bring a folding chair if you like).  The line forms out the door and wraps around the church.  Parking is allowed on the church grass (along with the street and parking lot), but difficult to find. 

Again, the church is located at 674 42nd Street in Ogden. 

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LEAVE ME ALONE I HAVE HAD A BAD DAY - Fleeing driver calls police to tell them to stop chasing him |

HEBER CITY — A Park City man accused of leading police on a 30-mile chase Thursday called dispatchers during the pursuit to tell them that deputies “needed to leave him alone.”

The man, 20, was driving east on U.S. Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir when a deputy tried to stop him for going 15 miles over the speed limit, according to Wasatch County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jared Rigby. The driver did not stop and the deputy told dispatchers he was pursuing a fleeing driver.

He'd had a bad morning and wasn't stopping for the cops. It was nothing more than that.
–Jared Rigby, chief deputy sheriff, Wasatch County

A short time later, a dispatcher notified the deputy that the driver had called in and said “that he was not going to stop and that I needed to leave him alone,” Rigby said, reading from the deputy's report.

The driver's father also called dispatchers during the chase. He told them his son had also called him and told him what was happening, Rigby said. The father said he told his son to stop, but he wouldn't listen.

Duchesne County sheriff's deputies and Utah Highway Patrol troopers set up tire spikes eight miles east of Fruitland to end the chase. The driver stopped his car just short of the spikes and was taken into custody.

The man's family told deputies he was having problems with his girlfriend shortly before the pursuit and was distraught. “He'd had a bad morning and wasn't stopping for the cops,” Rigby said. “It was nothing more than that.”

The man was booked into the Wasatch County Jail for investigation of failure to stop for police and speeding.